Heifers sell to £600 for 360kg at Swatragh Mart

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Cattle: A very small entry of good quality cattle on Monday 5th December 2016 with an excellent ring of buyers, giving good prices.

More quality stock is required to meet demand. A heifer sold for £600 for 360kg (1.66 per kg) and bullocks sold from £570 to £730, with a bullock selling at £720 for 362kg (£1.99 per kg).

Heifers: Swatragh producer: 360kg, £600.

Bullocks: Swatragh producer 332kg, £570; 402kg, £730; Maghera producer 362kg, £720.

Sheep: Saturday 10th December witnessed a good show of 900 quality sheep at the weekly mart. Heavy lambs sold well in excess of £80.00 each to a top rate of £85.00. Middleweight lambs sold to £81.00, while store lambs sold to £64.50, fat ewes sold at £86.00 and a Dorset ram topped at £91.00. The top price per kilo of 397p was paid for 16kg stores at £63.50. More stock required to meet the demand.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Swatragh producer 8 lambs 27.5kg at £85.00 = 309p; Draperstown producer 2 lambs 26.5kg at £82.50 = 311p; Kilrea producer 3 lambs 25kg at £82.20 = 329p; Greysteel producer 7 lambs 26.5kg at £82.20 = 309p; 16 lambs 26.5 at £82.80 = 312p; 5 lambs 23kg at £79.00 = 343p; Bellaghy producer 8 lambs 25.5kg at £82.00 = 322p; Maghera producer 10 lambs 25.25kg at £81.50 = 323p; Cookstown producer 11 lambs 24.5kg at £79.80 = 326p; 3 lambs 26kg at £81.00 = 312p; Moneymore producer 13 lambs 24.8kg at £81.00 = 327p; Maghera producer 3 lambs 24.25kg at £80.00 = 330p; 13 lambs 23.5kg at £79.50 = 338p.

Middleweight lambs: Garvagh producer 8 lambs 23.25kg at £81.00 = 348p; Swatragh producer 11 lambs 23.9kg at £80.40 = 336p; Kilrea producer 9 lambs 23.25kg at £80.00 = 344p; Coleraine producer 10 lambs 23.5kg = £80.00 = 340p; Swatragh producer 15 lambs 23kg at £80.20 = 349p; Coleraine producer 10 lambs 23kg at £79.80 = 347p; Moneymore producer 26 lambs 22.5kg at £73.50 = 326p; Feeny producer 4 lambs 20kg at £70.00 =350p; 8 lambs 21.25kg at £73.00 = 344p; Claudy producer 6 lambs 19.5kg at £65.50 = 336p; Castledawson producer 18 lambs 20kg at £68.00 = 340p; Bellaghy producer 8 lambs 21.5kg at £73.00 = 340p; Ballycastle producer 5 lambs 23kg at £79.00 = 343p; Maghera producer 10 lambs 20.8kg at £74.50 = 358p; 7 lambs at 21.75kg = 345p; Portglenone producer 10 lambs 19kg at £67.50 = 355p.

Store lambs: Maghera producer 2 lambs 18kg at £64.50 = 358p; Ballymena producer 6 lambs 17.5kg £63.50 = 363p; 5 lambs at 18.5kg = £64.50 = 349p; Portglenone producer 6 lambs 16kg at £63.50 = 397p; Moneymore producer 2 lambs 18kg at £66.50 = 369p; Garvagh producer 7 lambs 13.5kg at £44.00 = 326p; Coleraine producer 2 lambs 16kg at £58.00 = 362p; Swatragh producer 23 lambs 17.5kg at £61.00 = 349p; Draperstown producer 2 lambs 13kg at £50.00 = 385p.

Ewes: Maghera producer 1 Texel at £86.00.