MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: A very good entry of quality cattle on Monday 23rd February sold very briskly with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand. Beef heifers selling to £1,400 for 680kgs, store heifers selling to £720 for 286kg while bullocks sold to £820 for 296kgs.

Sample prices:

Heifers: Swatragh Producer 680kg,£1,400;658kg,£1,240; 676kg, £1,385; 628kg, £1,380;636kg,£1,290; Garvagh Producer 358kg, £695;286kg,£720Swatragh Producer 352kg,£655;366kg,£665;326kg,£610;324kg,£755;Swatragh Producer 320kg, £705;310kg, £660;Garvagh Producer 600kg, £1,190;560kg,£1,080

Bullocks: Maghera Producer 296kg, £820;308kg, £810; 318kg,£770;Garvagh Producer 290kg, £675;Garvagh Producer 348kg, £755;316kg, £740;Swatragh Producer 388kg, £820;348kg,£740;304kg,£710;334kg,£700;322kg£710;Magherafelt Producer 298kg,£680;286kg,£680.

Sheep: An excellent entry of over 800 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 21st February witnessed trade very strong in all categories. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £89.80 each to a top rate of £92.00. Middleweight lambs sold from 336p to 375p Per kilo for 20 kilos at £75.00 each. Store trade was a lot firmer to a top of 400p per kilo for 17 kilos at £68.00 each.Ewes sold to £112.50, springers to £129.00; ewes and lambs at foot sold to £220.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Castledawson Producer 6 Lambs 27kg at 92.00 =341p; Garavgh Producer 3 Lambs 28kg at 91.50 = 327p; Garvagh Producer 5 Lambs 24kg at 86.80 =362p; Draperstown Producer 20 Lambs 27kg at 91.40; = 339p Swatragh Producer 20 Lambs 25kg at 90.50 =362p; Garvagh Producer 1 Lamb 30kg at 90.00 =300p; Maghera Producer 15 Lambs 25.8kg at 89.80 = 348p.

Middleweight lambs: Swatragh Producer 4 Lambs 20kg at 75.00 = 375p.Dungiven Producer 6 Lambs 21kg at 78.50 =374p; Portglenone Producer 36 Lambs 22.5kg at 80.60 = 358p; Magherafelt Producer 2 Lambs 21.5kg at 77.50 =360p;Draperstown Producer 3 Lambs 21.5kg at 72.20 = 336p.

Store lambs: Garvagh Producer 10 Lambs 17kg at 68.00 =400p Garvagh Producer 29 Lambs 15.25kg at 47.00 =308p Coleraine Producer 3 Lambs 15.25kg at 52.00 =335p; Maghera Producer 5 Lambs 15.5kg at 55.20 = 356p;;Maghera Producer 5 Lambs 17.25kg at 63.00 = 365p.

Ewes: Maghera Producer 1 Suffolk at 112.50; Dungiven Producer 2 Texels at 109.