MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong entry of quality cattle on Monday 14th September sold to a firmer trade than last week with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand. Bullocks sold to £1,325 for 680kgs while heifers sold to £980 for 572kgs.

Sample prices:

Bullocks:

Swatragh Producer 436kg,£985; 386kg,£855; 352kg,£765; 412kg,£880; 360kg,£770; Magherafelt Producer 680kg,£1,325; 590kg,£1,150; 640kg,£1,250; 660kg,£1,285; 654kg,£1,275; Upperlands Producer 400kg,£780; Gravagh Producer 578kg,£1,130; 574kg,£1,020; Portglenone Producer 486kg,£940; Garvagh Producer 468kg,£900.

Heifers: Swatragh Producer 302kg,£700; 346kg,£765; 310kg,£680; 374kg,£780; Garvagh Producer 324kg,£680; 414kg,£745; Ringsend Producer 572kg,£980; 406kg,£770; 344kg,£600; Portglenone Producer 306kg,£610; 342kg,£650; 294kg,£550; Garvagh Producer 480kg,£950; Bellaghy Producer 388kg,£785; 292kg,£585; Garvagh Producer 398kg,£775; 336kg,£640; 302kg,£555.

Sheep: An exceptional strong seasonal entry of 1,950 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 12th September witnessed lamb trade slightly better than the previous week. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £68.00 each to a top rate of £82.00. Middleweight Lambs sold to £66.50 for 23kg while store lambs were very good and sold to £56.50 for 17kg. Ewes sold to £98.00 while Breeding Ewes sold to 133.00.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Dunloy Producer 1 Lamb 29kg at 82.00 = 283p; Draperstown Producer 6 Lambs 25.5kg at 69.50 = 273p; Draperstown Producer 18 Lambs 25.25kg at 69.00 = 273p; Garvagh Producer 4 Lambs 25kg at 68.50 = 274p; Maghera Producer 8 Lambs 29kg at 68.20 = 235p; Toomebridge Producer 1 Lamb 26kg at 68.00 = 262p.

Middleweight lambs: Castledawson Producer 13 Lambs 23kg at 66.50 = 289p; Maghera Producer 7 Lambs 23.75kg at 64.80 = 273p; Swatragh Producer 9 Lambs 23.9kg at 64.40 = 269p; Draperstown Producer 10 Lambs 23kg at 63.20 = 275p.

Store lambs: Limavady Producer 10 Lambs 17.5kg at 56.50 = 323p; Cookstown Producer 13 Lambs 16.5kg at 53.50 = 324p; Cookstown Producer 13 Lambs 17kg at 55.00 = 324p.

Ewes: Maghera Producer 2 Suffolks at 98.00; Kilrea Producer 2 Texels at 97.00.