MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong entry of quality cattle on Monday 21st September sold to a solid trade with some exceptional prices,more quality stock is required to meet demand. Bullocks sold to £1,040 for 540kgs while heifers sold to £970 for 506kgs.

Sample prices:

Bullocks: Maghera producer 540kg,£1,040; 542kg,£1,025;512kg, £1,000; 528kg, £960; 548kg, £1,000; 502kg, £965; 466kg, £950; Garvagh producer 392kg, £855; 386kg, £900; 386kg,£810; 454kg, £960; 474kg, £975; Maghera producer 430kg, £780; Bellaghy producer 588kg, £1,090; 472kg, £995; Swatragh producer 516kg, £955; 552kg, £995; Garvagh producer 488kg, £730; 452kg,£730; 530kg, £985.

Heifers: Garvagh producer 506kg, £970; 544kg, £960; 416kg, £770; Swatragh producer 338kg, £670; 438kg, £750; 360kg, £700; Kilrea producer 466kg, £710; 462kg, £720; 466kg, £860; Swatragh producer 508kg, £870; 408kg, £760; 422kg, £725; 440kg,£760; 442kg, £740; 442kg, £800; 436kg, £630; Dungiven producer 560kg, £785; Dungiven producer 422kg, £755; 360kg, £635; 368kg,£670; 374kg, £665; 378kg, £630; 410kg, £755; 372kg, £750; 408kg, £700; 440kg, £730; Maghera producer 430kg, £840; Coagh producer 506kg, £850; Bushmills producer 500kg, £850; 430kg, £890.

Sheep: An exceptional strong seasonal entry of 1,975 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 19th September witnessed lamb trade slightly better than the previous week. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £66.00 each to a top rate of £70.00, middleweight Lambs sold to £64.50 for 23.5kg while store lambs were very good and sold to £54.80 for 17.75kg. Ewes sold to £95.00 while breeding ewes sold to 112.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Swatragh producer 4 lambs 25.5kg at 70.00 = 275p; Kilrea producer 1 lamb 29kg at 68.00 =235p; Garvagh producer 1 lamb 28kg at 66.80 =239p; Magherafelt producer 26 lambs 26.5kg at 67.80 =259p; Feeny producer 5 lambs 29kg at 67.20 =232p; Garvagh producer 11 lambs 26.25kg at 66.00 =251p.

Middleweight lambs: Swatragh producer 10 lambs 23.5kg at 64.50 = 275p; Draperstown producer 6 lambs 23kg at 64.00 =278p; Garvagh producer 4 lambs 23kg at 63.00 =274p; Bellaghy producer 4 lambs 23.5kg at 62.00 =264p.

Store lambs: Limavady producer 34 lambs 17.75kg at 54.80 =309p; Dungiven producer 10 lambs 17.5kg at 54.50 = 311p; Pomeroy producer 8 lambs 17kg at 51.50 =303p.

Ewes: Kilrea producer 2 Suffolks at 95.00; Maghera producer 2 Texels at 92.