Sharp trade and some exceptional prices at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 23rd November sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand. Heifers selling to £840 for 472kg while bullocks sold to £940 for 440kgs with cows and young calves at foot to £1,000.

Sample prices: Heifers: Dungannon producer 472kg, £840; 396kg,£690; Swatragh producer 348kg, £635; 368kg, £600; 344kg, £640; 368kg, £650; Magherafelt producer 304kg, £690; 322kg, £670; 330kg, £820; Garvagh producer 238kg, £385; 206kg, £355; 224kg, £420; 200kg, £385; 214kg,£385; 254kg, £540.

Bullocks: Swatragh producer 440kg, £940; 430kg, £900; 382kg, £710; 452kg, £925; 318kg, £700; Maghera producer 364kg, £730; 376kg, £685; 432kg, £840; 366kg, £760; 374kg, £680; Magherafelt producer 378kg, £750; Claudy producer 484kg, £880; 506kg, £890; 478kg, £810; 426kg, £700; Garvagh producer 180kg, £450; 180kg, £450; 198kg, £450.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 770 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 21st November witnessed a much better lamb trade than the previous week. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £75.00 each to a top rate of £79.00. Middleweight lambs sold to £71.20 for 23.5kg while store lambs were excellent again and sold to £54.00 for 15.5kg. Ewes sold to £90.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Kilrea producer 2 lambs 24.25kg at 79.00 = 326p; Magherafelt producer 12 lambs 26kg at 75.50 =290p; Maghera producer 33 lambs 26kg at 75.25 =289p; Swatragh producer 20 lambs 26.5kg at 75.20 =284p.

Middleweight lambs: Maghera producer 2 lambs 23.5kg at 71.20 = 303p; Draperstown producer 1 lamb 23kg at 70.00 =304p; Swatragh producer 8 lambs 23.25kg at 70.00 =301p; Cookstown producer 8 lambs 22kg at 69.80 =317p.

Store lambs: Draperstown producer 10 lambs 15.5kg at 54.00 =348p; Draperstown producer 12 lambs 15.5kg at 54.00 = 348p; Bellaghy producer 22 lambs 17.25kg at 57.00 =3.30p.

Ewes: Coagh producer 2 Suffolks at 90.00; Coleraine producer 2 Texels at 88.00.