Smaller entry of sheep at Kilrea meets a super trade

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A smaller entry of around 400 on Monday 28th December met a super trade with quality lambs and ewes realising premium prices. Lambs to £3.21 per kg and £77.00 per head. Ewes to £80.00 More required.

Lambs: T Wright, Ballymoney, 24k £77 (321); Garvagh Farmer, 22.5k £71 (316), 20.5k £63.80 (311); D Adams, Bushmills, 20.5k £64.20 (313); D Verner, Cookstown, 23k £72 (313), 20.5k £64 (312), 20k £60 (300); R McCaughern, Rasharkin, 22.5k £69.50 (309), 24.5k £73 (298); R McKay, Ballymoney, 20k £61 (305); Bellaghy Farmer, 22k £67 (305); B McAfee, Aghadowey, 23.5k £71.40 (304); Gilmore and Co, Boveedy, 24.5k £73.80 (301); Garvagh Farmer, 21k £63 (300); E Tohill, Portglenone, 18k £53.50 (297); S Booth, Ballymoney, 25k £73.80 (295); E Hegarty, Coleraine, 25.5k £75 (294); R Currie, Ballymoney, 25.5k £74.80 (293).

Fat ewes: 40 on offer met a steady trade for all types on offer including grazing types.

Heavy lambs to £76. Ewes to £80. Rams to £75. Brisk demand for all types on offer. All sheep must be double tagged and yard open from 9.am.

A good entry of 50 dairy stock on Tuesday 29th December met a good steady trade to a top of £1860.

T Buchanan, Clough, second calvers to £1860, £1790, £1750, £1560, first calver £1480, third calver £1420, first calver £1280, third calver £1210; J Suffern, Crumlin, second calver Ayr £1530, calved heifers to £1510, £1220; Grange Farms, Castlerock, calved heifers to £1460, £1390, £1310, £1210, £1100; B and C Annett, Hillsborough, calved cows to £1340, £1100, third calver £1150; B McAfee, Aghadowey, calved heifers to £1310, £1230; Kilrea Farmer, calved heifers to £1280, £1220; N and R Booth, Stewartstown, calved heifers £1250, £1160; JC Smyth, Castlerock, calved heifer £1250; A McCaw, Coleraine, calved Ayr heifer £1210; I Anderson, Rasharkin, calved heifer £1150.

A small entry of 115 stock on Wednesday 30th December at Kilrea, continued to meet with strong demand, suckler stock to £1560, steers to £1175.

Fat cows: (15 on offer, flying trade – more required).

J Thompson, Rasharkin, 670k BB £890 (133); W McQuitty, Clough, 490k Lim £600 (122); JA Millen, Macosquin, 610k Her £700 (115); J Campbell, Upperlands, 670k AA £765 (114).

Suckler stock: Quality lots required. S and D McReynolds, Dungiven, Lim heifer with Lim bull calf at foot to £1560, Lim heifers with CH heifer calves at foot to £1460, £1400, £1205; S Bonnar, Kilrea, BGA cow with BGA bull calf at foot £1510.

Heifers: HJ Walsh, Portglenone, 320k Sim £665 (208); JS Hamilton and Son, Kells, 420k CH £828 (197), 330k £635 (192), 390k £732 (188), 380k £695 (183); Magherafelt Farmer, 325k CH £615 (189).

Steers: A McNeilly, Toomebridge, 300k Lim £670 (223), 315k £632 (201); D McKay, Ballymena, 290k Lim £635 (219), 350k £735 (210); S Bonnar, Kilrea, 340k AA £705 (207); HJ Walsh, Portglenone, 310k Sim £642 (207); JS Hamilton and Son, Kells, 420k CH £865 (206), 450k £855 (190), 460k Lim £865 (188); D O’Kane, Swatragh, 360k CH £725 (201); J Campbell, Upperlands, 550k AA £1080 (196), 600k £1160 (193);

Friesian steers a flying trade with more required for strong demand.