Strong seasonal entry of cattle at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 15th August met a flying trade with a good ring of buyers with some very good prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £825 for 372kg (£2.22 per kg) and bullocks selling to £810 for 362kgs ( £2.24 per kg).

Sample prices:

Heifers: Garvagh producer; 372kg, £825; 336kg, £625; 334kg, £640; 314kg,£660; 392kg, £825; 352kg, £720; Garvagh producer 462kg, £880; 386kg,£705.

Bullocks: Garvagh producer 362kg, £810; 330kg, £695; 478kg, £910; 438kg, £885; 434kg, £850; 404kg, £740; 448kg, £890; 408kg, £850; Garvagh producer 500kg, £950; 482kg, £870; 430kg, £670; 448kg, £730; 446kg, £725.

Sheep: Another excellent entry of 1,385 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 13th August witnessed a super lamb trade.

Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £84.00 each to a top rate of £88.00, middleweight lambs sold to £85.00 for 23kg, store lambs aold to £48.20 for 12kg and ewes sold to £90.00 with over 290 on offer.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Moneymore producer 4 lambs 25kg at £88.00 =352p; Limavady producer 16 lambs 25kg at £87.00 = 348p; Kilrea producer 2 lambs 25kg at 85.00 = 340p; Magherafelt producer 9 lambs 25kg at 85.00 = 340p; Ballymoney producer 11 lambs 24kg at 85.00 = 354p; Garvagh producer 1 lamb 25kg at 85.00 = 340p.

Middleweight lambs: Dungannon producer 2 lambs 23kg at 85.00 = 370p; Ballymena producer 24 lambs 22.8kg at 81.00 = 355p; Desertmartin producer 20 lambs 23.5kg at 83.00= 353p; Swatragh producer 12 lambs 23.5kg at 82.80 = 352p; Coleraine producer 18 lambs 23.5kg at 82.50 = 351p; Magherafelt producer 8 lambs 23kg at 82.50 = 359p.

Store lambs: Portglenone producer 9 lambs 12kg £48.20 = 402p, Draperstown producer 12 lambs 12kg at £45.00 = 375p Rasharkin producer 17 lambs 14kg at £51.50 = 368p; Dunloy producer 4 lambs 17.25kg £56.50 = 328p, Garvagh producer 23 lambs 15.5kg at £55.00 = 355p, Draperstown producer 4 lambs 17kg at £57.00 = 335p.