Strong seasonal entry of cattle at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 5th September met a flying trade with a very good ring of buyers with some very good prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £470 for 280g (£2.26 per kg), bullocks selling to £760 for 298kgs (£2.55 per kg) with fat cows selling to £1,080.

Sample prices:

Heifers: Magherafelt producer; 208kg, £470; 262kg, £475; 262kg, £555; 326kg, £610; Magherafelt producer 362kg, £665; 392kg, £630; Ballymena producer 536kg, £1,080; 492kg, £1,025; Dungiven producer 416kg, £775; Garvagh producer 400kg, £830; 452kg, £815; 392kg, £680; 442kg, £860.

Bullocks: Maghera producer 298kg, £760; 404kg, £865; 432kg, £850; 566kg, £1,125; 440kg, £900; Swatragh producer 500kg, £890; 506kg, £1,010, 476kg,£1,015; 482kg, £1,005; 500kg, £985; Dungiven producer 328kg, £700; Limavady producer 364kg, £775; 260kg, £490; 350kg, £585; 346kg, £650; 332kg, £650; Garvagh producer 396kg, £860; 446kg, £720; Maghera producer 400kg, £870; 464kg, £890; 400kg, £885.

Sheep: Another excellent entry of 1,885 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 3rd September witnessed a super lamb trade. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £86.00 each to a top rate of £92.00, middleweight lambs sold to £81.80 for 22kg, store lambs sold to £64.50 for 15.5kg and ewes sold to £104.00 with over 250 on offer.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Crumlin producer 1 lamb 27kg at £92.00 =341p; Swatragh producer 16 lambs 24.25kg at £87.80 = 362p; Magherafelt producer 5 lambs 26kg at 87.50 = 337p; Cookstown producer 4 lambs 25kg at 87.00 = 348p; Portglenone producer 2 lambs 26kg at 87.00 = 335p; Desertmartin producer 1 lamb 27kg at 87.00 = 322p; Moneymore producer 6 lambs 26.25kg at 86.50 = 330p; Garvagh producer 13 lambs 23.75kg at 86.20 = 363p; Cullybackey producer 1 lamb 24kg at 86.00 = 358p.

Middleweight lambs: Draperstown producer 11 lambs 22kg at 81.80 = 372p; Bellaghy producer 6 lambs 22.75kg at 82.50 = 363p; Garvagh producer 16 lambs 22kg at 79.00 = 359p; Upperlands producer 10 lambs 22.9kg at 80.00 =349p; Garvagh producer 6 lambs 23.5kg at 84.20 = 358p; Swatragh producer 28 lambs 22.5kg at 80.00 = 356p.

Store lambs: Draperstown producer 11 lambs 15.5kg at £64.50 = 416p Dungiven producer 13 lambs 14.5kg £57.00 = 393p, Dungiven producer 11 lambs 13kg at £49.00 = 377p; Draperstown producer 30 lambs 14kg at £55.20 = 394p; Coleraine producer 5 lambs 15.5kg £60.00 = 387p; Draperstown producer 12 lambs 17kg at £63.00 = 371p; Armoy producer 11 lambs 16kg at £58.50 = 366p; Maghera producer 17 lambs 15.5kg at £58.00 = 374p; Ballykelly producer 12 lambs 17kg at £63.50 = 374p.

Ewes: Maghera producer 1 Texel at 104.00.