Swatragh Mart: Bullocks selling to £1,020 for 392kg

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Cattle: Swatragh Livestock Mart had another excellent show of good quality cattle for sale on Monday 27th March which met with a really flying trade and a super ring of buyers with some excellent prices.

More quality stock is required to meet demand.

Bullocks selling to £1,020 for 392kg (£2.60 per kg), £820 for 304kg (£2.70 per kg) and £1,180 for 580kg (£2.03 per kg).

Heifers selling to £1,050 for 442kg (£2.38 per kg) and £925 for 382kg (£2.42 per kg).

Bullocks: Toome producer 392kg, £1,020; 370kg, £830; 426kg, £1,035; 346kg, £830; 386kg, £870; 332kg, £805;334kg, £855; 452kg, £1,000; Swatragh producer 296kg, £780; 304kg, £770; 380kg, £875; 304kg, £820; 418kg, £950; Swatragh producer 472kg, £950; 336kg, £840; 440kg, £1,060; 482kg, £875; 352kg, £865. 396kg, £880; 490kg, £960; 416kg, £850; Portglenone producer 494kg, £1,095; 496kg, £1,110; 478kg, £955; Claudy producer 580kg, £1,180; 596kg, £1,195; Garvagh producer 276kg, £580; 320kg, £730; 274kg, £570.

Heifers: Maghera producer 442kg, £1,050; 500kg, £1,105; 470kg, £885; 496kg, £1,075; 478kg, £890; 516kg, £960; Garvagh producer 264kg, £500; Swatragh producer 332kg, £770; 300kg, £550; 342kg, £615; 336kg, £720; 324kg, £635; 336kg, £700; Portglenone producer 382kg, £925; 492kg, £1,050; 468kg, £1,065; Ballykelly producer 348kg, £500; 278kg, £400; 346kg, £510.

Sheep: A very strong entry of approximately 1,100 quality sheep were presented at the weekly sheep sale at Swatragh on Saturday 25th March, witnessing a strong demand for well fleshed ewes with top prices being paid.

Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £90.00 each to a top rate of £94.80, middleweight lambs sold to £84.00 for 22kg and fat ewes were in high demand with several over £100 and a top price of £115 being paid.

Breeders were in high demand with the top price of £230 being paid for doubles and singles to £158. Foster ewes reached £152, springers reached £100 and pets to £20. More stock required to meet the demand.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Maghera producer 10 lambs 26.5kg at £94.80 = 358p; Limavady producer 1 lamb 26kg at £94.50 = 363p; Dungiven producer 8 lambs 26kg at £94.50 = 363p; Maghera producer 1 lamb 26kg at £93.00 = 358p; Coleraine producer 3 lambs 25kg at £92.80 = 371p; Draperstown producer 14 lambs 27.25kg at £92.80 = 341p; Garvagh producer 4 lambs 25kg at £92.00 = 368p; Maghera producer 33 lambs 26kg at £90.60 = 348p; Cookstown producer 15 lambs 26kg at £90.00 = 346p; Bellaghy producer 1 lamb 27kg at £90.00 = 333p; Castledawson producer 2 lambs 27kg at £90.00 = 333p.

Middleweight lambs: Cookstown producer 2 lambs 22kg at £84.00 = 382p; Swatragh producer 20 lambs 22.95kg at £80.00 = 349p; Ballymoney producer 2 lambs 23.5kg at £86.00 = 366p; Maghera producer 18 lambs 23kg at £86.00 = 374p; Coleraine producer 7 lambs 19.75kg at £64.80 = 328p.

Ewes: Magherafelt producer 1 Suffolk at £115.00.

Ewe with 2 lambs: Kilrea producer £230.00.