Another strong seasonal entry at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 1st February sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £850 for 440kg with bullocks selling to £890 for 400kgs.

Sample prices: Heifers: Maghera producer; 440kg £850; 350kg, £700; 410kg, £830; Swatragh producer 390kg, £735; 400kg, £735; 382kg, £760; 395kg, £795; Maghera producer 374kg, £700; 354kg, £665.

Bullocks: Garvagh producer 395kg, £825; 400kg, £890; Garvagh producer 375kg, £835.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 775 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 30th January witnessed a good solid lamb trade.

Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £87.00 each to a top rate of £90.20, middleweight lambs sold to £81.00 for 21.5kg while store lambs were strong and sold to £59.00 for 16.5kg, ewes sold to £90.00, quality breeding ewes sold to £95 while ewes and lambs sold to £190.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Draperstown producer 9 lambs 25kg at 90.20 = 361p; Coleraine producer 2 lambs 26kg at 88.50 = 340p; Cookstown producer 16 lambs 27kg at 87.00 = 322p; Coleraine producer 2 lambs 28kg at 87.00 = 311p; Maghera producer 1 lamb 28kg at 87.00 = 311p.

Middleweight lambs: Maghera producer 14 lambs 21.5kg at 81.00 =377p; Maghera producer 3 lambs 23kg at 78.00 = 339p; Draperstown producer 1 lamb 21kg at 70.00 = 333p; Coleraine producer 8 lambs 22kg at 78.00 = 354p.

Store lambs: Garvagh producer 10 lambs 17kg at 69.00 = 4.06p Coleraine producer 2 lambs 16.5kg at 59.00 = 358p; Maghera producer 8 lambs 17.75kg at 59.50 = 335p.

Ewes: Maghera producer 1 Texel at 90.00; Coleraine producer 1 Texel at 78.00.