Another strong seasonal entry of cattle at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 25th January sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £1,060 for 446kg with bullocks selling to £1,000 for 550kgs.

Sample prices: Heifers: Maghera producer; 446kg, £1,060; 352kg, £805; 388kg, £720; 498kg, £1,020; 450kg, £950; 382kg, £680; Swatragh producer 346kg, £760; Limavady producer 474kg, £830; 494kg, £850; Dungiven producer 372kg, £660.

Bullocks: Limavady producer 550kg, £1,000; 510kg, £840; 536kg, £920; Magherafelt producer 302kg, £745; 320kg, £765; 344kg, £775; 350kg, £790; Dungiven producer 324kg, £660; 388kg, £760.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 875 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 23rd January witnessed a good solid lamb trade.

Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £90.00 each to a top rate of £92.20,middleweight lambs sold to £80.50 for 21kg while store lambs were excellent again and sold to £77.50 for 18.5kg, ewes sold to £80.00 while ewes and lambs sold to £195.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Maghera producer 2 lambs 28kg at 92.20 = 329p; Swatragh producer 1 lambs 24kg at 91.50 = 381p; Maghera producer 20 lambs 27.5kg at 91.00 = 331p; Maghera producer 6 lambs 26.25kg at 90.00 = 343p; Moneymore producer 1 lamb 28kg at 90.00 = 321p.

Middleweight lambs: Swatragh producer 15 lambs 21kg at 80.50 = 383p; Draperstown producer 3 lambs 22kg at 82.50 = 375p; Swatragh producer 3 lambs 23.5kg at 85.00 = 362p; Coleraine producer 10 lambs 21.9kg at 78.00 = 356p.

Store lambs: Coleraine producer 10 lambs 18.5kg at 77.50 = 419p; Magherafelt producer 6 lambs 18kg at 73.20 = 407p; Garvagh producer 11 lambs 17.25kg at 69.50 = 4.03p.

Ewes: Swatragh producer 1 Texel at 80.00; Magherafelt producer 1 Texel at 78.00.