Good entry of quality cattle at Swatragh

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A very good entry of quality cattle on Monday, 30th March sold to a very sharp trade at Swatragh with some exceptional prices. More quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers sold to £1,100 for 530kg, while bullocks sold to £1,160 for 492kgs.

Sample prices:

Heifers: Garvagh Producer 530kg, £1,100; 546kg, £1,100; Ballyronan Producer 464kg, £970; 440kg,£ 965; 426kg, £855; 422kg, £905; Dungiven Producer 444kg, £780; 428kg, £760; 422kg, £800; Swatragh Producer 328kg, £705; 382kg, £775; 270kg, £700; 348kg, £805; 376kg, £825.

Bullocks: Ballyronan Producer 492kg, £1,160; 488kg, £970; 512kg, £960; 522kg, £1,090; 544kg, £1,150;4 86kg,£990; Magherafelt Producer 246kg, £720; 262kg, £685; Bellaghy Producer 570kg, £980; 500kg, £965; Kilrea Producer 202kg, £460.

Sheep: An excellent seasonal entry of over 1,200 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 28th March witnessed very strong trade in all categories. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £93.00 each to a top rate of £100.00. Middleweight lambs sold from 348p to 448p Per kilo for 21 kilos at £94.00 each. Store trade witnessed a top price of 400p per kilo for 17.5 kilos at £70.00 each.Spring Lambs sold to £110, Ewes sold to £109; Ewes and Lambs at Foot sold to £222 and Springing Ewes sold to £145.

Sample prices: Heavyweight Lambs; Upperlands Producer 1 Lamb 28kg at 100.00 =357p; Claudy Producer 10 Lambs 28kg at 93.50 = 334p; Desertmartin Producer 12 Lambs 29kg at 93.50 =322p; Bellaghy Producer 2 Lambs 29kg at 93.50; = 322p; Moneymore Producer 2 Lambs 29kg at 93.00 =321p;Cookstown Producer 1 Lamb 29kg at 93.00 =321p; Garvagh Producer 4 Lambs 29kg at 93.00 = 321p.

Middleweight Lambs: Portglenone Producer 2 Lambs 21kg at 94.00 = 448p, Coleraine Producer 1 Lamb 22kg at 94.00 =427p; Draperstown Producer 12 Lambs 20kg at 83.00 = 415p; Garvagh Producer 19 Lambs 20.5kg at 77.50 =378p; Maghera Producer 2 Lambs 23kg at 80.00 = 348p.

Store Lambs: Garvagh Producer 4 Lambs 17.5kg at 70.00 =400p, Cookstown Producer 3 Lambs 18.5kg at 60.00 =324p; Ballykelly Producer 6 Lambs 16.5kg at 70.00 =424p; Maghera Producer 12 Lambs 16.5kg at 60.20 = 365p.

Ewes: Cookstown Producer 1 Suffolk at 109.00; Desertmartin Producer 1 Texel at 107.00.

Producer Incentive:There will be £100 Northern Counties Farmware Store Voucher to be won every month at both the Sheep and Cattle Marts.

February Winners: Sheep Sale - M.J.McBride, Draperstown; Cattle Sale – Barney Diamond, Swatragh

Cattle Sale – Every animal sold will guarantee one entry into monthly draw. Sheep Sale – Every 10 Sheep sold will guarantee one entry into monthly draw.