Heifers sell to £930 for 420g and bullocks to £1,050 at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 29th August met a flying trade with a good ring of buyers with some very good prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £930 for 420g (£2.21 per kg), bullocks selling to £1,050 for 476kgs ( £2.21 per kg) with quality Limousin cows and calves selling to £1,185.

Sample prices:

Heifers: Swatragh producer; 420kg, £930; 410kg, £835; Donemana producer 358kg, £630; Limavady producer 390kg, £575; 382kg, £640; Maghera producer; 470kg, £650.

Bullocks: Maghera producer 476kg, £1,050; 508kg, £1,035; 530kg, £1,070; 390kg, £660; 416kg, £830; Limavady producer 412kg, £680; 368kg £625.

Sheep: Another excellent entry of 1,785 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 27th August witnessed a super lamb trade.

Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £84.00 each to a top rate of £86.00, middleweight lambs sold to £78.00 for 22kg, store lambs sold to £62.50 for 15.25kg and ewes sold to £79.50 with over 300 on offer.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Maghera producer 4 lambs 27kg at £84.50 =313p; Swatragh producer 13 lambs 24kg at £83.00 = 346p; Cookstown producer 1 lamb 25kg at 82.00 = 328p; Desertmartin producer 10 lambs 24.75kg at 81.80 = 331p; Swatragh producer 2 lambs 24kg at 81.00 = 338p; Maghera producer 10 lambs 23.9kg at 80.50 = 337p.

Middleweight lambs: Swatragh producer 25 lambs 22kg at 78.00 = 355p; Swatragh producer 18 lambs 23.5kg at 81.00 = 345p; Maghera producer 5 lambs 23kg at 80.00 = 348p; Upperlands producer 24 lambs 23kg at 79.80 =347p.

Store lambs: Maghera producer 12 lambs 14kg at £57.50 = 411p Dungiven producer 4 lambs 15.25kg £62.50 = 410p, Dungiven producer 3 lambs 16.25kg at £63.00 = 388p; Maghera producer 7 lambs 15kg at £57.50 = 383p; Maghera producer 22 lambs 17kg £62.00 = 365p, Maghera producer 4 lambs 17kg at £60.50 = 356p; Maghera producer 14 lambs 17.5kg at £63.80 = 365p; Swatragh producer 3 lambs 17.5kg at £64.50 = 369p; Maghera producer 20 lambs 14.25kg at £55.00 = 386p.

Ewes: Kesh producer 12 Texels at 79.50.