MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 24th August sold to a firmer trade than last week with some exceptional prices,more quality stock is required to meet demand. Bullocks sold to £1,145 for 550kgs while heifers sold to £785 for 385kgs.

Sample prices:

Bullocks: Garvagh Producer 550kg, £1,145; 484kg, £940; 556kg, £1,105; 552kg, £1,060; Swatragh Producer 530kg, £1,060; 390kg, £865; 544kg, £1,000; 482kg, £945; Garvagh Producer 404kg, £735;308kg, £730; 416kg, £865; 366kg, £740; 404kg, £805; 472kg, £900; 344kg, £700; 426kg, £945; Swatragh Producer 408kg, £910; 372kg, £880; 380kg, £830; 318kg, £680; 376kg, £780; Maghera Producer 426kg, £735.

Heifers: Garvagh Producer 385kg, £785; 378kg, £665; Swatragh Producer 354kg, £725; 424kg, £740.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 1,820 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 22nd August witnessed lamb trade slightly better than the previous week.Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £64.00 each to a top rate of £68.00, middleweight lambs sold to £63.20 for 23.75kg while store lambs sold to £49.80 for 17kg, ewes sold to £90.00 with quality breeding ewes to £116.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight Lambs; Swatragh Producer 3 Lambs 27kg at 68.00 = 252p; Cookstown Producer 2 Lambs 25kg at 65.20 =261p; Bellaghy Producer 5 Lambs 26kg at 65.00 =250p; Swatragh Producer 1 Lamb 24kg at 64.00 =267p;Toomebridge Producer 12 Lambs 25kg at 64.00 =256p;Toomebridge Producer 11 Lambs 24.5kg at 63.00 =257p.

Middleweight lambs: Limavady Producer 4 Lambs 23.75kg at 63.20 = 266p;Kilrea Producer 17 Lambs 23.75kg at 61.00 =257p;Swatragh Producer 15 Lambs 23kg at 60.00 =261p; Swatragh Producer 20 Lambs 22.75kg at 60.00 =264p.

Store lambs: Tobermore Producer 21 Lambs 17kg at 49.80 =293p; Dungiven Producer 5 Lambs 15kg at 44.50 = 297p;Maghearfelt Producer 6 Lambs 18.25kg at 48.50 =266p. Ewes: Swatragh Producer 2 Suffolks at 90.00; Dungiven Producer 2 Texels at 88.00.