MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: A seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 26th October sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand. Heifers selling to £950 for 450kg while bullocks sold to £1,100 for 616kgs with fat cows selling to £965.

Sample prices:

Bullocks: Claudy producer 616kg, £1,100; Stewartstown producer 420kg,£550; 402kg, £725; 310kg, £565; 322kg, £550; 374kg, £520; Maghera producer 294kg, £580; Magherafelt producer 422kg, £740; Magherafelt producer 356kg, £830; 394kg, £825, 382kg, £855, Cookstown producer; 342kg, £735.

Heifers: Maghera producer 450kg, £950; Cookstown producer 402kg,£760; Stewartstown producer 424kg, £500; 420kg, £725; Magherafelt producer 286kg, £645; 366kg, £770; Magherafelt producer, 336kg, £550; Garvagh producer 256kg, £620; 286kg, £725; 290kg, £465; 250kg, £515; 274kg, £685; 282kg, £720; Bushmills producer 464kg, £850; 384kg, £750; Claudy producer 520kg, £870; 548kg, £850; 514kg, £850; Bellaghy producer 296kg £660; 394kg, £635; 320kg, £565; 292kg, £450; 300kg, £730; 256kg, £450; 364kg, £785; 374kg, £645; Maghera producer, 312kg, £675; 304kg, £680.

Cattle: A seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 2nd November sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices,more quality stock is required to meet demand. Heifers selling to £770 for 400kg while bullocks sold to £1,050 for 496kgs with fat cows selling to £800.

Sample prices:

Bullocks: Magherafelt producer 496kg, £1,050; Cookstown producer 410kg,£670; 438kg, £660; Maghera producer 492kg, £930; Swatragh producer 438kg, £975; 464kg, £885; 494kg, £850; 388kg, £780; Magherafelt producer 466kg, £950; 362kg, £730, 418kg, £920; 376kg, £745; Limavady producer 334kg, £675; 340kg, £640; 332kg, £645; 366kg, £680; Magherafelt producer 398kg, £690; 272kg, £640; 348kg, £680; 282kg, £660; 304kg, £630; 378kg,£650.

Heifers: Cookstown producer 408kg, £770; 326kg, £500; 326kg, £720; 342kg,£720; 376kg, £720; 332kg, £700; Magherafelt producer 314kg, £615.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 870 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 31st October witnessed another challenging lamb trade. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £65.00 each to a top rate of £65.50, middleweight lambs sold to £65.20 for 23.25kg while store lambs were very good and sold to £54.50 for 16.5kg, ewes sold to £90.00 while breeding ewes sold to £106.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Garvagh producer 52 lambs 26.5kg at 66.50 = 251p; Garvagh producer 11 lambs 26.5kg at 66.00 =249p; Garvagh producer 4 lambs 25kg at 65.00 =260p; Draperstown producer 5 lambs 25.75kg at 65.00 =252p.

Middleweight lambs: Garvagh producer 7 lambs 23.25kg at 65.20 = 280p; Kilrea producer 12 lambs 22kg at 65.00 =295p; Dungannon producer 24 lambs 23.25kg at 63.00 =271p; Kilrea producer 25 lambs 22.5kg at 62.80 =279p.

Store lambs: Draperstown producer 22 lambs 16.5kg at 54.50 =330p; Garvagh producer 23 lambs 16.5kg at 51.50 = 312p; Garvagh producer 7 lambs 16.5kg at 48.00 =291p.

Ewes: Kilrea producer 2 Suffolks at 90.00; Coagh producer 2 Texels at 88.