MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: A strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 9th November sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand. Heifers selling to £875 for 425kg while bullocks sold to £1,135 for 574kgs with fat cows selling to £880.

Sample prices:

Bullocks: Bellaghy producer 574kg, £1,135; 544kg, £1,060; 524kg, £925; 562kg, £1,085; 508kg, £940; Magherafelt producer 526kg, £970; 492kg, £855; 468kg, £925; 564kg, £880; 450kg, £530; 428kg, £750; 390kg, £485; Swatragh producer 444kg, £750; 480kg, £790; Garvagh producer 166kg,£390; 368kg, £690; 312kg, £680; 174kg, £260; Swatragh producer 420kg, £840; 514kg, £965; Greysteel producer 320kg, £700.

Heifers: Swatragh producer 425kg, £875; 448kg, £840; 446kg, £800; 492kg, £885; 402kg, £840; Garvagh producer 262kg, £515; 270kg, £605; Maghera producer 278kg, £630; 252kg, £555; 268kg, £500; 238kg, £485; Swatragh producer 426kg, £650; Strabane producer 356kg, £695; 284kg, £580; 334kg, £620.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 970 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 7th November witnessed a better lamb trade. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £68.00 each to a top rate of £71.00, middleweight lambs sold to £67.00 for 22.5kg while store lambs were excellent and sold to £48.50 for 14.75kg, ewes sold to £91.00.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Maghera producer 24 lambs 26.5kg at 71.00 = 268p; Kilrea producer 14 lambs 28kg at 69.00 =246p; Castledawson producer 14 lambs 28kg at 69.00 =246p; Coleraine producer 2 lambs 28kg at 68.00 =252p.

Middleweight lambs: Limavady producer 2 lambs 22.5kg at 67.00 = 298p; Swatragh producer 2 lambs 22.5kg at 64.00 =284p; Garvagh producer 18 lambs 22kg at 63.40 =288p; Kilrea producer 7 lambs 23kg at 64.00 =278p.

Store lambs: Coleraine producer 14 lambs 14.75kg at 48.50 =329p; Limavady producer 1 lambs 16kg at 50.00 = 313p; Dungiven producer 4 lambs 15kg at 49.50 =3.30p.

Ewes: Coleraine producer 2 Suffolks at 91.00; Cookstown producer 2 Texels at 90.00.