MARTS: Swatragh

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Cattle: A strong seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 16th November sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand. Heifers selling to £795 for 372kg while bullocks sold to £1,090 for 590kgs.

Sample prices: Bullocks: Swatragh producer 590kg, £1,090; 570kg, £1,000; 600kg, £1,035; Portglenone producer 500kg, £900; 578kg, £1,015; 538kg, £980; Maghera producer 284kg, £625; 294kg, £630; 366kg, £700; 270kg, £610; 278kg, £610; 244kg, £580; 246kg, £605; Garvagh producer 214kg, £520; 276kg, £700; 318kg, £500; 286kg, £695; 242kg, £640; Dungannon producer 338kg, £600; Stewartstown producer 372kg, £575; Magherafelt producer 316kg, £710; 316kg, £715; 348kg, £755; 356kg, £685; Maghera producer 460kg, £750; 410kg, £715; 402kg, £770; 442kg, £730.

Heifers: Dungannon producer 372kg, £795; 324kg, £615; Swatragh producer 318kg, £710; 372kg, £675; Garvagh producer 346kg, £745; 446kg, £770; 306kg, £630.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 870 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 14th November witnessed a better lamb trade that the previous week. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £69.80 each to a top rate of £71.20. Middleweight lambs sold to £68.20 for 22.5kg while store lambs were excellent again and sold to £51.00 for 14.75kg, ewes sold to £74.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Garvagh producer 11 lambs 24.25kg at 71.20 = 294p; Garvagh producer 7 lambs 24.25kg at 71.20 =294p; Dungiven producer 20 lambs 27.75kg at 70.00 =252p; Maghera producer 5 lambs 28kg at 69.80 =249p.

Middleweight lambs: Garvagh producer 14 lambs 22.5kg at 68.20 = 303p; Swatragh producer 27 lambs 21.9kg at 65.00 =297p; Garvagh producer 4 lambs 23kg at 66.40 =289p; Draperstown producer 3 lambs 22.5kg at 64.00 =284p.

Store lambs: Garvagh producer 14 lambs 14.75kg at 51.00 =346p; Limavady producer 4 lambs 14kg at 48.50 = 346p; Dungiven producer 15 lambs 16.25kg at 55.80 =3.43p.

Ewes: Cookstown producer 2 Suffolks at 74.00; Kilrea producer 2 Texels at 90.00.