Seasonal entry of cattle sells to a sharp trade at Swatragh

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Cattle: A seasonal entry of quality cattle on Monday 14th December sold to a sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock required to meet demand. Heifers selling to £870 for 470kg while Bullocks sold to £680 for 310kgs.

Sample prices: Heifers: Swatragh producer 470kg, £870; 470kg, £870; 450kg,£800; 400kg, £690; 350kg, £725; 450kg, £755.

Bullocks: Swatragh producer 310kg, £680; 296kg, £650; 304kg,£670; Coleraine producer 210kg; £285; 210kg; £285; 210kg; £285.

Sheep: A very strong seasonal entry of 675 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 12th December witnessed a challenging lamb trade. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £71.80 each to a top rate of £73.80, middleweight lambs sold to £70.20 for 23.25kg while store lambs sold to £54.00 for 18kg, ewes sold to £74.00 while in-lamb ewes sold to £110.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Garvagh producer 11 lambs 26.75kg at 73.80 = 276p; Castledawson producer 7 lambs 25.75kg at 73.50 = 285p; Dungiven producer 9 lambs 25.5kg at 73.00 = 286p; Swatragh producer 6 lambs 27kg at 71.80 = 266p.

Middleweight lambs: Draperstown producer 3 lambs 23.25kg at 70.20 = 302p; Maghera producer 11 lambs 23.75kg at 67.80 = 285p; Portglenone producer 18 lambs 23kg at 65.80 = 286p; Maghera producer 4 lambs 22kg at 65.60 =298p.

Store lambs: Kilrea producer 3 lambs 18kg at 54.00 = 300p; Kilrea producer 8 lambs 17kg at 50.00 = 294p; Maghera producer 6 lambs 16kg at 49.00 =3.06p.

Ewes: Draperstown producer 1 Texel at 74.00; Toomebridge producer 1 Suffolk at 72.00.