Sharp trade at Swatragh sale

An excellent entry of quality cattle on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices. More quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £910 for 492kg, while bullocks sold to £840 for 350kgs with Fat Cows selling to £845.

Sample prices:

Bullocks: Upperlands Producer 350kg, £840; 416kg, £775; 418kg, £725; 434kg, £845; 414kg, £840; 230kg, £485; Limavady Producer 276kg, £570; 428kg, £750; 372kg, £700; 374kg, £700; 394kg, £650; 374kg, £650; 368kg, £735; 380kg, £700; 372kg, £730; Maghera Producer 376kg, £700; Maghera Producer 410kg, £715; 460kg, £790; Limavady Producer 482kg, £700; 494kg, £700; 554kg, £700;5 52kg, £700; Swatragh Producer 460kg, £850; 402kg,£710

Heifers: Maghera Producer 492kg, £910; Maghera Producer 358kg, £540; Maghera Producer 626kg, £800; 608kg, £830; 692kg, £910.

Sheep: An excellent seasonal entry of 750 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday, 23rd May witnessed trade very strong in a number of categories. Several pens of heavy hoggets sold well in excess of £88.00 each to a top rate of £97.00. Spring Lambs sold to £83.00. Ewes sold to £118.00; Ewes and Lambs at Foot sold to £163.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight Hoggets: Coookstown Producer 2 Lambs 32kg at 97.00 = 303p; Swatragh Producer 3 Lambs 31kg at 95.00 =306p; Dungiven Producer 2 Lambs 30kg at 88.50 =295p; Claudy Producer 2 Lambs 28kg at 88.00 =314p.

Spring Lambs: Toomebridge Producer 22 Lambs 22.95kg at 83.00 = 362p; Toomebridge Producer 22 Lambs 23kg at 82.50 =359p; Desertmartin Producer 3 Lambs 22kg at 82.60 = 375p; Magherafelt Producer 3 Lambs 24.5kg at 82.00 =335p; Coleraine Producer 8 Lambs 24kg at 81.80 = 341p; Portstewart Producer 12 Lambs 23.5kg at 81.00 =345p.

Ewes; Magherafelt Producer 1 Texel at 118.00; Garvagh Producer 1 Suffolk at 115.00.

Producer Incentive: There will be £100 Northern Counties Farmware Store voucher to be won every month at both the sheep and cattle marts.

Cattle Sale – Every animal sold will guarantee one entry into monthly draw

Sheep Sale – Every 10 Sheep sold will guarantee one entry into monthly draw

April winners: Cattle Sale – Frank Brennan, Garvagh; Sheep Sale – Francis McEldowney, Draperstown