Bullocks sell to £1,250 for 600kg at Swatragh Mart

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Cattle: Swatragh Livestock Mart had another excellent show of good quality cattle for sale on Monday 3rd April which met with a flying trade and a super ring of buyers with some excellent prices.

More quality stock is required to meet demand.

Bullocks selling to £1,250 for 600kg (£2.08 per kg), £1,135 for 494kg (£2.30 per kg), £820 for 332kg (£2.47 per kg) and £805 for 310kg (2.60 per kg).

Heifers selling to £1,130 for 566kg (£2.00 per kg) and £680 for 296kg (£2.30 per kg).

Fat cows selling from over £1,250 to a top price of £1,320.

Bullocks: Knockloughrim producer 494kg, £1,135; 490kg, £1,100; 578kg, £1,200; 582kg, £1,190; 562kg, £1,200; Killaloo producer 534kg, £1,030; 484kg, £1,095; 578kg, £1,200; 600kg, £1,250; 484kg, £1,025; Maghera producer 388kg, £590; 406kg, £650; Stewartstown producer 312kg, £580; 250kg, £400; Maghera producer 304kg, £700; Swatragh producer 348kg, £855; Strabane producer 352kg, £835; 310kg, £805; Maghera producer 386kg, £845; 332kg, £820; 346kg, £840; 440kg, £1,010; 362kg, £850; 392kg, £840.

Heifers: Swatragh producer 430kg, £930; 422kg, £905; 352kg, £790; 296kg, £680; 376kg, £700; Claudy producer 376kg, £730; Swatragh producer 550kg, £1,105; 544kg, £945; 566kg, £1,130; 560kg, £975; 560kg, £1,045; 558kg, £965; Garvagh producer 498kg, £800; 682kg, £1,080; Coleraine producer 486kg, £760; 438kg, £670; 430kg, £720; Swatragh producer 398kg, £770.

Sheep: A smaller entry of approximately 850 quality sheep were presented at our weekly sheep sale at Swatragh on Saturday 1st April, witnessing a strong demand for well fleshed ewes with top prices being paid.

Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £90.00 each to a top rate of £94.50, middleweight lambs sold to £94.00 for 23kg and fat ewes were in high demand with several over £100 and a top price of £112 being paid.

Several lots of fat rams made £114.

Breeders were in high demand with the top price of £200 being paid for doubles and singles to £158.

A small show of spring lambs saw a top price of £104 being paid for 24kg Dorset cross springs and pets to £28.

More stock required to meet the demand.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Draperstown producer 2 lambs 28kg at £94.50 = 338p; Portglenone producer 24 lambs 24.5kg at £86.00 = 351p; Maghera producer 1 lamb 30kg at £90.00 = 300p; Coleraine producer 5 lambs 30.5kg at £91.75 = 301p; Maghera producer 11 lambs 25.8kg at £94.00 = 364p; Draperstown producer 19 lambs 26.5kg at £87.50 = 330p; Garvagh producer 2 lambs 24.5kg at £83.00 = 339p; Limavady producer 2 lambs 27.5kg at £91.20 = 332p; Garvagh producer 4 lambs 29kg at £90.00 = 310p; 5 lambs 26.8kg at £88.20 = 329p; Kilrea producer 1 lamb 30kg at £91.00 = 303p; Dungiven producer 10 lambs 24kg at £88.00 = 366p; Maghera producer 20 lambs 24kg at £86.00 = 358p.

Middleweight lambs: Swatragh producer 6 lambs 23kg at £94.00 = 409p; Rasharkin producer 10 lambs 21.5kg at £78.00 = 363p; Cookstown producer 3 lambs 20kg at £70.00 = 350p; Stewartstown producer 6 lambs 19kg at £80.00 = 421p; Magherafelt producer 2 lambs 21kg at £78.80 = 375p; Knockloughrim producer 7 lambs 203kg at £70.00 = 345p; Coleraine producer 13 lambs 23.8kg at £84.00 = 352p; Maghera producer 30 lambs 21.8kg at £79.00 = 362p; Garvagh producer 4 lambs 21.8kg at £90.00 = 413p; Magherafelt producer 2 lambs 20kg at £83.00 = 415p.

Ewes: Coleraine producer 1 Suffolk at £112.00.

Ewe with 2 lambs: Maghera producer £200.00.