Heifers sell to £940 for 496kg at Swatragh Mart

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Cattle: Swatragh Mart had an increased number of good quality cattle for sale on Monday 27th February met a flying trade with a good ring of buyers with some excellent prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £940 for 496kg (£1.90 per kg), young heifers selling to £595 for 242kg (£2.46 per kg), bullocks selling to £1,210 for 556kgs (£2.18 per kg), young bullocks selling to £700 for 258kg (£2.71 per kg) with fat cows selling to £975.

Heifers: Swatragh producer 496kg, £940; 428kg, £900; Swatragh producer 242kg, £595; Claudy producer 360kg, £735; Limavady producer 364kg, £650; 440kg, £770; 378kg, £680; 436kg, £735; Maghera producer 554kg, £915; 496kg, £930; 414kg, £770; Maghera producer 356kg, £620; 400kg, £835; 402kg, £870; 442kg, £890; Moneymore producer 314kg, £650; Coleraine producer 206kg, £430; 196kg, £360; Garvagh producer 468kg, £845; 450kg, £820; 410kg, £640; 394kg, £670; 404kg, £640; 446kg, £640; 378kg, £630; Maghera producer 226kg, £540; 316kg, £600; 212kg, £470; 234kg, £470; 214kg, £520; 244kg, £470; 214kg, £495; 186kg, £450.

Bullocks: Magherafelt producer 258kg, £700; 230kg, £605; 238kg, £605; Kilrea producer 294kg, £560; 394kg, £825; Swatragh producer 504kg, £950; 496kg, £1,000; 482kg, £1,070; 556kg, £1,210; Swatragh producer 308kg, £770; 262kg, £590; 280kg, £665; Claudy producer 422kg, £875; 414kg, £790; 358kg, £570; Limavady producer 378kg, £500; 524kg, £985.

Sheep: A smaller entry of 700 excellent quality sheep were presented at our weekly sheep sale at Swatragh on Saturday 25th February, witnessing a solid lamb trade with top prices being paid. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £90.00 each to a top rate of £94.00, middleweight lambs sold to £88.80 for 23.5kg and fat ewes sold to £87.00. Breeders topped at £170 for doubles and singles reached £134. Foster ewes reached £116. Well fleshed lambs were in high demand. More stock required to meet the demand.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Claudy producer 13 lambs 25kg at £94.00 = 376p; 5 lambs 24.5kg at £92.00 = 376p; Garvagh producer 11 lambs 26kg at £93.80 = 360p; Coleraine producer 2 lambs 27.5kg at £92.80 = 337p; 1 lamb 27kg at 91.00 = 337p; Toomebridge producer 1 lamb 26kg at £91.00 = 350p; Randalstown producer 23 lambs 26kg at £91.00 = 350p; Dungiven producer 40 lambs 24.5kg at £89.80 = 367p; Swatragh producer 15 lambs 25.25kg at £89.50 = 354p; Magherafelt producer 2 lambs 24kg at £89.00 = 370p; Claudy producer 21 lambs 24kg at £87.80 = 366p; Maghera producer 7 lambs 24kg at £87.20 = 363p; Ballymoney producer 2 lambs 24.5kg at £86.00 = 351p.

Middleweight lambs: Draperstown producer 4 lambs 23.5kg at £88.80 = 378p; Maghera producer 16 lambs 23.4kg at £81.00 = 346p; Coleraine producer 15 lambs 22kg at £81.50 = 370p; Maghera producer 26 lambs 20kg at £73.60 = 368p; Portglenone producer 20 lambs 23kg at £87.00 = 378p; Limavady producer 11 lambs at 20.9kg at £77.50 = 370p; Limavady producer 7 lambs 23kg at £85.00 = 370p; Portglenone producer 3 lambs 23.5kg at £84.80 = 361p; Maghera producer 4 lambs 20kg at £74.50 = 373p; 5 lambs 22.8kg at £83.50 = 366p; Bellaghy producer 22 lambs 21.3kg at £79.00 = 370p; 10 lambs 20kg at £74.00 = 370p; Draperstown producer 7 lambs 21.0kg at £78.50 = 373p; Moneymore producer 11 lambs 23kg at £87.20 = 379p.

Store lambs: Draperstown producer 9 lambs 18.8kg at £74.00 = 394p; Dungannon producer 8 lambs 18.3kg at £73.80 = 403p; Draperstown producer 3 lambs 17kg at £69.50 = 409p; 7 lambs 18kg at £64.00 = 355p; Ballymoney producer 7 lambs 17.5kg at £69.00 = 394p; Maghera producer 2 lambs 15.5kg at £60.50 = 390p; 22 lambs 18kg at £64.00 = 355p; Draperstown producer 2 lambs 18.5kg at £70.00 = 378p; Dungiven producer 2 lambs 17kg at £67.00 = 394p; Kilrea producer 10 lambs 16kg at £61.00 = 381p.

Ewes: Maghera producer 1 Texel at £87.00.