Swatragh Mart: Busy ringside and a steady trade throughout

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Cattle: A good entry of quality cattle were presented at Swatragh Livestock Mart on Monday 27th November 2017 which was met with a busy ringside and a steady trade.

More quality stock is required to meet the demand.

Heifers:

Dungannon producer; 352kg, £630; 410kg, £690; Swatragh producer; 416kg, £680; 390kg, £710; Swatragh producer; 544kg, £970.

Bullocks:

Swatragh producer; 510kg, £1,100; 550kg, £1,140; Portglenone producer; 594kg, £1,200; 618kg, £1,165; 540kg, £880; Dungannon producer; 292kg,£500.

Fat cows: Maghera producer; 754kg, £1,090; 534kg, £490.

Sheep: A smaller entry of 800 quality sheep were presented at the weekly sheep sale at Swatragh on Saturday 25th November 2017, witnessing a sharp trade and some great prices.

A small show of fat ewes were sought after with a top price of £84.00 being paid for several lots.

Almost 700 lambs were presented which received a steady trade and some great prices, with many lots passing £85 with a top price of £87.80 being paid for 9 lambs at 25.4kg.

More fat lambs are required to meet demand.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Upperlands producer; 9 lambs 25.4kg at £87.80 = 3.46p; Dungiven producer; 14 lambs 26.8kg at £87 = 3.25p; Upperlands producer; 21 lambs 25.2kg at £86.20 = 3.42p; Maghera producer; 1 lamb 26kg at £86.50 = 3.33p; Swatragh producer; 55 lambs 25.3kg at £86 = 3.41p; Eglinton producer; 30 lambs 25.7kg at £85.50 = 3.33p; Stewartstown producer; 5 lambs 24kg at £85.00 = 3.54p; Magherafelt producer; 10 lambs 24kg at £85.00 = 3.54p; Bellaghy producer; 2 lambs 23kg at £84.20 = 3.66p.

Middleweight lambs: Coleraine producer; 10 lambs 22.5kg at £81.00 = 3.60p; Garvagh producer; 1 lamb 23kg at £81.20 = 3.53p; Toomebridge producer; 6 lambs 22.3kg at £77.50 = 3.48p; Dungiven producer; 6 lambs 22kg at £80.20 at 3.65p; Swatragh producer; 4 lambs 22.5kg at £79.20 = 3.52p; Cookstown producer; 2 lambs 21.5kg at £79.50 = 3.70p.

Store lambs: Maghera producer; 6 lambs 17kg at £62.00 = 3.65p; Garvagh producer; 2 lambs 20.5kg at £72.80 = 3.55p; Stewartstown producer; 15 lambs 20.7kg at £70.50 = 3.41p; Drumsurn producer; 1 lamb 17kg at £60.00 = 3.53p.

Sample ewes prices: Eglinton producer; 31 ewes at £84.00; Magherafelt producer; 6 ewes at £84.00; Garvagh producer; 1 ewe at £80.