Lambs sell to £95 for 24kg at Swatragh Mart

Sheep: Almost 1,000 sheep came under the hammer at Swatragh Mart on Saturday 16th December 2017, which was met with some brilliant prices for both ewes and lambs.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th December 2017, 1:03 pm
Updated Monday, 18th December 2017, 1:06 pm

A small show of fat ewes were highly sought after with many lots passing £80, with the top price of £83.50 being paid.

Fat rams topped at £93 for two Cheviots.

Breeding ewes with lambs at foot, met £190 for several sets of doubles and several ewes with singles lambs made £140.

Once again, lambs were also a great trade with a super entry of almost 800 head.

Many lots of heavy lambs made £90 and above, with the top price paid being £95 for four lambs at 24kg.

Sample prices:

Heavyweight lambs: Garvagh producer; 4 lambs 24kg at £95.00 = 3.96p; Maghera producer; 6 lambs 26.5kg at £91.50 = 3.45p; Maghera producer; 1 lamb 24kg at £91.00 = 3.79p; Maghera producer; 5 lambs 25.6kg at £91.00 = 3.55p; Cookstown producer; 13 lambs 24.5kg at £91.00 = 3.71p; Coleraine producer; 10 lambs 25kg at £90.00 = 3.60p; Upperlands producer; 6 lambs 27.5 at £90.00 = 3.27p; Portglenone producer; 3 lambs 24.3kg at £89.80 = 3.70p; Garvagh producer; 10 lambs 26kg at £89.80 = 3.45p and Coleraine producer; 25 lambs 25.6kg at £89.20 = 3.48p.

Middleweight lambs: Swatragh producer; 35 lambs 23.5kg at £87.20 = 3.71p; Magherafelt producer; 6 lambs 22.5kg at £86.00 = 3.82p; Ballymoney producer; 10 lambs 23kg at £86.00 = 3.74p; Garvagh producer; 29 lambs 22.7kg at £85.50 = 3.77p; Garvagh producer; 17 lambs 22.9kg at £86.00 = 3.76p; Cookstown producer; 17 lambs 21.3kg at £82.80 = 3.89p; Ballymena producer; 7 lambs 22.8kg at £83.80 = 3.68p and Limavady producer; 1 lamb 22kg at £79.00 = 3.59p.

Store lambs: Maghera producer; 6 lambs 20.8kg at £73.50 = 3.53p; Upperlands producer; 5 lambs 20.5kg at £72.00 = 3.51p; Kilrea producer; 6 lambs 17.8kg at £63.00 = 3.54p; Ballymoney producer; 6 lambs 17.4kg at £60.00 = 3.45p; Maghera producer; 8 lambs 15.8kg at £55.20 = 3.49p and Castledawson producer; 19 lambs 16.5kg at £54.00 = 3.27p.

Sample fat ewe prices: Upperlands producer; 5 ewes at £83.50; Dungiven producer; 5 ewes at £79.50; Swatragh producer; 1 ewe at £77.

Cattle: The next sale will be held on Monday, January 15th at 11am.

Sheep: No sale on December 23rd; the next sale will be held on Saturday, December 30th at 11am.

Swatragh Mart would like to take the chance to wish all buyers, sellers and the local farming community a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.