Another strong entry of quality cattle at Swatragh

Cattle: Another strong entry of quality cattle on Monday 4th April met a good trade with some very good prices, more quality stock is required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £975 for 500kg with bullocks selling to £1,035 for 524kgs.

Sample prices: Heifers: Maghera producer; 500kg £975; 446kg, £885; 456kg,£815; 480kg, £795; 440kg, £830; 464kg, £765; Maghera producer 442kg, £700; 316kg, £640; 318kg, £610; 324kg £600; Limavady producer 380kg, £650; 274kg, £500; 370kg, £650.

Bullocks: Maghera producer 524kg, £1,035; 502kg, £965; 520kg, £850; 478kg, £860; Dungiven producer 536kg, £880; 598kg, £870; 522kg, £640; Maghera producer 384kg, £640; 340kg, £650; 356kg, £710; 396kg, £720; Limavady producer 374kg, £650; 290kg, £450; 300kg, £500.

Sheep: A super entry of 1,105 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 2nd April witnessed a good solid lamb trade. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £94.00 each to a top rate of £97.20,middleweight lambs sold to £80.00 for 22.5kg, spring lambs sold to £92.50, ewes sold to £140.00, while ewes and lambs sold to £202.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Portglenone producer 9 lambs 25.5kg at 97.20 = 381p; Kilrea producer 1 lamb 26kg at 97.00 = 373p; Maghera producer 5 lambs 27kg at 96.50 = 357p; Swatragh producer 6 lambs 26kg at 96.00 = 369p; Maghera producer 9 lambs 24.75kg at 94.20 = 381p.

Middleweight lambs: Garvagh producer 49 lambs 22.5kg at 80.00 =356p; Claudy producer 4 lambs 23.5kg at 85.00 = 362p; Claudy producer 7 lambs 22kg at 80.00 = 364p; Draperstown producer 3 lambs 21.5kg at 73.00 = 340p.

Ewes: Dungiven producer 2 Texels at 140.00; Cookstown producer 1 Suffolk at 115.00.