Entry of 220 beef cattle results in sharper trade at Ballymena

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An entry of 220 beef cattle resulted in a sharper trade. Beef cows sold to 194p for a Blue 710kg at £1377, Fr cows sold to 108p for 820kg at £885. Beef heifers sodl to 206p for a 550kg at £1133, beef bullocks sold to 212p for 510kg at £1081.

Fat cows sold to: RJ Arrell, Randalstown BB 710kg £1377 (194), C Chestnutt, Bushmills BB 590kg £1132 (192), BB 750kg £1417 (189), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Par 590kg £961 (163), W Adamson, Ballynure Lim 620kg £967 (156), S Gilmore and Co Lim 620kg £930 (150), JL McKinney, Maghera Lim 740kg £1073 (145), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Char 880kg £1249 (142), RJ Cupples, Broughshane BB 750kg £1035 (138), HA Wilson Char 840kg £1134 (135), local farmer BB 540kg £729 (135), Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills Char 780kg £1021 (131), M Matthews, Ballycastle BB 700kg £910 (130), E Jamison, Antrim Lim 630kg £806 (128), C Hamilton, Carnlough Lim 600kg £762 (127), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Lim 640kg £780 (122), local farmer Lim 690kg £834 (121), Mike Frazer, Templepatrick AA 840kg £1008 (120), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Lim 660kg £785 (119), Martin McCann, Randalstown Lim 920kg £1094 (119), RJ Arrell, Randalstown BB 770kg £916 (119), K McClenaghan, Antrim Sim 650kg £773 (119), E Jamison, Antrim Lim 610kg £719 (118), HA Wilson BB 740kg £865 (117).

Friesian cows sold to: D and A Erwin, Ballymena 820kg £885 (108), L Hughes, Clough 840kg £898 (107), local farmer 690kg £710 (103), D and A Erwin 840kg £856 (102), James Bamford, Rasharkin 580kg £591 (102), O Magill, Crumlin 780kg £787 (101), T and J Mackey, Ballynure 690kg £683 (99), local producer 620kg £601 (97), M Gordon, Clough 640kg £620 (97), local producer 710kg £681 (96), O Magill, 610kg £579 (95), WR McIntyre, Cloughmills 640kg £601 (94), W McKee, Larne 530kg £492 (93), O Magill, Crumlin 660kg £607 (92), W McKee, 690kg £627 (91), Paul Watson, Cullybackey 710kg £646 (91), James Bamford, Rasharkin 610kg £542 (89), J Alexander, Ballymena 690kg £614 (89), D Morrison, Armoy 790kg £695 (88), J Stewart, Templepatrick 660kg £580 (88), W Moore, Templepatrick 720kg £633 (88), D Maybin, Broughshane 690kg £593 (86), Hatrick Bros, Tobermore 670kg £562 (84), Wilbert Craig, Crumlin 730kg £613 (84).

Beef heifers sold: Local farmer, Lim 550kg £1133 (206), WR Arrell, Randalstown Par 610kg £1201 (197), RJ Cupples, Broughshane Lim 540kg £1020 (189), Gary Stewart, Templepatrick Lim 650kg £1196 (184), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 500kg £910 (182), local farmer Lim 580kg £1032 (178), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Char 470kg £827 (176), Char 480kg £844 (176), J McKendry, Armoy Lim 630kg £1089 (173), S Gilmore, Kilrea Lim 600kg £026 (171), E Jamison, Antrim AA 450kg £765 (170), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Char 490kg £823 (168), Thomas Strange, Straid BB 630kg £1045 (166), BB 620kg £1029 (166), HA Wilson Blonde 680kg £1115 (164).

Beef bullocks sold to: RJ Cupples, Broughshane Lim 510kg £1081 (212), Lim 550kg £1133 (206), Lim 630kg £1203 (191), Lim 620kg £1147 (185), Lim 560kg £1019 (182), Pat O’Neill, Toomebridge Lim 690kg £1214 (176), J Marshall, Portglenone SH 700kg £1106 (158).

72 head in the dairy ring sold well to £2050 for a 15 month old Friesian/Holst bull from Wm Black, Aghadowey. Milk stock to £1580 for a third calver from Thomas Dunn, Bangor, calved heifers to £1480 paid to JC Barkley, Ballymena.

Ruling prices: Estate of late John H McKee, Larne SHB £1650, Thomas Dunn, Bangor calved cow £1580, calved cow £1560, Wm Black, Aghadowey Fr bull £1500, JC Barkley, Ballymena calved hfr £1480, D McNeilly, Randalstown calved hfr £1450, Veronica Conlon, Newtownhamilton calved hfr £1440, WS Gregg, Cloughmills calved hfr £1440, Thomas Dunn calved cow £1420, Robert Martin, Carryduff calved cow £1410, WS Gregg, Cloughmills calved hfr £1400, D Livingstone, Randalstown calved hfr £1350, local producer calved cow £1340, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch calved hfr £1300, calved hfr £1300, Robert Martin, Carryduff calved hfr £1300, Estate of John H McKee calved cow £1300, in calf cow £1300, in calf cow £1250, John Hunter, Crumlin calved hfr £1220, Thomas Gordon, Ballyclare calved cow £1190, David Wallace, Antrim calved cow £1170, Robert Martin, Carryduff calved hfr £1170, JC Barkley, Ballymena calved hfr £1150, Veronica Conlon calved hfr £1130, David Wallace, Antrim calved hfr £1130.

A small entry of suckler stock sold to £1200 for a Lim heifer with bull calf. Ruling prices: I Montgomery, Glenwherry Lim hfr and bull calf £1200, F McKenna, Maghera Char in calf hfr £1090, SG Lindsay, Newtownabbey in calf hfr £1000, Brian Ballantine, Kilrea AA £1000.

Another steady trade for 330 dropped calves saw SH bulls sell to £390 each, BB heifers sell to £405 each and Fr bulls to £160 each. Ruling prices for beef bred bull calves were: Amanda Bonnar, Glenwherry SH £390, Alan White, Mosside Char £390, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £375, Cairnleigh Ltd, Aghalee BB £370, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £365, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £350, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £325, M McAllister, Crumlin BB £325, Adrian Murphy, Ballyclare BB £320, W Simpson, Comber BB £310, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £305, Cairnleigh Ltd BB £300, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £295, Alan White, Mosside FKV £290, J Walker, Randalstown AA £285, R Baird, Carrick Char £280.

Heifer calves sold to: Carnleigh Ltd, Aghalee (2) BB £405, HM McCracken, Greyabbey BB £320, David McClintock, Broughshane BB £320, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £310, Mervyn Smyth, Cloughmills BB £305, Cairnleigh Ltd BB £300, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £300, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Sim £290, M and R Park, Ballymena Sim £290, D Blelock, Crumlin BB £280, P McGowan, Toomebridge AA £265, HM McCracken, Greyabbey BB £260, D Bill, Templepatrick AA £250, T and ME Taylor, Doagh AA £250, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare AA £240.

Fr bull calves sold to: J Ferguson, Snr (4) £160, BE Montgomery, Ballymena £150, John Murray, Larne £145, GM Kernohan, Broughshane £145, Ryan Gordon, Broughshane (2) £135, David Harkness, Ballymena (2) £120, J Ferguson, Snr (5) £110.

An entry of 120 weanlings in Ballymena on Friday resulted in a sharp trade. Heifers sold to £435 over for a Sim 350kg at £785 offered by J McAuley, Glenarm. Bullocks sold to £530 over for a Char 370kg at £900 presented by JH Fraser, Belfast.

Ruling prices 0-250kgs: J Wilson, Kells Char 220kg £620 (281), WA Hagan, Ballyclare (3) Char 220kg £610 (277), J Wilson Char 240kg £600 (250), Michael McAuley, Newtowncrommelin Lim 150kg £360 (240), Hanna Hall, Newtownabbey Char 240kg £555 (231), W Brown, Saintfield Char 220kg £500 (227), Michael McAuley Lim 180kg £405 (225), W Brown Char 210kg £455 (216), John McAuley, Glenarm Sim 250kg £530 (212), Sim 230kg £440 (191), Robert Evans, Randalstown Lim 220kg £420 (190), H Irvine, Kells BB 250kg £465 (186), H Johnston, Glenarm Lim 230kg £425 (184).

251-300kgs: J Wilson, Kells Sal 260kg £620 (238), Lim 280kg £650 (232), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 280kg £640 (228), Hanna Hall, Newtownabbey (3) Lim 280kg £640 (228), W Brown, Saintfield Char 270kg £600 (222), Hanna Hall Lim 270kg £590 (218), H Johnston, Glenarm Lim 300kg £635 (211), John McAuley, Glenarm Sim 280kg £570 (203), J Wilson, Kells Lim 290kg £590 (203), WA Hagan, Ballyclare Lim 300kg £610 (203), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 290kg £570 (196), John McAuley, Glenarm Sim 300kg £580 (193).

301-350kgs: Robert Evans, Randalstown Lim 310kg £700 (225), John McAuley, Glenarm Sim 350kg £785 (224), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 330kg £740 (224), J Wilson, Kells Char 320kg £690 (215), Hanna Hall, Newtownabbey Lim 320kg £685 (214), John McAuley, Glenarm Sim 340kg £670 (197).

350kg and over: JPF O’Loan, Martinstown (2) Char 370kg £710 (191), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 360kg £650 (180), George Crothers, Kells Char 380kg £650 (171), B McAdam, Doagh BB 370kg £630 (170).

Bulls/blks sold to: 0-250kgs: WA Hagan, Ballyclare (2) Char 220kg £660 (300), H Johnston, Glenarm Lim 220kg £560 (254), G Gregg, Glarryford Lim 250kg £630 (252), G Orr, Ballywalter SH 190kg £430 (226), AA 180kg £400 (222), H Johnston Lim 250kg £540 (216), G Orr, AA 190kg £4380 (200), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 240kg £450 (187), G Orr AA 220kg £400 (181).

251-300kgs: Wm Black, Antrim Char 280kg £720 (257), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 300kg £740 (246), Wm Black Lim 280kg £690 (246), Sim 280kg £690 (246), Lim 300kg £720 (240), Hanna Hall, Newtownabbey Lim 280kg £635 (226), JL Gregg, Cloughmills Spk 270kg £600 (222), Hanna Hall Lim 290kg £620 (213), JL Gregg BB 300kg £640 (213), Sam Percy, Randalstown Lim 290kg £610 (210), JL Gregg Spk 290kg £605 (208), JH Fraser, Belfast Here 290kg £590 (203), AT Carson, Ballymoney Here 270kg £530 (196), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 290kg £550 (189), B McAdam, doagh Here 280kg £530 (189), J Jenkins Lim 270kg £500 (185).

301-350kgs: J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 310kg £820 (264), Patrick Delargy, Glenariffe Lim 330kg £830 (251), JH Fraser, Belfast Char 330kg £810 (245), George Crothers, Kells Sim 330kg £780 (236), W Black, Antrim Lim 310kg £730 (235), JH Fraser Char 340kg £800 (235), AT Carson, Ballymoney Here 350kg £795 (227), JH Fraser Char 330kg £745 (225), B McAdam, Doagh Here 310kg £690 (222), J Wilson Lim 320kg £690 (215), JH Fraser Here 350kg £740 (211), Samuel Minn, Moorfields Sim 310kg £635 (204), (2) Sim 320kg £650 (203), JH Fraser, Belfast Char 320kg £645 (201), Here 320kg £625 (195).

351kg and over: JH Fraser, Belfast Char 370kg £900 (243), George Crothers, Kells Char 360kg £830 (230), Patrick Delargy, Glenariffe Lim 360kg £790 (219), Lim 400kg £870 (217), JH Fraser Char 370kg £775 (209), Char 360kg £750 (208), George Crothers, Kells Char 370kg £770 (208), John Heron, Broughshane Lim 460kg £945 (205), Robert Evans, Randalstown Lim 420kg £835 (198), JH Fraser Char 390kg £770 (197), Char 360kg £655 (181), S Mulholland, Aghadowey Here 460kg £800 (173).

A smaller sale of 590 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a terrific trade. Fat lambs sold to 337p for a pen of 19 Texels 21.5kg at £72.50 offered by G Crothers, Kells and to a top per head of £79 for a pen of 28 Texels 24kg presented by H Hall, Ballyclare. Fat ewes to £65.

Fat lambs (566): Top prices per kg: George Crothers, Kells 19 Tex 21.5kg £72.50 (337), JM Fenton, Glarryford 5 Tex 21.5kg £72 (334), WJ Cubitt, Rasharkin 3 Tex 22.5kg £74.50 (331), Hugh Hall, Ballyclare 28 Tex 24kg £79 (329), SM Glass, Glarryford 5 Tex 22kg £71.50 (325), J Holmes, Ballycastle 13 Tex 26kg £63 (315), Charles McAllister, Broughshane 5 CB 22kg £68 (309), N McAuley, Ballyclare 4 Tex 23kg £71 (308), Norman McAuley Jnr, Ballyclare 5 Tex 22.5kg £69 (306), R Waide, Cloughmills 15 CB 23kg £70.50 (306), Matt Workman, Kilwaughter 22 CB 24kg £73.50 (306), Hugh Stewart, Ballyclare 39 CB 23.5kg £71.80 (305), E and P McCormick, Cushendun 10 BF 22.5kg £68.50 (304), K McAuley, Broughshane 41 Tex 23.5kg £71 (302), D Adams, Comber 37 Tex 24.5kg £74 (302), G Robinson, Broughshane 12 Tex 24kg £72 (300), T Moorhead, Aughafatten 17 CB 24kg £72 (300), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 23 Suff 24kg £72 (300), T Rea, Larne 9 Tex 23kg £69 (300).

Top prices per head: Hugh Hall, Ballyclare 28 Tex 24kg £79, K and P Buchanan, Larne 11 Tex 30kg £78, John Johnston, Ballymena 3 Suff 31kg £75, John O’Donnell, Toomebridge 7 Suff 26kg £75, WJ Cubitt, Rasharkin 3 Tex 22.5kg £74.50, Sam McNabney, Clough 32 Suff 26kg £74.50, D Adams, Comber 37 Tex 24.5kg £74, Paul Smyth, Broughshane 26 Dor 25kg £74, S McNaughton, Loughgiel 36 CB 26kg £74, L Woodside, Islandmagee 14 Dor 25.5kg £74, B Gribben, Dunloy 20 CB 25kg £73.50, Matt Workman, Kilwaughter 22 CB 24kg £73.50, Brian Mullan, Ballymoney 40 Tex 24.5kg £73.

Fat ewes (24)

1st quality

Suff - £50-£65

Tex - £50-£65

CB - £40-£55

BF - £25-£40