Excellent trade for all types at Ballymena

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Over 300 head sold readily at Ballymena on Thursday. Beef steers sold to 191 pence for a 530kg Lim, heifers also sold to 191 pence for a 590kg Blonde. Beef cows to 182 pence for a 660kg Lim. Friesians to 114p for 680kg.

Beef cows sold to: Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 660kg £1201 (182), Lim 650kg £1157 (178), WG Hoy, Templepatrick BB 700kg £1239 (177), A Livingstone, Ballymena Lim 620kg £1085 (175), Alexander Ross BB 720kg £1195 (166), Samuel Coleman, Glarryford Lim 790kg £1256 (159), Hugh McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 520kg £821 (158), Samuel Coleman Lim 790kg £1248 (158), John McLaughlin, Bushmills Lim 690kg £1055 (153), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 600kg £912 (152), J McCormack, Kilrea Char 510kg £775 (152), W Adamson, Ballynure Blonde 610kg £896 (147), Sam Cameron, Randalstown Blonde 670kg £938 (140), JP McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 400kg £556 (139), Alexander Ross Lim 690kg £945 (137), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter BB 700kg £952 (136), J McCormack, Kilrea Lim 510kg £683 (134), J McCambridge, Ballycastle Lim 680kg £904 (133), J McCormack, Kilrea Char 750kg £997 (133), Thomas McErlean, Bellaghy Par 810kg £1077 (133), J McKinley, Ballycastle Sal 790kg £1042 (132), S Watters, Cookstown Lim 590kg £772 (131), C O’Hara, Char 640kg £832 (130), J McCormack, Kilrea Lim 510kg £663 (130).

Friesian cows sold to: A Mawhinney, Bellaghy 680kg £775 (114), Stephen McCammond, Randalstown 670kg £737 (110), A Mawhinney 640kg £704 (110), 660kg £706 (107), 680kg £727 (107), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 680kg £727 (107), WJ Taylor, Kircubbin 720kg £748 (104), W Weatherup, Carrickfergus 530kg £551 (104), SH Adams, Cloughmills 810kg £826 (102), local producer 590kg £590 (100), Alexander Ross, Newtownards 560kg £560 (100), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 640kg £640 (100), 700kg £700 (100), W Patterson, Ballyclare 660kg £660 (100), L Hughes, Clough 600kg £600 (100), JE McIlroy, Magheramourne 640kg £627 (98), Arthur Gibson, Glenarm 600kg £588 (98), W Weatherup 680kg £666 (98), L Hughes, 740kg £725 (98), T and J Mackey, Ballynure 600kg £588 (98), WJ Taylor, Kircubbin 720kg £691 (96), R Chambers, Ballycastle 660kg £633 (96), David Wallace, Antrim 780kg £748 (96), A and E Cochrane, Bushmills 770kg £731 (95).

Beef heifers sold to: B Gillan, Dunloy 590kg £1126 (191), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 540kg £993 (184), John Hamilton, Rathkenny Lim 620kg £1103 (178), S Kerr Lim 490kg £872 (178), B Gillan, Dunloy Lim 580kg £1032 (178), Matt Workman, Kilwaughter Char 540kg £961 (178), Carson Livingstone Sim 610kg £1079 (177), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Char 570kg £1008 (177), Andrew Adams, Ballymena BB 530kg £932 (176), Thomas Doherty, Bellaghy Lim 600kg £1056 (176), John Hamilton, Rathkenny Char 570kg £986 (173), WJ Patton, Cloughmills Sim 530kg £901 (170), A McDonald, Portglenone Char 600kg £1020 (170).

Beef steers sold to: Wm McMullan, Toomebridge Lim 530kg £1012 (191), Dean McAllister, Armoy Blonde 640kg £1164 (182), Lim 620kg £1103 (178), Lim 570kg £1014 (178), Martin McGarry Lim 720kg £1274 (177), A McDonald, Portglenone Char 670kg £1185 (177), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Lim 630kg £1108 (176), P Higgins, Martinstown Char 730kg £1277 (175), Sim 660kg £1148 (174), Char 700kg £1218 (174), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 590kg £1026 (174), A McDonald, Portglenone Char 660kg £1148 (174), Wm McMullan, Toomebridge Lim 560kg £968 (173), Dean McAllister, Armoy Lim 600kg £1038 (173), JA Cunningham, Garvagh Lim 720kg £1245 (173), Thomas Strange, Straid St 690kg £1186 (172), John Hamilton, Rathkenny Char 700kg £1190 (170), Dean McAllister, Armoy Char 650kg £1105 (170), local farmer Char 690kg £1122 (170), Char 690kg £1173 (170).

Friesian steers sold to: Moore Wallace, Dunloy 740kg £1087 (147), 700kg £924 (132), WG Bonar, Randalstown 750kg £825 (110).

Dairy cows and heifers sold to £1360 for a second calver from C Annett, Hillsborough. Ruling prices: Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved cow £1360, R Simpson, Ballymena calved cow £1320, Mrs C Annett calved cow £1320, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1260, Drogal farm, Aghalee calved hfr £1260, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch calved cow £1200, David Wallace, Antrim calved cow £1170, calved hfr £1170, DS Dickey, Randalstown calved hfr £1130, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved cow £1120, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch calved hfr £1100, John Hunter, Crumlin calved hfr £1050.

Suckler stock sold well to a top of £1400 for a BB cow in calf to Lim from R Creith, Bushmills. Ruling prices: Richard Creith, Bushmills BB in calf cow £1400, Sim in calf cow £1350, R and M Milliken, Armoy Sim hfr and bull calf £1340, Richard Creith Sim in calf cow £1150, Paul Watson, Cullybackey Lim cow and bull calf £1110, Richard Creith Sim in calf cow £1100, Sim in calf cow £1050, Lim in calf cow £1050, SG Lindsay, Newtownabbey Here in calf hfr £1000.

A special entry of breeding bulls from Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills sold well to 3100gns for a Char. Ruling prices: Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills Char 3100gns, 2800gns, 2750gns, 2550gns, 2550gns, C Chestnutt AA 2500gns, Victor Chestnutt Char 2450gns, Char 2300gns, C Chestnutt AA 2200gns, AA 1900gns.

Other breeding bulls sold to: M Breen, Augher Char £2000, John Lawrence, Magherafelt AA £1950, Patrick McCann, Portglenone Lim £1850, Alan Adair, Antrim Char £1600, John Lawrence, Magherafelt AA £1200, GA Henry, Knockloughrim Lim £1200.

Another good trade for 280 dropped calves saw BB calves sell to £455. Strong Sim heifer calves to £440, young BB heifer cavles to £345, strong Fr bull calves to £200 and young Fr bulls to £120 each.

Highest price for beef bred bull calves: Samuel Brennan, Larne BB £455, BB £430, BB £410, Stephen McCammond, Randalstown Sim £410, Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm Lim £405, Alastair McBurney, Clough Lim £400, Samuel Brennan BB £370, W McConnell, Ballyclare Lim £355, Alastair McBurney Lim £350, E Gillan, Ballymena Lim £340, Wm Hoey, Ballymena AA £340, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £335, Thomas Johnston, Glenavy Lim £335, Cairnleigh Ltd, Aghalee BB £355, Samuel Brennan, Lim £330, B Alexander, BB £320.

Heifer calves sold to: E Gillan, Ballymena Sim (strong) £440, Samuel Brennan (2) BB £410, BB £370, S Scullion, Glenarm Char £350, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £345, Samuel Brennan Lim £335, Ian Millar, Ballymena BB £330, A McMinn, Larne Char £310, B Alexander, BB £300, Samuel Brennan BB £300, Shanes Castle Estate, Antrim BB £295, D and A Sampson, Castledawson AA £285, David McClintock, Broughshane Lim £280, Cairnleigh Ltd, Aghalee (2) BB £280.

Fr bull calves sold to: Kenneth McCord, Antrim (2) (strong) £200, Samuel Brennan (2) £160, Roger Lyttle, Raloo £150, Alan McNair, Ballyclare £150, A Minnis, Comber (2) £135, Alan McNair £130, Kenneth McCord, Antrim £125, Alastair McBurney, Clough £120, S Scullion, Glenarm £120, John Patterson, Crumlin £110, WP and WJ Jackson, Crossgar (2) £102, S Wilson, Ballymena £95.

An entry of 450 weanlings in Ballymena on Friday resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £590 over for a Char 490kg at £1080 presented by John Mulvenna, Larne. Heifers sold to £505 over for a Char 390kg at £895 offered by John Knox, Broughshane.

Heifers 0-250kgs

B Gingles, Larne Char 210kg £540 (257), Char 200kg £485 (242), Char 230kg £555 (241), E Gregg, Ahoghill, BB 240kg £555 (231), FJ McDonnell, Martinstown Char 240kg £555 (231), J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 250kg £575 (230), Stewart McMaw, Carrickfergus Char 230kg £520 (226), J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 240kg £520 (216), W Craig, Larne Lim 250kg £515 (206), B Gingles, Char 220kg £450 (204), W Craig Lim 220kg £445 (202).

251-300kgs

A Stevenson, Armoy Char 270kg £750 (277), Char 280kg £770 (275), Char 280kg £765 (273), HV McCambridge, Carnlough (2) Char 300kg £765 (255), Char 300kg £755 (251), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 300kg £750 (250), J Morrow, Ballyclare Char 280kg £680 (242), J A McKillop, Cushendall Char 290kg £690 (237), Hugh V McCambridge, Carnlough Char 290kg £690 (237), Char 300kg £710 (236), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 270kg £630 (233), L McClinton, Glenarm Char 280kg £650 (232), A Stevenson Char 300kg £695 (231), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 290kg £660 (227), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Char 300kg £680 (226).

301-350kgs

A Stevenson, Armoy Char 320kg £765 (239), J Knox, Broughshane Char 320kg £765 (239), John McAuley, Glenarm BB 310kg £740 (238), M McNeill, Cushendall Char 310kg £740 (238), W and M Orr, Ballycastle (2) Char 320kg £750 (234), J Knox, Broughshane Char 310kg £725 (233), HV McCambridge, Carnlough Char 320kg £745 (232), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 330kg £765 (231), J Knox, Char 340kg £775 (227), L McClinton, Glenarm Char 310kg £700 (225), J Knox Char 320kg £720 (225), Char 350kg £785 (224), JA McKillop, Cushendall Char 310kg £695 (224), J Knox, Char 340kg £760 (223), M McNeill, Cushendall Char 340kg £760 (223).

351kg and over

J Knox, Broughshane Char 380kg £880 (231), Char 390kg £895 (229), Char 370kg £810 (218), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 360kg £770 (213), J Knox, Char 380kg £805 (211), D and F Kinney, Cushendall Char 390kg £825 (211), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 370kg £770 (208), P McCord, Randalstown Lim 390kg £810 (207), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 400kg £825 (206), Lim 440kg £905 (205), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 370kg £750 (202), Char 380kg £765 (201), D and F Kinney, Lim 370kg £740 (200), O Wilson, Dungiven Char 370kg £740 (200), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 450kg £900 (200), N Brown, Moira Lim 400kg £795 (198).

Heifers 0-250kgs

Stewart McMaw, Carrick Char 220kg £620 (281), B Gingles, Larne Char 210kg £555 (264), Lim 230kg £580 (252), N Brown, Moira Lim 250kg £625 (250), Andrew McCurdy, Broughshane Ea 240kg £580 (241), Martin Barr, Larne Lim 250kg £580 (232), Mike Frazer, Templepatrick Spk 250kg £580 (232), local producer Lim 240kg £555 (231), A McCann, Toomebridge AA 250kg £560 (224), local producer Lim 240kg £535 (222), Lim 250kg £555 (222), Here 210kg £465 (221), Bruce Matthews, Clough AA 240kg £520 (216), local producer Lim 200kg £420 (210).

251-300kgs

A Stevenson, Armoy Char 260kg £770 (296), W McLaughlin, Dunloy (3) Char 280kg £750 (267), Lim 280kg £750 (267), A Stevenson, Armoy Char 280kg £740 (264), L McClinton, Glenarm Char 300kg £790 (263), N Brown, Moira Char 290kg £755 (260), J Morow, Ballyclare Lim 260kg £650 (250), N Brown Char 280kg £700 (250), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 260kg £650 (250), FJ McDonnell, Martinstown Lim 260kg £650 (250), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 300kg £740 (246), John McAuley, Glenarm BB 280kg £690 (246), Wm Bonnes, Randalstown Char 290kg £700 (241), Roger Crawford, Parkmore Lim 280kg £675 (241), local producer Lim 280kg £665 (237).

301-350kgs

A Stevenson, Armoy Char 340kg £860 (252), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 320kg £800 (250), A Stevenson Char 330kg £825 (250), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 310kg £770 (248), N Brown, Moira Char 350kg £855 (244), J Campbell Blonde 320kg £780 (243), J Morrow, Ballyclare (2) Lim 320kg £770 (240), Lim 330kg £790 (239), L McClinton Char 340kg £800 (235), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Lim 330kg £775 (234), WR Wilson, Ballymena Char 330kg £770 (233), L McClinton Char 350kg £805 (230), Mike Frazer, Templepatrick Char 310kg £705 (227), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Char 330kg £750 (227), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 310kg £685 (221).

350kg and over

O Wilson, Dungiven Char 360kg £850 (236), D and J McDonnell, Newtowncrommelin Lim 370kg £870 (235), Robert Evans, Randalstown Lim 360kg £840 (233), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Char 400kg £920 (230), Char 390kg £880 (225), Char 360kg £810 (225), J Mulvenna, Larne Char 420kg £940 (223), Char 370kg £825 (223), M McNeill, Cushendall Char 370kg £820 (221), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Lim 360kg £795 (220), J Mulvenna, Larne Char 490kg £1080 (220), O Wilson, Dungiven Char 420kg £925 (220), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 360kg £785 (218), Robert Evans, Randalstown Lim 390kg £845 (216), AJ Wilson Char 370kg £800 (216), Roger Crawford, Parkmore Lim 390kg £840 (215).

A small entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade. Ewes and lambs to £182, springers to £121, store lambs to £72.50, ewe lambs to £77.50, pets to £27. Leading prices as follows:

Breeders sold to: Lyndon Hull, Aghalee 5 Tex in lamb ewes £121, 5 Tex in lamb ewes £120, S Wilson, Ballymena 13 Tex in lamb ewes £118, Ryan Gordon, Broughshane 10 CB in lamb ewes £115, B Gingles, Larne 11 CB in lamb ewes £110, 11 CB in lamb ewes £110, S Wilson 10 CB in lamb ewes £108, 11 CB in lamb ewes £100, 11 CB in lamb ewes £99, 12 CB in lamb ewes £98, 11 CB in lamb ewes £98, 11 CB in lamb ewes £98, 11 CB in lamb ewes £95, 11 CB in lamb ewes £92.

An entry of 145 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £605 over for a Lim 550kg at £1155 offered by Carrigeen farms, Parkgate. Heifers sold to £570 over for a Char 550kg at £1120 presented by J Currie, Ballymena.

Bulls/blks sold to: Carrigeen farms, Templepatrick Lim 550kg £1155 (210), Liam McNally, Newry Char 540kg £1110 (205), Carrigeen farms Char 550kg £1130 (205), local producer Blonde 470kg £950 (202), RAJ and RJ McDowell, Gleno Lim 470kg £950 (202), (2) Char 420kg £840 (200), Michael McNally, Newry Char 540kg £1080 (200), Carrigeen farms Char 510kg £1020 (200), Lim 530kg £1060 (200), RAJ and RJ McDowell (2) Char 400kg £795 (198), WJ Hutchinson, Ballyclare AA 520kg £1025 (197), Carrigeen farms Char 590kg £1160 (196), Char 580kg £1140 (196), Michael McNally Char 550kg £1080 (196), Jean Craig, Larne (2) Lim 480kg £940 (195), Michael McNally Char 480kg £935 (194), Liam McNally Char 550kg £1070 (194), Phillip Patterson, Crumlin Lim 550kg £1070 (194), K O’Neill, Broughshane AA 510kg £990 (194), WJ Hutchinson, Ballyclare AA 560kg £1085 (193), S and G Davidson, Broughshane Lim 540kg £1045 (193), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 460kg £890 (193).

Heifers sold to: JK Currie, Ballymena Char 550kg £1120 (203), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane Char 480kg £940 (195), Char 470kg £920 (195), Char 490kg £920 (187), David H Fleming, Templepatrick Char 470kg £875 (186), SG Hanna, Cullybackey Lim 500kg £930 (186), Wm Hamilton, Char 460kg £855 (185), Char 480kg £890 (185), Char 450kg £830 (184), D and F Kinney, Cushendall Lim 440kg £800 (181), Wm Hamilton Char 530kg £950 (179), DJ Moore, Ballyclare Lim 400kg £700 (175), D and F Kinney Lim 470kg £820 (174), Lim 430kg £750 (174), Wm Hamilton Char 380kg £660 (173), DJ Moore, AA 480kg £820 (170), D and F Kinney Lim 500kg £850 (170), DJ Moore AA 450kg £760 (168), AA 450kg £750 (166), M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Lim 600kg £1000 (166), DJ Moore, Char 480kg £790 (164), WJ Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 520kg £840 (161), DJ Moore AA 520kg £840 (161), David H Fleming, Templepatrick Char 550kg £880 (160).

An entry of 2506 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat hoggets sold to 425p for a pen of 22 Tex at £93.50 offered by RR Cupples, Broughshane and to a top per head of £97 for a pen of heavy Texels presented by K Bell, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £89.

Fat hoggets (2205) (top price per kg): RR Cupples, Rathkenny 11 Tex 22kg £93.50 (425), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 22kg £92.50 (420), S Davison, Broughshane 5 Tex 23.5kg £93 (395), WA Hagan, Ballyclare 8 Tex 18.5kg £71.50 (386), 3 Tex 17kg £65 (382), S Davison 5 Tex 21.5kg £81 (376), WJ McClintock, Broughshane 2 Tex 23.5kg £88.50 (376), David Boyd, Monkstown 18 Tex 23kg £86 (373), James Newell, Ballymoney 27 Tex 23kg £85.50 (371), David Campbell, Templepatrick 11 Tex 24.5kg £90.80 (370), M Moffett, Broughshane 23 CB 23kg £85.20 (370), A Dobbs, Carrick 23 Tex 23.5kg £87 (370), J and M Farlow, Macosquin 5 Tex 20kg £74 (370), James Sheppard, Raloo 6 Suff 24kg £88.50 (368), J Hamilton, Ballymena 23 Tex 24kg £88.50 (368), C Gribben, Dunloy 22 Suff 24.5kg £90.20 (368), Robert Buchanan, Kells 8 Dor 23.5kg £86.50 (368), AM O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin 9 Tex 20kg £73.50 (367), H Mulvenna, Glenarm 11 BF 23kg £84.50 (367), Samuel Craig, Ballycastle 22 Tex 23kg £84.50 (367), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun 25 Suff 22.5kg £82.50 (366), S Davison, Broughshane 2 Tex 18kg £66 (366), R Dunlop, Portglenone 1 Tex 23.5kg £86 (366), 6 Tex 23.5kg £86 (366), H Hunter, Bushmills 35 Tex 22.5kg £82.20 (365), 35 Tex 22.5kg £82.20 (365), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 6 Suff 21.5kg £78.50 (365), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 27 Suff 21.5kg £78.50 (365), A McAuley, Glenarm 19 Suff 22kg £80.20 (364), Aidan Hunter, Carnlough 10 CB 22.5kg £82 (364).

Top prices per head: Kenneth Bell, Broughshane 1 Tex 31kg £97, David Coulter, Doagh 2 Dor 33kg £97, Wesley Crawford, Broughshane 3 Tex 28.5kg £94, RR Cupples, Rathkenny 1 Tex 22kg £93.50, Louise Hamilton 25 Tex 26kg £93.50, A Dobbs, Carrick 5 Tex 27kg £93.50, S Davidson, Broughshane 5 Tex 23.5kg £93, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 22kg £92.50, A Montgomery 14 Tex 26kg £92, WJ and FC Patterson, Broughshane 30 Tex 27.5kg £92, W Park, Antrim 68 Tex 27kg £92, N Hamill, Aughafatten 3 Tex 26.5kg £91.50, Adrian Lowry, Loughgiel 2 Tex 26.5kg £91.50, 11 Tex 26.5kg £91.50, Ian Semple, Dungiven 28 Tex 26.5kg £91, R Brown, Ballymena 19 Tex 29kg £91, J Murray, Ballymoney 9 Tex 26kg £91, 1 CB 31kg £91, B Gribben, Dunloy 18 CB 26kg £90.80, David Campbell, Templepatrick 11 Tex 24.5kg £90.80, K McAuley, Broughshane 31 Suff 25kg £90.20, C Gribben, Dunloy 22 Suff 24.5kg £90.20, R Campbell, Templepatrick 8 Tex 25kg £90.20, local farmer 22 Tex 26kg £90, Sam McNabney, Clough 1 Tex 27kg £90, G and B Taylor, Ballymoney 44 Suff 26kg £90, John Clarke, Gracehill 13 Dor 27.5kg £90, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 47 CB 26.5kg £90, JF Leslie, Ballymoney 30 Tex 25.5kg £90, Denis Boyd, Straid 5 Tex 27kg £90.

Fat ewes (301) (1st quality)

Suff - £75-£88

Tex- £75-£89

CB - £55-£78

BF - £30-£50