Great entry of beef cattle at Ballymena meets steady trade

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Another great entry of 420 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Beef cows sold to 160p Blue 630kg at £1008, Fr cows to 114p 680kg at £775, beef heifers to 190p, 590kg at £1121, beef bullocks 194p, 660kg at £1280 and Fr bullocks to 150p, 650kg at £975.

Fat cows sold to: SB and D Weatherup, Ballyearl BB 630kg £1008 (160), M Diamond, Coleraine Lim 710kg £1121 (158), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch BB 650kg £1020 (157), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 520kg £759 (146). D and G McVicker, Ballymoney Fr 500kg £730 (146), O’Kane farm, Dunloy Lim 780kg £1131 (145). BB 830kg £1203 (145), H Crawford, Moneyrea Lim 820kg £1189 (145), Owen Miskelly BB 650kg £923 (142), J Adams, Bellaghy BB 680kg £938 (138), F Quinn, Kilrea AA 740kg £1006 (136), David J Jones, Belfast Char 930kg £1236 (133), J Jones, Belfast Sal 630kg £831 (132), J and J McKeagney, Upperlands Lim 870kg £1148 (132), H Nicholl, Randalstown Lim 620kg £806 (130), B Buchanan, Hillsborough Char 890kg £1157 (130), Char 930kg £1209 (130), D Kennedy, Ballymena Lim 640kg £825 (129), David Mairs, Magheragall Lim 670kg £844 (126), H Crawford, Carnalbana Lim 630kg £793 (126), George A Hamilton, Randalstown Sim 760kg £957 (126), H Nicholl, Randalstown Lim 600kg £750 (125), Greenmount Hill farm Lim 650kg £806 (124), C and M White, Aughafatten Sim 600kg £732 (122).

Friesian cows sold to: Miss ME McCullough, Ballynure 680kg £775 (114), Wilbert Craig, Crumlin 700kg £756 (108), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 660kg £706 (107), S Fullerton, Bushmills 740kg £784 (106), TJ Grahame, Maghera 620kg £638 (103), M McAllister, Crumlin 620kg £638 (103), G Connon, Aldergrove 710kg £731 (103), Thomas Dunlop, Glenarm 740kg £732 (99), S Fullerton, Bushmills 740kg £725 (98), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 630kg £598 (95), O Magill, Crumlin 780kg £741 (95), R and M Kidd, Broughshane 730kg £686 (94), Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey 720kg £676 (94), Andrew Abraham, Antrim 710kg £667 (94), D Maybin, Broughshane 620kg £576 (93), D Parke, Magherafelt 680kg £632 (93), O Magill, Crumlin 740kg £688 (93), Andrew Abraham, Antrim 720kg £662 (92), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 660kg £600 (91), James Chestnutt, Portrush 630kg £573 (91), WS Kennedy, Ballyclare 580kg £516 (89), M Gordon, Clough 620kg £551 (89), WW McCormick 570kg £501 (88).

Fat bulls sold to: Stanley Gregg, Hillsborough Lim 640kg £960 (150), M Blair, Limavady Char 520kg £774 (149), David Hamilton, Broughshane AA 840kg £1134 (135), P and L Boyd, Cloughmills Char 470kg £564 (120), Char 600kg £720 (120), Lim 450kg £540 (120), Daniel O’Boyle, Toomebridge 710kg £823 (116), O’Kane farm, Dunloy Lim 1020kg £1101 (108), T Boyd, Larne Sim 580kg £503 (104), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 670kg £670 (100), Daniel O’Boyle, Toomebridge 670kg £670 (100),

Beef heifers sold to: Trevor Wallace, Dromore Char 590kg £1121 (190), Lim 540kg £1004 (186), Char 550kg £1012 (184), Char 510kg £938 (184), Char 570kg £1026 (180), Char 540kg £972 (180), Char 540kg £966 (179), A O’Neill, Glenarm Char 590kg £1032 (175), Trevor Wallace, Char 590kg £1032 (175), Rainey Bros, Ballygally Char 540kg £945 (175), Trevor Wallace Char 590kg £1026 (174), Lim 600kg £1044 (174), Char 630kg £1089 (173), Char 530kg £916 (173), Rainey Bros Char 570kg £980 (172), JM Morrison, Armoy BB 470kg £803 (171), Trevor Wallace, Dromore Char 490kg £833 (170), SB and D Weatherup, Ballyearl Lim 610kg £1037 (170), H Crawford, Moneyrea Char 860kg £1462 (170).

Beef bullocks sold to: Mrs Jean Hoey, Glenarm Char 660kg £1280 (194), P Graffin, Portglenone Lim 680kg £1224 (180), Lim 710kg £1242 (175), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 570kg £974 (171), G and A McBurney, Ballyclare Char 550kg £940 (171), AS Millar, Antrim Sal 730kg £1241 (170), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 760kg £1292 (170), M Blair, Ballymoney Char 520kg £884 (170), W McQuigg, Aghadowey Lim 650kg £1098 (169), Lim 780kg £1279 (164), David Hamilton, Broughshane AA 680kg £1115 (164), W Pinkerton, Ballymoney Blonde 520kg £852 (164), G and A McBurney, Ballyclare Lim 560kg £907 (162), Stanley Gregg, Hillsborough AA 710kg £1150 (162), Gary Arthur, Ballymena Char 690kg £1117 (162), Wm Smyth, Limavady BB 630kg £1020 (162), Gary Arthur Lim 760kg £1216 (160), W Pinkerton, Ballymoney Lim 520kg £832 (160), Wm Smyth, Limavady BB 650kg £1040 (160), BB 690kg £1104 (160), BB 710kg £1136 (160).

Fr bullocks sold to: B Herbison, Toomebridge 650kg £975 (150), M Jamison, Larne 610kg £823 (135), 580kg £783 (135), 650kg £877 (135), TJ Grahame, Maghera 670kg £871 (130), Alfie Rocke, Larne 640kg £787 (123), John Carey, Dunloy 630kg £756 (120).

52 dairy cows and sucklers sold to £1460 for a calved heifer from WG Johnston, Ligoniel. Ruling prices:-

W and R Orr, Ballymena calved hfr £1460, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1280, M McGimpsey, Newtownards calved hfr £1250, W and R Orr calved hfr £1120, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1100, WJ McBride, Magherafelt calved hfr £1080, Thomas Carlisle calved cow £1070, W and R Orr, calved hfr £1030, WS Gregg, Cloughmills calved cow £1020, W Black calved hfr £1000.

Suckler stock sold to £1540 for a SHB heifer with heifer calf at foot. Ruling prices: E Gregg, Ahoghill SH hfr and hfr calf £1540, E McNeilly, Gracehill Lim hfr and bull calf £1380, T Weatherup, Carrick Lim cow and bull calf £1160, Robert McDowell, Gleno Sim hfr and bull calf £1140, Crawford N Millar, Randalstown AA hfr and bull calf £1120, C McCroary, Broughshane BB cow and bull calf £1070, BB cow and bull calf £1060, Crawford N Millar Char hfr and bull calf £1000.

205 dropped calves met a slightly easier trade selling to £420 for a Sim bull, heifer calves to £380 also for a Sim and Fr bulls to £230.

Bull calves sold to: RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £420, Thomas Johnston, Glenavy Lim £420, Lim £410, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £400, Sam Kennedy, Doagh BB £380, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £375, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £360, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £355, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £350, BB £345, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £340, Lim £335, H and J Wilson, Larne Sim £335, RJ McCullough, Glenwherry Sim £330, Alastair McBurney, Clough Lim £330, R Baird, Carrick Char £325.

Heifer calves sold to: RJ McCullough, Glenwherry Sim £380, Samuel Kennedy, Doagh BB £345, Alastair McBurney, Clough Lim £340, Samuel Kennedy BB £335, Alastair McBurney Lim £320, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £300, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £295, Joseph Adams, Ballymena BB £285, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £285, A Beggs, Kilwaughter Lim £280, H O’Mullan, Ballymena BB £280, Thomas Johnston, Glenavy Lim £280, Wm Peden Lim £260, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £260, WT Robinson, Glenarm AA £245.

Friesian calves sold to: Denis Boyd, Straid £230, (2) £220, Alan McNair, Ballyclare (3) £180, Alex Magee, Larne £170, Alastair McBurney, Clough £150, £140, Denis Boyd £140, A Beggs, Kilwaughter £140, A Beggs, Kilwaughter £135, JF Smith, Islandmagee £115, Wm Hoey, Ballymena (2) £100, Graeme Martin, Broughshane (2) £90.

An entry of 320 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade. Bull calves sold to £490 over for a Char 320kg at £810 offered by R Armstrong, Stoneyford. Heifers sold to £530 over for a Char 380kg at £910 presented by J Taylor, Coleraine.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: S Lagan, Moneymore Char 180kg £570 (316), J McAuley, Ballyclare (2) Lim 180kg £550 (305), R and V Craig, Larne Lim 230kg £695 (302), local farmer Char 170kg £510 (300), J McAuley Char 200kg £575 (287), Char 190kg £540 (284), BB 190kg £540 (284).

251-300kgs: RG Mulholland, Stoneyford Lim 260kg £685 (263), B Devlin, Randalstown Lim 260kg £680 (261), RG Mulholland Char 280kg £725 (258), G Gault, Ballyclare Lim 260kg £670 (257), GNG Gibson, Ligoniel SH 270kg £690 (255), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 270kg £690 (255), G Gault, Doagh Lim 280kg £715 (255), Mrs S Davidson Char 290kg £735 (253).

301-350kgs: Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 320kg £810 (253), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 310kg £780 (251), Robert Armstrong Char 350kg £840 (240), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 310kg £735 (237), J Taylor, Coleraine Lim 330kg £780 (236), (2) Lim 340kg £790 (232), Kenneth McBride, Mallusk Lim 340kg £775 (227).

351kg and over: Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 360kg £840 (233), R McCullough, Milebush Lim 360kg £830 (230), Mrs M Crawford, Glenwherry Lim 360kg £820 (227), Darren Stewart, Ballyclare Lim 380kg £850 (223), Wm Smyth, Ballymena Lim 360kg £795 (220), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 370kg £810 (218), Char 380kg £810 (213), B Scullion, Portglenone BB 390kg £830 (212).

Heifers 0-250kgs: J McAuley, Ballyclare (2) Char 160kg £500 (312), H O’Kane, Carnlough Char 220kg £670 (304), Lim 230kg £665 (289), Char 190kg £530 (279), Char 220kg £610 (277), Lim 220kg £605 (275), Char 200kg £550 (275).

251-300kgs: H O’Kane, Carnlough Char 270kg £690 (255), J Taylor, Coleraine Char 290kg £720 (248), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 280kg £685 (244), Char 260kg £635 (244), C McNaughton, Ballymoney Char 270kg £640 (237), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 260kg £605 (232), J Taylor, Coleraine (2) Char 280kg £650 (232).

301-350kgs: Wilbert Reid, Aughafatten Lim 310kg £780 (251), Paul McGarry, Dundrod Blonde 330kg £785 (237), R McCullough, Milebush Lim 350kg £825 (235), J Taylor, Coleraine Char 340kg £770 (226), Char 320kg £715 (223), Char 310kg £680 (219), C Millar, Kilrea Lim 330kg £710 (215), Robert Evans, Randalstown Lim 330kg £690 (209).

351kg and over: J Taylor, Coleraine Char 380kg £910 (239), R McCullough, Milebush Lim 360kg £795 (220), J Taylor Can 380kg £820 (215), R McCullough Lim 370kg £770 (208), Wilbert Reid, Aughafatten Lim 430kg £890 (207), Miss J Gilliland, Muckamore Lim 390kg £800 (205), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 360kg £710 (197), L and E Armstrong, Dungiven Lim 380kg £740 (194).

850 store and ewe lambs sold well on Monday evening.

Ewe lambs sold to: H Patterson, Carrickfergus 1 Dor £82, June Loughridge, Armoy 12 Swal £82, 12 Swal £78, G Gault, Doagh 23 Mule £76, John Morrison, Limavady 5 Tex £69, H Stirling, Larne 7 Tex £67, Liam Kinney, Glenariffe 9 BF £66, J McFetridge, Glenarm 1 Dor £66, James Boyle, Ballyclare 10 Tex £65, Rodney Hall, Larne 2 CB £64.

Store lambs sold to: K Kidd, Broughshane 26 Suff £66.50, Rodney Hall, Larne 26 Tex £65.50, JA Gillan, Clough 5 Ker £65, R Crawford, Magheramourne 12 Tex £64.50, A Wilson, Armoy 12 Tex £64.50, HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin 52 Tex £63, Greenmount, Antrim 9 Tex £63, J Stewart, Nutts Corner 13 Tex £62, Ryan Gordon, Broughshane 11 Mule £60, Mrs H McAuley, Ballyclare 7 Suff £60, James Murtland, Antrim 33 Tex £60, E Matthews, Glenarm 2 Dor £60, S McAllister, Glenarm 37 Tex £59, Howard McNabney, Clough 33 Tex £58, Gordon McFetridge, Glenarm 12 Suff £58, Howard McNabney 33 Tex £57.50.

Improved trade for 150 store cattle. Leslie Galway, Downpatrick topped the prices per kg for bullocks and heifers with 350kg at £795 (227p). Heifers to £1205 for a 690kg Angus from RI McLaughlin, Cloughmills.

Bulls/blks 301-400kgs: Leslie Galway, Downpatrick Char 350kg £795 (227), Char 370kg £775 (209), Char 360kg £745 (206), Char 350kg £700 (200), Char 400kg £775 (193), BB 320kg £620 (193).

401-500kgs: F and R Auld, Newtownabbey AA 470kg £945 (201), AA 470kg £930 (197), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 420kg £825 (196), R McNabney, Broughshane Char 420kg £825 (196), McMurray Dalzell, Ballycarry Char 470kg £890 (189), Char 410kg £775 (189), S O’Kane, Upperlands Char 490kg £920 (187), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 420kg £785 (186), S O’Kane, Upperlands Char 460kg £855 (185), IB and HJ Marsden, Islandmagee (2) Blonde 470kg £870 (185).

501kg and over: A Heron, Broughshane Char 630kg £1180 (187), Mrs Hazel McConkey, Antrim Lim 510kg £950 (186), local farmer BB 510kg £945 (185), A Heron Char 600kg £1100 (183), Char 650kg £1170 (180).

Heifers 301-400kgs: Leslie Galway, Downpatrick Char 310kg £655 (211), Char 330kg £650 (197), Char 320kg £630 (196), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 370kg £715 (193), Lim 320kg £615 (192), Lim 380kg £730 (192), WHS McCrory, Glenarm Char 340kg £650 (191).

401-500kgs: TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 420kg £845 (201), Lim 410kg £810 (197), Lim 430kg £815 (189), Lim 440kg £820 (186), F and R Auld, Newtownabbey AA 430kg £800 (186), TJ McLornan Lim 490kg £900 (183), WHS McCrory, Glenarm Char 440kg £800 (181).

501kg and over: D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 510kg £950 (186), WHS McCrory, Glenarm Char 520kg £930 (178), Char 540kg £955 (176), P Penney, Raloo Lim 560kg £985 (175), RI McLaughlin, Cloughmills AA 690kg £1205 (174).

2000 lambs made a super trade selling to 318p per kg for a pen of 29 Texels for B and A McCammon. Ewes sold to £80 for Tex, £76 for CB, £70 for Char, £65 for Suff and £64 for Dorsets.

Top prices per kg: B and A McCammon, Magheramourne 29 Tex 22kg £70 (318), W Mitchell, Kells 14 Tex 19kg £60 (315), Simpson and Calvin, Ballymoney 2 Tex 23kg £72 (313), S Bonnar, Broughshane 15 Tex 20.5kg £63.50 (309), J Fenton, Glarryford 26 Tex 23kg £71 (308), S Petticrew, Martinstown 8 Tex 21kg £64.50 (307), WA Hagan, Ballyclare 1 Tex 20.5kg £62.50 (304), Howard McNabney, Clough 34 Tex 20.5kg £62.50 (304), WA Hagan 19 Tex 20.5kg £62.50 (304), I Morrison, Dunloy 12 Tex 21.5kg £65.50 (304), J Armstrong, Broughshane 6 Tex 21.5kg £65.50 (304), A Bonnar, Broughshane 2 Tex 22kg £67 (304), WJ McClintock, Broughshane 18 Tex 21.5kg £65.20 (303), JP Carey, Cloughmills 6 Tex 19kg £57.50 (302), L and J Barron, Trooperslane 22 Tex 22kg £66.50 (302), M Crawford, Randalstown 4 Tex 22.5kg £68 (302), J Petticrew, Cairncastle 12 Tex 22.5kg £67 (301), J Alexander, Randalstown 11 Tex 22.5kg £67.50 (300), Tom Stirling, Parkgate 25 Suff 22kg £66 (300), Alex Knox, Broughshane 9 Tex 21.5kg £64.50 (300), Rainey Bros, Ballygally 12 Tex 21.5lg £64.50 (300), T McKillop, Glenarm 18 Tex 22kg £65.80 (299), JA McQuiston, Ballymoney 28 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), 12 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), Mrs E Duff, Kells 16 Tex 20kg £59.50 (297).

Top prices per head: E Clyde, Muckamore 4 Tex 28kg £75, E and P McCormick, Cushendun 7 Blu 28.5kg £74, D Robinson, Carnalbana 18 Che 30.5kg £73, L and J Armstrong, Broughshane 20 Tex 31.5kg £73, S Rainey, Ballygally 1 Tex 29kg £73, Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner 6 Tex 26kg £72.50, Simpson and Calvin, Ballymoney 1 Tex 29kg £72.50, James Lamont, Ahoghill 37 Mule 28.5kg £72, E Gillan, Deerfin 12 Tex 27.5kg £72, E Ferguson, Magherafelt 36 Tex 25.5kg £72, K Dobbin, Ballycastle 19 Suff 25.5kg £72, Robert McMullan, Ahoghill 1 Suff 27kg £72, JF Leslie, Ballymoney 33 Tex 26kg £72, Simpson and Calvin 2 Tex 23kg £72, J Steede, Ballymena 5 Tex 25.5kg £71.80, Rbt Workman, Kilwaughter 34 CB 26kg £71.50, A Currie, Ballyclare 30 Tex 25kg £71.50, Samuel Craig, Ballycastle 20 Tex 25.5kg £71, Norman McBurney, Moorfields 57 Tex 25kg £71, G and B Taylor, Ballymoney 40 Suff 28kg £71, Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 20 Tex 25.5kg £71, SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 12 Tex 25.5kg £71, Roy Hunter, Broughshane 7 Tex 25kg £71, Wilbert Reid, Aughafatten 5 Tex 25.5kg £71, Rainey Bros, Ballygally 3 CB 26kg £71.