Improved trade for cattle at Ballymena

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An entry of 220 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in an improved trade.

Fat cows sold to 218p for a purebred Blue cow at 740kg at £1613 offered by JM Morrison & Son, Armoy. Fr cows to 117p for 840kg at £982 from A Abraham, Antrim. Beef heifers to 206p for Blue 550kg at £1133 presented by Nugent Estate, Portaferry. Beef bullocks to 180p for 640kg at £1152 from John Blair, Cullybackey. Fr bullocks to 155p for 650kg at £1007 from J Dorrian, Portaferry.

Beef cows sold to: JM Morrison & Son, Armoy BB 740kg £1613 (218), H Crawford, Moneyrea Blonde 780kg £1349 (173), Mrs N Quiery, Whitehead Blonde 750kg £1237 (165), H Crawford Lim 860kg £1384 (161), Wm Weir, Milebush Sim 630kg £976 (155), Nugent Estate, Portaferry Sim 620kg £930 (150), James Hughes, Newtownards BB 850kg £1266 (149), W & G Hanna, Ballymoney Lim 700kg £1036 (148), Nugent Estate Sim 520kg £759 (146), H Crawford Blonde 820kg £1197 (146), H Crawford Blonde 820kg £1197 (146), A McIlveen, Kells Sim 810kg £1158 (143), W & G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 620kg £868 (140), Lim 600kg £834 (139), Nugent Estates Sim 600kg £816 (136), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 550kg £748 (136), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 670kg £904 (135), R Shaw Lim 540kg £718 (133), JH Morrison & Son BB 700kg £924 (132), TJ Magee, Ballyclare Lim 570kg £741 (130), W & G Hanna, Ballymoney Lim 640kg £832 (130), BB 590kg £767 (130), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Char 650kg £838 (129), DJ McFerran, Dunloy FKV 690kg £876 (127), AS Millar, Antrim BB 590kg £737 (125).

Fr cows sold to: Andrew Abraham, Antrim 840kg £982 (117), John Graham, Glenwherry 510kg £561 (110), A Mawhinney, Bellaghy 700kg £763 (109), H Mulvenna, Glenarm 530kg £567 (107), 470kg £488 (104), 560kg £582 (104), J McCloskey, Dungiven 650kg £676 (104), Llewellan Hamill, Templepatrick 590kg £607 (103), BE Montgomery, Ballymena 550kg £528 (96), J King, Ballymena 550kg £528 (96), B O’Kane, Magherafelt 450kg £423 (94), George Forsythe, Cloughmills 600kg £564 (94), J McNeill, Aughafatten 560kg £520 (93), DW Graham, Clough 580kg £533 (92), local farmer 590kg £542 (92), BE Montgomery, Ballymena 550kg £506 (92), J McCloskey, Dungiven 520kg £473 (91), I Derby, Magherafelt 610kg £549 (90), L Hamill, Templepatrick 690kg £621 (90), JV & RJ Moore, Larne 640kg £576 (90).

Beef heifers sold to: Nugent Estates, Portaferry BB 550kg £1133 (206), Lim 480kg £931 (194), Char 510kg £989 (194), JM Morrison BB 600kg £1158 (193), Nugent Estates Lim 560kg £1058 (189), A Mawhinney, Bellaghy Lim 600kg £1110 (185), Nugent Estates Lim 570kg £1043 (193), R Shaw, Rasharkin Char 520kg £951 (183), S Morrison, Liscolman Char 570kg £1037 (182), Oliver McKeown, Ballynahinch Lim 540kg £977 (181), Nugent Estates Lim 540kg £977 (181), R Shaw, Lim 570kg £1031 (181), Nugent Estates Lim 470kg £846 (180), Lim 540kg £966 (179), Lim 570kg £1014 (178), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 630kg £1096 (174), RJ Arrell, Randalstown Lim 510kg £882 (173), WR Arrell Lim 600kg £1032 (172), Oliver McKeown, Ballynahinch Char 530kg £885 (167), S Morrison Char 580kg £957 (165), Oliver McKeown Char 540kg £891 (165), Char 550kg £896 (163), Char 540kg £874 (162), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 700kg £1134 (162).

Beef bullocks sold to: John Blair, Cullybackey Char 640kg £1152 (180), AF & N Glasgow, Cookstown Sim 580kg £1038 (179), John Blair Char 650kg £1163 (179), AF & N Glasgow Sim 610kg £1079 (177), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 630kg £1108 (176), S Hammond, Cookstown Char 550kg £946 (172), J McKinley AA 690kg £1173 (170), J & R Gregg, Glarryford Char 610kg £1006 (165), E & P McCormick, Cushendun Lim 730kg £1197 (164), AF & N Glasgow Sim 620kg £992 (160), Sim 720kg £1123 (156), J Dorrian, Portaferry Hol 650kg £1007 (155), J & R Gregg, Glarryford Lim 610kg £945 (155), Sim 760kg £1140 (150), J Dorrian Hol 660kg £983 (149), AJJ Glasgow, Cookstown SHB 800kg £1184 (148), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane 610kg £896 (147), 600kg £870 (145), J Dorrian, Hol 590kg £855 (145), J & G Hamilton 590kg £849 (144), 530kg £763 (144), J Dorrian 620kg £892 (144), J Mackey, Ballynure Fr 580kg £812 (140), 490kg £686 (140).

Friesian bullocks sold to: J Dorrian, Portaferry 650kg £1007 (155), 660kg £983 (149), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane 610kg £896 (147), 600kg £870 (145), J Dorrian 590kg £855 (145), J & G Hamilton 590kg £849 (144), 530kg £763 (144), J Dorrian 620kg £892 (144), J Mackey, Ballynure 580kg £812 (140), 490kg £686 (140), 530kg £742 (140), S Jamieson, Broughshane 740kg £1021 (138), 700kg £966 (138), 650kg £897 (138), David Strahan, Broughshane 630kg £856 (136), J Dorrian 580kg £783 (135), 550kg £737 (134), David Strahan 670kg £884 (132), J Mackey 510kg £673 (132), S Jamieson, Broughshane 630kg £819 (130), 690kg £897 (130), 570kg £741 (130), 600kg £780 (130), D & N Hamill, Crumlin 490kg £637 (130).

73 dairy cows and heifers sold to £1200 on Friday which was reached twice for a third calver from Blair Jamison, Broughshane and a calved heifer from Wm Black, Aghadowey.

Ruling prices: Blair Jamison, Broughshane calved cow £1200, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1200, R Simpson, Broughshane calved hfr £1130, W Weatherup, Carrick calved hfr £1060, local producer calved cow £1060, James Watt, Templepatrick calved hfr £1040, A Bell, Crumlin calved cow £1030, Blair Jamison, calved cow £1000, J King, Ballymena calved hfr £960, T & J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £960, James Watt Jnr, Templepatrick calved hfr £960, WJ McBride, Magherafelt calved hfr £950, David Wallace, Antrim calved hfr £920, Bolton Bros, Maghera calved hfr £900, David Walalce calved hfr £900.

A great entry of 60 sucklers resulted in a terrific trade selling to £1680 for a hfr & hfr calf.

Leading prices: K Dodds, Newry Lim cow & hfr calf £1680, Wm McAllister, Moorfields Lim hfr & hfr calf £1590, Julie Rea, Aldergrove Sim in calf hfr £1550, D Allen, Moneymore BB hfr & hfr calf £1420, P Allen, Moneymore Char hfr & hfr calf £1420, T Hamill, Broughshane Lim in calf hfr £1400, Julie Rea Sim in calf hfr £1400, D McCartney, Kells Sim in calf hfr £1400, Wm McAllister, Char hfr & hfr calf £1400, Julie Rea SHB in calf hfr £1380, N Hamill, Aughafatten Lim in calf hfr £1300, DD McDowell, Newtownards SHB hfr & hfr calf £1280, N Hamill Lim in calf hfr £1250, Julie Rea Lim in calf hfr £1250, SH in calf hfr £1240, Wm McAllister, BB in calf hfr £1240, T Hamill, Broughshane Lim in calf hfr £1200, Julie Rea, SHB in calf hfr £1200, Wm McAllister Lim in calf hfr £1180, Julie Rea Sim in calf hfr £1160, R Thompson, Ligoniel Here hfr & bull calf £1160, J McKillop, Cushendall Lim hfr & bull calf £1120, John Clarke, Gracehill Sim hfr & hfr calf £1100, S & G Davidson, Broughshane FKV in calf hfr £1100, Wm McAllister BB in calf hfr £1100.

Shorthorn bulls and heifers sold to: DD McDowell, Newtownards SH bull 2800gns, EJ & D McNulty, Enniskillen SH bull 2150gns, Richard Henning, Newry SH bull 2000gns, S Martin, Newtownards SH bull 1600gns, R Henderson, Trillick SH bull 1500gns, DD McDowell SH hfr 1400gns, SH hfr 1350gns, D Macrory, Dromara SH bull 1250gns, DD McDowell SH hfr 1200gns, SH hfr 1000gns, SH hfr 1000gns, R Henderson SH bull 1000gns, DD McDowell SH hfr 920gns, SH hfr 920gns, James McConaghie, Larne SH hfr 770gns, G Orr, Ballywalter SH hfr 760gns, James McConaghie SH hfr 750gns, 580gns.

An entry of 260 calves in Ballymena resulted in a better trade. Bull calves sold to £445, heifers to £405, Fr bulls to £200.

Leading prices: TG Mulholland, Portglenone BB £445, JR McNeilly, Randalstown Here £430, Sam Kennedy, Doagh £415, Janette Manson, Stranocum Lim £405, J Walker, Randalstown AA £385, JR McNeilly Here £380, David Compton, Carninney Lim £370, JR McNeilly, Randalstown Here £355, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Here £355, M & R Park, Ballymena Sim £350, Janette Manson BB £340, TJ Turtle, Broughshane Here £340, D & A Sampson, Castledawson AA £335, Ganaway Farms, Millisle BB £335, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Lim £335, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Lim £335.

Heifer calves sold to: Sam Kennedy, Doagh BB £405, BB £400, BB £375, Albert Wallace, Tobermore BB £310, D & A Sampson AA £300, David McClintock, Broughshane BB £300, HM McCracken, Greyabbey BB £300, Ganaway farms, Millisle BB £290, DS Wharry, Glenarm AA £290, R Martin, Portavogie BB £290, GR Gilmore, Portavogie Here £280, P Connolly, Armoy BB £275, Andrew Abraham, Antrim Here £270, Raymond Stewart, Ballyclare Here £260, Ganaway farms BB £260, R Martin, Here £255.

Friesian calves sold to: RJ Semple, Ballyclare (2) £200, Dominic Mawhinney, Bellaghy £190, J Small, Randalstown £155, Dominic Mawhinney £150, D Maybin, Broughshane £148, £140, S Wilson, Ballymena £120, H.A.N. Acheson, £110, S Wilson, Ballymena £100, Mrs A Scott, Templepatrick £95, J Small, Randalstown (3) £92, H.A.N. Acheson £90, T & ME Taylor, Templepatrick £90.

Another good sale of 340 weanlings resulted in a better trade. Bullocks sold to £530 over for a Char 320kg at £850 from J McHenry, Ballymoney. Heifers sold to £465 over for a Lim 320kg at £785 offered by S Weatherup, Ballyclare.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: HF McKay, Carnlough Char 220kg £580 (263), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 200kg £520 (260), R Thompson, Ligoniel Lim 220kg £570 (259), Lim 230kg £590 (256), R Shaw Can 230kg £570 (247), RJ Baird, Islandmagee SH 250kg £615 (246), R Shaw Lim 250kg £595 (238), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 250kg £595 (238), R Shaw Lim 250kg £555 (222), M McIlhatton, Glenravel Sim 250kg £555 (222), R Shaw Lim 230kg £485 (210), local producer Lim 230kg £450 (195).

251-300kgs: Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 270kg £680 (251), WJ Smyth, Aghalee Lim 270kg £660 (244), Paul McMullan, Dundrod Lim 300kg £730 (243), J Moore, Armoy Char 290kg £700 (241), W McLaughlin, Dunloy Lim 270kg £645 (238), Paul McMullan, Dundrod Lim 300kg £710 (236), S Henderson, Ballycastle Char 270kg £625 (231), local farmer AA 270kg £620 (229), RJ Baird, Islandmagee SH 280kg £640 (228), Robert Armstrong AA 260kg £590 (226).

301-350kgs: J McHenry, Mosside Char 320kg £850 (265), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 320kg £820 (256), W & G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 340kg £850 (250), S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 330kg £800 (242), Eileen Hamilton, Moorfields Lim 320kg £770 (240), Cecil Warwick, Moorfields Blonde 330kg £790 (239), AS Millar, Antrim Char 320kg £760 (237), John Davison, Glenarm St 320kg £755 (235), Eileen Hamilton Lim 340kg £800 (235), local producer Blonde 310kg £725 (233).

301kg and over: W & G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 380kg £880 (231), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 360kg £820 (227), W & G Hanna Lim 360kg £805 (223), C Balmer, Clough Char 370kg £820 (221), Brian Taylor, Ligoniel Char 370kg £815 (220), James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 360kg £790 (219), S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 360kg £780 (216), Richard McGinley, Ballymoney Char 390kg £840 (215), John Davidson, Glenarm St 360kg £775 (215), B Hunter, Doagh Lim 390kg £835 (214).

Heifers 0-250kgs: John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 250kg £560 (224), ME Clarke, Comber Lim 230kg £515 (223), R Thompson, Ligoniel Lim 180kg £400 (222), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 250kg £540 (216), RJ Baird, Islandmagee SH 250kg £535 (214), J McCarroll, Ballymena AA 170kg £330 (194), ME Clarke, Comber Lim 240kg £465 (193), RJ Baird SH 250kg £470 (188), R Thompson, Islandmagee Lim 200kg £370 (185), RJ Baird SH 250kg £440 (176).

251-300kgs: HV McCambridge, Carnlough Lim 300kg £700 (233), G McKeown, Aughafatten Char 300kg £680 (226), B Hunter, Doagh Lim 260kg £580 (223), S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 260kg £570 (219), HV McCambridge, Lim 290kg £625 (215), AS Millar, Antrim Char 290kg £625 (215), S Weatherup Lim 290kg £625 (215), John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 270kg £580 (214), local farmer Lim 260kg £540 (207), J McCarroll, Ballymena Lim 260kg £540 (207).

301-350kgs: S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 320kg £785 (245), AS Millar, Antrim Char 320kg £745 (232), HV McCambridge, Carnlough Lim 320kg £725 (226), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 310kg £700 (225), Char 340kg £760 (223), B Hunter, Doagh Lim 330kg £735 (222), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 330kg £730 (221), James Wightman, Bangor Lim 310kg £680 (219), ME Clarke, Comber Lim 330kg £720 (218), HV McCambridge Lim 350kg £750 (214).

351kg and over: S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 360kg £785 (218), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 370kg £800 (216), B Hunter, Doagh Lim 360kg £745 (206), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 410kg £830 (202), Mark Weatherup Lim 370kg £745 (201), Alexander Ross Lim 360kg £720 (200), J McHenry Char 360kg £720 (200), Richard McGinley, Ballymoney Char 400kg £785 (196), Alexander Ross Sal 370kg £725 (196), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 430kg £840 (195).

An entry of 1111 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat hoggets sold to 419p for a pen of 21kg CB at £88 offered by S Henderson, Donaghadee and to a top per head of £200 for 2 pens of heavy hoggets. Fat ewes sold to £116.

Fat hoggets (904)

Top prices per kg: S Henderson, Donaghadee 9 CB 21kg £88 (419), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 6 Tex 21kg £87 (414), Sid Rea, Ballyclare 1 Tex 22kg £90 (409), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 12 CB 23kg £94 (408), David Boyle, Ballyclare 5 Tex 23kg £94 (408), Wm Graham, Liscolman 51 Tex 21.5kg £84 (390), I McNaughter, Aghadowey 13 Tex 23.5kg £90 (383), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 22 CB 23kg £88 (382), Walter G Hoy, Templepatrick 17 CB 23kg £88 (382), Darren Johnston, Glenarm 2 Tex 23kg £88 (382), J McAleece, Moneymore 32 Tex 23kg £88 (382), Walter G Hoy, Templepatrick 2 CB 23kg £88 (382), S Adams, Broughshane 5 BF 22kg £84 (381), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 22kg £84 (381), SD Anderson 8 Tex 22kg £84 (381), S Adams, Broughshane 1 BF 22kg £84 (381), W Jamieson, Ballymoney 5 Tex 25kg £95 (380), Jack White, Glenwherry 15 BF 24kg £91 (379), N Boyd, Broughshane 32 CB 22kg £83 (377), John Saunderson, Glenwherry 11 Tex 22kg £83 (377), J McElheron, Stranocum 14 Tex 24.5kg £92 (375), J Bateson, Randalstown 19 Suff 24kg £90 (375), S Caldwell, Portglenone 2 Dor 24kg £90 (375), Shanes Castle Co, Antrim 30 Tex 24kg £90 (375).

Top prices per head: J Christie, Cloughmills 4 Tex 31.5kg £100, G Martin, Broughshane 1 Tex 37kg £100, R Nicholson, Monkstown 2 Tex 34.5kg £99, W Jamieson, Ballymoney 5 Tex 25kg £95, J Boyd, Ballyclare 1 Tex 33kg £95, E Stevenson, Broughshane 2 Tex 32.5kg £95, Ivan Degnan, Raloo 3 Tex 26kg £94, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 12 CB 23kg £94, H Park, Ballymena 7 Tex 28kg £94, J Kissack, Ballymena 1 Tex 33kg £94, David Boyle 5 Tex 23kg £94, Walter Hoy, Templepatrick 31 CB 28kg £93.50, 1 Tex 28kg £93.50, D Logan, Randalstown 27 Suff 26.5kg £93, 1 Suff 26.5kg £93, A Smyth, Moorfields 3 Suff 25kg £93, CA Orr, Cloughmills 8 Tex 26kg £93, J McKinley, Bushmills 18 Tex 26.5kg £93, 1 Tex 26.5kg £93, local producer 5 CB 30kg £92, 3 Tex 30kg £92, J McElheron, Stranocum 14 Tex 24.5kg £92, W McQuigg, Aghadowey 10 Suff 25.5kg £92, R Nicholson, Monkstown 18 Tex 26.5kg £92, Robert Boville 10 Suff 25kg £92.

Fat ewes (207)

1st Quality

Suff £80-£112

Tex - £80-£116

CB - £50-£80

BF - £40-£66