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Over 200 head were penned at Ballymena beef sale on Thursday.

Cull cows sold to 169 pence per kg and to £1318 each for a Lim 850kg at 155p. Cull males to 128p and to £1125 each for a 900kg Sim at 125p. Friesian cows to 139p and to £817 each. Beef bullocks to 196p and to £1328 each, beef heifers to 193p and to £1210 each and Friesian bullocks to 144p.

Beef cows sold to: RW Calvin, Ballymoney Lim 610kg £1030 (169), W & J Gardiner, Ballymena AA 660kg £1036 (157), R Savage, Drumahoe Lim 850kg £1317 (155), Lim 790kg £1224 (155), E Dougan, Castledawson Lim 500kg £775 (155), Lim 490kg £754 (154), Lim 490kg £735 (150), RW Calvin, Ballymoney Lim 610kg £915 (150), W & J Gardiner Lim 640kg £934 (146), E Dougan Lim 480kg £691 (144), Darren Smyth, Stranocum SH 700kg £994 (142), D McKillop, Glenariffe Char 520kg £728 (140), G Gault, Doagh Lim 660kg £924 (140), W & J Gardiner Lim 530kg £736 (139), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane Fr 540kg £750 (139), Brian O’Neill, Rasharkin FKV730kg £1007 (138).

Cull males sold to: David Parks, Moira Lim 690kg £883 (128), John McAuley, Glenarm Sim 900kg £1125 (125), D Morrow, Magheramourne BB 470kg £526 (112).

Friesian cows sold to: J & G Hamilton, Broughshane 540kg £750 (139), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 500kg £650 (130), local farmer 580kg £690 (119), 540kg £631 (117), 650kg £754 (116), R Gilliland, Antrim 710kg £816 (115), M Smyth, Armoy 580kg £655 (113), T & ME Taylor, Doagh 510kg £576 (113), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane 430kg £481 (112), 530kg £593 (112), S Wallace, Ballymena 720kg £799 (111), local farmer 600kg £660 (110), Howard McNabney, Clough 530kg £583 (110).

Beef bullocks sold to: David McConnell, Cookstown Blonde 660kg £1293 (196), Blonde 640kg £1209 (189), Armoy producer 660kg £1234 (187), A Lagan, Portglenone Char 630kg £1165 (185), Ballymena producer Char 620kg £1147 (185), Armoy producer Lim 650kg £1189 (183), Brian O’Neill, Rasharkin Lim 660kg £1201 (182), Armoy producer Char 700kg £1260 (180), David McConnell, Cookstown Blonde 650kg £1170 (180), R Forsythe, Portglenone BB 620kg £1109 (179), Ballymena producer Char 680kg £1217 (179), Armoy producer Char 700kg £1239 (177), D McKillop, Glenariffe Char 620kg £1091 (176), Armoy producer Lim 650kg £1144 (176), Ivan Tanner, Castlerock Char 620kg £1085 (175), Char 680kg £1015 (175, Armoy producer AA 700kg £1225 (175).

Beef heifers sold to: Hazel Forsythe, Ballynure Lim 580kg £1119 (193), Linton Bros, Cloughmills Lim 630kg £1209 (192), Lim 590kg £1121 (190), Oliver McKeown, Ballynahinch Char 480kg £892 (186), Wm Weir, Milebush AA 560kg £1030 (184), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Char 600kg £1074 (179), RW Calvin, Ballymoney Char 490kg £867 (177), John Crawford, Gracehill Lim 480kg £844 (176), Wm Weir, Lim 560kg £980 (175), Char 590kg £1032 (175), Lim 530kg £927 (175).

Fr bullocks sold to: John Carey, Dunloy 600kg £864 (144), R Forsythe, Portglenone 660kg £924 (140), 600kg £828 (138), A & W McMaster, Broughshane 640kg £851 (133), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane 600kg £798 (133), Brian O’Neill, Rasharkin 730kg £963 (132).

34 dairy cows and heifers sold to £1460 on Friday for a calved heifer from J Moore, Ballyclare. Calved cows to £1300 for a second calver. J Hutchinson, Crossgar sold a batch of maiden heifers to £730 while O Nicholl, Randalstown sold a batch to £725 each.

Ruling prices: John Moore, Ballyclare calved hfr £1460, RLA & D Irvine, Dundrod calved cow £1300, RF Saunderson, Glenwherry calved cow £1260, RR Cupples, Broughshane calved hfr £1200, local producer calved cow £1190, David McNeilly, Randalstown calved cow £1180, RLA Irvine & D Irvine calved cow £1180, local producer calved cow £1140, RR Cupples, Broughshane calved hfr £1120, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1020, David & Mrs M McGregor, Muckamore calved hfr £1000, David McClintock, Moorfields calved hfr £1000.

25 lots in the suckler ring sold well to £1520 for a SH heifer with heifer calf at foot. Springing heifers to £1190, bulls to £1380 for a Limousin, AA to £1300. Ruling prices: D Allen, Moneymore SH hfr & hfr calf £1520, G & S Convery, Knockloughrim Lim cow & hfr calf £1500, Joseph Smyth, Upper Buckna Gal cow & bull calf £1300, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim cow & hfr calf £1300, Joseph Smyth Gal hfr & bull calf £1260, D Allen SHB cow & hfr calf £1210, S & G Davidson, Broughshane FKV in calf hfr £1190, D Bristow, Portglenone Here cow & 2 calves £1150, Martin McGarry, Broughshane Lim in calf hfr £1130, Blonde in calf hfr £1040, G & S Convery, Knockloughrim Lim in calf hfr £1000.

A smaller entry attracted another good trade with Lim bull calves selling to £350. Lim hfr calves selling to £405 and strong Fr bull calves to £282 each.

Highest prices for beef bred bull calves: Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm Lim £350, D Allen, Moneymore Lim £345, Liam McFetridge, Portglenone (5) £340, WJ Jordon, Comber Sim £330, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £330, SD Torrens, Ballymoney Lim £320, Lim £300, Lim £290.

Heifer calves sold to: Patrick Rowan, Aughafatten Lim £405, WJ Jordan, Comber Sim £345, Sim £335, local farmer Lim £315, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £310, Bernard McKay, Cushendun Char £300, T Martin, Lim £300, WT Robinson, Glenarm Here £300, D McKillop, Glenariffe Lim £280, Liam McFetridge AA £275, T Martin Lim £270, Bernard McKay, Char £240, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £240, TJ Turtle, Broughshane AA £235, A Minnis, Comber BB £200.

Fr bull calves sold to: B & P Regan, Desertmartin (5) £282, local farmer £272, B & P Regan (2) £215, M & S Calwell, Ballycarry (young) £172, £165, Alastair McBurney, Clough £150, WL Mackey, Muckamore £145, Alastair McBurney (3) £140, Brian Henry, Cookstown £110.

A small entry of 125 weanlings sold well to £935 for males and to £850 for females.

Heifers up to 250kgs: Ballymena producer Sim 130kg £415 (319), Sim 120kg £350 (291), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 200kg £565 (282), Ballymena producer Sim 160kg £410 (256), (3) 190kg £485 (255), S McAllister, Glenarm Lim 240kg £600 (250), F & A McGowan, Dunloy Par 230kg £560 (243), Ballymena producer Sim 160kg £380 (237), F & A McGowan Par 240kg £560 (233), Wm Bonnes, Randalstown Lim 220kg £500 (227), Ballymena producer BB 170kg £380 (223), Stephen Boyle, Carrick Lim 240kg £535 (222), J Moore, Templepatrick Lim 220kg £480 (218), Lim 240kg £490 (204).

250-300kgs: John Beggs, Whitehead (3) Lim 260kg £660 (253), R P McDonnell, Cushendall Char 260kg £650 (250), Paul Kennedy, Ballymena Lim 270kg £670 (248), K Magorrian, Downpatrick (2) Char 280kg £690 (246), R McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 260kg £640 (246), RP McDonnell, Cushendall Char 290kg £705 (243), F & A Magowan Par 290kg £695 (239), RP McDonnell, Cushendall Char 280kg £665 (237), Alex Burleigh, Glenarm Char 270kg £640 (237), RP McDonnell, Cushendall Char 300kg £695 (231), F & A McGowan, Dunloy Par 270kg £620 (229), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 270kg £610 (225), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 280kg £620 (221).

Heifers over 350kgs: S McAllister, Glenarm Lim 360kg £775 (215), J Taggart, Broughshane Lim 400kg £850 (212).

Bulls/blks 251-300kgs: K Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 270kg £750 (277), George Mills, Glenarm Lim 270kg £720 (266), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 270kg £705 (261), RP McDonnell, Cushendall Char 280kg £700 (250), Char 260kg £645 (248), Stephen Boyle, Carrick Lim 300kg £735 (245), RP McDonnell, Char 290kg £665 (229), R McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 290kg £645 (222), Ballymena producer Sim 270kg £575 (213), Rodney McCann, Ballynure Lim 290kg £585 (201).

301-350kgs: J Taggart, Broughshane Lim 330kg £860 (260), TA Rodgers, Broughshane Lim 340kg £860 (252), K Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 330kg £820 (248), S McAllister, Glenarm Lim 350kg £835 (238), Stephen Boyle, Carrick Lim 320kg £760 (237), R McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 320kg £755 (235), Stephen Boyle Lim 340kg £800 (235), A Cudden, Castledawson Lim 350kg £820 (234), R McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 340kg £780 (229), John Thompson, Bushmills Lim 350kg £785 (224), local producer Char 350kg £780 (222), Alan McNair, Ballyclare AA 320kg £705 (220), A Cudden, Castledawson Sim 320kg £700 (218), R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 330kg £700 (212), local producer AA 310kg £640 (206).

Over 350kg sold to: A Cudden, Castledawson Lim 360kg £850 (236), Desmond Brogan, Cloughmills Lim 410kg £935 (228), Mrs M Simmons, Antrim Char 360kg £815 (226), A Cudden Lim 380kg £850 (223), Mrs M Simmons Char 400kg £880 (220), Mrs Jean Hoey, Glenarm Char 360kg £790 (219), Mrs M Simmons Char 390kg £855 (219), A Cudden Lim 380kg £810 (213), R McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 360kg £755 (209), Mrs Jean Hoey Char 390kg £800 (205), Mrs M Simmons Char 370kg £750 (202), John Thompson, Bushmills Lim 400kg £805 (201).

A good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a terrific trade. Ewes and lambs sold to £206, leading prices as follows: FD & N Mairs, Lisburn 3 Tex ewes & 6 lambs £206, FD & N Mairs 1 Tex ewe & 2 lambs £205, K Marquess, Muckamore 1 Suff ewe & 2 lambs £200, S Gerrard, Antrim 2 Tex ewes & 3 lambs £185, 3 Tex ewes & 5 lambs £185, D Montgomery, Glenwherry 1 CB ewe & 2 lambs £184, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 3 CB ewes & 6 lambs £182, K Marquess 1 Suff ewe & 2 lambs £182, S Gerrard 2 Suff ewes & 4 lambs £180, I Montgomery, 1 Suff ewe & 2 lambs £180, P Scott, Templepatrick 1 CB ewe & 2 lambs £180, David McClintock, Broughshane 1 Suff ewe & 2 lambs £180, S Gerrard 2 Suff ewes & 4 lambs £175, 3 Char ewes & 5 lambs £175, I Montgomery 5 CB ewes & 5 lambs £172, S Gerrard 1 CB ewes & 1 lamb £170, K Marquess 3 Suff ewes & 5 lambs £170, Wm McCrory, Broughshane 4 Tex ewes & 4 lambs £168, I Montgomery 2 CB ewes & 3 lambs £168, N McNeice, Markethill 3 Suff ewes & 3 lambs £166, Wm McCrory, Broughshane 2 CB ewes & 2 lambs £165, I Montgomery, 1 Suff ewe & 1 lamb £165, 5 CB ewes & 5 lambs £163, W Jones Jnr, Templepatrick 2 Suff ewes & 2 lambs £160.

100 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £570 over for a Blue 600kg at £1170 presented by A Caldwell, Clough. Heifers sold to £520 over for a AA 620kg at £1140 offered by Brian Caldwell, Clough.

Heifers 150-300kgs: M Cleary, Randalstown Lim 290kg £600 (206), Lim 220kg £440 (200), Lim 280kg £535 (191), Lim 270kg £505 (187), A Gaston, Carnlough Lim 270kg £500 (185), M Cleary Lim 280kg £500 (178).

301-400kgs: D Hall, Monkstown SHB 400kg £810 (202), RM Carson, Islandmagee Char 320kg £630 (196), M Cleary Lim 390kg £760 (194), RM Carson Char 340kg £650 (191), M Cleary Lim 330kg £630 (190), Lim 390kg £730 (187), Lim 380kg £710 (186), RM Carson, Char 330kg £615 (186), M Cleary Lim 330kg £610 (184), J McErlean, Portglenone Char 370kg £675 (182), M Cleary Lim 330kg £600 (181).

401-500kgs: D Hall, Monkstown Lim 430kg £870 (202), Lim 460kg £920 (200), Lim 440kg £855 (194), RM Carson, Islandmagee Char 440kg £855 (194), F Bateston, Randalstown Lim 490kg £950 (193), J & S McElnay, Bushmills Par 420kg £810 (192), Par 460kg £880 (191), F Bateson Lim 450kg £840 (186), J & S McElnay Char 410kg £760 (185), F Bateson Lim 500kg £900 (180), J McErlean Lim 410kg £730 (178), J Davison, Glenarm St 450kg £800 (177), J & S McElnay Char 460kg £815 (177), A & M Warwick, Antrim Lim 500kg £860 (172), J Davison St 460kg £790 (171), J & S McElnay Char 430kg £720 (167).

501kg and over: GA Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 510kg £985 (193), Brian Calwell, Clough AA 620kg £1140 (183), BB 530kg £970 (183), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 540kg £940 (174), F Bateson, Randalstown Lim 550kg £935 (170), Lim 520kg £870 (167), GA Fleming Lim 530kg £870 (164), S & G Davidson, Broughshane FKV 530kg £810 (152), Brian Calwell, Clough BB 510kg £725 (142).

Bulls/blks 150-300kgs: M Cleary, Randalstown Lim 250kg £630 (252), Lim 290kg £700 (241), Lim 260kg £610 (234), Lim 250kg £570 (228).

301-400kgs: M Cleary, Randalstown Lim 320kg £780 (243), Lim 330kg £765 (231), Lim 340kg £780 (229), Lim 340kg £770 (226), Lim 360kg £765 (212), Wm McMullan, Toomebridge Lim 390kg £745 (191).

401-500kgs: W Rainey, Crumlin Lim 410kg £870 (212), Mark Rainey, Crumlin Lim 410kg £860 (209), WG Bonar, Randalstown Lim 500kg £1040 (208), Thomas Galloway, Randalstown Blonde 440kg £890 (202), B Richmond, Cloughmills Lim 490kg £990 (202), Thomas Galloway Blonde 550kg £1000 (200), Wm McMullan, Toomebridge Lim 460kg £910 (197), Wm G Bonar, Randalstown Lim 470kg £890 (189), T Cubitt, Cullybackey Char 490kg £920 (187), Thomas Galloway Blonde 460kg £820 (178), Wm McMullan Lim 420kg £730 (173).

501kg and over: J Davison, Glenarm St 530kg £1090 (205), WG Bonar, Randalstown Lim 510kg £1010 (198), Lim 510kg £1005 (197), A Caldwell, Clough BB 600kg £1170 (195), JA Morrow, Glenarm Lim 600kg £1160 (193), A & C Gilbert, Crumlin Char 600kg £1155 (192), WG Bonar, Lim 570kg £1095 (192), A McDonald, Portglenone Char 590kg £1130 (191), Brian Calwell, Clough BB 570kg £1090 (191), A McDonald Char 610kg £1165 (191), B Richmond, Cloughmills Lim 540kg £1030 (190), J Davison, Glenarm St 610kg £1150 (188), A & C Gilbert, Crumlin Char 630kg £1170 (185), T Cubitt, Cullybackey Char 580kg £1065 (183), J Davison, Glenarm St 590kg £1080 (183).

An entry of 740 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Lambs sold to 434p for a pen of Texels 20.5kg at £89 offered by Jim Sheppard, Larne and to a top per head of £94 for 3 Texels 25kg presented by J Currie, Ballymena. Fat ewes sold to £128.

Spring lambs (500): James Sheppard, Larne 3 Tex 20.5kg £89 (434), Yvonne Gregg, Broughshane 3 Tex 21kg £85 (404), A & D McAfee, Bushmills 12 Tex 22.5kg £85.50 (380), I Barkley, Dunloy 6 Tex 22kg £83.50 (379), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 2 Tex 22.5kg £85 (377), D Cowan, Carrick 35 Tex 22kg £83 (377), I Morrison, Dunloy 15 Tex 22kg £83 (377), J Knox, Broughshane 26 Tex 22kg £83 (377), J & S Kane, Doagh 22 Tex 22kg £83 (377), J Cruickshanks 5 Suff 22kg £82 (372), P McIlrath, Ballymena 12 Tex 22kg £82 (372), S Jackson, Bellaghy 7 Tex 22kg £82 (372), Harold Clyde, Broughshane 1 Ham 20kg £74.50 (372), R Wylie, Bushmills 34 Tex 22.5kg £83.60 (371), T & J Mackey, Ballynure 4 Tex 23kg £85 (369), J Murray, Ballymoney 7 Tex 22.5kg £83 (368).

Fat ewes (240)

1st Quality

Tex - £80-£128

Suff - £80-£110

CB - £60-£80

BF - £40-£60