Latest prices from Ballymena mart

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Another good entry of 350 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a great trade.

Beef cows to 80p for a 830kg Blue at £1494, Fr cows to 131p for a 660kg at £864, fat bulls to 125p for a Shorthorn 870kg at £1087, Beef bullocks to 206p for a Lim 540kg at £1112, Beef heifers to 202p for a Lim 500kg at £1010, Fr bullocks to 47p for a 690kg at £1014 and 640kg at £940.

Leading prices for fat cows: David T McKinney, Maghera BB 830kg £1494 (180), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Lim 770kg £1270 (165), BB 620kg £1010 (163), BB 680kg £1101 (162), BB 580kg £928 (160), Lim 660kg £1049 (159), Wm Boyd, Swatragh Char 530kg £837 (158), J McCrea, Monkstown Lim 580kg £916 (158), E Dougan, Castledawson Lim 600kg £948 (158), Owen Miskelly BB 630kg £970 (154), S Hammond, Cookstown Char 850kg £1292 (152), David T McKinney BB 610kg £902 (148).

Fr cows sold to: W & F Hill, Randalstown 660kg £864 (131), WR McIntyre, Cloughmills 630kg £756 (120), P Taylor, Macosquin 740kg £880 (119), R & S Graham, Dundrod 720kg £842 (117), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 710kg £830 (117), W & F Hill 680kg £795 (117), S Wilson, Ballymena 870kg £1017 (117), James Gillespie, Glarryford 590kg £690 (117), Draynes farm, Lisburn 650kg £760 (117), GA & CR Crawford, Clough 750kg £870 (116).

Fat bulls sold to: J & C Kane, Bushmills SHB 870kg £1087 (125), Fr 710kg £880 (124), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 1060kg £1272 (120), AM Crawford, Ballynure Lim 740kg £865 (117), R Crawford, Glarryford Fr 820kg £934 (114).

Beef heifers sold to: JF & PJ Savage, Lim 500kg £1010 (202), Lim 570kg £1128 (198), (2) Char 620kg £1221 (197), Mrs M Rafferty, Garvagh Lim 580kg £1113 (192), J Collins, Ballymoney Lim 540kg £1026 (190), JF & PJ Savage Lim 580kg £1096 (189), J Collins Char 610kg £1140 (187), JF & PJ Savage BB 670kg £1246 (186), Lim 570kg £1060 (186), J Collins Char 570kg £1054 (185), JF & PJ Savage Lim 650kg £1202 (185).

Beef bullocks sold to: Hazel Forsythe, Ballynure Lim 540kg £1112 (206), Lim 590kg £1197 (203), Robert Linton, Ahoghill Char 650kg £1300 (200), M McKee, Portavogie Char 630kg £1253 (199), Margaret McCurry, Cushendall Char 550kg £1089 (198), M McKee, Blonde 580kg £1142 (197), A Lagan, Portglenone Char 620kg £1215 (196), JM Morrison, Armoy BB 610kg £1195 (196), A Lagan, Char 600kg £1170 (195), Char 650kg £1261 (194), JM Morrison BB 580kg £1107 (191), Ivan Tanner, Castlerock Lim 610kg £1152 (189).

Fr bullocks sold to: A & W McMaster, Broughshane 690kg £1014 (147), Wm Harkin, Limavady 640kg £940 (147), Sam McNabney, Clough 530kg £768 (145), A & W McMaster 730kg £1051 (144), Wm Harkin 640kg £921 (144), 600kg £852 (142), R Gilliland, Antrim 730kg £1022 (140), Wm Harkin 570kg £798 (140), C Hamill, Crumlin 560kg £772 (138), 580kg £788 (136), Wm Harkin 570kg £775 (136), 540kg £723 (134).

Dairy stock sold to £1430 on Friday, 8th May for a calved cow from D McNeilly, Randalstown.

Ruling prices: D McNeilly, Randalstown calved cow £1430, Brian Mawhinney, Doagh calved hfr £1280, Joe Adams, Ballymena calved cow £1260, Howard McNabney, Clough calved cow £1180, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1180, calved hfr £1160, A Hoey, Glenwherry calved cow £1150, David McClintock, Glenwherry calved hfr £1070, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1000, J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £1000.

42 lots in the suckler ring sold well to £1780 for a Sim cow with young heifer calf. Breeding bulls to £1400 for a Simmental.

Andrew Bowden, Greyabbey Sim cow & hfr calf £1780, Sim cow & hfr calf £1710, Sim cow & bull calf £1700, Sim cow & bull calf £1680, Donal Gillan, Garvagh Sim hfr & bull calf £1680, Joe Smyth, Upper Buckna SH cow & 2 calves £1680, Andrew Bowden Sim cow & bull calf £1540, Sim cow & bull calf £1520, Sim cow & bull calf £1450, Sim cow & hfr calf £1440, Blonde cow & bull calf £1380.

In an entry of 225 dropped calves, good quality calves again sharply sold to furious bidding although the younger plainer calves eased slightly in price. £440 was paid for a AA bull, £365 was paid for AA hfr and Fr bulls sold to £260 each.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: David Steele, Bellaghy AA £440, Kevin Scullion, Portglenone Lim £420, J & M McKinty, Ballyclare Lim £400, J Collins, Ballymoney Lim £400, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £370, Lim £365, George Hunter, Armoy Here £365, Kevin Scullion Lim £350.

Heifer calves sold to: David Steele, Bellaghy AA £365, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £360, J Collins, Ballymoney Char £350, Miss ME McCullough, Ballynure Lim £315, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Sim £300, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £300, A Boyle Lim £290, Joe Adams, Ballymena AA £285.

Fr bull calves sold to: John Graham, Glenwherry £260 (strong), Alan McNair, Ballyclare (3) £220, Miss ME McCullough, Ballynure £210, £200, (2) £160.

A smaller entry of 270 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £575 over for a Char 410kg at £985 offered by D McAlonan, Dunloy. Heifers sold to £530 over for a Char 350kg at £880 presented by Donal Kane, Cushendall.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: Alan Bowman, Comber Lim 250kg £760 (304), Sidney Rea, Straid Lim 220kg £645 (293), Paul Downey, Portglenone Lim 250kg £730 (292), PJ McKinley, Martinstown Lim 230kg £650 (282), A Wilkinson, Ballycastle (2) Sim 230kg £640 (278), Sidney Rea Lim 250kg £695 (278), Paul Downey Sim 240kg £650 (270).

251-300kgs: JC McMillan, Portglenone Char 280kg £840 (300), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 260kg £775 (298), local producer Lim 280kg £780 (278), SR WJ & J Johnston, Templepatrick Char 290kg £800 (275), WJ Shaw, Cloughmills Lim 290kg £780 (269), John McDonnell, Cushendall Char 260kg £695 (267), WJ Shaw Lim 290kg £775 (267), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 300kg £800 (266).

301-350kgs: Local producer Char 310kg £840 (271), WDC Barry, Killinchy Char 310kg £825 (266), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 310kg £800 (258), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 310kg £795 (256), Ben McCullagh, Feeny Char 320kg £714 (254), George Quinn, Lim 320kg £800 (250), Sidney Rea, Straid Char 320kg £795 (248), Ben McCullagh Char 320kg £790 (246).

351kg and over: John McFarl Char 360kg £870 (241), Daniel McAlonan Char 410kg £985 (240), J McFarland, Templepatrick Char 360kg £850 (236), Donal Kane Char 400kg £940 (235), DJ McFarland Char 370kg £855 (231), George Quinn Lim 360kg £830 (230), Daniel F McAlonan Blonde 360kg £810 (225), Burns McLean, Armoy Lim 380kg £855 (225).

Heifers 0-250kgs: David Thompson, Ahoghill Sim 170kg £455 (267), Tom Tinsley, Stoneyford Lim 240kg £640 (266), H Johnston, Glenarm Lim 200kg £525 (262), WJ Smyth, Aghalee Lim 210kg £550 (261), Lim 220kg £575 (261), Sidney Rea, Straid Lim 220kg £570 (259), Tom Tinsley BB 250kg £610 (244), WJ Smyth Here 240kg £580 (241).

251-300kgs: Sidney Rea, Straid Lim 260kg £690 (265), WJ Shaw, Cloughmills Lim 280kg £695 (248), T Jackson, Broughshane Char 270kg £630 (233), W McBride, Ballycastle Char 290kg £675 (232), SR WJ & J Johnston, Templepatrick Char 260kg £600 (230), George Pearson, Randalstown Lim 300kg £680 (226), Mrs D McClurg, Dundrod (2) Lim 280kg £625 (223).

301-350kgs: Donal Kane, Cushendall Char 350kg £880 (251), M Byrne, Randalstown Char 330kg £820 (248), JC McMillan, Portglenone Lim 310kg £760 (245), M Byrne Char 310kg £725 (233), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Char 330kg £760 (230), Ben McCullagh, Feeney Char 320kg £730 (228), J McFarland, Templepatrick Lim 310kg £700 (225), Sidney Rea, Straid Char 310kg £690 (222).

351kg and over: George H Pearson, Randalstown Lim 360kg £780 (216), T Jackson, Broughshane Lim 410kg £875 (213), Burns McLean, Armoy Char 370kg £780 (210), (2) Char 390kg £820 (210), S Adams, Broughshane Lim 360kg £755 (209), M McIlhatton, Glenravel Sim 360kg £750 (208), SR WJ & J Johnston, Templepatrick Char 370kg £770 (208).

A slightly smaller entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening, 11th May, resulted in a sharp trade. Ewes and lambs to £205, pet lambs to £39. Ruling prices for ewes and lambs: Kim Steele Nicholson, Antrim 2 Suff ewes & 4 lambs £205, David Alexander, Clough 1 Suff ewe & 2 lambs £192, B Rodgers, Carnlough 1 Mule ewe & 2 lambs £190, Kim Steele Nicholson 3 Suff ewes & 6 lambs £190, Gareth Baird, Carrick 4 CB ewes & 8 lambs £190, B Rodgers 3 Mule ewes & 6 lambs £186, L Hunter, Ballyclare 4 CB ewes & 8 lambs £186, B Rodgers 4 Suff ewes & 9 lambs £185, 4 Suff ewes & 8 lambs £180, 4 Suff ewes & 9 lambs £180, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 4 CB ewes & 4 lambs £180, M Hartley, Moneymore 3 Suff ewes & 5 lambs £180.

A smaller entry of 100 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday, 12th May resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £570 over for a Char 520kg at £1090 offered by David McCourt, Belfast. Heifers sold to £440 over for a BAQ 350kg at £790 presented by D Gillespie, Doagh.

Bulls/blks 301-400kgs: M Cleary, Randalstown Lim 340kg £770 (226), Lim 320kg £720 (225), Lim 360kg £780 (216), Lim 360kg £775 (215), Lim 380kg £780 (205), Lim 390kg £795 (203), Lim 400kg £780 (195), Lim 340kg £640 (188).

401-400kgs: David H McCourt, Lisburn Char 480kg £975 (203), N Boyd, Broughshane Lim 490kg £995 (203), H Carey, Randalstown Lim 460kg £920 (200), Wm Woods, Ballycarry Lim 450kg £885 (196), Lim 500kg £975 (195), RTF McDonnell, Lim 490kg £950 (193), MJ Currie, Newtownabbey Lim 470kg £900 (191), B McAdam, Doagh Lim 500kg £900 (180).

501kg and over: DH McCourt, Lisburn Char 520kg £1090 (209), RTF McDonnell, Lim 500kg £1045 (204), Char 540kg £1080 (200), DH McCourt Char 540kg £1080 (200), RTF McDonnell Lim 530kg £1055 (199), W & N Martin, Broughshane Lim 540kg £1050 (194), N Boyd, Broughshane Lim 540kg £1040 (192), W & N Martin Lim 530kg £1010 (190).

Heifers 301-350kgs: D Gillespie, Doagh Blonde 350kg £790 (225), M Clearly, Randalstown Lim 320kg £680 (212), Lim 320kg £670 (209), Lim 320kg £630 (196), Lim 330kg £640 (193), Lim 360kg £690 (191), Lim 320kg £610 (190), Lim 340kg £640 (188).

401-500kgs: N Boyd, Broughshane Lim 430kg £790 (183), M Clearly, Randalstown Lim 410kg £750 (182), G Martin, Randalstown Blonde 460kg £800 (173), Blonde 470kg £810 (172), SR Gray, Antrim Par 450kg £720 (160), Sam Smyth, Kells BB 470kg £700 (148), SR Gray, Antrim Par 480kg £700 (145), J McFarland, Templepatrick Lim 410kg £580 (141).

501kg and over: RJ Mawhinney, Portaferry Here 570kg £970 (170), SR Gray, Antrim Blonde 540kg £895 (165), RJ McWhinney, Portaferry Here 580kg £940 (162), G Martin, Randalstown Blonde 620kg £975 (157).

528 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday, 13th May resulted in a steady trade. Fat hoggets sold to 320p for 11 Suff 22kg at £72 from David Anderson, Kilwaughter. Fat lambs sold to 404p for a pen of 21 Texels at £85 offered by S Taggart, Bushmills. Fat ewes sold to £106.

Fat lambs (284): S Taggart, Bushmills 11 Tex 21kt £85 (404), A & D McAfee, Bushmills 11 Tex 22.5kg £90 (400), Frank McAuley, Toomebridge 8 Tex 21.5kg £82.50 (383), local producer 8 Tex 21.5kg £81.80 (380), John Thompson, Bushmills 9 Tex 21.5kg £81 (376), Broughshane producer 6 Suff 21kg £79 (376), E & J Gould, Ringsend 9 Suff 22kg £81.80 (371), Danny Duffin, Toomebridge 1 Tex 22.5kg £83.50 (371), 22 Tex 22.5kg £83.50 (371), A & D McAfee, Bushmills 5 Tex 24kg £88 (366), Thomas Millar, Broughshane 6 Tex 20.5kg £75 (365), J McCarroll, Ballymena 3 Tex 22kg £80.20 (364), T Hoey, Ballymena 3 Tex 22.5kg £82 (364), M McNeill, Cushendun 1 Suff 22kg £80 (363), N & J McKee, Drumnagreagh 16 Dor 22kg £80 (363), Alastair Kerr, Ballymena 14 Tex 22kg £80 (363), K Baxter, Glenarm 6 Tex 22kg £80 (363), John Johnston, Ballymena 4 Tex 20kg £72.50 (362), J Murray, Ballymoney 10 24kg £86 (361), M Montgomery, Kells 3 Dor 23kg £83 (360).

Fat hoggets (106): SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 11 Suff 22.5kg £72 (320), T Morrow, Magheramourne 12 Tex 24.5kg £77 (314), Hugh McCambridge, Carnlough 50 Suff 25.5kg £78.50 (307), D Boreland, Bushmills 11 Tex 22kg £66.50 (302), Robert Hay, Ballycarry 12 Tex 26kg £77 (296), Thomas Millar, Broughshane 3 Tex 32.5kg £95 (292), S McGowan, Ballymoney 1 Suff 32kg £85 (265).

Fat ewes (138)

1st Quality

Suff - £80-£106

Tex - £75-£100

CB - £60-£80

BF - £40-£60