Latest prices from Ballymena mart

editorial image

A smaller entry of 250 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade.

Leading prices as follows:

Beef bullocks sold to: J White, Antrim Lim 580kg £1206 (208), Lim 590kg £1221 (207), M Kells, Portadown BB 680kg £1407 (207), J White, BB 690kg £1414 (205), J White Lim 630kg £1285 (204), JM Morrison, Armoy BB 640kg £1305 (204), Thomas Strange, Straid St 610kg £1244 (204), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Lim 660kg £1333 (202), BB 700kg £1414 (202), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 620kg £1246 (201), AA 620kg £1240 (200), Mervyn Farr, Bushmills Char 660kg £1320 (200), Lim 670kg £1340 (200), Lim 710kg £1420 (200), J White Lim 610kg £1220 (200), Mervyn Farr Lim 700kg £1386 (198), Lim 670kg £1326 (198), J McKinley AA 590kg £1156 (196), J Blair, Cullybackey Char 710kg £1391 (196), Mervyn Farr Char 710kg £1391 (196), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 660kg £1280 (194), J White, Antrim Blonde 730kg £1416 (194), M Kells, Portadown Char 750kg £1455 (194), J Hutchinson, Ballyclare AA 570kg £1105 (194), Thomas Strange St 670kg £1286 (192).

Beef heifers: Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 570kg £1168 (205), Lim 550kg £1122 (204), JM Morrison, Armoy Lim 560kg £1136 (203), Ian McCollum, Nutts Corner Lim 630kg £1272 (202), Jeffrey Alexander, Broughshane Lim 530kg £1060 (200), S Gilmore & Co, Kilrea Lim 520kg £1034 (199), D Hall, Monkstown Lim 530kg £991 (187), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 580kg £1055 (182), S Gilmore, Kilrea Lim 620kg £1097 (177), JM Morrison BB 580kg £1020 (176), Robert McIlveen, Connor Char 630kg £1102 (175), JM Morrison BB 550kg £962 (175), A O’Neill, Glenarm AA 590kg £1026 (174), Mrs A White, Mosside Lim 560kg £935 (167), S Gilmore & Co, Kilrea Char 630kg £1014 (161), S Hoy, Doagh SHB 620kg £930 (150), Owen O’Kane, Carnlough BB 470kg £648 (138), local farmer Fr 530kg £731 (138), A & W McIlwaine, Ballyclare Fr 670kg £857 (128), McGookin farming Fr 490kg £568 (116), Brian McAfee, Aghadowey Fr 460kg £519 (113), S Hoy, SHB 590kg £631 (107), J & J Huey, Armoy 530kg £556 (105), McGookin farming 400kg £392 (98), Andrew McCullough SHD 420kg £344 (82).

Fat cows: D Knox, Coleraine Lim 670kg £1132 (169), Lim 580kg £951 (164), R Savage, Co Londonderry Lim 750kg £1230 (164), D Knox Lim 480kg £758 (158), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Lim 470kg £728 (155), D Knox Lim 610kg £945 (155), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 740kg £1139 (154), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 610kg £939 (154), J & S Bailey, Ballycastle Lim 730kg £1116 (153), MJ Quinn, Kilrea Lim 610kg £933 (153), J & S Bailey Lim 660kg £990 (150), Thomas Strange, Straid Blonde 670kg £998 (149), Stephen Hall Lim 610kg £902 (148), Richard Creith, Bushmills Sim 710kg £1022 (144), Robert McIlveen, Connor Char 580kg £817 (141), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 640kg £883 (138), Hugh Stewart, Ballyclare BB 630kg £869 (138), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 700kg £952 (136), WR Wilson, Ballymena BB 620kg £843 (136), Hugh Stewart, Ballyclare BB 620kg £843 (136), J Smyth, Randalstown Lim 710kg £965 (136), G Knowles, Gracehill Lim 690kg £917 (133), Dan Boyle, Dunloy AA 700kg £924 (132), Jean Craig, Larne Blonde 670kg £884 (132), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 680kg £884 (130).

Fr cows sold to: Local producer 530kg £731 (138), A & W McIlwaine, Ballyclare 670kg £857 (128), local farmer 790kg £971 (123), J & J Huey, Armoy 490kg £588 (120), McGookin farming, Ballyclare 490kg £568 (116), local farmer 760kg £874 (115), A & W McIlwaine, 580kg £661 (114), Brian McAfee, Aghadowey 460kg £519 (113), Mrs S Hunter, Doagh 710kg £795 (112), A & W McIlwaine 710kg £795 (112), local farmer 620kg £694 (112), A & W McIlwaine 700kg £770 (110), S Wallace, Ballymena 810kg £891 (110), CFG & JC Adams, Dongonnell 710kg £759 (107), local farmer 580kg £614 (106), S Wallace, Ballymena 840kg £890 (106), A & W McIlwaine 670kg £703 (105), J & J Huey 530kg £556 (105), A & W McIlwaine 710kg £738 (104), SJ & R McClean, Straid 660kg £679 (103), local farmer 650kg £656 (101), CFG & JC Adams 790kg £797 (101), R & C Steede, Cullybackey 700kg £707 (101), T & J Mackey, Ballynure 650kg £650 (100), RA Hill, Islandmagee 580kg £574 (99).

14 dairy cows and heifers sold to £1220 on Friday, 14th August for a second calver from Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod.

Ruling prices: Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved cow £1220, G & Mrs AM Patton, Carrowdore calved hfr £1200, D & S Kennedy, Broughshane calved cow £1120, John Hunter, Crumlin calved cow £970, David A Strange, Ballyclare calved hfr £970, calved hfr £960, RJ & JA Wright, Stoneyford calved hfr £940, G & Mrs AM Patton, Carrowdore calved hfr £920.

A small show of suckler stock sold to £1430 for a Lim heifer with bull calf at foot. Ruling prices: Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr & bull calf £1430, Donal Gillan, Garvagh Lim hfr & bull calf £1210, SH hfr & hfr calf £1180, JW Kelso, Antrim SH cow & bull calf £1170, Donal Gillan AA hfr & hfr calf £1150, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr & hfr calf £1150.

132 lots in the calf ring sold to £460 for a strong Lim bull, strong heifer calves also to £460 for a Lim, baby calves to £370 for a Lim bull, strong Friesian bulls to £275, younger lots to £200.

Ruling prices for continental bred calves: D McKay, Broughshane Lim £460, J Mackey BB £415, S Crawford, Randalstown Char £395, Ian Crawford, Randalstown Here £385, D McKay, Lim £385, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £370, AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim £350, Ian Crawford Mon £350, Mon £340, G Yates, Killinchy BB £330, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £315, D Montgomery, Glenwherry FKV £315, TJ Turtle, Broughshane Here £315, Ian Crawford, Randalstown Here £315, B O’Kane, Magherafelt Lim £305, T Rainey, Magherafelt BB £305.

Heifer calves sold to: C Liddie, Ballymena Lim £460, R Baird, Carrickfergus Char £440, Ian Crawford, Randalstown Char £438, H McCracken, Ballywalter Lim £435, C Liddie Lim £430, C Harbinson, Glenavy BB £420, R Baird Char £355, Char £350, R & C Steede, Cullybackey Here £335, Lim £330, G Yates, Killinchy BB £330 R & C Steede (2) Here £325, G Yates BB £322, W & M Orr, Ballymena AA £318, R Stirling, BB £310.

Friesian heifer calves sold to: John Graham, Glenwherry (2) (strong) £275, £260, £240, local farmer (young) £200, W & R Orr, Ballymena £142, Alex Magee, Larne (3) £125, B O’Kane, Maghera £100, N Allen, Shanksbridge £90, £78, Marcus Laurence, Moneymore £75, David McClintock, Broughshane £52, Thomas Carlisle £45, S Wilson, Ballymena £40.

A small entry of just over 100 weanlings sold to 315 pence per kg for a 200kg Char at £630, stronger lots to 239 pence for a 310kg Char at £740 while £945 was paid for a 450kg. Char heifers to 231 pence for a 260kg Char at £600, stronger lots to £905 for a 410kg Lim (221p).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: S McMullan, Bellaghy Char 200kg £630 (315), Char 240kg £705 (293), Char 200kg £570 (285), Char 200kg £520 (260), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee (3) Here 120kg £285 (237), Here 170kg £335 (197).

251-300kgs: S McMullan, Bellaghy Char 260kg £770 (296).

301-350kgs: Mike Frazer, Templepatrick Char 310kg £740 (238), C Millar, Kilrea Lim 350kg £800 (228), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 350kg £800 (228), A Reid, Glenavy Lim 350kg £800 (228), SG Lowry Char 340kg £770 (226), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Sim 350kg £760 (217), N & J McKee, Cairncastle Lim 350kg £755 (215), D Bell, AA 320kg £690 (215), J McHenry, Mosside Sim 330kg £710 (215), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 340kg £730 (214), SG Lowry Lim 340kg £720 (211), W & M Orr Lim 320kg £660 (206).

351kg and over: J McHenry, Mosside Char 380kg £895 (235), D Bell, AA 360kg £790 (219), Paul McMullan, Dundrod Lim 400kg £870 (217), C Millar, Kilrea Lim 380kg £825 (217), A Warwick, Templepatrick Here 410kg £890 (217), J McHenry Sal 360kg £770 (213), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Char 450kg £945 (210), N & J McKee, Cairncastle Lim 370kg £765 (206), Thomas O’Kane, Newtowncrommelin Char 390kg £790 (202), C Millar, Kilrea Lim 400kg £800 (200), D Bell AA 360kg £720 (200).

Heifers 251-300kgs: SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 260kg £600 (230), C Buchanan, Lim 300kg £690 (230), N & J McKee, Cairncastle Lim 290kg £580 (200).

301-350kgs: Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Char 330kg £720 (218), C Millar, Kilrea Lim 350kg £730 (208), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Char 350kg £720 (205), C Millar Lim 340kg £690 (202), D Bell AA 330kg £660 (200).

351kg and over: Derek Campbell, Magherafelt Lim 410kg £905 (220), Paul McMullan, Dundrod Lim 360kg £730 (202), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 400kg £810 (202), Paul McMullan Lim 360kg £720 (200), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 370kg £725 (196), Thomas O’Kane, Newtowncrommelin Char 400kg £780 (195), N & J McKee, Cairncastle Lim 370kg £720 (194), Derek Campbell, Magherafelt Lim 420kg £800 (190), Lim 380kg £720 (189).

A good entry of sheep on Monday evening (17th) resulted in a terrific trade, breeders to £152, ewe lambs to £84, store lambs to £56. Leading prices:-

Ewe lambs sold to: AV Magill, Carnlough 12 Suff £84, 12 Suff £78, Richard Black, Strabane 8 Mule £75, AV Magill 12 Suff £75, Wm & J O’Kane, Carnlough 10 CB £72, AV Magill 12 Suff £72, Andrew Bonnar, Broughshane 5 Dor £72, Matthew Magill, Glenarm 10 Suff £71, AV Magill 12 Suff £70, 12 Suff £69, 12 Suff £69, 12 Suff £69, 12 Suff £69, Robert McDowell, Gleno 12 Tex £69.

Store lambs sold to: Karen McIlroy, Carrick 2 CB £56, M McAuley, Martinstown 20 CB £54, John O’Boyle, Cushendall 6 Tex £54, Wm Robinson, Glenarm 62 Tex £53.50, Wm & J O’Kane, Carnlough 30 CB £53, 30 Suff £53, 30 CB £52.50, 30 CB £52.50, Wm McCroary, Broughshane 31 Mule £52.50, Wm & J O’Kane, Carnlough 30 CB £52, R Topping, Kilwaughter 22 Suff £52, Wm & J O’Kane, Carnlough 30 CB £51.50, 30 CB £50.50, Ian Gibson, Broughshane 36 Tex £50.50, Karen McIlroy, Carrick 6 CB £50, Charolotte Calvert, Lisburn 8 CB £50, Henry McConnell, Glenwherry 17 CB £49, Wm & J O’Kane, Carnlough 30 Tex £48, 30 CB £48, Wm McCroary, Broughshane 12 Char £48.

Hoggets sold to: D Bristow, Portglenone Char ram £240, S McNeilly, Ballyclare 1 Tex ram £190, S McNeilly 1 Tex ram £185, David McCabe, Muckamore 3 Tex £152, 10 Char £145, 10 Char £145, TJ Simpson, Ballymena 1 Tex £140, David McCabe 3 Tex £138, W Blackburn, Clogher 7 Suff £134, 5 Suff £130, S McNeilly, Ballyclare 1 Tex £130, T McBride, Raloo 12 Chev £130, local farmer 6 Mule £129, David McCabe, Muckamore 3 Tex £128, 3 Tex £128, 10 Char £128, M Fulton, Ballymena 12 Mule £126, David McCabe 10 Char £125, Thomas McIlroy, Raloo 10 Suff £122, H Park, Ballymena 3 CB £120, J Moore, Broughshane 14 Mule £120, David McCabe, Muckamore 3 Tex £120, J Moore 12 Mule £118, Thomas McIlroy, Raloo 11 Suff £118, David McCabe 3 Tex £118.

A smaller entry of 130 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday, 18th, resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £610 over for a Char 580kg at £1190 presented by McMullan Bros, Downpatrick. Heifers sold to £580 over for a Char 560kg at £1140 offered by J Alcorn, Glengormley.

Bulls/blks 301-400kgs: T & S Butler, Aughafatten Char 370kg £820 (221), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne (2) Char 370kg £810 (218), Char 340kg £735 (216), RA Harkness, Crumlin Lim 400kg £850 (212), Kenneth Craig (2) Lim 350kg £730 (208), S Greer, Ballyclare Lim 400kg £790 (197), Kenneth Craig (2) Lim 380kg £750 (197).

401-500kgs: Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Char 430kg £920 (214), Stephen Gowdy, Newtownabbey Lim 450kg £935 (207), Kenneth Craig (2) Char 420kg £870 (207), James McLoughlin, Carnlough Sim 430kg £870 (202), S Greer, Ballyclare Lim 460kg £920 (200), Lim 430kg £860 (200), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 460kg £920 (200), Char 470kg £940 (200), Char 460kg £920 (200), McMullan Bros, Downpatrick Sal 470kg £900 (191), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Lim 450kg £860 (191), SJC Woodburn, Ballyclare Here 460kg £875 (190), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Char 500kg £950 (190), McMullan Bros, Downpatrick (2) Sal 490kg £930 (189).

501kg and over: McMullan Bros, Downpatrick Char 580kg £1190 (205), JA Gaston, Broughshane AA 530kg £1060 (200), AA 540kg £1080 (200), AA 550kg £1085 (197), AA 630kg £1220 (193), McMullan Bros Sal 540kg £1040 (192), JA Gaston AA 530kg £1020 (192), AA 630kg £1205 (191), McMullan Bros Char 560kg £1060 (189), Mervyn Crawford Here 600kg £1180 (187), Patrick McCann, Portglenone Lim 510kg £955 (187), R McSorley, Islandmagee BB 640kg £1190 (185), Char 630kg £1170 (185).

401-500kgs: J Alcorn, Glengormley Char 460kg £880 (191), Brendan McLoughlin, Glenariffe Lim 430kg £770 (179), R Woodside, Ballyclare Lim 490kg £870 (177), Brendan McLoughlin Sim 480kg £850 (177), J & F McGarry, Loughgiel AA 450kg £785 (174), Brendan McLoughlin Sim 470kg £790 (168), T & S Butler, Aughafatten Char 490kg £820 (167), Brendan McLoughlin Lim 420kg £700 (166), W Maybin, Ballymena Lim 440kg £720 (163).

501kg and over: J Alcorn, Glengormley Char 560kg £1140 (203), J & F McGarry, Loughgiel AA 540kg £990 (183), J Alcorn Char 570kg £1030 (180).

An entry of 2221 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday 19th resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 302p for a pen of 4 Texels 22kg at £66.50 from Eric Mackey, Lisburn and to a top per head of £69 for a pen of 17 26kg offered by E O’Donnell, Toome. Fat ewes sold to £90.

Fat lambs (1787) (Top prices per kg): Eric Mackey, Lisburn 4 Tex 22kg £66.50 (302), C Donnelly, Rathkenny 15 Tex 17.5kg £50.50 (288), H McCloy, Cullybackey 39 Suff 21kg £60 (285), A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter 10 Suff 19.5kg £55.50 (284), Alex Magee, Ballyrickard 3 Tex 19.5kg £55.20 (283), W Craig, Larne 11 Tex 21.5kg £60.50 (281), WJ Shaw, Cloughmills 12 Suff 20.5kg £57.50 (280), Rainey Bros, Ballygally 29 Tex 22kg £61.50 (279), W Craig, Larne 11 Tex 21.5kg £60 (279), T Robinson, Ballynure 13 Tex 23kg £64 (278), John McFall, Broughshane 20 Tex 24kg £66 (275), MA Turtle, Broughshane 14 Tex 22kg £60.50 (275), P Hammond, Sandholes 6 Tex 24kg £66 (275), 1 Tex 24kg £66 (275), Mrs E Duff, Ballymena 10 Tex 21.5kg £59 (274), DA McWilliam, Ballyclare 6 Tex 23kg £63 (273), S Davison, Broughshane 5 Tex 23kg £63 (273), S McKeegan, Cushendall 10 Tex 23kg £63 (273), George Ramage, Bushmills 1 Tex 23kg £63 (273), 44 Tex 23kg £63 (273), Richard Currie, Ballymena 2 Tex 24.5kg £67 (273), Robert McNinch, Larne 44 Tex 22.5kg £61.50 (273), Alex Wilson, Glenarm 10 Tex 22.5kg £61.50 (273), S Davison, Broughshane 4 Tex 22kg £60 (272).

Top prices per head: E O’Donnell, Toomebridge 17 Dor 26kg £69, Richard Currie, Ballymena 2 Tex 24.5kg £67, Eric Mackey, Lisburn 4 Tex 22kg £66.50, J Bell, Randalstown 14 Tex 26.5kg £66.50, R McCurdy, Gleno 4 Tex 25.5kg £66, John McFall, Broughshane 20 Tex 24kg £66, JK Currie, Ballymena 4 Tex 27kg £66, J Graham, Glenariffe 5 Suff 27kg £66, Mrs S White, Cloughmills 7 Suff 27kg £66, J Boyd, Larne 10 Tex 26.5kg £66, Wilson McMaster, Broughshane 12 Tex 26kg £66, K Woodside, Islandmage 20 Tex 25kg £66, J & M Farlow, Macosquin 8 Tex 25.5kg £66, P Hammond, Cookstown 6 Tex 24kg £66, 1 Tex 24kg £66, Wm Mawhinney, Ballynure 13 Tex 26kg £66, A Stewart, Ballyclare 1 Char 20kg £66, M Moffett, Broughshane 24 Tex 25kg £65.80, Montgomery farms, Broughshane 17 Tex 25.5kg £65.50, S Wilson, Ballymena 43 Suff 26kg £65.50, JP McAuley, Parkmore 14 Tex 26.5kg £65, D Gaston, Carnlough 11 Tex 25kg £65, Wm H Magee, Kilwaughter 25 Tex 25.5kg £65, Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 12 Tex 25kg £65, Alex Magee, Ballyrickard 1 Tex 25kg £65.

Fat ewes (434)

1st Quality

Suff - £60-£74

Tex - £60-£90

CB - £50-£64

BF - £38-£50