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An entry of 300 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a great trade.

Beef cows sold to 172p for 720kg at £1238, Fr cows to 131p for 630kg at £825. Beef heifers to 212p for 620kg at £1314, beef bullocks to 197p for 590kg at £1162.

Fat cows sold to: B Hall, Monkstown Lim 720kg £1238 (172), O’Kane farm, Dunloy Lim 710kg £1221 (172), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Lim 640kg £1088 (170), M Kelly, Limavady Lim 740kg £1258 (170), Owen Miskelly Lim 580kg £962 (166), LF Logan, Randalstown Char 680kg £1128 (166), G Devlin, Randalstown Char 600kg £990 (165), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Lim 660kg £1089 (165), M McCoy, Toomebridge Lim 520kg £847 (163), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 650kg £1059 (163), MP McElhinney, Co Londonderry BB 580kg £893 (154), D Black, Cushendall Lim 520kg £790 (152), Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim 650kg £975 (150), Thomas Strange, Straid St 710kg £1050 (148), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 820kg £1213 (148), B Hutton, Cookstown Lim 670kg £991 (148), JF Savage, Ballywalter Lim 750kg £1102 (147), O’Kane farm, Dunloy Char 790kg £1161 (147), Edgar Cumins, Lisburn Lim 600kg £882 (147), Alan Patterson, Magherafelt Char 580kg £841 (145), R Hamilton, Magherafelt Lim 630kg £913 (145), N & J McKee, Larne Lim 630kg £913 (145), Edgar Cumins Lim 430kg £623 (145), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 600kg £864 (144).

Friesian cows sold to: D McNeill, Rathkenny 630kg £825 (131), A Brown, Banbridge 770kg £970 (126), A Gaston, Glarryford 610kg £738 (121), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 710kg £852 (120), A Brown 770kg £924 (120), M Doherty, Glarryford 670kg £797 (119), 570kg £661 (116), 570kg £661 (116), Rex Wilson, Coagh 610kg £689 (113), A Gaston, Glarryford 520kg £582 (112), Brian McAfee, Aghadowey 850kg £943 (111), W Patterson, Ballyclare 690kg £765 (111), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 720kg £799 (111), A Brown, Banbridge 660kg £726 (110), Mrs M Wilkin 700kg £763 (109), A Bell, Nutts Corner 600kg £648 (108), JA Thompson, Randalstown 590kg £637 (108), J McLeister, Portglenone 620kg £663 (107), local farmer 650kg £689 (106), Robert Steele, Bushmills 620kg £657 (106), Arthur Gibson, Glenarm 580kg £614 (106), A Gaston, Glarryford 620kg £651 (105), local farmer 680kg £714 (105), A Gaston 620kg £644 (104), Mrs M Wilkin 640kg £665 (104).

Fat bulls sold to: Local farmer Lim 930kg £1376 (148), R Brown, Ballymena Sim 600kg £882 (147), Alastair Martin, Kells Blonde 790kg £1082 (137), T Stewart, Cairncastle BB 810kg £1036 (128), M McCoy, Toomebridge Lim 810kg £955 (118), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Char 1090kg £1264 (116), A Boyd, Cloughmills Char 580kg £655 (113), Char 600kg £678 (113), D McNeill, Rathkenny Fr 1080kg £1209 (112), John Mcneilly, Ahoghill Here 1090kg £1199 (110), E & RJ Bredin, Londonderry Hol 1060kg £1166 (110).

Beef heifers sold to: T Robinson, Ballynure Par 620kg £1314 (212), JF Savage, Ballywalter Lim 630kg £1297 (206), Sam McNabney, Clough, AA 600kg £1218 (203). R Brown, Greyabbey Lim 540kg £1085 (201), JF Savage, Lim 590kg £1180 (200), Lim 540kg £1080 (200), Lim 560kg £1103 (197), T Robinson, Ballynure Lim 550kg £1072 (195), K Dobbin, Ballycastle Char 500kg £975 (195), JF Savage, Ballywalter Lim 500kg £970 (194), Lim 520kg £998 (192), Lim 550kg £1050 (191), Lim 480kg £912 (190), Lim 560kg £1064 (190), Lim 510kg £963 (189), Lim 500kg £940 (188), Lim 550kg £1028 (187), Lim 520kg £972 (187), Lim 520kg £967 (186), Andrew Houston, Lisburn Lim 580kg £1067 (184), Mrs J Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 550kg £1012 (184), R Brown & Ptnrs, Greyabbey Lim 570kg £1043 (183), JF Savage Char 610kg £1116 (183), R Brown & Ptnrs Lim 550kg £1001 (182).

Beef bullocks sold to: Sam McNabney, Clough AA 590kg £1162 (197), JL McKinney, Maghera Lim 690kg £1331 (193), T Robinson, Ballynure Lim 590kg £1138 (193), P McVey, Moneymore BB 630kg £1178 (187), Gary Arthur, Ballymena Blonde 670kg £1246 (186), S McGowan, Ballymoney Char 710kg £1313 (185), James Dougan, Ahoghill Lim 580kg £1122 (181), H McCullough, Randalstown Blonde 620kg £1122 (181), Gary Arthur, Ballymena Blonde 620kg £1116 (180), S Thornton, Lisburn Lim 650kg £1163 (179), D Morrison, Armoy BB 630kg £1127 (179), T Robinson, Ballynure Lim 600kg £1068 (178), Gary Arthur, Ballymena BB 640kg £1139 (178), R Louden, Ballymoney AA 790kg £1406 (178), P McVey, Moneymore Lim 680kg £1210 (178), S Thornton, Lisburn Char 650kg £1150 (177), James Dougan, Ahoghill Lim 670kg £1179 (176), A Thornton Char 620kg £1072 (173), Lim 640kg £1100 (172), S McGowan, Ballymoney Char 800kg £1368 (171), James Dougan, Ahoghill Lim 620kg £1060 (171), D Morrison, Armoy BB 570kg £957 (168), AA 550kg £907 (165).

16 dairy cows and heifers met better demand on Friday selling to £1220 for a third calver from Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod.

Ruling prices: Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved cow £1220, RJM & Mrs ME Dunlop, Gleno calved hfr £1140, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1020, David Strange, Ballyclare calved hfr £990, R Orr, Ballymena calved hfr £980, A Hutchinson, Newtownabbey calved cow £940, DS Dickey, Randalstown calved hfr £840, David Strange calved cow £780, R Orr, Ballymena calved hfr £750, J Hutchinson, Ballyclare calved cow £750.

39 lots in the suckler ring continued to strong demand to £1650 for a Lim heifer with bull calf at foot, in calf heifers to £1230. Charolais bulls sold to 3100gns which went to P Hackett, Clougher. Ruling prices: D Allen, Moneymore Lim hfr & bull calf £1650, TF Reid, Glenavy Lim cow & bull calf £1580, H Magill, Glenarm Lim hfr & bull calf £1500, TF Reid Lim cow & hfr calf £1440, S McAleese, Cullybackey AA hfr & bull calf £1350, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr & hfr calf £1320, Sim hfr & bull calf £1280, O Carragher, Cullyhanna Char in calf hfr £1230, S McAleese, Cullybackey Lim hfr & bull calf £1180, T Hamill, Broughshane Lim in calf hfr £1150, K Craig, Ballyclare AA in calf cow £1100, Tom Megarry, Dromara Sal in calf hfr £1080, local farmer SH cow & bull calf £1080, Nigel Jordan, Moneymore BB cow & hfr calf £1045, Tom Megarry (2) Sal in calf hfr £1040.

203 lots in the calf ring – £450 was realised twice for Sim bulls a fortnight old, heifer calves to £360 for a BB 11 weeks old.

Bull calves sold to: RJT Fleming, Templepatrick (2) Sim £450, Sim £435, Sim £395, D Huey, Ballymoney Sim £395, S Irons, Coleraine Sim £375, W Morrison, Armoy Sim £365, A & W McMaster, Broughshane AA £365, J & J Huey, Armoy Lim £365, W Morrison Sim £360, Sim £355, (3) Sim £345, D Robinson, Carnalbana BB £345, W Morrison Sim £330.

Heifer calves sold to: M Gribbin, Desertmartin BB £360, local farmer Char £355, W Morrison Sim £350, Sim £300, M Gribbin BB £295, BB £290, W Morrison (2) Sim £285, RN Barnett, Strabane AA £285, AA £275, J & J Huey, Armoy Lim £275, RM Barnett AA £270, J McLeister, Portglenone Lim £265, J & J Huey Lim £245, P Connolly, Armoy AA £245, RM Barnett AA £240.

Friesian bull calves sold to: Arthur Gibson, Glenarm £240, James Gibson, Aughafatten £215, £145, A & W McMaster, Broughshane £125, James Gibson £125, A & W McMaster £115, A McKillop, Cushendall £110, Malcolm Chambers, Bushmills £100, RLA & D Irvine, Dundrod £100, James Gibson £90, RI McLaughlin, Cloughmills £85, JJ & BJ Rankin, Limavady £85, Sean Hughes, Clough £80, £78, James Gibson £75, Arthur Gibson £70.

An entry of 200 weanlings resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £500 over for a Char 370kg at £870 offered by S Boyle, Carrick. Heifers sold to £480 over for a Lim 360kg at £840 from David Parks, Moira.

Heifers 0-250kgs: Robert Wilson, Belfast Sal 120kg £295 (245), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 230kg £565 (245), A Wilkinson, Ballycastle Char 190kg £455 (239), M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Char 230kg £550 (239), Mrs Anna Simms, Gleno BB 240kg £565 (235), M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Char 240kg £550 (229), A Wilkinson, Ballycastle Char 190kg £425 (223), John O’Kane, Cushendun Lim 250kg £550 (220), D & M Hamill, Crumlin Lim 160kg £345 (215), T Morrow, Magheramourne Char 250kg £500 (200), Robert Wilson, Belfast AA 220kg £415 (188), AA 230kg £430 (187).

251-300kg: SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 280kg £745 (266), David Parks, Moira Lim 290kg £725 (250), John O’Kane, Cushendall Lim 270kg £670 (248), Donal McIlwaine, Cushendall Lim 280kg £630 (225), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 300kg £665 (221), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 290kg £635 (219), R Montgomery, Kells Char 280kg £610 (217), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 270kg £585 (216), R Brown, Ballymena Lim 290kg £610 (210), Munie North Farms, Glenarm BB 270kg £565 (209), James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 300kg £620 (206), Mrs Anna Simms, Gleno Lim 300kg £620 (206), TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 280kg £575 (205), Lim 270kg £550 (203), R Brown, Ballymena Lim 300kg £600 (200).

301-350kg: James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 330kg £780 (236), Lim 340kg £800 (235), E Gregg, Ahoghill BB 330kg £760 (230), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 320kg £735 (229), J Bates, Ballyclare Char 320kg £735 (229), Desmond Brogan, Cloughmills Lim 350kg £785 (224), Hugh Gibson, Glenarm Blonde 330kg £730 (221), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 310kg £680 (219), James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 330kg £705 (213), J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 340kg £720 (211), Niall McCashin, Randalstown Lim 340kg £710 (208), James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 330kg £660 (200), R Montgomery, Kells Char 310kg £590 (190), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Lim 330kg £620 (187), SG Lowry, Glenavy Blonde 320kg £600 (187), Niall McCashin, Randalstown Lim 310kg £580 (187).

351kg and over: David Parks, Moira Lim 360kg £840 (233), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 360kg £825 (229), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 360kg £795 (220), Desmond Brogan, Cloughmills Lim 410kg £870 (212), J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 380kg £805 (211), M Ramsey, Ballyclare Lim 380kg £780 (205), Desmond Brogan, Cloughmills Lim 380kg £770 (202), M Ramsey Lim 400kg £805 (201), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 380kg £750 (197), Char 360kg £705 (195), Char 380kg £740 (194), Desmond Brogan Lim 450kg £875 (194), R Fulton, Randalstown Lim 400kg £760 (190), Niall McCashin, Randalstown Lim 400kg £745 (186), R Montgomery, Kells Char 360kg £660 (183), R Fulton, Randalstown Char 490kg £850 (173).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: D & N Hamill, Crumlin (3) Lim 170kg £480 (282), A Wilkinson, Ballycastle Char 210kg £545 (259), D & N Hamill Char 210kg £545 (259), A Wilkinson Char 230kg £560 (243), TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 230kg £550 (239), Hugh McMullan, Glenarm Lim 250kg £575 (230), Robert Wilson, Belfast AA 240kg £515 (214).

251-300kgs: John E O’Kane, Cushendall Lim 270kg £725 (268), J Bates, Ballyclare AA 300kg £775 (258), Mrs Anna Simms, Gleno Lim 290kg £740 (255), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 300kg £765 (255), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 270kg £685 (253), John E O’Kane, Cushendall Lim 290kg £725 (250), TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 290kg £720 (248), A Wilkinson, Ballycastle Char 300kg £740 (246), Munie North farms, Glenarm Lim 280kg £690 (246), Lim 300kg £735 (245), Mrs Anna Simms, Gleno Lim 300kg £690 (230), John E O’Kane Lim 280kg £635 (226), A Dobbs, Carrick AA 300kg £680 (226), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 300kg £640 (213), J Weatherup, Gleno Lim 280kg £580 (207).

301-350kgs: J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 310kg £770 (248), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 320kg £785 (245), Stephen Boyle, Carrick Char 320kg £765 (239), Desmond Brogan, Cloughmills Lim 350kg £825 (235), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 320kg £750 (234), J Bates, Ballyclare AA 320kg £745 (232), R Montgomery, Kells Lim 310kg £710 (229), G Simms, Gleno BB 330kg £750 (227), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 350kg £795 (227), Char 340kg £760 (223), A Dobbs, Carrick Char 350kg £780 (222), Niall McCashin, Randalstown Lim 350kg £765 (218), Hugh Gibson, Glenarm Blonde 330kg £715 (216).

351kg and over: Stephen Boyle, Carrick Char 370kg £870 (235), A Dobbs, Carrick Char 390kg £885 (226), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 370kg £835 (225), Char 370kg £780 (210), A Dobbs, AA 450kg £920 (204), AA 460kg £935 (203), J Weatherup, Gleno Lim 360kg £730 (202), R Brown, Ballymena SHB 390kg £785 (201), A Dobbs, Carrick Char 460kg £925 (201), Stephen Boyle, Lim 380kg £760 (200), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Lim 370kg £740 (200), Stephen Boyle Lim 370kg £735 (198), S McAllister, Glenarm 380kg £750 (197), A Dobbs, Carrick AA 470kg £925 (196), J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 380kg £745 (196), A Dobbs AA 480kg £920 (191).

An entry of 120 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £575 over for a Lim 520kg at £1095 presented by B McAllister, Kells. Heifers sold to £575 over for a AA 530kg at £1105 and 550kg at £1125 both offered by P McWilliams, Moneyglass.

Bullocks sold to:-: Aiden Hughes, Omagh (3) Sim 360kg £820 (227), Char 390kg £870 (223), AA 390kg £840 (215), B McAllister, Kells Lim 520kg £1095 (210), RB Kerr, Broughshane Par 490kg £1030 (210), Aiden Hughes Sim 420kg £860 (204), Frank O’Hara, Moorfields Lim 340kg £695 (204), Lim 340kg £690 (202), RJ Sloan, Kilrea Char 470kg £930 (197), Frank O’Hara (2) AA 380kg £740 (194), Lim 400kg £770 (192), Robert McCullough Sim 430kg £825 (191), local farmer AA 390kg £740 (189), Frank O’Hara AA 390kg £740 (189), JA & RJ Duffin, Cargan Char 480kg £910 (189), J Wilson, Ballynure SH 520kg £980 (188), SH 550kg £1025 (186), Hugh Cameron, Ballymoney Here 540kg £1005 (186), local farmer Sal 390kg £725 (185), S Petticrew, Martinstown AA 380kg £705 (185), JA & RJ Duffin, Cargan Lim 540kg £1000 (185), RB Kerr, Broughshane Par 600kg £1100 (183).

Heifers sold to: Ivan Rea, Crumlin Char 450kg £940 (208), Patrick McWilliams, Moneyglass AA 530kg £1105 (208), AA 550kg £1125 (204), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch AA 520kg £1045 (201), Robert McCullough, Ballynure Sim 470kg £940 (200), Owen Miskelly Lim 450kg £880 (195), AA 500kg £975 (195), J Duffin, Ballygally Blonde 490kg £950 (193), Patrick McWilliams AA 540kg £1035 (191), J Duffin Blonde 470kg £900 (191), Blonde 520kg £995 (191), Owen Miskelly AA 490kg £935 (190), Patrick McWilliams AA 570kg £1085 (190), AA 470kg £890 (189), Owen Miskelly Lim 510kg £965 (189), Lim 510kg £960 (188), Hugh Cameron, Ballymoney BB 550kg £1030 (187), Owen Miskelly Char 540kg £1010 (187), Lim 510kg £950 (186), Lim 460kg £855 (185), J Duffin Blonde 490kg £910 (185), C Millar, Kilrea (2) Lim 400kg £735 (183), Owen Miskelly AA 600kg £1100 (183), Lim 620kg £1125 (181).

An entry of 1308 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a slower trade. Fat lambs sold to 400p for a pen of Texels 22kg at £88 presented by John McFall, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £80.

Fat lambs (887)

Top prices per kg: John McFall, Broughshane 2 Tex 22kg £88 (400), Richard Currie, Ballymena 3 Tex 21.5kg £85 (395), JK Currie, Ballymena 1 Tex 21.5kg £85 (395), E Clyde, Muckamore 8 Tex 21kg £80 (381), WJ Cubitt, Rasharkin 4 Tex 21.5kg £79 (367), T Robinson, Ballymena 4 Tex 21.5kg £77.50 (360), WJ McClintock, Broughshane 12 Tex 20.5kg £73 (356), Gordon Montgomery, Broughshane 6 Tex 22kg £78 (354), Callum Patterson, Broughshane 8 Tex 17.5kg £62 (354), James Sheppard, Raloo 4 Tex 21.5kg £76 (353), I Morrison, Dunloy 8 Tex 24kg £84.50 (352), Lyndon Hull, Aghalee 4 Tex 18.5kg £65 (351), E & P McCormick, Cushendun 8 Tex 20kg £70 (350), J McNeill, Coleraine 8 Tex 22kg £77 (350), J Knox, Broughshane 28 Tex 22kg £77 (350), G Calderwood, Rasharkin 6 Tex 22kg £77 (350), J Conway, Garvagh 3 Suff 21.5kg £75 (348), Jonathan Fenton, Glarryford 7 Tex 21.5kg £75 (348), D Cowan, Carrick 37 Suff 21.5kg £75 (348), Graeme Martin, Broughshane 5 Tex 23kg £80 (347), K Moore, Coagh 3 Tex 22.5kg £78 (346), I Morrison, Dunloy 32 Tex 22.5kg £78 (346), Alastair Kerr, Ballymena 5 Tex 22kg £76 (345), J Murray, Ballymoney 9 Tex 22kg £76 (345), Danny Duffin, Toomebridge 14 Char 22kg £76 (345).

Top prices per head: John McFall, Broughshane 2 Tex 22kg £88, W Jamieson, Broughshane 1 Tex 29kg £85, Richard Currie, Ballymena 3 Tex 21.5kg £85, JK Currie, Ballymena 1 Tex 21.5kg £85, I Morrison, Dunloy 8 Tex 24kg £84.50, Brian Thompson, Lisburn 10 Tex 25kg £83.50, Graham Bros, Aughafatten 3 Tex 25kg £82, Kenneth Bell, Broughshane 1 Suff 26kg £82, K Moore, Coagh 1 Tex 32kg £82, A Hoey, Glenwherry 4 Tex 25.5kg £81, E Clyde, Muckamore 8 Tex 21kg £80, Matt Workman, Kilwaughter 11 Suff 24kg £80, Graeme Martin, Broughshane 5 Tex 23kg £80, I Marcus Ahoghill 3 Tex 24.5kg £80, J Anderson, Bushmills 8 Tex 24kg £80, John Thompson, Larne 3 Tex 24kg £80, Brian Hamilton, Moorfields 2 Tex 26kg £80, SJ Adams, Broughshane 12 Tex 23.5kg £79.50, J & I Stewart, Ballymoney 4 Tex 235kg £79.50, I Morrison, Armoy 1 Tex 26kg £79, John Clarke, Moorfields 3 Suff 25kg £79, Simpson & Calvin, Ballymoney 4 Tex 24kg £79, Kenneth Bell 1 Suff 24kg £79, WJ Cubitt, Ballymena 4 Tex 21.5kg £79, W McQuitty, Clough 10 Char 23.5kg £79.

Fat ewes (421)

1st Quality

Suff - £60-£80

Tex £60-£80

CB - £50-£68

BF - £35-£55