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300 fat cattle attracted fierce bidding in a well improved trade for all lots. Fat cows sold to 211 pence per kg and a top price of £1328 each.

Overage cattle to 200 pence and a top of £1420 each. Milk bred cows to 149 pence and a top price of £951 each. Beef heifers sold to 215 pence and a top of £1225 each. Beef bullocks to 206 pence and a top of £1592 each. Fr bullocks to 174 pence and a top of £1305 each.

250 fat cows swiftly sold to:

SR Gray, Antrim BB 590kg £1244 (211), S Chesney, Kircubbin BB 580kg £1102 (190), SR Gray Lim 490kg £926 (189), S Chesney AA 560kg £1047 (187), S Gilmore & Co, Kilrea Lim 610kg £1140 (187), B Carey, Dunloy Lim 600kg £1110 (185), John L Skuce, Aghadowey Lim 500kg £915 (183), Lim 530kg £959 (181), R Gilliland, Antrim Lim 640kg £1139 (178), J McCann, Char 670kg £1179 (176), J Campbell, Glarryford Lim 590kg £991 (168), S Chesney, Kircubbin Lim 640kg £896 (166), Paul McGarry, Dundrod Blonde 830kg £1328 (160), Robert Thompson, Newry Char 830kg £1328 (160), S Chesney, Lim 670kg £1058 (158), Lim 740kg £1169 (158), Mrs Diana Kennedy, Larne Lim 590kg £879 (149), Samuel Coleman, Glarryford Lim 670kg £998 (149), S Bell, Magherafelt Fr 620kg £923 (149), S Chesney, Lim 680kg £999 (147), Mrs Diana Kennedy Sim 610kg £890 (146), GA Fleming, Templepatrick Char 600kg £858 (143), Lewis Davidson, Glenwherry Lim 760kg £1079 (142), B Millar, Randalstown Lim 650kg £923 (142).

Overage cattle sold to:

Moore Wallace, Dunloy Lim 710kg £1420 (200), Co Down farmer AA 720kg £1317 (183), B Carey, Dunloy AA 650kg £1183 (182), AA 680kg £1224 (180), T McCullough, Broughshane Lim 510kg £912 (179), Co Down farmer AA 790kg £1398 (177), W & J Gardiner, Ballymena AA 680kg £1203 (177), T McCullough, Broughshane Lim 420kg £743 (177), K Dickson, Moneymore AA 610kg £1079 (177), W & J Gardiner BB 730kg £1284 (176), T Williamson, Upperlands Sim 460kg £795 (173), Co Down farmer AA 810kg £1393 (172), W & J Gardiner Ir 560kg £935 (167), Fr 670kg £1018 (152), T Williamson Blonde 360kg £536 (149), T Boyd, Larne Lim 650kg £936 (144), Andrew McCammond, Templepatrick Here 520kg £728 (140), T Williamson, Sim 480kg £672 (140), K Dickson, Moneymore Char 820kg £1098 (134), T Williamson Blonde 640kg £806 (126), D Conly, Glenarm SH 760kg £934 (123), Thomas Cole, Magherafelt Lim 430kg £516 (120), D Conloy SH 690kg £800 (116), James Chestnutt, Portrush Hol 820kg £861 (105).

Milk bred cows swiftly sold to:

S Bell, Magherafelt 620kg £923 (149), 670kg £944 (141), GM Kernohan, Broughshane 600kg £810 (135), S Bell 710kg £951 (134), RR Cupples, Broughshane 490kg £607 (124), H & D Geddis, Moira 680kg £829 (122), 620kg £706 (114), 730kg £817 (112), S Bell 540kg £594 (110), E & J Arthur, Templepatrick 800kg £864 (108), S Bell 660kg £686 (104), D McClure, Ballymoney 710kg £738 (104), Ian Millar, Ballymena 600kg £612 (102), GM Kernohan, Broughshane 600kg £600 (100), James Wallace, Dunloy 640kg £640 (100), D Bamber, Ballymena 610kg £610 (100), J Devlin, Magherafelt 690kg £683 (99), SH Adams, Cloughmills 780kg £756 (97), S Bell, Magherafelt 640kg £620 (97), G O’Neill, Toomebridge 680kg £659 (97), Ian Millar, Ballymena 660kg £640 (97), SH Adams, Cloughmills 650kg £624 (96), G O’Neill, Toomebridge 710kg £681 (96), D Morrison, Armoy 710kg £681 (95),

Beef heifers sold to: SR Gray, Antrim Lim 570kg £1225 (215), S Gilmore & Co, Kilrea Lim 590kg £1180 (200), R McIntyre, Glarryford Lim 560kg £1120 (200), SR Gray Char 560kg £1108 (198), S Gilmore & Co Lim 610kg £1201 (197), WJI Hood, Ballymena Lim 620kg £1171 (189), R Gilliland, Antrim Char 590kg £1109 (188), SR Gray Char 600kg £1116 (186), Char 540kg £993 (184), J Campbell, Glarryford AA 600kg £1086 (181), TJ & RA Kennedy, Cullybackey Par 450kg £810 (180), B Millar, Randalstown Sim 610kg £1098 (180), S Gilmore & Co, Kilrea Sim 590kg £1062 (180), L Hamill, Templepatrick AA 570kg £991 (174), WJ McClintock Jnr, Broughshane AA 560kg £968 (173), R Davis, Strabane Sim 520kg £868 (167), Sim 490kg £749 (153), Fr 410kg £606 (148).

Beef bullocks sold to: S & A Boyle, Dunloy Par 540kg £1112 (206), Par 570kg £1128 (198), Miss E Stevenson, Crumlin Char 610kg £1177 (193), WR & G Crawford, Antrim AA 610kg £1134 (186), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane AA 640kg £1190 (186), S & A Boyle, Dunloy Par 510kg £943 (185), WR & G Crawford AA 660kg £1214 (184), AA 630kg £1159 (184), Miss E Stevenson, Crumlin Sim 620kg £1140 (184), local farmer Char 880kg £1592 (181), B Carey, Dunloy Here 720kg £1296 (180), WR & G Crawford, Antrim AA 630kg £1134 (180), AA 580kg £1044 (180), AA 660kg £1188 (180), J Devlin, Magherafelt Fr 750kg £1305 (174), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane Fr 710kg £1235 (174), S & A Boyle, Dunloy Par 510kg £867 (170), J & G Hamilton Fr 680kg £1142 (168), Fr 650kg £1072 (165), J Devlin, Magherafelt Fr 580kg £945 (163).

80 head in the dairy ring reached £1560 for the champion calved Ayr heifer from John Hunter, Crumlin. Calved cows sold to £1520 for a Hol/Fr third calver from WG Johnston, Ligoniel.

Ruling prices: WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved cow £1520, calved cow £1480, Bolton Bros, Maghera calved cow £1450, David Ross, Randalstown calved cow £1420, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved cow £1420, RJM & ME Dunlop, Gleno calved cow £1410, L Carson, Ballymoney calved hfr £1390, calved hfr £1370, JR & PJ Tinsley, Dromore (2) calved hfr £1360, AA Ferguson, Stewartstown calved hfr £1360, JR & PJ Tinsley calved cow £1340, calved hfr £1330, Bolton Bros calved hfr £1320, David Ross, Randalstown calved cow £1280, RA Hill, Islandmagee calved cow £1280, S Dunlop, Dundrod calved hfr £1210.

The champion in the Ayrshire Club show and sale was exhibited by John Hunter, Crumlin – a calved heifer which made top price of 1560gns, reserve champion went to Raymond King, Drumquin, also a calved heifer which realised 1480gns.

Leading prices as follows: John Hunter, Crumlin calved hfr £1560, R King, Drumquin calved hfr £1480, JW Suffern, Crumlin calved cow £1400, R King calved hfr £1300, J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £1200, John Hunter, calved cow £1200, JW Suffern calved hfr £1200, R Irwin, Portstewart calved hfr £1200, Martin J King, Ballymena calved cow £1120, calved hfr £1120, John Hunter calved hfr £1100, calved hfr £1050, calved hfr £1000.

Bulls sold to: E McCloskey, Kilrea Sim 2050gns, JL Kinney, Maghera Lim 2000gns, T & J Martin, Newtownards BB 1950gns, Rory Best, Poyntspass AA 1000gns, Ian Barr, Kells Lim 1750gns, Moses Irwin, Fintona AA 1700gns, JL Kinney Lim 1700gns, Paul Campbell, Carnlough Lim 1500gns, Ian Barr Lim 1500gns, R Mullan, Garvagh Lim 1450gns, John O’Kane, Garvagh Lim 1400gns, M McKeown, Crossgar Char 1400gns, R Mullan, Garvagh Lim 1200gns.

Suckler stock sold to £1400, ruling prices: David Owens, Glenwherry £1400, £1360, James Wallace, Dunloy £1120.

Another great trade for 240 dropped calves. A strong AA bull sold at £505. A young Sim bull sold at £400, a strong Sim heifer to £345. Young BB heifers to £290, strong Fr bulls to £225 and young Fr bulls to £75 each.

Highest prices for beef bred bull calves were: WJ McClintock, Broughshane AA (strong) £505, local producer Sim (young) £400, W McCurdy, Bushmills Lim £400, O Hamilton, Magherafelt Sim £388, J Mackey, Ballynure Lim £380, David Chestnutt, Bushmills BB £375, Irwin Gamble, Articlave Lim £370, O Magill, Crumlin BB £370, TJ Turtle, Broughshane BB £370, David Chestnutt, Bushmills BB £365, SJ McMaster, Kells Char £360, Desmond Morrow, Glenarm Here £360, Wm Hoey, Ballymena Here £355, Samuel Herbison, Ballymena AA £350, local farmer BB £335, Frank McAuley, Toomebridge Lim £330.

Heifer calves sold to: Charles McDonnell, Armoy Sim (strong) £345, Irwin Gamble, Articlave BB £340, Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim £330, RJ White, Liscolman Lim £330, JF Smith, Islandmagee BB £330, O Magill, Crumlin (young) £290, Irwin Gamble, Lim £288, Hamilton Alexander Lim £285, W McCurdy, Bushmills Lim £280, S Chestnutt, Ballymoney Here £275, Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm Lim £265, O Hamilton, Lim £255, Irwin Gamble (2) Lim £250, G Orr, Ballywalter BB £250, James Barr, Ballyclare Lim £250.

Hol & Fr bull calves sold to: Ian Paisley, Magheramourne £225, Frank McAuley, Toomebridge £180, Ian Millar, Ballymena £180, Alex Magee, Larne (2) £175, (2) £170, David Parks, Moira £155, Frank McAuley, £150, Ian Millar £150, W Stevenson, Downpatrick £140, J King, Ballymena £140, David Parks, Moira £135, S Chestnutt, Ballymoney £105, R Morrow, Glenarm £100, JF Smith, Islandmagee £95.

An entry of 230 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a better trade. Bullocks sold to £525 over for a Char 350kg at £875 presented by Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod. Heifers sold to £460 over for a Char 280kg at £740 offered by the same seller.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

SJ Mulholland, Hannahstown Char 210kg £685 (326), local farmer Char 220kg £675 (306), Wm Bonnes, Randalstown Char 240kg £720 (300), SJ Mulholland Char 250kg £740 (296), Andrew Milliken Jnr, Dundrod Char 250kg £735 (294), SJ Mulholland Char 240kg £700 (291), Wm Smyth, Ballymena Lim 210kg £580 (276), G & J Sharpe, Cushendall Lim 250kg £690 (276), local farmer (2) Lim 240kg £660 (275), Wm Smyth, Ballymena Lim 210kg £575 (273), S & A McGill, Aghadowey Char 190kg £520 (273), Wm Bonnes, Randalstown Char 250kg £670 (268), John Murray, Larne Sim 210kg £560 (266), G Wells, Moira Char 250kg £660 (264), SJ Mulholland Char 230kg £605 (263).

251-300kgs

SJ Mulholland, Hannahstown Char 260kg £750 (288), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Char 270kg £775 (287), John Murray, Larne Char 260kg £745 (286), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 280kg £790 (282), Andrew Milliken Jnr, Dundrod Char 290kg £810 (279), Kyle Molyneaux Char 290kg £800 (275), J McKay, Cushendun Lim 290kg £780 (269), local farmer Char 280kg £750 (267), Wm Bonnes, Randalstown Char 260kg £690 (265), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Char 300kg £790 (263), G Wells, Moira Char 280kg £735 (262), Wm Bonnes Char 270kg £700 (259), local farmer (2) Lim 260kg £670 (257), B McAllister, Glenarm Char 300kg £760 (253), Andrew Milliken Jnr, Char 280kg £705 (251).

301-350kgs

Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 320kg £825 (257), Raymond Robinson, Broughshane Lim 330kg £840 (254), Kyle Molyneaux Char 350kg £875 (250), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 310kg £755 (243), G Wells, Moira Char 330kg £800 (242), J Wilson, Moira Lim 310kg £750 (241), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 330kg £795 (240), Char 320kg £770 (240), Lim 340kg £810 (238), A Wells, Moira Char 350kg £830 (237), G Wells Char 330kg £780 (236), local farmer Lim 340kg £800 (235), B McAllister, Lim 330kg £770 (233), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 330kg £760 (230), G & A O’Loan, Martinstown Blonde 350kg £795 (227), John Wilson Lim 330kg £745 (225).

351kg and over

J Wilson, Moira Char 380kg £900 (236), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 400kg £910 (227), Kyle Molyneaux Char 400kg £910 (227), Ian Paisley, Magheramourne Lim 380kg £850 (223), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 410kg £900 (219), Wm Jones Jnr, Templepatrick Lim 420kg £920 (219), Ian Barr, Kells Lim 380kg £800 (210), G & A O’Loan, Martinstown Char 380kg £780 (205), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 400kg £800 (200), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 400kg £800 (200), W McConnell, Ballyclare Lim 360kg £715 (198), G Wells, Moira Sim 390kg £765 (196), Mrs F Curragh, Donaghadee AA 420kg £820 (195), G Wells, Char 370kg £720 (194), Mrs F Curragh AA 420kg £800 (190), Mrs Linda Campbell, Greenisland AA 370kg £700 (189).

Heifers 301-350kgs

Kyle Molyneaux, Crumlin Char 330kg £785 (237), J Wilson, Moira Sim 320kg £735 (229), Kyle Molyneaux Char 340kg £775 (227), Char 340kg £770 (226), Char 330kg £710 (215), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim 310kg £660 (212), Lim 310kg £620 (200), D Blair, Greenisland AA 310kg £520 (167), AA 310kg £500 (161).

0-250kgs

Andrew Milliken Jnr, Dundrod Char 230kg £615 (267), Char 210kg £550 (261), Wm Smyth, Ballymena Lim 240kg £590 (245), J Wilson, Moira Char 250kg £590 (236), Raymond Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 230kg £530 (230), J McKay, Cushendun Lim 250kg £575 (230), S & A McGill, Aghadowey BB 250kg £570 (228), Samuel Brennan, Larne BB 200kg £440 (220), JA Bonnar, Glenarm Char 210kg £460 (219), Andrew Milliken Jnr (3) AA 210kg £450 (214), G & J Sharpe, Cushendall Lim 190kg £405 (213), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim 250kg £525 (210), D Blair, Greenisland (2) AA 220kg £460 (209).

251-300kgs

Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 280kg £740 (264), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim 260kg £680 (261), John Murray, Larne (2) Char 270kg £700 (259), SJ Mulholland, Hannahstown Char 260kg £665 (255), Gareth Hayes Lim 260kg £645 (248), JA Gaston, Broughshane AA 260kg £630 (242), Kyle Molyneaux Char 280kg £675 (241), SJ Mulholland Char 270kg £650 (240), Kyle Molyneaux Char 300kg £710 (236), Char 300kg £700 (233), Gareth Hayes Blonde 290kg £640 (220), Raymond Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 270kg £595 (220), J Wilson Lim 300kg £660 (220), Gareth Hayes Ballymena Lim 260kg £570 (219), Lim 270kg £570 (211).

351kg and over

Gareth Hayes, Ballymena BB 390kg £850 (218), BB 380kg £785 (205), Wm Jones Snr, Templepatrick Lim 440kg £900 (204), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 430kg £875 (203), AJ & C Patterson, Donaghadee BB 360kg £715 (198), BB 390kg £750 (192), Gareth Hayes Lim 370kg £700 (189), Wm Jones Snr, Templepatrick Lim 410kg £775 (189), Gareth Hayes AA 380kg £705 (185), P McConnell, Nutts Corner Lim 450kg £790 (175), Mrs Linda Campbell, Greenisland AA 370kg £630 (170), W McConnell, Ballyclare Lim 390kg £660 (169), Vincent Connon, Aldergrove BB 360kg £600 (166), P McConnell, Nutts Corner Lim 370kg £615 (166), Alas Kerr, Ballymena Lim 460kg £755 (164), Lim 360kg £590 (163).

A seasonal show of cattle in Ballymena resulted in another good trade. Bullocks sold to £580 over for a Char 600kg at £1180 presented by J McDonald, Craigavon. Heifers sold to £475 over for a Char 410kg at £885 offered by A McMaw, Carrick.

Bulls/blks sold to: Jean Craig, Larne Lim 340kg £790 (232), Char 330kg £765 (231), Lim 350kg £740 (211), G Wilson, Glenarm Lim 390kg £815 (209), RA Harkness, Crumlin Char 420kg £875 (208), G Wilson Lim 430kg £890 (207), Jean Craig Lim 370kg £765 (206), RA Harkness Lim 410kg £840 (204), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Char 410kg £825 (201), Patrick McCann, Portglenone Lim 490kg £975 (199), JR Beggs, Larne Sal 440kg £875 (198), Patrick McCann Lim 480kg £950 (197), H & A Speedy, Randalstown Lim 430kg £850 (197), Joe McDonald, Craigavon Char 600kg £1180 (196), H & A Speedy Lim 370kg £715 (193), RA Harkness Lim 410kg £790 (192), H & A Speedy Lim 420kg £805 (191), David Beattie, Newtownabbey Char 540kg £1030 (190), JR Beggs, Larne Char 620kg £1170 (188), Joe Maybin, Kells (3) SHB 450kg £845 (187), David Beggs Char 630kg £1180 (187), JR Beggs Sal 470kg £880 (187).

Heifers sold to: A McMaw, Carrickfergus Char 410kg £885 (215), Char 470kg £930 (197), Char 460kg £900 (195), Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Char 460kg £890 (193), T Lowry, Cullybackey Sim 280kg £540 (192), Mrs E McCabe Char 490kg £930 (189), R Adair, Randalstown BB 330kg £590 (178), David Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 450kg £790 (175), Lim 440kg £765 (173), R Adair, Randalstown Here 340kg £570 (167), G McAuley, Ballynashee AA 470kg £785 (167), David Fleming Lim 380kg £630 (165), T Lowry, Cullybackey Lim 330kg £540 (163), G McAuley AA 390kg £610 (156), Joe Maybin, Kells SHB 440kg £685 (155), Martin McKillop, Loughgiel BB 380kg £560 (147), A & E Cochrane, Bushmills Lim 530kg £775 (146).

An entry of 2228 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 376 pence for a pen of 16 Tex 20.5kg at £77.20 offered by B Gaston, Ballymena and to a top per head of £86.80 for 20 Suff 28kg presented by C Knowles, Cloughmills. Fat ewes sold to £93.

Fat lambs (2114)

Top prices per kg: N Rea, Larne 5 Tex 16kg £65 (412), Montgomery farms, Broughshane 7 Tex 19.5kg £74.50 (382), James Allen, Broughshane 11 CB 20kg £75.50 (377), B Gaston, Ballymena 16 Tex 20.5kg £77.20 (376), John Shaw, Ahoghill 3 Tex 20.5kg £77 (375), G Rowney, Ballynure 54 Tex 20.5kg £76 (370), N Rea, Antrim 5 Tex 19.5kg £72 (369), S Bonnar, Broughshane 19 Tex 21kg £77 (366), A Gaston, Carnlough 15 Tex 21kg £77 (366), D Christie, Ballymoney 10 Tex 21.5kg £78.50 (365), W Crawford, Broughshane 19 Suff 21.5kg £78.50 (365), S Kidd, Ballyclare 5 Tex 21.5kg £78.20 (363), J McQuiston, Ballymone 39 Tex 22kg £80 (363), JA Morrow, Glenarm 6 Tex 21.5kg £78 (362), G Wilson, Ballyboley 32 Tex 21kg £76 (361), WH Magee, Kilwaughter 4 Suff 21.5kg £77.50 (361), R Greer, Ahoghill 4 Tex 21.5kg £77.80 (361), E Stevenson, Broughshane 3 Suff 20.5kg £74 (361), J Thompson, Kells 7 Tex 23kg £83 (360), Carrigeen farms, Templepatrick 25 Tex 24kg £86.20 (359), I Morrison, Dunloy 12 Tex 22kg £79 (359), JP McLaughlin, Randalstown 22 Tex 20.5kg £73.50 (358), John McFall, Broughshane 12 Tex 24kg £86 (358), J Smyth, Moorfields 20 Tex 22kg £78.80 (358), JL Shaw, Ahoghill 4 Tex 22kg £78.80 (358).

Top prices per head

C Knowles, Cloughmills 20 Suff 28kg £86.80, JF Leslie, Ballymoney 32 Tex 26.5kg £86.50, A & W Gregg, Cloughmills 9 Tex 25kg £86.50, Carrigeen farms, Templepatrick 25 Tex 24kg £86.20, Lucy Calderwood, Dunloy 21 Tex 28.5kg £86, Kilrea farmer 11 Tex 26.5kg £86, John McFall, Broughshane 12 Tex 24kg £86, David Magill, Ballymena 6 Tex 26kg £86, B McNeilly, Randalstown 78 Dor 29kg £86, M Jamison, Larne 9 CB 27kg £86, Norman McBurney, Moorfields 41 Tex 24.5kg £85.50, G Forsythe, Cloughmills 43 Suff 25.5kg £85.50, T Maybin, Ballynure 5 Tex 27kg £85, L & J Armstrong, Broughshane 8 Zwa 26kg £85, Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 3 Tex 24kg £85, CA Orr, Cloughmills 22 Tex 26kg £85, K Dobbin, Ballycastle 21 Tee 24kg £85, A Dempsey, Aghadowey 1 Tex 28kg £85, A & W Gregg, Cloughmills 9 Tex 24kg £85, Wm Barnes, Cullybackey 17 Tex 24kg £85, J Knox, B’shane 13 Tex 25.5kg £85, J Graham, Glenwherry 1 Dor 29kg £85, Sam Agew, Ballyclare 23 Tex 24.5kg £85, D Compton, Rathkenny 10 Tex 24kg £84.8, Crebilly farms, Ballymena 46 Rom 25kg £84.80.

Fat ewes (114)

1st Quality

Suff £77-£93

Tex - £70-£90

CB - £50-£76

BF - £40-£64