MARTS: Ballymena

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A great entry of just under 300 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a terrific trade. Fat cows sold to 190p, Fr cows to 146p, Beef bullocks to 225p, beef heifers to 220p and Fr bullocks to 189p.

Fat cows sold to: Local farmer Lim 500kg £950 (190), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Lim 580kg £1067 (184), JP & James McKeagney, Upperlands Lim 520kg £946 (182), James McKeagney, Upperlands Blonde 660kg £1188 (180), JL Skuce, Aghadowey Blonde 530kg £916 (173), Lim 560kg £968 (173), Martin McGarry, Ballymena Lim 670kg £1154 (171), SG Hanna, Cullybackey Lim 580kg £986 (170), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Lim 620kg £1016 (164), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 710kg £1121 (158), Jennifer McCurdy, Bushmills Lim 720kg £1108 (154), John McLaughlin, Bushmills Char 730kg £1124 (154), Norman McBurney Lim 660kg £1016 (154), James McKeagney, Upperlands Lim 730kg £1124 (154), B Alexander, Ahoghill BB 520kg £790 (152), AJ Wilson, Ballymena BB 680kg £1026 (151), SG Hanna, Cullybackey Lim 640kg £966 (151), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Sal 660kg £990 (150), J Lavery, Aghalee AA 750kg £1117 (149), Norman McBurney, Lim 650kg £968 (149), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 730kg £1080 (148), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 790kg £1169 (148), P McCammond, Larne Sal 600kg £888 (148), WJ Porter, Upper Ballinderry AA 800kg £1184 (148), SG Hanna, Cullybackey Lim 650kg £962 (148).

Fr cows sold to: TR Lilburn, Dromore 620kg £905 (146), D McIlwaine, Larne 590kg £831 (141), local producer 610kg £817 (134), James Currie, Larne 720kg £914 (127), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 630kg £787 (125), R Chambers, Ballycastle 700kg £801 (123), D McAuley, Toomebridge 720kg £885 (123), 740kg £895 (121), James Currie, Larne 630kg £749 (119), D McAuley 640kg £761 (119), S Boyle, Loughgiel 730kg £854 (117), D Winter, Randalstown 750kg £877 (117), 700kg £812 (116), D McAuley, 690kg £793 (115), W McKee, Larne 560kg £644 (115), local producer 530kg £598 (113), WW McCormick 620kg £688 (111), TR Lilburn 680kg £754 (111), WW McCormick 560kg £616 (110), TJ & I Bell, Ballyclare 630kg £693 (110), S & SD Belshaw, Crumlin 540kg £588 (109), WT Robinson, Glenarm 580kg £632 (109), TJ & I Bell 620kg £669 (108), J & J Huey, Armoy 560kg £593 (106), T Adams, Rathkenny 570kg £592 (104), SJC Woodburn, Ballyclare 740kg £769 (104), R Chambers, Ballycastle 580kg £597 (103).

Beef bullocks sold to: H McCullough, Broughshane Char 550kg £1237 (225), Char 560kg £1254 (224), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Blonde 570kg £1271 (223), A Lagan, Portglenone Blonde 600kg £1332 (222), H McCullough Char 630kg £1386 (220), NJ Diamond Lim 530kg £1155 (218), Lim 540kg £1177 (218), S Greer, Ballyclare Lim 560kg £1209 (216), Robert McBride, Randalstown Lim 600kg £1296 (216), D Christie, Ballymoney Blonde 580kg £1252 (216), H McCullough, Randalstown BB 590kg £1274 (216), H Gregg, Clough AA 620kg £1314 (212), H McCullough Char 650kg £1378 (212), S Greer Lim 530kg £1113 (210), D Christie, Ballymoney Char 670kg £1407 (210), S Fullerton, Bushmills AA 650kg £1339 (206), AA 670kg £1373 (205), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Lim 640kg £1280 (200), J & M Millar, Rasharkin Lim 710kg £1398 (197), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Char 590kg £1162 (197), A Lagan, Portglenone Lim 650kg £1261 (194), Robert McBride, Randalstown Lim 660kg £1280 (194), Tom Stirling, Parkgate Sim 750kg £1455 (194), D Christie, Ballymoney Sal 650kg £1248 (192), Thomas Strange St 630kg £1197 (190).

Beef heifers sold to: Martin McGarry, Broughshane Blonde 560kg £1232 (220), Jennifer McCurdy, Bushmills Lim 580kg £1276 (220), Lim 560kg £1232 (220), Trevor Wallace, Dromore Char 610kg £1335 (219), Graham Kissock, Broughshane BB 630kg £1379 (219), Trevor Wallace Sim 610kg £1329 (218), Jennifer McCurdy Lim 590kg £1268 (215), Kevin McErlain Char 560kg £1204 (215), Trevor Wallace BB 670kg £1433 (214), Char 640kg £1344 (210), Kevin McErlain Char 620kg £1302 (210), Lim 550kg £1138 (207), Thomas Strange, Straid Blonde 560kg £1153 (206), M & DJ & SJ Currie, Ballymoney Char 610kg £1256 (206), Wm Weir, Milebush AA 570kg £1162 (204), Trevor Wallace Char 620kg £1240 (200), Kevin McErlain Char 590kg £1168 (198), JM Morrison & Son, Armoy BB 560kg £1103 (197), F McNeilly, Glarryford Sim 630kg £1234 (196), Wm Weir, Milebush Lim 540kg £1053 (195), J Duffin, Ballygally Blonde 540kg £1047 (194), M & DJ SJ Currie Char 660kg £1280 (194), Thomas Strange, Straid Blonde 600kg £1146 (191), Kevin McErlain Char 600kg £1140 (190), Par 460kg £874 (190).

Fr bullocks and heifers sold to: James Currie, Larne 520kg £982 (189), Geoffrey Arthur 650kg £1196 (184), W McConnell, Ballyclare 670kg £1072 (160), local producer 520kg £806 (155), J & J Huey, Armoy 480kg £715 (149), W Moore, Templepatrick 750kg £1110 (148), S Fullerton, Bushmills 620kg £868 (140), 580kg £788 (136), J Walker, Randalstown 620kg £843 (136), local farmer 410kg £512 (125).

108 dairy cows and heifers included a dispersal sale with a top price of £2500 for 2 calved heifers. Ruling prices: Mark McIntyre, Broughshane (2) £2500, £1920, (2) £1900, (2) £1880, (2) £1750, £1620, £1600, (3) £1550, £1520, T & J Mackey, Ballynure £1500, Mark McIntyre (3) £1500, (3) £1400, J McCann, Lurgan Fr £1390, Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod £1380, Mark McIntyre (2) £1380, (2) £1320, (4) £1300, £1250, A McKillop, Cushendall £1230, Mark McIntyre £1220, T & J Mackey, Ballynure £1200, Mark McIntyre (2) £1200, RF Saunderson, Glenwherry £1150, Mark McIntyre £1150.

29 lots in the suckler ring sold to £1460 for a Lim cow with bull calf. Ruling prices: Martin McGarry, Broughshane Lim cow & bull calf £1460, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr & hfr calf £1440, Martin McGarry, Broughshane Lim cow & bull calf £1420, D & S Fulton, Randalstown AA cow & bull calf £1400, James Graham, Crumlin BB hfr & bull calf £1330, E & P McCormick, Cushendun Lim cow & bull calf £1300, James Graham, Crumlin Here hfr & hfr calf £1300, RF Saunderson, Glenwherry Lim cow & bull calf £1290, Donal Gillan, Garvagh AA hfr & hfr calf £1280, BB hfr & hfr calf £1280, D Allen, Moneymore Char hfr & hfr calf £1240, RF Saunderson Lim cow & bull calf £1210, B & T Surgenor, Randalstown Lim cow & bull calf £1180, James Graham, Crumlin BB hfr & bull calf £1180, AA hfr & bull calf £1160, D Allen, Moneymore Lim cow & hfr calf £1140, D Leathem, Lisburn Char hfr & hfr calf £1140, Kevin Scullion, Portglenone Here hfr & bull calf £1140, T & ME Taylor, Doagh AA cow & bull calf £1120, C & R Brown, Ballywalter BB hfr & bull calf £1120, D Allen, Moneymore AA hfr & hfr calf £1110, James Graham, Crumlin AA hfr & bull calf £1100.

252 lots in the calf ring sold well to £440 for a Lim bull, heifer calves to £375 for a BB, Fr bulls to £305.

Irwin Gamble, Articlave Lim £440, M McGimpsey, Newtownards Here £395, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim £395, D Devlin, Randalstown AA £360, R & C Steede, Cullybackey Here £360, Arthur Gibson, Glenarm Lim £360, S Dickson, Bellaghy Lim £355, H Mulvenna, Glenarm Lim £352, R & C Steede, Cullybackey (2) Here £350, local farmer (2) Lim £345, local farmer BB £340, I McCaughan, Bushmills Here £335, A Boyle, Millisle (2) £328.

Heifer calves sold to: G Clarke, Ballyronan BB £375, Kevin Scullion, Portglenone Lim £355, M McGimpsey, Newtownards Here £345, J & J Huey, Armoy Lim £345, James Graham, Raloo Sim £330, D Morrison, Armoy AA £330, M McGimpsey, Newtownards Here £330, J & J Huey, Armoy Lim £330, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Here £320, Ian Millar, Ballyclare BB £315, Graeme Martin, Broughshane BB £310, R & C Steede, Cullybackey Here £305, Here £302, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Here £300, N McRoberts, Ballinderry Upper Lim £300, R & C Steede Here £300.

Friesian bulls sold to: M McGimpsey, Newtownards £305, George Forsythe, Cloughmills (3) £290, J & D Watt, Ballymoney (3) £250, Ian Millar, Ballymena £235, George Forsythe (2) £225, Arthur Gibson, Glenarm £195, Liam Campbell (2) £165, D Pinkerton, Kilraughts (2) £162.

A good entry of 220 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £780 over for a Lim 500kg at £1280 from D Hume, Randalstown. Heifers sold to £660 over for a Char 460kg at £1120 offered by O’Kane Bros, Carnlough.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: J Alexander, Randalstown Lim 150kg £530 (353), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 230kg £760 (330), David Andrew, Templepatrick (2) 230kg £730 (317), Mrs Doreen McClurg, Dundrod Lim 240kg £750 (312), David Andrew Lim 210kg £645 (307), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Lim 250kg £740 (296), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag Lim 200kg £585 (292), Andy Spence, Nutts Corner Lim 250kg £650 (260), Co Tyrone producer (4) AA 220kg £550 (250), Andy Spence Lim 210kg £500 (238).

251-300kgs: James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 270kg £890 (329), Mrs Doreen McClurg, Dundrod Lim 260kg £750 (288), James McDonnell Char 280kg £800 (285), Sal 280kg £795 (283), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 280kg £795 (283), Edward Sherard, Ballyutoad Lim 270kg £750 (277), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 270kg £750 (277), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Lim 300kg £810 (270), J Mills, Larne Lim 290kg £770 (265), J McHenry, Mosside Char 300kg £795 (265), K Minford, Lim 280kg £735 (262), P & J O’Kane, Carnlough BB 290kg £760 (262), Edward Sherrard Lim 270kg £700 (259), James McDonnell, Glenarm Sal 290kg £740 (255), J Mills, Larne Lim 300kg £760 (253), Edward Sherrard Lim 300kg £760 (253).

301-350kgs: P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 320kg £990 (309), J Mills, Larne Lim 330kg £940 (284), D Walls, Toomebridge Char 320kg £905 (282), P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 320kg £880 (275), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 310kg £840 (271), R Pollock, Glenavy Lim 310kg £830 (267), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 330kg £880 (266), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 320kg £850 (265), Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Char 320kg £850 (265), Char 310kg £820 (264), J Mills, Larne Char 320kg £845 (264), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 340kg £895 (263), P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Lim 330kg £860 (260), Mrs E McCabe Char 320kg £830 (259), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 330kg £850 (257), J McHenry, Mosside Char 350kg £900 (257).

351kg and over: P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Lim 360kg £1080 (300), Char 380kg £1110 (292), Char 370kg £1070 (289), Lim 370kg £1060 (286), D Walls, Toomebridge Char 380kg £1070 (281), P & J O’Kane Char 420kg £1140 (271), Char 370kg £990 (267), BB 400kg £1070 (267), Char 400kg £1060 (265), Char 390kg £1000 (256), D Hume, Randalstown Lim 500kg £1280 (256), P & J O’Kane Char 460kg £1160 (252), Lim 420kg £1050 (250), Lim 440kg £1090 (247), D Walls, Toomebridge Char 410kg £1010 (246), P & J O’Kane AA 370kg £880 (237).

Heifers 0-250kgs: J Alexander, Randalstown Char 140kg £440 (314), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag Lim 160kg £450 (281), Lim 230kg £625 (271), Lim 210kg £560 (266), TS McAuley, Larne SH 200kg £525 (262), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 220kg £570 (259), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag (2) Lim 180kg £465 (258), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 250kg £635 (254), Lim 240kg £585 (243), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag Lim 250kg £600 (240), Mrs Doreen McClurg, Dundrod Lim 240kg £560 (233), TS McAuley, SH 230kg £525 (228), SH 250kg £525 (210), Edward Sherrard Lim 240kg £500 (208), TS McAuley SH 240kg £475 (197).

251-300kgs: D Hall, Monkstown Lim 270kg £740 (274), Lim 280kg £745 (266), L & M J Blaney, Cushendun (2) Lim 260kg £685 (263), P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 300kg £785 (261), J Alexander, Randalstown Lim 270kg £700 (259), P & J O’Kane Char 260kg £650 (250), D Hall, Monkstown Lim 270kg £670 (248), J Alexander, Randalstown Lim 260kg £630 (242), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 290kg £700 (241), BB 280kg £670 (239), Lim 280kg £670 (239), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag Lim 270kg £635 (235), Lim 280kg £650 (232), David Andrew, Templepatrick (2) Lim 290kg £665 (229).

301-350kgs: Stephen Hall, Monkstown BB 330kg £880 (266), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Lim 320kg £840 (262), P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 310kg £780 (251), AA 340kg £830 (244), Char 310kg £750 (241), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 330kg £795 (240), J Mills, Larne Lim 330kg £760 (230), RJ Duffin, Glenravel Char 350kg £785 (224), W Clyde, Antrim Blonde 310kg £690 (222), RJ Duffin (2) Char 330kg £720 (218), JJ Eadie, Dromore Here 310kg £670 (216), SJ Duncan, Crumlin Sim 310kg £++6 (214), Aiden Hamilton, Ballycastle Char 340kg £725 (213), P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Lim 340kg £720 (211), Char 330kg £690 (209).

351kg and over: P & J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 370kg £905 (244), Char 460kg £1120 (243), Char 370kg £900 (243), D Hume, Randalstown Lim 360kg £860 (238), P & J O’Kane Char 410kg £970 (236), J Mills, Larne Char 390kg £895 (229), Aiden Hamilton Char 410kg £910 (222), P & J O’Kane Char 410kg £910 (222), W Brown, Magherafelt Lim 380kg £820 (215), Hugh McMullan, Glenarm BB 410kg £860 (209), W M Brown Lim 380kg £790 (207), W Clyde, Antrim Blonde 360kg £740 (205), D Hume, Lim 400kg £820 (205), B Buchanan, Hillsborough Char 660kg £1340 (203), Char 540kg £1090 (201), KW Dickey, Ballyclare Lim 370kg £740 (200).

An entry of just under 100 stores in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £700 over for a Char 650kg at £1350 from J Gamble, Ballymoney. Heifers sold to £670 over for a Blue 540kg at £1210 offered by G Kissock, Broughshane.

Store bullocks sold to: JP O’Neill, Cushendall Lim 310kg £680 (219), J Gamble, Ballymoney Char 550kg £1180 (214), Robin Cherry, Ballymena AA 550kg £1180 (214), AA 590kg £1260 (213), J Gamble Char 550kg £1170 (212), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 580kg £1230 (212), J Gamble Lim 510kg £1080 (211), Robin Cherry, Ballymena AA 600kg £1270 (211), AA 520kg £1100 (211), J Gamble Lim 520kg £1100 (211), Robin Cherry AA 540kg £1140 (211), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 550kg £1155 (210), J Gamble Lim 560kg £1170 (208), Robin Cherry AA 570kg £1190 (208), J Gamble Char 650kg £1350 (207), Robin Cherry AA 560kg £1160 (207), Patrick McKendry, Kilrea Char 630kg £1300 (206), R Gowdy, Ballyclare Char 550kg £1110 (201), A O’Neill, Cushendall Sal 340kg £685 (201), J Gamble, Ballymoney Lim 640kg £1280 (200), Robin Cherry, Ballymena AA 580kg £1160 (200), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 550kg £1090 (198), J Gamble Char 680kg £1340 (197), R Gowdy Char 650kg £1280 (196), J Gamble Char 570kg £1120 (196), Terence Duffin, Toombridge Char 540kg £1060 (196), R Gowdy Char 690kg £1350 (195), J Gamble Char 540kg £1050 (194), Lim 640kg £1240 (193), Neil Higgins, Toomebridge BB 610kg £1180 (193), R Gowdy Char 470kg £900 (191), J Gamble Blonde 550kg £1050 (190).

Store heifers sold to: JP O’Neill, Cushendall Sal 280kg £660 (235), Graham Kissock, Broughshane BB 540kg £1210 (224), J Smyth, Randalstown Char 430kg £930 (216), JP O’Neill Lim 310kg £670 (216), A O’Neill, Cushendall Lim 310kg £670 (216), JP O’Neill Lim 260kg £560 (215), A O’Neill Lim 310kg £665 (214), JP O’Neill Sal 310kg £665 (214), J Smyth, Cushendall Sal 310kg £665 (214), J Smyth, Char 490kg £1045 (213), A O’Neill, Lim 320kg £680 (212), Patrick McKendry, Kilrea Char 500kg £1055 (211), J Smyth Char 510kg £1060 (207), Char 510kg £1040 (203), Patrick McKendry Char 520kg £1040 (200), Char 500kg £1000 (200), JP O’Neill Lim 350kg £695 (198), J Smyth Char 500kg £990 (198), JP O’Neill Lim 360kg £710 (197), Lim 300kg £590 (196), Patrick McKendry, Kilrea Char 540kg £1045 (193), J & S McElnay, Bushmills Par 450kg £855 (190), JP O’Neill Lim 290kg £550 (189), J & S McElnay Par 380kg £710 (186), Char 450kg £840 (186), B Alexander, Ahoghill BB 470kg £850 (180), J & S McElnay Par 390kg £705 (180).

An entry of 1216 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 311p for a pen of 9 Texels 21kg at £67 offered by A & D McAfee, Bushmills and to a top per head of £79 for a pen of 4 Texels 25kg from R Currie, Ballymena. Fat ewes sold to £80.

Fat lambs (909) - Top prices per kg: A & D McAfee, Bushmills 9 Tex 21.5kg £67 (311), JK Currie, Ballymena 1 Tex 25.5kg £79 (309), Richard Currie, Ballymena 4 Tex 25.5kg £79 (309), Graeme Martin, Broughshane 2 Tex 23kg £69 (300), WJ Cubitt, Rasharkin 8 Tex 22.5kg £67 (297), D & A & N Simpson, Ballyrobert 5 Tex 21.5kg £64 (297), David Warwick, Moorfields 4 Tex 22.5kg £66.50 (295), Jacqueline McIlrath, Glarryford 10 Suff 20kg £58.50 (292), I Morrison, Dunloy 45 Tex 22kg £64 (290), DA McWilliam, Ballyclare 21 Tex £63.50 (288), Alex Wilson, Glenarm 4 Tex 21.5kg £62 (288), John Murray, Larne 16 Tex 21kg £60.50 (288), R McWhinney, Portaferry 23 Suff 22kg £63.20 (287), E & E Nelson, Ballycarry 3 Tex 22.5kg £64.50 (286), James Newell, Ballymoney 19 Suff 22kg £63 (286), David Warwick, Moorfields 1 Tex 21kg £60 (285), 11 Tex 21kg £60 (285), B Gingles, Larne 11 Suff 21.5kg £61 (283), Sandra Hunter, Bushmills 20 Suff 21.5kg £60.80 (282), Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm 9 Tex 22kg £62 (281), N Graham, Cullybackey 7 Tex 22kg £62 (281), Samuel Stevenson, Randalstown 18 Tex 22kg £62 (281), J Barkley, Kells 6 Tex 21.5kg £60.50 (281), H & M Gingles, Larne 5 Tex 18.5kg £52 (281), M Mitchell, Magherafelt 16 Tex 22.5kg £63.20 (280), JR Loughery, Limavady 20 Tex 22.5kg £63 (280), J & E Mawhinney, Randalstown 5 Tex 23kg £64.20 (279), L Kirk, Clough 5 Dor 21.5kg £60 (279), John Johnston, Moorfields 2 Tex 21.5kg £60 (279), E & P McCormick, Cushendun 2 Tex 21.5kg £60 (279).

Fat ewes (307):

1st quality, Suff - £60-£80, Tex - £60-£76, CB - £50-£65, BF - £40-£55.