MARTS: Ballymena

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A great entry of 415 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade.

Beef bullocks sold to 210p 700kg at £1470, beef heifers to 215p 600kg at £1290, Fr bullocks 176p 580kg at £1020, beef cows 191p 640kg at £1222, Fr cows 140p 570kg at £798, leading prices as follows.

Beef bullocks sold to:

John Irvine, Downpatrick Char 700kg £1470 (210), Gary Arthurs, Ballymena Lim 650kg £1358 (209), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Lim 530kg £1097 (207), Mrs Hazel McConkey, Antrim Lim 560kg £1153 (206), John Irvine, Downpatrick Lim 540kg £1107 (205), JM Morrison, Armoy BB 540kg £1107 (205), RJ Lyle, Larne Lim 580kg £1189 (205), Lim 640kg £1305 (204), J M Morrison BB 620kg £1258 (203), RJ Lyle, Larne Lim 700kg £1421 (203), JM Morrison BB 600kg £1212 (202), B McKeown, Randalstown Lim 600kg £1212 (202), Wm McLeister, Portglenone Lim 680kg £1373 (202), N J Diamond, Bellaghy Lim 400kg £808 (202), RJ Lyle, Larne Lim 650kg £1300 (200), Tom Stirling, Parkgate Blonde 720kg £1440 (200), Blonde 690kg £1380 (200), Wm McLeister, Portglenone Lim 620kg £1240 (200), RJ Lyle, Larne Lim 670kg £1340 (200), John Irvine, Downpatrick Char 690kg £1373 (199), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Char 560kg £1103 (197), R & J Wylie, Clough AA 730kg £1438 (197), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn AA 640kg £1254 (196), S & K McErlean, Belfast AA 670kg £1306 (195).

Beef heifers sold to:-

WR Stevenson, Ahoghill Char 600kg £1290 (215), Char 590kg £1268 (215), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Char 580kg £1235 (213), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 610kg £1299 (213), Kevin McErlain Char 610kg £1287 (211), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 620kg £1264 (204), L Hughes, Clough BB 570kg £1122 (197), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Char 590kg £1156 (196), JK Hanna, Glarryford Lim 560kg £1080 (193), Jennifer McCurdy, Bushmills Sal 540kg £1036 (192), Lim 590kg £1132 (192), Des Mackey, Magheragall AA 540kg £1026 (190), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Char 610kg £1159 (190), M & DJ SJ Currie, Ballymoney Char 630kg £1197 (190), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 550kg £1039 (189), D & F Kinney, Cushendall Lim 630kg £1190 (189), Derek Taggart, Randalstown Sim 700kg £1323 (189), Wm Weir, Milebush Lim 520kg £977 (188), Jennifer McCurdy Lim 540kg £1004 (186), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Lim 530kg £985 (186), M Jamison, Larne Lim 590kg £1097 (186), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Char 620kg £1147 (185), Wm Weir, Carrick Char 550kg £1017 (185), Lim 580kg £1073 (185).

Fr bullocks sold to:-

L Hughes, Clough 580kg £1020 (176), R Dawson, Stoneyford 560kg £912 (163), D & G McVicker, Ballymoney 490kg £784 (160), JH Hegarty, Ballymoney 580kg £916 (158), D & G McVicker 490kg £769 (157), 470kg £737 (157), 520kg £780 (150), M Jamison, Raloo 640kg £960 (150), R Dawson 620kg £917 (148), 700kg £1015 (145), HKM Walls, Magherafelt 500kg £720 (144), R Dawson 580kg £823 (142), local farmer 460kg £653 (142), Moore Wallace, Dunloy 550kg £764 (139), R & A Turtle, Bushmills 460kg £634 (138), Moore Wallace 610kg £841 (138), James Wallace 620kg £855 (138), 630kg £850 (135), 600kg £810 (135), Mrs R Adams, Cloughmills 500kg £670 (134), J McWoodburn, Kells 590kg £790 (134), Mrs R Adams, 500kg £650 (130), Moore Wallace, Dunloy 560kg £728 (130).

Beef cows sold to:

H Crawford, Moneyrea Lim 640kg £1222 (191), Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim 570kg £1071 (188), WJ Marshall, Ahoghill Par 910kg £1610 (177), WJ Doherty, Moira 760kg £1345 (177), H Crawford Lim 730kg £1255 (172), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 580kg £980 (169), H Crawford BB 760kg £1284 (169), Mrs Hazel McConkey, Antrim Lim 610kg £1018 (167), Gary Stewart, Templepatrick Lim 760kg £1254 (165), W Crawford AA 530kg £869 (164), Rosemary Neill, Downpatrick Lim 650kg £1066 (164), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 650kg £1059 (163), Frank McCormick, Martinstown Blonde 630kg £1020 (162), Rosemary Neill, Char 890kg £1424 (160), J Hayes, Rasharkin Lim 740kg £1184 (160), S Greer, Ballyclare Lim 730kg £1160 (159), Wm Hamilton & Son, Doagh Lim 670kg £1065 (159), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 690kg £1090 (158), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 600kg £936 (156), WJ Doherty, Moira BB 740kg £1147 (155), BB 560kg £1023 (155), J Hayes, Rasharkin Lim 720kg £1108 (154), W Crawford AA 590kg £890 (151), W Allen, Shanksbridge Lim 720kg £1087 (151).

Fr cows sold to:

C Davidson & Sons, Ballywalter 570kg £798 (140), AT McAuley, Bushmills 700kg £917 (131), G Rea, Rasharkin 770kg £977 (127), R & C Steede, Cullybackey 600kg £744 (124), DW Graham, Clough 630kg £762 (121), A McKeown, Stewartstown 710kg £852 (120), 710kg £837 (118), R & C Steede 650kg £767 (118), W Morrison, Armoy 620kg £731 (118), S Wilson, Ballymena 690kg £807 (117), A McKeown, 690kg £807 (117), Robert McCluggage, Larne 670kg £777 (116), J Mulvenna, Aughafatten 550kg £638 (116), A McKeown, Stewartstown 750kg £870 (116), AT McAuley, Bushmills 670kg £777 (116), RJ Gage, Clough 710kg £823 (116), R & C Steede, 640kg £736 (115), S Wilson, Ballymena 660kg £752 (114), AT McAuley, Bushmills 680kg £775 (114), Wm Brown, Magherafelt 710kg £809 (114), A McKeown, Stewartstown 720kg £813 (113), AT McAuley 600kg £678 (113), H Park, Crumlin 780kg £873 (112), AT McAuley 620kg £694 (112).

Over 36 month old bulls/blks

Raymond Campbell, Castlwellan Lim 600kg £1086 (181), Lim 620kg £1109 (179), Lim 640kg £1139 (178), Par 670kg £1185 (177), Lim 640kg £1126 (176), Char 700kg £1211 (173), Blonde 700kg £1190 (170), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 560kg £946 (146), Raymond Campbell 730kg £1197 (164), Char 620kg £1016 (164), Here 800kg £1304 (163), Lim 640kg £1036 (162), Char 670kg £1078 (161), AA 690kg £1097 (159), Char 700kg £1085 (155), Char 620kg £954 (154).

24 dairy cows and heifers sold to £1410 for a calved heifer from Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod. Ruling prices: Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved hfr £1410, T & J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £1220, RR Cupples, Broughshane calved hfr £1170, Steven Millar, Ballymena calved hfr £1160, Robert McCluggage, Larne calved hfr £1000, B Dunn, Ballyclare calved cow £980, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare in calf hfr £960, RR Cupples calved hfr £960.

41 lots in the suckler ring sold to £2000 for a ped Lim cow with heifer calf. Breeding bulls to £1900 for a 3.5 year old Lim from James Murtland, Antrim. Ruling prices:-R Currie, Ballymoney Lim cow & hfr calf £2000, Donal Gillan, Garvagh Sim cow & bull calf £1720, S McAleese, Cullybackey Lim hfr & bull calf £1720, R Currie, Lim cow & bull calf £1720, N McAuley, Ballyclare Lim cow & bull calf £1720, Patrick Logan, Ballyclare Blonde hfr & hfr calf £1700, John Connon, Deerfin AA hfr & bull calf £1680, Donal Gillan, Garvagh Lim cow & bull calf £1630, R Currie Lim cow & bull calf £1620, John Connon AA cow & bull calf £1600, Donal Gillan Lim cow & hfr calf £1520, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill BB hfr & bull calf £1440, John Connon AA hfr & hfr calf £1420, S McAleese, Cullybackey Char hfr & bull calf £1410, M Stewart, Coleraine Lim cow & hfr calf £1400, S McAleese BB hfr & hfr calf £1380, D Allen, Moneymore Here hfr & bull calf £1380, A Andrews, Castlerock Char cow & hfr calf £1280, Brian Stewart, Dundrod Here cow & hfr calf £1270, John Connon AA hfr & hfr calf £1250.

Almost 200 lots in the calf ring met excellent demand selling to £495 for a Char bull, heifer calves to £445 also for a Char.

Continental bred bull calves sold to: Drumahilla farms, Newtownards Char £495, S Robinson, Glenarm Lim £430, Richard McConnell, Glenwherry Lim £420, S Robinson Lim £412, R McCrea, Claudy Lim £400, GL Porter, Crumlin Sim £392, local farmer Char £380, John Graham, Glenwherry Fr £368, Smiddie Hill farms, Newtownards BB £360, D Macrory, Dromara (2) AA £350, G Rea, Rasharkin BB £345, H Magill, Aughafatten AA £335, M Gribben, Desertmartin BB £335, R McCrea, Claudy Lim £335, D Montgomery, Glenwherry AA £328, Ivan Cruickshanks, Newtownards AA £325, D Macrory Lim £325, D Allen, Moneymore Lim £320.

Heifer calves sold to: Richard Cowan, Magheramourne Char £445, Char £435, R & C Steede, Cullybackey Here £340, GL Porter, Antrim Sim £332, WS Gregg, Cloughmills AA £320, D Macrory, Dromara AA £310, Here £300, RJ Gage, Clough (2) Lim £295, Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm Lim £290, A Gilmore, Ballymoney AA £270, W Moore, Templepatrick Sim £250, GL Porter, Crumlin Sim £240, D Morrison, Armoy BB £235, M Gribben, Desertmartin BB £230, TJ Turtle, Broughshane AA £225, Colin Lyle, Larne BB £220, Smiddie Hill farms BB £215, Kevin Scullion, Portglenone Lim £215, Alexander Gilmore, Ballymoney AA £215, D Morrison, Armoy BB £200, WJ Thompson, Glenwherry Lim £200, Albert Wallace, Tobermore Hol £180, WL Wilson, Ballyclare (2) SHB £180.

Fr bull calves sold to: John Graham, Glenwherry £368, D Macrory, Dromara £230, D & A Sampson, Castledawson £210, Brian Lyttle, Moorfields £172, E & J Arthur, Templepatrick (2) £172, Albert Wallace, Tobermore £165, E & J Arthur (2) £155, (2) £148, (3) £145, Albert Wallace, Tobermore £140, Dean McAllister, Armoy £135, Brian Lyttle, £130, local farmer £130, WS Gregg, Cloughmills £130, Thomas Fullerton, Maghera (5) £128.

Fantastic prices for 180 weanlings with lightweight males to 353 pence per kg for a 200kg Char at £705, stronger lots to £1040 for a 410kg (254p). Heifers to 336 pence for a 210kg Char at £705 and to £1005 each for a 410kg Char (245p).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

W Mulholland, Bellaghy Char 200kg £705 (352), Char 210kg £705 (335), Char 230kg £725 (315), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Lim 230kg £700 (304), Char 230kg £680 (295), W Moffett, Broughshane Lim 200kg £585 (292), Wm Smyth, Moorfields Lim 200kg £575 (287), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 230kg £660 (287), W Mulholland Char 240kg £670 (279), George Quinn Sim 240kg £600 (250), H Magill, Aughafatten (2) AA 210kg £350 (166).

251-300kgs

K Minford, Crumlin Lim 280kg £810 (289), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 260kg £750 (288), local farmer Lim 280kg £805 (287), David Andrew Lim 280kg £770 (275), Hannah Healey, Belfast Char 300kg £825 (275), Lim 300kg £815 (271), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 260kg £700 (269), local farmer Lim 300kg £805 (268), W Mulholland, Bellaghy Lim 260kg £695 (267), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Sim 270kg £680 (251), Sim 290kg £685 (236), Alastair Neely, Ahoghill BB 290kg £685 (236), BB 270kg £625 (231), SHE 270kg £530 (196).

301-350kgs

David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 320kg £880 (275), Lim 330kg £870 (263), R & W Fleck, Broughshane Char 330kg £860 (260), local farmer Char 310kg £805 (259), David Andrew Lim 350kg £900 (257), R Montgomery, Kells Lim 310kg £790 (254), Robert McMullan, Ahoghill Lim 350kg £870 (248), local farmer Lim 310kg £770 (248), Wm Smyth, Moorfields (2) St 310kg £760 (245), Robert McMullan, Ahoghill Lim 350kg £845 (241), Lim 350kg £840 (240), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 340kg £815 (239), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 340kg £815 (239), George Quinn Lim 350kg £820 (234), T Caulfield, Magherafelt Lim 320kg £725 (226).

351kg and over

Hugh O’Neill, Glenarm Lim 370kg £990 (267), Char 410kg £1040 (253), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 390kg £950 (243), Lim 360kg £870 (241), P McCord, Randalstown Lim 380kg £910 (239), R & W Fleck, Broughshane Lim 370kg £880 (237), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 380kg £900 (236), John O’Kane, Cushendall Char 370kg £870 (235), Paul McCord, Randalstown Lim 370kg £870 (235), Lim 380kg £890 (234), Robert McMullan, Ahoghill Lim 360kg £840 (233), WA Hagan, Ballyclare Char 380kg £875 (230), J Bates, Ballyclare Char 390kg £885 (226), Hugh O’Neill, Glenarm Sim 450kg £1020 (226), P McCord, Randalstown Lim 430kg £940 (218), Robert McMullan Lim 400kg £870 (217.

Heifers 0-250kgs

W Mulholland, Bellaghy Char 210kg £705 (335), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Char 200kg 3595 (297), W Mulholland Char 190kg £560 (294), Char 250kg £730 (292), Char 230kg £635 (276), Char 220kg £595 (270), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 240kg £620 (258), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Lim 250kg £635 (254), W Mulholland Char 220kg £550 (250), M McKibben, Lisburn Lim 220kg £530 (240), Sim 250kg £595 (238), Dermot McDonnell Char 240kg £550 (229), W Mulholland Lim 230kg £520 (226), Dermot McDonnell Lim 230kg £510 (221), M McKibben, Lisburn Lim 230kg £510 (221), Sim 250kg £550 (220).

251-300kgs

Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 280kg £760 (271), M Stewart, Coleraine Lim 260kg £650 (250), Gareth Bell, Nutts Corner Lim 290kg £710 (244), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 260kg £630 (242), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Char 270kg £640 (237), R Montgomery, Kells Char 280kg £655 (233), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 300kg £690 (230), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Lim 270kg £620 (229), K Minford, Tully Lim 300kg £685 (228), Ian Martin BB 290kg £660 (227), BB 290kg £655 (225), BB 300kg £665 (221), George Quinn, Upper Ballindery Lim 270kg £590 (218), Ian Martin BB 270kg £585 (216), Wm Mawhinney, Ballyclare (2) Sim 280kg £570 (203).

301-350kgs

R French, Randalstown Lim 350kg £860 (245), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 350kg £830 (237), R French BB 350kg £825 (235), H McCormick, Larne BB 320kg £750 (234), R Montgomery, Kells Char 310kg £705 (227), Mrs Anna Simms, Gleno Sal 310kg £700 (225), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 310kg £670 (216), J Bates, Ballyclare Char 320kg £680 (212), R French, Randalstown BB 340kg £720 (211), K Minford Lim 340kg £715 (210), G Simms, Lim 340kg £715 (210), W Mulholland, Lim 310kg £625 (201), R French BB 310kg £600 (193), BB 350kg £675 (192), H McCormick, Larne Lim 350kg £655 (187), Hugh McMullan, Glenarm Lim 340kg £620 (182).

351kg and over

T Robinson, Ballymena Char 410kg £1005 (245), Char 400kg £980 (245), Char 360kg £875 (243), Char 370kg £875 (236), Char 380kg £885 (232), R French, Randalstown BB 380kg £880 (231), Ian Martin, Ballyclare Lim 400kg £880 (220), John O’Kane, Cushendall Lim 370kg £810 (218), T Robinson Char 420kg £904 (215), R French BB 370kg £795 (214), John O’Kane, Cushendall Lim 380kg £810 (213), H McCormick, Larne BB 450kg £785 (206), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 380kg £785 (206), R French Lim 360kg £740 (205), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 380kg £780 (205), R French BB 430kg £845 (196).

Heifers 301-400kgs

J McHenry, Mosside Char 350kg £805 (205), K Kidd, Broughshane Char 380kg £870 (229), J McHenry Char 330kg £690 (209), K Kidd Char 350kg £730 (208), Char 360kg £735 (204), Ir 390kg £770 (197), J McHenry Sim 380kg £730 (192), K Kidd Char 350kg £655 (187), Char 380kg £710 (186), Char 340kg £585 (172), WR McIntyre, Cloughmills AA 390kg £605 (155).

401-500kgs

H O’Melvena, Broughshane (2) Lim 490kg £1100 (224), Lim 470kg £1000 (212), Lim 450kg £920 (204), L Hamill, Templepatrick AA 470kg £800 (170), AA 430kg £705 (164), WR McIntyre, Cloughmills AA 460kg £730 (158), F McIntosh, Coleraine Swr 450kg £700 (155), L Hamill AA 470kg £710 (151), AA 460kg £650 (141), F McIntosh, Coleraine SH 440kg £475 (108).

501kg and over

TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 600kg £1255 (209), Lim 550kg £1100 (200), Lim 540kg £1040 (192), R Gowdy, Ballyclare Char 520kg £980 (188), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 590kg £1095 (185), Elizabeth Browne, Islandmagee AA 520kg £960 (184), L Hamill, Templepatrick AA 600kg £1100 (183), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 600kg £1070 (178), TJ McLornan Lim 530kg £920 (173), L Hamill AA 590kg £1000 (169), AA 510kg £800 (156), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee Hol 700kg £820 (117).

Bulls/blks 301-400kgs

J McHenry, Mosside Char 350kg £840 (240), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 390kg £845 (216), Lim 360kg £760 (211), Lim 360kg £745 (206), Lim 350kg £720 (205), Lim 380kg £770 (202), H & M McPherson, Macosquin Blonde 390kg £745 (191), T Nelson, Cookstown BB 310kg £540 (174), H &M McPherson (2) Lim 390kg £610 (156), F McIntosh, Coleraine Swr 400kg £500 (125).

401-500kgs

Local farmer Lim 400kg £865 (196), Lim 490kg £960 (195), Lim 440kg £840 (190), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 480kg £900 (187), M Scott, Ballyclare Lim 430kg £805 (187), John Young, Magherafelt Fkv 410kg £750 (182), JL McKinney, Maghera Lim 490kg £885 (180), H & M McPherson, Macosquin Lim 470kg £830 (176), F McIntosh, Coleraine FKV 410kg £590 (143), H & M McPherson Lim 500kg £715 (143), Eric Verner, Muckamore (3) SH 480kg £650 (135), F McIntosh, Coleraine Swr 410kg £500 (122).

501kg and over

Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 550kg £1140 (207), local farmer Lim 530kg £1070 (201), Mrs Hazel McConkey, Antrim Lim 600kg £1180 (196), Lim 610kg £1190 (195), local producer (2) Lim 570kg £1100 (193), John Young, Magherafelt Char 510kg £950 (186), M Scott, Ballyclare Char 530kg £970 (183), GR Logan, Templepatrick Here 580kg £1060 (182), JL McKinney, Maghera Lim 640kg £1150 (179), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 590kg £1055 (178), M Scott, Ballyclare Char 600kg £1050 (175), G Erwin, Nutts Corner Swb 580kg £1000 (172), M Scott, Ballyclare Char 640kg £1070 (167), Char 590kg £950 (161).

A large entry of 1411 head met a much improved trade with spring lambs averaged almost £70 per head and sold to 396p per kg for 3 Rouge 22.5kg at £89 from F Harbinson, Limavady. Cull ewes to £99 each for Texels, Char £90, CB £88, Suff £86 and BF £47.

Spring lambs (1152)

F Harbinson, Limavady 3 Rouge 22.5kg £89 (395), 3 Rouge 21.5kg £85 (395), Pollock & Tannahill, Coleraine 3 Rouge 20kg £69.50 (347), A & D McAfee, Bushmills 7 Tex 21.5kg £74 (344), Pollock & Tannahill 3 Rouge 19kg £66 (342), N Gordon, Ballymena 3 Suff 19kg £63.50 (334), RJ Semple, Ballyclare 6 Tex 23kg £76 (330), J Christie, Cloughmills 9 Tex 22kg £72 (327), K & L Beacom, Ballywalter 7 Tex 21.5kg £70 (325), S & B Jamieson, Ballycastle 15 Tex 21kg £67.50 (321), P Hammond, Cookstown 13 Tex 22.5kg £72 (320), W Kennedy, Ballyclare 2 Suff 22kg £70 (318), J Murray, Ballymoney 13 Tex 23kg £73 (317), Simpson & Calvin, Ballymoney 3 Rouge 23.5kg £74.50 (317), 3 Rouge 24kg £75.50 (314), Thomas Shields, Kilrea 10 Tex 22kg £69 (313), R McWhinney, Portaferry 23 Tex 20.5kg £64.20 (313), Brian McGookin, Ballyclare 3 Rouge 20.5kg £64.20 (313), TDG farms, Toomebridge 50 Tex 24kg £75 (312), R Simpson, Broughshane 14 Tex 20.5kg £64 (312), Jim Wilson, Crumlin 3 Rouge 23.5kg £73 (310), Nevin Brown, Ballycastle 19 Tex 22.5kg £69.80 (310), John Lennox, Kilrea 10 Tex 23kg £71.20 (309), Danny Duffin, Toomebridge 34 Suff 22.5kg £69.50 (308), J Murray, Ballymoney 9 Suff 23kg £71 (308).