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Strong prices were recorded for over 300 beef cattle with steers to 221 pence for a 530kg AA, heifers to 220 pence twice for a 520kg Lim, and a 680kg BB.

Females over 36 months sold to 188 pence for a 610kg Char and to £1279 each, Friesians to 133 pence and to £1023. Friesian steers to 167 pence.

Beef steers

Sam McNabney, Clough AA 530kg £1171 (221), Mervyn Farr, Lisburn BB 680kg £1496 (220), Miss E Stevenson, Crumlin Blonde 660kg £1425 (216), John Hamilton, Rathkenny Char 570kg £1197 (210), Char 560kg £1176 (210), Sam McNabney AA 540kg £1117 (207), Mervyn Farr Lim 680kg £1400 (206), R Forsythe, Portglenone AA 700kg £1428 (204), Mervyn Farr Lim 670kg £1366 (204), John McKeague, Dunloy Char 560kg £1136 (203), John Hamilton Lim 640kg £1292 (202), Mervyn Farr Lim 650kg £1313 (202).

Beef heifers

Drumhilla farms, Newtownards Lim 520kg £1144 (220), John McKeague, Dunloy Char 490kg £1043 (213), WJ Dickson, Downpatrick Char 610kg £1299 (213), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 620kg £1302 (210), R McIntyre, Glarryford Char 570kg £1191 (209), Char 610kg £1268 (208), Brian A Mullan, Coleraine Char 600kg £1248 (208), local farmer Lim 470kg £968 (206), R & J Wylie, Clough AA 720kg £1476 (205), Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter Lim 530kg £1086 (205), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 620kg £1264 (204), Drumhilla farms Char 530kg £1075 (203).

Beef cows sold to:

JA McCaughan, Bushmills Char 610kg £1146 (188), James Houston, Randalstown BB 510kg £897 (176), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch BB 550kg £962 (175), F McEldowney, Swatragh Lim 640kg £1107 (173), Owen Miskelly Lim 570kg £986 (173), local farmer BB 730kg £1233 (169), Owen Miskelly BB 640kg £1068 (167), BB 610kg £1018 (167), BB 700kg £1162 (166), James Delargy, BB 610kg £1012 (166), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 720kg £1188 (165), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne Lim 740kg £1191 (161).

Friesian cows sold to:

W Black, Aghadowey 750kg £997 (133), J Thompson, Ballycastle 760kg £965 (127), Alan Creith, Armoy 770kg £970 (126), Gary McCammond, Larne 610kg £762 (125), Phillip Caulfield 570kg £706 (124), Alan Creith, Armoy 670kg £830 (124), J Thompson 620kg £750 (121), Forsythe Bros, Loughgiel 700kg £840 (120), Aidan Connolly, Loughgiel 510kg £612 (120), Alan Creith 670kg £797 (119), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 860kg £1023 (119), James Currie, Larne 610kg £713 (117).

Friesian steers sold to:

Danny Duffin, Toomebridge 640kg £1068 (167), 570kg £946 (166), Edward Henry, 570kg £934 (164), 530kg £848 (160), Sam McNabney, Clough 540kg £853 (158), 470kg £742 (158), 480kg £758 (158), 530kg £837 (158), 520kg £821 (158), 510kg £805 (158), R Forsythe, Portglenone 670kg £1031 (154), Sam McNabney 520kg £754 (145), 430kg £623 (145), local farmer 580kg £835 (144).

26 dairy cows and heifers met a brighter trade to £1460 for a calved cow from T & J Mackey, Ballynure. Ruling prices:

T & J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £1460, Joe Smyth, Newry calved hfr £1360, local farmer calved cow £1300, calved cow £1220, J Mackey, Ballynure calved hfr £1190, ME Craig, Toomebridge calved cow £1160, J Prentice, Saintfield in calf hfr £1150, Bryan Gardiner, Ballymena calved cow £1100, J Mackey, Ballynure calved hfr £1080, Bryan Gardiner calved cow £1070, J Prentice, in calf hfr £1050, in calf hfr £960, Raymond Jordan, Glenavy calved hfr £960, J Prentice in calf hfr £940, in calf hfr £930, in calf hfr £900, RJ Rea, Moneymore calved hfr £900, T & J Mackey calved cow £900.

Suckler stock continued strong demand to £1710 for a Char heifer with bull calf at foot. Breeding bulls to £1600 for a 2 year old Lim. Ruling prices: P Allen, Moneymore Char hfr & bull calf £1710, WJ McClintock, Broughshane AA hfr & bull calf £1600, Paul Watson, Cullybackey Lim hfr & hfr calf £1600,WJ McClintock, Broughshane AA hfr & hfr calf £1580, AA hfr & hfr calf £1520, Donal Gillan, Garvagh Lim cow & hfr calf £1450, D Allen, Moneymore AA hfr & bull calf £1440, W Campbell, Carnlough Lim cow & hfr calf £1390, P Beatty, Nutts Corner AA hfr & hfr calf £1260, D Allen, Moneymore Lim hfr & bull calf £1260, J McGuckian, Randalstown Blonde cow & bull calf £1250, Donal Gillan, Garvagh BB cow & hfr calf £1250, PR Ardbuckle, Kells Blonde hfr & hfr calf £1230, W Campbell, Carnlough Lim hfr & hfr calf £1220, Donal Gillan BB cow & hfr calf £1200, A McIlveen, Kells Here cow & hfr calf £1200.

225 lots in the calf ring sold to £640 for a Char bull (3 months old). Young calves to £395 for a Lim heifer.

Bull calves:

C Liddie, Ballymena Char £640, Blonde £545, AA Ferguson, Stewartstown BB £475, Norman Farquhar, Ballymena BB £410, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £410, Aidan Connolly, Loughgiel BB £395, PR Ardbuckle, Kells Blonde £362, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £360, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £355, M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Lim £355, AA Ferguson, Stewartstown BB £352, D & A Sampson, Castledawson Here £350, Aidan Connolly, Loughgiel Par £350, T & ME Taylor, Doagh AA £350, R McCormick, Armoy Lim £345, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Lim £345.

Heifer calves sold to:

Aidan Connolly, Loughgiel Par £405, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £400, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £395, Aidan Connolly Par £378, Kevin Scullion, Portglenone Lim £375, S Scullion, Glenarm Char £360, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £355, G Smyth, Ballycastle Hol £355, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £340, AA Ferguson, Stewartstown Here £340, C Liddie, Ballymena Lim £335, Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm Lim £330, Leslie Wilson, Sim £330, George Hunter, Armoy (2) Here £328, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £325.

Fr bulls sold to:

Aidan Connolly, Loughgiel £285, John Graham, Glenwherry £245, J Ferguson, Straid (3) £240, Aidan Connolly £225, R McCormick, Armoy £220, Aidan Connolly (2) £205, R McCormick £200, James Junkin, Bellaghy £190, RJ Semple, Ballyclare £185, J Ferguson, (2) £175, Aidan Connolly (2) £170.

168 weanlings sold to 290 pence per kg for a 290kg SH heifer at £840. Top price per head was £1080 for a 440kg Char bullock (246p).

Bulls/blks 251-300kgs

Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 270kg £740 (274), John Healey, Belfast Lim 290kg £760 (262), SJ Duncan, Crumlin Sim 290kg £760 (262), Malcolm Rainey, Priestland Lim 270kg £705 (261), Lim 270kg £700 (259), local farmer AA 270kg £695 (275), Hannah Healey Lim 290kg £745 (256), Malcolm Rainey Lim 290kg £730 (251), Lim 290kg £725 (250), B Paisley, Magheramourne Lim 300kg £730 (243), J McErlean, Portglenone Char 260kg £620 (238), local farmer BB 270kg £630 (233).

301-350kgs

H McNeill, Cushendun Char 310kg £840 (271), A McErlean, Portglenone Lim 350kg £945 (270), Lim 320kg £860 (268), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 340kg £900 (264), Malcolm Rainey, Priestland Lim 320kg £840 (262), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 340kg £890 (261), L Scullion, Bellaghy Lim 320kg £830 (259), John Healey, Belfast Lim 350kg £890 (254), A McErlean, Portglenone Char 350kg £890 (254), Ian Taylor, Ligoniel Char 350kg £890 (254), Hannah Healey Lim 320kg £800 (250), Kyle Molyneax, Dundrod Lim 330kg £825 (250), AA 320kg £800 (250), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 350kg £870 (248), B Paisley, Magheramourne Lim 350kg £860 (245), L Scullion, Bellaghy Lim 310kg £760 (245).

351kg and over

A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 360kg £920 (255), H McNeill, Cushendun Char 380kg £965 (254), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 440kg £1080 (245), SH Bellingham, Ballymoney Lim 410kg £1000 (243), John McNeill, Cushendun Char 420kg £1010 (240), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 370kg £885 (239), B Paisley, Ballynure Lim 370kg £875 (236), Wm Hume, Randalstown Lim 380kg £890 (234), A Kennedy, Ardglass Lim 360kg £830 (230), Malcolm Rainey, Priestland AA 380kg £875 (230), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 390kg £890 (228), B McAllister, Kells Char 440kg £1000 (227), A Kennedy Char 400kg £905 (226), Malcolm Rainey AA 370kg £835 (225), A & E Wylie, Martinstown Here 360kg £810 (225), WA Hagan, Ballynure AA 400kg £890 (222).

Heifers up to 250kgs

J McCurdy, Broughshane SH 220kg £600 (272), SH 250kg £625 (250), SH 250kg £620 (248), SH 230kg £570 (247), Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough (4) AA 210kg £515 (245), J McCurdy SH 240kg £580 (241), SH 250kg £600 (240), SH 240kg £570 (237), Mrs C Annett (2) AA 220kg £510 (231), W McConnell, Ballyclare Lim 250kg £515 (206).

251-300kgs

J McCurdy, Broughshane SH 290kg £840 (289), SH 260kg £670 (257), David Woodburn, Broughshane Char 260kg £660 (253), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 290kg £700 (241), L Scullion, Bellaghy BB 260kg £625 (240), J McCurdy, SH 280kg £670 (239), SH 260kg £620 (238), (2) SH 290kg £690 (237), SH 290kg £680 (234), Wm Brown, Saintfield Char 300kg £700 (233), J McCurdy SH 260kg £600 (230), W Brown, Char 300kg £680 (227), H McNeill, Cushendun Char 300kg £680 (226), Malcolm Rankin, Priestland Lim 280kg £630 (225), J McCurdy SH 300kg £670 (223).

301-350kgs

J McCurdy, Broughshane SH 310kg £810 (261), A McErlean, Portglenone Lim 340kg £840 (247), Kyle Molyneaux Lim 340kg £825 (242), S Marshall, AA 320kg £750 (234), J McCurdy SH 330kg £770 (233), BB 320kg £745 (232), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 350kg £810 (231), W McAllister, Kells Lim 320kg £740 (231), Malcolm Rainey, Priestland Lim 330kg £750 (227), Kyle Molyneaux AA 330kg £750 (227), A McErlean, Lim 330kg £740 (224), Blonde 320kg £690 (215), John McNeill, Cushendun Char 340kg £730 (214), A McErlean Lim 340kg £720 (211), SJ Duncan, Crumlin Lim 310kg £640 (206), W McConnell, Ballyclare Char 320kg £660 (206).

350kg and over

John McNeill, Cushendun Char 380kg £935 (246), H McNeill, Cushendun Char 360kg £815 (226), Char 360kg £800 (222), SH Bellingham, Ballymoney Lim 360kg £785 (218), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 360kg £770 (213), SH Bellingham Lim 370kg £785 (212), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Lim 390kg £825 (211), B McAllister, Kells Char 360kg £750 (208), W McConnell, Ballyclare Char 370kg £745 (201), J McErlean, Portglenone Lim 360kg £725 (201), W McConnell Lim 390kg £785 (201).