MARTS: Ballymena

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Another great entry of 380 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade. Beef heifers sold to 214p for a Blue 640kg at £1369, beef bullocks sold to 220p for an AA 630kg at £1386, fat cows to 163p for a 690kg at £1124 and Fr cows to 122p for 660kg at £805.

Beef heifers sold to: George Smyth, Limavady BB 640kg £1369 (214), TJ Grahame, Maghera Lim 550kg £1166 (212), John McKeague, Dunloy Char 550kg £1133 (206), George Smyth, BB 630kg £1285 (204), Brendan McCann, Portglenone Char 620kg £1264 (204), Edwin McNeilly, Randalstown Lim 580kg £1177 (203), S Darragh, Toomebridge Blonde 650kg £1267 (195), A Auld, Portstewart Lim 480kg £931 (194), Lim 650kg £1254 (193), Edwin McNeilly Lim 570kg £1100 (193), Mrs A Currie, Larne Lim 560kg £1080 (193), SJ Cleland, Downpatrick BB 580kg £1113 (192), John McKeague Char 550kg £1050 (191), A Auld Lim 650kg £1235 (190), John McKeague Char 500kg £950 (190), C McDevitt, Limavady Lim 600kg £1140 (190), A Auld Lim 520kg £982 (189), M Henning, Jerrestspass Lim 670kg £1266 (189), Wm Weir, Milebush AA 520kg £977 (188), A Auld Lim 510kg £958 (188), SJ Cleland, Downpatrick BB 590kg £1103 (187), BB 490kg £916 (187), Mrs A Currie, Larne Lim 520kg £972 (187), John McKeague Char 570kg £1054 (185).

Beef bullocks sold to: J McKinley, Bushmills AA 630kg £1386 (220), AA 570kg £1254 (220), AA 580kg £1276 (220), AA 640kg £1408 (220), AA 710kg £1491 (210), George Smyth, Limavady BB 590kg £1233 (209), SJ Cleland, Downpatrick AA 610kg £1256 (206), WR Stevenson, Ahoghill Char 600kg £1230 (205), J & R Gregg, Glarryford Char 640kg £1292 (202), SJ Cleland, Downpatrick BB 650kg £1306 (201), local producer Char 710kg £1420 (200), Lim 650kg £1300 (200), J White, Antrim Lim 730kg £1460 (200), W Peden, Dervock Lim 560kg £1120 (200), Gary Arthur, Ballymena Sim 650kg £1293 (199), local producer Blonde 690kg £1359 (197), WR Stevenson, Ahoghill Char 680kg £1332 (196), Gary Arthur, Ballymena Sim 680kg £1326 (195), Robert McBride, Randalstown Lim 620kg £1202 (194), Raymond Campbell Lim 620kg £1196 (193), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Char 570kg £1088 (191), J White, Antrim Char 740kg £1406 (190), Mrs Joan Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 630kg £1197 (190), T McErlaine, Rasharkin Char 720kg £1368 (190).

Beef cows sold to: Local farmer Lim 690kg £1124 (143), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 650kg £1014 (156), MP McElhinney, Co Londonderry Lim 610kg £951 (156), Pat McCarry, Ballycastle Sim 690kg £1069 (155), D Hume, Randalstown Lim 820kg £1262 (154), MP McElhinney Sim 630kg £970 (154), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 660kg £1009 (153), D Hume Lim 750kg £1125 (150), Alan Huston, Lim 630kg £938 (149), D Hume AA 600kg £882 (147), P McEldowney, Swatragh Sim 590kg £861 (146), John O’Rawe, Gracehill Lim 680kg £992 (146), G Weir, Toomebridge BB 710kg £1036 (146), RAJ & AJ McDowell, Gleno Sim 600kg £870 (145), MP McElhinney Char 680kg £986 (145), A Auld, Portstewart Char 760kg £1094 (144), MP McElhinney Sim 590kg £849 (144), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 640kg £921 (144), Pat McCarry, Ballycastle Sim 700kg £1001 (143), Cleggan Estate, Ballymena Lim 610kg £866 (142), MP McElhinney Sim 780kg £1107 (142), Pat McCarry Sim 670kg £944 (141), local producer Lim 650kg £916 (141), G Weir, Toomebridge BB 730kg £1029 (141).

Overage bulls and bullocks sold to: Raymond Campbell AA 630kg £1077 (171), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 670kg £1125 (168), AA 690kg £1145 (166), Raymond Campbell Lim 670kg £1065 (159), Andrew Bradley, Kilrea Char 500kg £795 (159), Raymond Campbell BB 810kg £1255 (155), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 730kg £1029 (141), Thomas Clyde, Antrim Lim 890kg £1174 (132), J & S Bailey, Ballycastle Lim 1020kg £1224 (120), R & C Steede, Cullybackey Here 1100kg £1298 (118), WJ Dickson, Downpatrick Char 1390kg £1584 (114).

Fr cows sold to: G Connon, Aldergrove 600kg £805 (122), RD McWhirter, Glarryford 790kg £940 (120), G Connon 770kg £916 (119), McGookin farming 680kg £802 (118), G Connon 790kg £932 (118), Samuel Patton, Ballyclare 760kg £889 (117), RD McWhirter, Glarryford 760kg £881 (116), Ivan Jackson, Ballynure 660kg £759 (115), R Irwin, Ballymoney 610kg £701 (115), 710kg £816 (115), D & M Knowles, Cullybackey 640kg £736 (115), JV Ramsey, Coleraine 770kg £885 (115), Alan McNair, Ballyclare 670kg £770 (115), Ivan Jackson 720kg £820 (114), 730kg £832 (114), SR Connolly, Portglenone 680kg £775 (114), D and M Knowles, Cullybackey 780kg £889 (114), JV Ramsey, Coleraine 780kg £889 (114), R Irwin, Dervock 700kg £784 (112), D McClure, Ballymoney 730kg £817 (112), Ivan Jackson 780kg £873 (112), SH Adams, Cloughmills 840kg £932 (111), D and M Knowles, Cullybackey 730kg £810 (111), JV Ramsey, Coleraine 620kg £688 (111).

Good quality dairy stock was in short supply among the 29 presented. Top price of £1350 was paid for a second calver from WJ Kerr, Cloughmills. Ruling prices:-

WJ Kerr, Cloughmills calved cow £1350, Sam Wallace, Broughshane calved cow £1200, Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved cow £1180, WJ McBride, Magherafelt calved cow £1100, DS Dickey, Randalstown calved hfr £980, WJ McBride calved cow £950, WJ Kerr, Cloughmills calved Jersey hfr £940, DS Dickey, calved hfr £920, Samuel McNabney, Glarryford calved cow £850, David Wallace calved hfr £850.

50 lots in the suckler ring sold well to a top of £1780 for a Lim heifer with AA bull calf at foot. Ruling prices: R and T Christie, Cloughmills Lim hfr and bull calf £1780, Colm McDonnell, Armoy Lim cow and bull calf £1720, R and T Christie Lim hfr and hfr calf £1640, Lim hfr and bull calf £1620, D Allen, Moneymore AA hfr and bull calf £1520, S Heffron, Randalstown Lim cow and bull calf £1500, R and T Christie BB hfr and bull calf £1480, D Allen, Moneymore Lim hfr and hfr calf £1450, Colm McDonnell Lim cow and bull calf £1420, Hannah Munroe, Straid Char hfr and bull calf £1410, Donal Gillan, Garvagh SHB hfr and hfr calf £1400, Colm McDonnell Lim cow and hfr calf £1350, B Millar, Randalstown Sim hfr and hfr calf £1330, Mrs Doreen McClurg, Dundrod Lim cow and hfr calf £1300, Hannah Munroe BB hfr and hfr calf £1300, M Anderson, Doagh AA cow and bull calf £1260, S Heffron AA hfr and hfr calf £1220.

Another very good trade resulted for 277 dropped calves, £475 was paid for a Lim bull, £505 for a Sim hfr and Fr bull calves sold to £235 each.

Highest prices for beef bred bull calves: D McKay, Broughshane Lim £475, P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim £460, DS Wharry, Glenarm (2) Lim £415, DJ and S Allen, Limavady Here £400, A Hoey, Glenwherry BB £400, local farmer Lim £385, local farmer (2) £380, CR and CM McIntyre, Bushmills (2) £375, D Allen, Moneymore Lim £365, S Dickson, Bellaghy Lim £365, Nigel McMaster, Ballynure SHB £360, J Nutt, Mosside, (2) Here £350.

Heifer calves sold to: P McConnell, Ligoniel Sim £505, Char £465, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £390, Ivan Hall, Larne Lim £380, O Kelly, Magherafelt Lim £380, DS Wharry, Glenarm Lim £370, Irwin Gamble, Articlave BB £335, R and C Steede, Cullybackey Lim £330, Kevin Scullion, Portglenone Lim £330, J and J Huey, Armoy Lim £330, R and C Steede Here £325, DS Wharry AA £320, R and C Steede, Here £320, Irwin Gamble, Articlave BB £320, DS Wharry Lim £315.

Fr bull calves sold to: S Bleakly, Ballymoney (2) £235, A McMinn, Larne £230, Miss ME McCullough, Ballynure £230, S Bleakly (2) £230, local producer £190, S Bleakly (2) £190, Alastair McBurney, Cloughmills (4) £155, Alex Magee, Larne (4) £150.

An entry of 280 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £625 over for a Char 370kg at £995 offered by J Wilson, Antrim. Heifers sold to £540 over for a Lim 430kg at £970 presented by James Duff, Kells.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

S McMullan, Bellaghy Char 240kg £730 (304), local producer Char 210kg £635 (302), S McMullan Char 240kg £695 (289), Char 240kg £670 (279), Char 210kg £560 (266), N Alexander, Glenarm AA 250kg £650 (260), Local producer Lim 250kg £650 (260), Houston Crooks, Kilwaugter Sim 200kg £500 (250), W McLaughlin, Dunloy Lim 250kg £620 (248), local farmer AA 230kg £555 (241), Colin Crooks, Kilwaughter AA 220kg £510 (231), RD McWhirter, Glarryford (3) Hol 230kg £280 (121).

251-300kgs

Local farmer Char 280kg £810 (289), Mike Frazer, Templepatrick Char 270kg £745 (275), S McMullan, Bellaghy Char 270kg £735 (272), Char 270kg £700 (259), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 270kg £700 (259), Sean McGill Lim 270kg £695 (257), Mike Frazer Char 270kg £690 (255), A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter Lim 260kg £660 (253), K Minford (2) Lim 300kg £760 (253), Alex Bonnar Char 290kg £720 (248), Mike Frazer Char 300kg £740 (246), local farmer Char 270kg £665 (246), W McLaughlin, Dunloy Lim 300kg £725 (241), local farmer Char 280kg £655 (233), A Magee Snr Lim 280kg £645 (230).

301-350kgs

A McMillan, Broughshane Char 320kg £850 (265), Char 330kg £870 (263), local farmer Char 310kg £775 (250), C Kennedy, Ballyclare Sal 330kg £820 (248), Mrs C McQuitty, Clough Char 330kg £790 (239), R and S and Miss P McAuley, Crumlin Lim 320kg £780 (236), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 330kg £765 (231), S McAlister, Ballintoy Char 340kg £785 (230), K Minford Lim 330kg £755 (228), A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter Lim 350kg £800 (228), JL Gregg, Cloughmills BB 340kg £775 (227), R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Lim 340kg £770 (226), W Jeffers, Macosquin Char 350kg £785 (224), BB 340kg £750 (220), K Minford Lim 310kg £680 (219), M McCurdy, Broughshane Char 310kg £680 (219).

351kg and over

J Wilson, Antrim Char 370kg £995 (268), A Hillan, Broughshane Char 360kg £925 (256), David Carlisle, Templepatrick Char 400kg £1005 (251), M McCurdy, Broughshane Char 360kg £890 (247), M and R Simpson, Broughshane Lim 420kg £1005 (239), local farmer Char 360kg £855 (237), Sean McGill Lim 370kg £875 (236), David Carlisle, Templepatrick Lim 360kg £850 (236), W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 390kg £915 (234), W Jeffers, Macosquin Lim 370kg £865 (233), S McAlister, Ballintoy Char 360kg £840 (233), M and R Simpson BB 400kg £930 (232), David Carlisle, (2) Char 370kg £855 (231), M and R Simpson Char 390kg £900 (230), W McCurdy, Char 370kg £845 (228).

Heifers 0-250kgs

Local farmer Char 190kg £590 (310), R and S and Miss P Macauley Blonde 210kg £540 (257), David McAfee, Dervock Char 230kg £575 (250), local farmer Lim 220kg £550 (250), David McAfee, Dervock Char 180kg £410 (227), Houston Crooks, Kilwaughter AA 210kg £450 (214).

251-300kgs

Local farmer Lim 260kg £655 (251), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 280kg £685 (244), Lim 290kg £700 (241), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 280kg £665 (237), W Thompson, Crumlin Lim 270kg £640 (237), Mike Frazer, Templepatrick Char 270kg £635 (235), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 290kg £675 (232), Frank O’Hara, Moorfields (2) BB 290kg £665 (229), W Thompson, Crumlin (4) Lim 290kg £665 (229), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 280kg £635 (226), Mike Frazer Char 290kg £655 (225), W Thompson, Crumlin AA 290kg £640 (220).

301-350kgs

J Wilson, Antrim Lim 330kg £795 (240), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne BB 310kg £710 (229), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 350kg £790 (225), R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Lim 320kg £720 (225), W Jeffers, Macosquin Char 350kg £770 (220), W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 350kg £770 (220), TJ Magee, Ballyclare Char 330kg £720 (218), W Thompson, Crumlin 310kg £670 (216), W Jeffers, Macosquin Char 320kg £690 (215), Sean McGill Lim 350kg £750 (214), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne BB 320kg £680 (212), BB 330kg £700 (212), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 340kg £720 (211), W Thompson Lim 340kg £720 (211), John Gribben, Randalstown Lim 350kg £740 (211), R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Lim 350kg £735 (210).

351kg and over

Richard Cowan, Magheramourne BB 360kg £840 (233), John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 380kg £880 (231), James Duff, Kells Lim 430kg £970 (225), W McCurdy, Broughshane Lim 370kg £825 (223), Richard Cowan BB 380kg £840 (221), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 490kg £1080 (220), C Kennedy, Ballyclare Char 360kg £790 (219), John Gribben, Randalstown Lim 360kg £780 (216), W Jeffers, Macosquin Char 370kg £800 (216), R Simpson, Broughshane BB 400kg £860 (215), John Gribben Lim 370kg £790 (213), John Thompson Sim 420kg £890 (211), Bernard McKay, Cushendun Char 360kg £740 (205), W Jeffers, Macosquin Char 410kg £840 (204), S Gregg, Glarryford BB 360kg £730 (202), John Gribben, Randalstown Lim 400kg £810 (202).

An entry of 250 Store Cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in another great trade. Bullocks sold to £700 over for a tremendous Charolais 510kg £1210 offered by m McNally, Newry. Heifers sold to £645 over for an Aberdeen Angus 590kg £1235 presented by P O’Boyle, Martinstown.

Heifers 301-400kgs

W Marshall, Clough, Char 390kg £800 (205), Char 390kg £790 (202), Lim 370kg £740 (200), D Mooney, Ballinderry, AA 400kg £765 (191), W Marshall, Clough, AA 370kg £680 (183), Char 400kg £730 (182), Lim 400kg £720 (180), C Christie, Cloughmills, BB 360kg £640 (177), J Macomb, Aldergrove, Lim 340kg £600 (176), W Marshall, Clough, BB 400kg £700 (175), G Kerr, Ahoghill, AA 400kg £700 (175).

401-500kgs

R McCurdy, Broughshane, Lim 460kg £1050 (228), Lim 480kg £1030 (214), Lim 470kg £980 (208), Lim 460kg £950 (206), W Marshall, Clough, Lim 460kg £925 (201), P McCann, Portglenone, Lim 500kg £1000 (200), W Marshall, Clough, BB 480kg £960 (200), G Kerr, Ahoghill, AA 420kg £830 (197), J Collins, Ballymoney, Char 500kg £980 (196), W Marshall, Clough, Char 420kg £820 (195), G Kerr, Ahoghill, AA 450kg £855 (190), AA 470kg £890 (189), W Marshall, Clough, Char 460kg £870 (189), Lim 500kg £930 (186), Lim 420kg £780 (185), AA 480kg £890 (185).

501kgs and over

P O’Boyle, Martinstown, AA 590kg £1235 (209), AA 560kg £1120 (200), Sal 600kg £1120 (186), R Woodside, Ballyclare, Blo 520kg £970 (186), J Collins, Ballymoney, Char 530kg £960 (181), W Marshall, Clough, BB 510kg £920 (180), P McCann, Portglenone, Lim 510kg £905 (177), W Marshall, Clough, BB 510kg £900 (176), R Woodside, Ballyclare, Char 530kg £925 (174).

Bullocks 301-400kgs

J Craig, Larne Lim 400kg £920 (230), Lim 370kg £840 (227), J O’Rawe, Gracehill, Sim 380kg £860 (226), E McCabe, Nutts Corner, Char 400kg £880 (220), S Black, Glenarm, Char 390kg £850 (218), R Weatherup, Newtownabbey, Lim 320kg £685 (214), J Craig, Larme, Char 350kg £740 (211), R Weatherup, Newtownabbey, Lim 330kg £690 (209), Lim 340kg £710 (208), Lim 370kg £740 (200), j Craig, Larne, Char 400kg £790 (197), W Harkness, Crumlin, Lim 390kg £770 (197), K Kidd, Broughshane, Sim 400kg £775 (193).

401-500kgs

M McNally, Newry, Char 490kg £1140 (232), L McNally, Newry, Char 470kg £1090 (231), E McCabe, Nutts Corner, Char 410kg £950 (231), L McNally, Newry, Char 480kg £1110 (231), Char 480kg £1100 (229), Char 490kg £1120 (228), J Petticrew, Cairncastle, Lim 420kg £960 (228), K Kidd, Broughshane, Char 470kg £1050 (223), R Harkness, Crumlin, Lim 470kg £1035 (220), M McNally, Newry, Char 500kg £1090 (218), C Stirling, Newtownabbey, char 460kg £990 (215), W Harkness, Lim 470kg £1000 (212), Lim 470kg £990 (210), G Kerr, Ahoghill, (3) AA 460kg £960 (208).

501kgs and over

M McNally, Newry, Char 510kg £1210 (237), Char 510kg £1150 (225), Char 520kg £1170 (225), L McNally, Newry, Char 510kg £1140 (223), Char 510kg £1140 (223), Char 510kg £1120 (219), Char 530kg £1150 (217), G Kerr, Ahoghill, AA 550kg £1190 (216), L McNally, Char 540kg £1150 (213), N Parker, Crumlin, Char 610kg £1295 (212), W Harkness, Crumlin, Lim 510kg £1060 (207).

An entry of 1814 Sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 304p/kg for a pen of Char 22kg £67 offered by TA Fenton, Rasharkin and to a top per head of £71 for a pen of 4 Texels 23.5kg from G Martin, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £84.

Fat Lambs (1340)

Top price per kilo

TA Fenton, Rasharkin, 9 Char 22kg £67 (304), J Christie, Cloughmills, 5 Tex 23kg £70 (304), G Martin, Broughshane, 4 Tex 23.5kg £71 (302), E Mackey, Lisburn, 4 Tex 23kg £68 (295), S Davison, Broughshane, 7 Tex 23kg £67.50 (293), S and B Jamieson, Ballycastle, 20 Tex 20kg £58.20 (291), J Shaw, Ahoghill, 8 Tex 20kg £57.80 (289), W McCroary, Broughshane, 12 Suff 21kg £60 (285), R Graham, Broughshane, 6 Suff 20kg £57 (285), J Murray, Larne, 16 Tex 20.5kg £58 (282), E Hill, 8 Tex 23.5kg £66 (280), K Dobbin, Ballycastle, 16 Tex 23kg £64.50 (280), R McGinley, Ballymoney, 19 Tex 22kg £61.50 (279), I Morrison, Dunloy, 80 Tex 23kg £64.20 (279), W J McClintock, Broughshane, 24Tex 22.5kg £62.80 (279), A Adams, Broughshane, 6 Dor 21kg £58.50 (278), J Alcorn, Coleraine, 13 Suff 23kg £64 (278), J Thompson, Bushmills, 16 Tex 23kg £64 (278), S Caldwell, Portglenone, 9 Suff 20.5kg £57 (278), H Wilson, Cullybackey, 4 Char 22.5kg £62.50 (277), R Cowan, Magheramourne, 46 Tex 23kg £63.80 (277), I Marcus, Ahoghill, 5 Tex 23kg £63.80 (277), I and T McCaughey, Broughshane, 21 Tex 22kg £61 (277), W McBurney, Moorfields, 10 Tex 22.5kg £62.20 (276), J Barkley, Ballymena, 6 Tex 22.5kg £62.20 (276).

Top price per head

G Martin, Broughshane, 4 Tex 23.5kg £71, P Kane, Ballycastle, 2 Tex 30kg £70.50, J Christie, Cloughmills, 5 Tex 23kg £70, E Mackey, Lisburn, 2 Tex 26.5kg £70, A Creith, Ballymoney, 7 Tex 27kg £68.50, G McCormick, Ballymena, 4 Tex 26.5kg £68, E Mackey, Lisburn, 4 Tex 23kg £68, S Davison, Broughshane, 7 Tex 23kg £67.50, TA Fenton, Rasharkin, 9 Char 22kg £67, W Hanna, Ballymoney, 3 Tex 26kg £67, A Kyle, Islandmagee, 8 Tex 26kg £67, S McGowan, Ballymoney, 17 Tex 25kg £66.50, R and C Hood, Broughshane, 26kg £66, T Turtle, Broughshane, 2 Tex 28kg £66, P Kane, Ballycastle, 20 Suff 25.5kg £66, E Hill, 8 Tex 23.5kg £66, W Barron, Carrickfergus, 9 Tex 27kg £66, J Boyle, Ballyclare, 14 Tex 25kg £66, J Gillespie, Portglenone, 12 Tex 25.5kg £66, R Workman, Kilwaughter, 18 Suff 25kg £65.50, T Hamilton, Carrickfergus, 7 Tex 26.5kg £65.50, H Crawford, Carnalbanagh, 31 Suff 25kg £65.50, H Weir, Ballynure, 2 Tex 25.5kg £65.50, A Creith, Armoy, 20 Tex 24kg £65.50, M Millar, Rasharkin, 14 Suff 25kg £65.50.

Fat Ewes (472)

1st Quality

Tex - £60 - £84

Suff - £60 - £78

CB - £50 - £66

BF - £35 - £50