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Almost 500 beef cattle sold to 206p per kg for a 610kg Char heifer, steers to 202 pence for a 570kg Lim, beef cows to 161 pence for a 650kg Blonde and to £1230 each for a Lim 860kg. Friesian cows to 115 pence and to £938 for 860kgs.

Beef heifers sold to: G Corrie, Newtownards Char 610kg £1256 (206), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 570kg £1140 (200), P McEldowney, Swatragh Char 550kg £1089 (198), BB 540kg £1036 (192), Lim 620kg £1190 (192), Char 640kg £1228 (192), F McEldowney Char 540kg £1036 (192), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Char 600kg £1152 (192), P McEldowney Char 620kg £1178 (190), F McEldowney Lim 550kg £1045 (190), Char 640kg £1216 (190), Martin Carey, Dunloy AA 640kg £1190 (186), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane Lim 540kg £993 (184), Lim 590kg £1079 (183), F McEldowney Char 560kg £1019 (182), P McEldowney Char 600kg £1086 (181), Martin Carey, Dunloy AA 630kg £1134 (180), Mrs D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 580kg £1044 (180), JF and PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 560kg £1008 (180), P McEldowney Lim 570kg £1026 (180), F McEldowney Lim 550kg £990 (180).

Beef bullocks sold to: Pat Murray, Newry Lim 570kg £1151 (202), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Char 680kg £1360 (200), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane Sim 640kg £1280 (200), Martin Carey, Dunloy AA 650kg £1287 (198), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Lim 670kg £1306 (195), SA Campbell, Coleraine Lim 590kg £1150 (195), T McCullough, Broughshane Lim 540kg £1042 (193), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Char 700kg £1344 (192), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Char 660kg £1267 (192), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Lim 620kg £1178 (190), Blonde 710kg £1349 (190), Char 750kg £1417 (189), Owen Park, Antrim Char 620kg £1159 (187), Mrs O Jeffers, Coagh Char 620kg £1153 (186), Mervyn Farr Char 730kg £1357 (186), Mrs O Jeffers Char 620kg £1140 (184), Mervyn Farr Lim 640kg £1177 (184), Pat Murray, Hilltown SHB 610kg £1122 (184), Jim Moore, Bushmills Char 630kg £1146 (182), Pat Murray Char 590kg £1073 (182).

Beef cows sold to: Alistair Martin, Kells Blonde 650kg £1046 (161), Robert McNinch, Larne Lim 560kg £834 (149), Kevin Mackin, Newtownhamilton Lim 860kg £1229 (143), N Drennan, Ballyclare Lim 660kg £924 (140), JW Ferris, Ballynure Char 800kg £1112 (139), W McVey, Carnlough Char 780kg £1060 (136), A Dobbs, Carrick Char 710kg £951 (134), I Rea, Mallusk Lim 500kg £670 (134), Andrew McCammond, Templepatrick Blonde 480kg £638 (133), JF and PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 830kg £1095 (132), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Blonde 720kg £936 (130), Andrew McCammond Lim 540kg £702 (130), Mrs M Foster, Kells Lim 680kg £877 (129), Alistair Martin, kells Blonde 820kg £1049 (128), JF and PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 840kg £1075 (128), S Gilmore, Kilrea Char 640kg £819 (128), John Crawford, Gracehill Lim 680kg £863 (127), Lim 620kg £787 (127), I Montgomery, Glenwherry Lim 500kg £635 (127), W Hanna, Rasharkin Lim 690kg £876 (127), A and J McClelland, Doagh Lim 660kg £831 (126), JF and PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 690kg £869 (126), Robin Kennedy, Dundrod Char 760kg £950 (125).

Friesian cows sold to: D McNeill, Rathkenny 580kg £667 (115), K Steele, Islandmagee 760kg £866 (114), NL Hardy, Ballinderry Bridge 640kg £723 (113), G Connon, Aldergrove 800kg £888 (111), Denis Boyd, Straid 710kg £781 (110), Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey 770kg £847 (110), P Brown, Clough 860kg £937 (109), D McNeill, Rathkenny 620kg £675 (109), H and D Geddis, Moira 730kg £788 (108), local farmer 750kg £810 (108), George Young, Gracehill 690kg £745 (108), H and D Geddis, Lurgan 680kg £727 (107), 700kg £749 (107), Ian Millar, Ballymena 700kg £749 (107), RJ Gage, Clough 670kg £716 (107), NL Hardy, Ballinderry Bridge 640kg £678 (106), J and M Wilson, Broughshane 750kg £795 (106), Colin Lyle, Larne 630kg £667 (106), DS Dunlop, Glarryford 670kg £703 (105), Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey 710kg £745 (105), local producer 710kg £738 (104), K Steele, Islandmagee 690kg £717 (104), D McNeill, Rathkenny 580kg £603 (104).

51 dairy cows and heifers on offer sold to £1390 for a second calver from W Johnston, Ligoniel, calved heifers to £1360.

Ruling prices: WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved cow £1390, Joe Smyth, Cullyhanna calved hfr £1360, David McNeilly, Randalstown calved hfr £1330, WJ McBride, Magherafelt calved cow £1280, David Wallace, Antrim calved hfr £1270, J Wasson, Cloughmills calved hfr £1240, E and J Arthur, Templepatrick calved hfr £1210, Ivan Jackson, Ballynure calved hfr £1210, J Wasson, Cloughmills calved hfr £1180, E and J Arthur, Templepatrick calved hfr £1150, Ivan Jackson calved hfr £1150, J Wasson calved hfr £1110, Wm Rea, Crumlin calved cow £1100, A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare calved hfr £1090, Samuel Lowe, Carryduff calved cow £1075, Ivan Jackson calved hfr £1070, P Taylor, Macosquin calved hfr £1060, calved hfr £1060, Ivan Jackson calved hfr £1060, WJ McBride, Magherafelt calved cow £1040, A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare calved hfr £1030, A and Miss AM Redmond, Portavogie calved cow £1020, J Wasson, calved hfr £1020.

Top quality lots were in short supply in the suckler ring. Top price of £1300 was paid for a Lim cow with bull calf at foot. Ruling prices: Ivor G Hyndman, Maghera Lim cow and bull calf £1300, Ivan Jackson, Ballynure SH hfr and bull calf £1240, Ivan Rea, Mallusk BB cow and bull calf £1210, SJ Hall, Antrim BB hfr and hfr calf £1180, Ivan Rea BB cow and hfr calf £1170, WE Adamson, Carrickfergus St cow and bull calf £1170, Ivor G Hyndman, Maghera Sim cow and bull calf £1120, Wilson Carson, Cloughmills Char hfr and hfr calf £1110, Ivan Rea Lim cow and bull calf £1100, James Murphy, Toomebridge Lim hfr and hfr calf £1100, David Compton, Carninney SHB hfr and hfr calf £1070, Richard Creith, Bushmills Lim hfr and bull calf £1050, David Compton, BB hfr and hfr calf £1020.

Top price in the calf ring was £490 for a strong Lim bull, strong heifers to £475. Calves under a month old to £365 for a Sim bull, B/W bulls to £215.

Ruling prices for continental bred bull calves: E Drummond, Ballynure Lim £490, Steven Millar, Ballymena Lim £445, RJ Semple, Ballyclare Lim £425, Thomas Dunn, Bangor BB £420, Robert McCluggage, Larne Char £405, Ivan Rea, Mallusk SHB £400, Miss ME McCullough, Ballynure Lim £400, N McRoberts, Ballinderry Upper Lim £390, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £380, Ivan Rea SHB £370, D McAuley, Toomebridge Lim £370, Leslie Wilson BB £365, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Sim £365, N Alexander, Gracehill Lim £365, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare BB £355, D Mallon, Toomebridge AA £355.

Heifer calves sold to: E Drummond, Ballynure Lim £475, Steven Millar, Ballymena Char £420, Ivan Rea (2) SHB £400, RJ Semple, Ballyclare Lim £395, Steven Millar Char £370, Wm Peden, Ballymoney Lim £350, D McAuley, Toomebridge Lim £345, D and A Sampson, Castledawson Lim £335, Thomas Dunn, Bangor Lim £330, C Naughton, Ballymoney Char £320, D Mallon, Toomebridge (3) AA £305, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £300, N McRoberts, Ballinderry Upper Lim £300.

Fr bull calves sold to: S Wilson, Ballymena (2) £215, Stewart McIlwaine £200, Denis Boyd, Straid (2) £175, D McAuley, Toomebridge £170, Wm Hamill, Aughafatten £125, David McClintock, Moorfields £120, T and J Mackey, Ballynure £115, RLA and D Irvine, Dundrod £102, Miss ME McCullough (3) £95, D Borland, Bushmills (2) £88, Miss ME McCullough £85.

Almost 200 weanlings sold to 283p per kg for a 230kg Lim at £650, heavier bullocks to 253 pence for a 360kg Char at £910, heifers to 265 pence for a 240kg Char at £635, heavier lots to 236p for a 310kg Char at £730.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: Mrs Doreen McClurg, Dundrod Lim 230kg £650 (282), W Irvine, Dundrod Lim 220kg £605 (275), Raymond Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 240kg £650 (270), D McKillop, Glenarm Lim 250kg £670 (268), Lim 210kg £560 (266), Norman Farquhar, Ballymena BB 240kg £640 (266), W Irvine, Dundrod Lim 160kg £425 (265), Raymond Andrews, Kells Sal 190kg £500 (263), D McKillop, Glenarm Lim 210kg £540 (257), Raymond Nicholson Lim 230kg £590 (256), N Booth, Bushmills Lim 230kg £585 (254), Norman Farquhar BB 250kg £635 (254), Ian Hunter, Straid Sal 250kg £625 (250), Raymond Nicholson Lim 250kg £625 (250), Raymond Andrews, Kells St 190kg £465 (244), W Irvine, Dundrod Lim 170kg £410 (241).

251-300kgs: S Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 290kg £800 (275), S McIlhatton, Aughafatten Blonde 290kg £785 (270), Stephen Hill, Carrick Char 270kg £730 (270), S McIlhatton, Aughafatten Blonde 300kg £810 (270), Stephen Hill, Carrick Char 280kg £745 (266), S Magorrian Char 260kg £690 (265), S McIlhatton Blonde 300kg £770 (256), Blonde 290kg £740 (255), John Murray, Larne Sim 300kg £760 (253), Raymond Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 270kg £675 (250), John Murray Sim 270kg £670 (248), Raymond Nicholson Lim 260kg £630 (242), S Magorrian Char 290kg £700 (241), Raymond Nicholson Lim 290kg £695 (239), Lim 270kg £640 (237), Raymond Andrews St 260kg £610 (234).

301-350kgs: S McIlhatton, Aughafatten Blonde 330kg £870 (263), S Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 320kg £825 (257), Char 320kg £815 (254), Norman Farquhar, Ballymena BB 310kg £765 (246), S Magorrian Char 330kg £810 (245), Char 350kg £810 (231), John Murray, Larne Sim 320kg £740 (231), Raymond Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 320kg £735 (229), James McDonnell, Glenarm Sal 340kg £780 (229), Mark Barr Sim 310kg £710 (229), Sim 320kg £710 (221), John Murray, Larne Sim 320kg £690 (215), Ian Hunter, Straid Sal 320kg £690 (215), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 330kg £710 (215), JC McMillan, Portglenone Lim 340kg £730 (214), Ian Hunter, Straid Sal 320kg £680 (212).

351kg and over: S Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 360kg £910 (252), F Jeffers, Macosquin Char 420kg £920 (219), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 380kg £825 (217), Alex Wilson, Glenarm Char 410kg £890 (217), James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 370kg £800 (216), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 460kg £980 (213), Lim 460kg £970 (210), F Jeffers, Macosquin Lim 440kg £910 (206), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 450kg £930 (206), F Jeffers, Blonde 470kg £970 (206), N Booth, Bushmills Lim 370kg £760 (205), G Weir, Lim 390kg £800 (205), F Jeffers, Macosquin Lim 440kg £895 (203).

Heifers 0-250kgs: S Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 240kg £635 (264), Char 250kg £655 (262), Char 240kg £620 (258), W Irvine, Dundrod Lim 150kg £355 (236), Norman Farquhar, Ballymena BB 220kg £520 (236), S Magorrian Lim 250kg £590 (236), N Booth, Bushmills BB 190kg £440 (231), Norman Farquhar BB 240kg £530 (220), Mrs D McClurg, Dundrod Char 210kg £455 (216), W Irvine, Dundrod Lim 190kg £405 (213), Lim 180kg £380 (211), Mrs D McClurg, Lim 210kg £440 (209).

251-300kgs: S Magorrian, Downpatrick Lim 260kg £600 (230), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 300kg £670 (223), D McKillop, Glenarm Lim 260kg £570 (219), Mrs D McClurg, Dundrod Lim 270kg £590 (218), Norman Farquhar, Ballymena BB 260kg £555 (213), Mrs D McClurg, Lim 270kg £570 (211), John Murray, Larne Sim 290kg £600 (206), N Booth, Bushmills Lim 290kg £600 (206).

301-350kgs: S Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 310kg £730 (235), James McDonnell, Glenarm Char 320kg £685 (214), John Murray, Larne Sim 330kg £700 (212), Alex Wilson, Glenarm Char 320kg £660 (206), Char 330kg £665 (201).

351kg and over: G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 360kg £765 (212), Ivan Jackson, Ballynure BB 450kg £910 (202).

The second suck calf sale saw 750 calves sell at steady rates with quality lots again in very strong demand. Highest prices for 300 heifer calves were:-

Heifers 0-200kgs: R Finlay, Glenwherry Char 170kg £465 (273), J Wilson, Antrim Char 180kg £480 (266), John McAuley, Glenarm BB 180kg £450 (250), J Wilson Char 190kg £470 (247), M McVicker, Ballycastle Char190kg £465 (244), S and M Warwick, Ballyclare (2) Char 200kg £485 (242), J Wilson Char 190kg £450 (236), S and M Warwick Lim 180kg £400 (222).

201-300kgs: AS Millar, Antrim Char 220kg £740 (336), J and R McKeown, Aughafatten BB 300kg £970 (323), Mrs Wilma Kerr, Kilwaughter Lim 260kg £820 (315), S Douglas, Limavady Char 270kg £840 (311), D McGarel, Glenarm Char 230kg £710 (308), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 260kg £795 (305), D McKillop, Glenariffe Char 210kg £640 (304), M McVicker, Ballycastle Lim 240kg £720 (300), M Montgomery, Kells Char 240kg £710 (295), Mrs R McMullan, Ballygally Char 250kg £710 (284), S and M Warwick, Ballyclare Char 210kg £590 (281), D McKillop, Glenariffe Char 230kg £640 (278), Char 270kg £750 (277), Dale Robinson, Glenarm Lim 250kg £690 (276), D McKillop Char 270kg £740 (274).

301-400kgs: R and A Morrow, Glenarm SHB 320kg £1000 (312), SHB 310kg £890 (287), K McIlwaine, Glenwherry Lim 310kg £850 (274), A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 330kg £900 (272), Char 310kg £840 (271), A Stevenson, Armoy Char 310kg £830 (267), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 350kg £930 (265), FJ McDonnell, Martinstown Lim 340kg £900 (264), A and D McAfee, Lim 310kg £810 (261), Char 330kg £860 (260), A Stevenson Lim 310kg £800 (258), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Lim 350kg £900 (257), J and R McKeown, Aughafatten Char 310kg £785 (253), W Dodds, Glenwherry Lim 310kg £780 (251), A and D McAfee Lim 320kg £800 (250), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 310kg £775 (250).

401-500kgs: T Wray, Carnlough Lim 420kg £1010 (240), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Char 420kg £900 (214), WJ Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Char 450kg £940 (208).

450 bull/blk calves sold to 201-300kgs: J Mills, Kilwaughter Char 230kg £800 (347), Char 250kg £805 (322), A Stevenson, Armoy Char 280kg £870 (310), P and J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 260kg £800 (307), M Montgomery, Kells Lim 230kg £700 (304), AS Millar, Antrim Char 260kg £790 (303), Char 290kg £880 (303), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Lim 250kg £750 (300), AS Millar, Antrim Char 270kg £810 (300), J Wilson, Antrim Char 210kg £630 (300), M Montgomery, Kells Lim 240kg £715 (297), J Mills Char 290kg £850 (293), N and S Wilson, Rathkenny Char 280kg £820 (292), Wm Houston, Moorfields Char 260kg £760 (292), W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 250kg £730 (292), Dale Robinson, Glenarm Lim 250kg £730 (292).

301-400kgs: A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 340kg £990 (291), WJ McClintock, Glenwherry Char 310kg £890 (287), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Char 310kg £880 (283), John Kane, Cushendall Char 310kg £865 (279), AS Millar, Antrim Char 320kg £890 (278), A and D McAfee Char 360kg £1000 (277), Miss J Gilliland, Muckamore Lim 310kg £860 (277), Reps R Workman, Larne Char 320kg £880 (275), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter (2) Lim 320kg £880 (275), AS Millar, Antrim char 310kg £850 (274), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 370kg £1010 (273), RJ MNeill, Glenarm Char 370kg £1010 (273), John Kane, Cushendall Char 330kg £900 (272), WJ McClintock, Glenwherry Char 320kg £870 (271), P and J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 350kg £950 (271).

401-500kgs: P McAleese, Loughgiel Char 410kg £1000 (243), T Wray, Carnlough Lim 410kg £960 (234), John Kane, Cushendall Char 420kg £960 (228), HA Wilson, Newtowncrommelin Lim 420kg £960 (228), J and S Kane, Doagh Char 430kg £950 (220), W McConnell, Ballyclare Char 440kg £960 (218), T Wray, Carnlough Char 430kg £930 (216), W McConnell, Char 430kg £910 (211), Char 440kg £900 (204), VN Fleck, B/shane Lim 450kg £910 (202), Lim 470kg £950 (202).

1500 sheep penned in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a great trade, store lambs to £60, ewe lambs to £87, breeding sheep to £140. Leading prices as follows:

Ewe lambs: Aidan Ward, Loughgilly 13 Suff £87, 12 Suff £85, D McLean, Larne 8 Suff £80, W McClenaghan, Limavady 10 Tex £76, B Hamill, Aughafatten 5 Dor £75, W McClenaghan 12 Tex £75, D Bristow, Portglenone 8 Suff £71, Henry McConnell, Glenwherry 1 Zwa £70, 1 Zwa £70, R Anderson, Cullybackey 4 Mule £68, S Bonnar, Broughshane 10 Tex £66, B Hamill, Aughafatten 5 Dor £65, S Bonnar 10 Tex £66, B Hamill, Aughafatten 5 Dor £65, S Bonnar 10 Tex £62, John Connon, Deerfin 10 Tex £62, 10 Tex £60.

Store lambs sold to: Michael O’Kane, Dungiven 9 Cv £60, M Wright, Magheramourne 1 Tex £60, B Hamill, Aughafatten 2 Suff £59, C Magill, Larne 15 Tex £58.50, M Delargy, Cushendall 27 CB £57.50, C Magill 3 Tex £57, C Magill 25 Tex £57, ARW Nelson, Ballyclare 40 Tex £56.50, C Magill 17 Tex £56, 10 Tex £56, Charlie Devlin, Magherafelt 18 Tex £56, 18 Tex £55.50, local farmer 4 Tex £55, Liam Hamilton, Cushendun 24 Tex £54.50.

Another great entry of just under 400 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £640 over for a Char 630kg at £1270 offered by Wm Johnston, Ballyclare. Heifers sold £520 over for a Char 550kg at £1070 presented by J Kelly, Limavady.

Bulls/blks 301-400kgs: Ballymena farmer Lim 360kg £860 (238), local farmer Char 380kg £900 (236), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 370kg £870 (235), P McConnell, Nutts Corner Char 400kg £920 (230), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 380kg £870 (229), P McConnell Lim 370kg £840 (227), local farmer (2) Sim 400kg £900 (225), DJ Hunter, Ballymoney Lim 380kg £850 (223), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 370kg £825 (223), DJ Hunter, Lim 400kg £885 (221), local farmer Char 400kg £885 (221), W Park, Antrim Char 340kg £750 (220), RA Harkness, Crumlin Lim 400kg £880 (220), R McNabney, Lim 400kg £880 (220), W Park Lim 340kg £740 (217).

401-500kgs: Local farmer Char 450kg £1060 (235), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 460kg £1065 (231), S Wright, Carnlough Lim 410kg £930 (226), P McConnell, Nutts Corner Char 430kg £955 (222), J Smyth, Randalstown Lim 430kg £940 (218), local farmer (3) Char 410kg £890 (217), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 490kg £1060 (216), Char 500kg £1080 (216), local farmer (2) Char 440kg £950 (215), Robert Workman Char 490kg £1050 (214), W Park, Antrim Char 420kg £900 (214), Robert Workman (2) Char 490kg £1040 (212).

501kg and over: Ballymena farmer Char 520kg £1115 (214), Rainey Bros, Ballygally Char 540kg £1140 (211), WJ Leetch, Doagh Char 550kg £1150 (209), Patrick O’Boyle, Martinstown AA 540kg £1120 (207), PJ Quinn and Sons, Kircubbin AA 520kg £1065 (204), Alex Wilson, Glenarm Char 510kg £1030 (202), Barry Gibson, Newtownabbey Lim 530kg £1070 (201), T McDowell, Belfast Lim 580kg £1170 (201), W McConnell, Ballyclare Char 630kg £1270 (201), Tom Moorhead, Aughafatten AA 540kg £1085 (200), G Kernohan, Randalstown Lim 620kg £1245 (200), Tom Moorhead Sim 530kg £1060 (200), T McDowell Sim 550kg £1100 (200), Tom Moorhead Char 580kg £1150 (198), W McConnell, Ballyclare Char 580kg £1150 (198), Tom Moorehead Sim 550kg £1075 (195).

Heifers 150-300kgs: J Kelly, Magilligan Lim 270kg £590 (218), Char 300kg £625 (208), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 270kg £550 (203), (3) Char 290kg £585 (201), J Kelly Char 300kg £600 (200), Lim 300kg £590 (196), Char 300kg £580 (193), Lim 290kg £550 (189), R Wallace, Carrick BB 270kg £500 (185), BB 290kg £500 (172), BB 300kg £500 (166).

301-400kgs: J Kelly, Magilligan Lim 330kg £715 (216), J Alexander, Randalstown Lim 360kg £745 (206), J Kelly Lim 310kg £630 (203), Robert Clyde, Templepatrick (3) Lim 380kg £770 (202), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 390kg £790 (202), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel (2) Char 330kg £650 (197), G Erwin, Nutts Corner SH 400kg £780 (195), T Robinson, Ballynure Par 400kg £765 (191), J Kelly, Lim 310kg £590 (190), J Alexander Char 370kg £690 (186), H and M McPherson, Macosquin Blonde 380kg £705 (185).

401-500kgs: Rainey Bros, Ballygally Char 400kg £910 (206), J Kelly, Magilligan Lim 460kg £950 (206), SR Thompson, Comber Lim 430kg £880 (204), M and F Speers, Cullybackey Char 430kg £875 (203), J Kelly, Lim 460kg £930 (202), (2) Lim 490kg £990 (202), Lim 470kg £945 (201), D and F Kinney, Cushendall Lim 430kg £860 (200), J Kelly Lim 470kg £940 (200), G Erwin, Nutts Corner Lim 500kg £990 (198), SR Thompson, Comber Lim 420kg £830 (197), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 430kg £845 (196), J Alexander, Randalstown Lim 430kg £840 (195), RJ McNeill Char 480kg £935 (194), G Erwin, Nutts Corner Lim 490kg £945 (192).

501kg and over: J Kelly, Magilligan Char 550kg £1070 (194), Jim Allen, Larne AA 510kg £990 (194), Rainey Bros, Ballygally Char 520kg £1000 (192), J Kelly Lim 510kg £950 (186), T Robinson, Ballynure Lim 540kg £1000 (185), A O’Neill, Glenarm Char 620kg £1130 (182), Mrs D Gibson, Newtownabbey Char 520kg £880 (169), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 650kg £1100 (169), A O’Neill Char 660kg £1105 (167), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 540kg £900 (166), A McCullen, Newtownabbey Char 520kg £865 (166), Barry Gibson, Newtownabbey Char 550kg £920 (164), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 610kg £1000 (163), Steven McCann, Randalstown Sim 520kg £850 (163), A O’Neill, Glenarm AA 570kg £900 (157), Mrs D Gibson Lim 580kg £900 (155).

Another great entry of 2546 fat sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a sharper trade. Fat lambs sold to 311p for a pen of 17 Texels 20kg at £62.20 offered by T Stewart, Cairncastle and to a top per head of £77.50 for a pen of 24.5kg from a Broughshane farmer and a pen of 25.5 Texel from J McFall, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £70.

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Top price per kg: T Stewart, Cairncastle 17 Tex 20kg £62.0 (311), J Gingles, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 19.5kg £60 (307), Mrs R McMullan, Ballygally 20 CB 19.5kg £57.50 (294), Bonnar farms, Ballymena 44 CB 19kg £56 (294), David McIlwaine, Glenwherry 4 Tex 21.5kg £63.20 (294), WJ Ramsey, Kells 9 Tex 20.5kg £60.20 (293), R Simpson, Broughshane 16 Tex 22kg £64.50 (293), local farmer 24 Tex 24.5kg £71.50 (291), J McNeill, Broughshane 35 Suff 30.5kg £59.80 (291), T Jackson, Broughshane 9 Tex 24kg £70 (291), John Thompson, Bushmills 14 Suff 23kg £66.80 (290), John McFall, Broughshane 16 Tex 24.5kg £71 (289), G Wilson, Ballyboley 28 Tex 20kg £57.80 (289), McGookin farming, Ballyclare 9 Tex 21.5kg £62 (288), R Coleman, Glarryford 3 Tex 29.5kg £85 (288), Peter McAuley, Carrick 33 Tex 20.5kg £59 (287), S Beattie, Ballyclare 15 Tex 22kg £63 (286), I Morrison, Dunloy 30 Tex 22kg £63 (286), Mrs E Duff, Ballymena 17 Tex 22kg £63 (286), E Clyde, Muckamore 7 Tex 22kg £63 (286), P Delargy, Cushendall 29 CB 21kg £60 (285), A Dobbs, Carrick 20 Tex 22.5kg £64 (284), Shanes Castle Estate 36 Tex 24kg £68.20 (284), Wm Smyth, Moorfields 7 Tex 22kg £62.20 (284), Jean Hunter, Ballygally 17 Tex 20.5kg £58.20 (283).

Top prices per head: R Coleman, Glarryford 3 Tex 29.5kg £85, local farmer 24 Tex 24.5kg £71.50, John McFall, Broughshane 15 Tex 25.5kg £71.50, 16 Tex 24.5kg £71, I Morrison, Dunloy 1 Tex 35kg £70, Janice McWhirter, Glenarm 6 Tex 25kg £70, T Jackson, Ballynure 9 Tex 24kg £70, JA O’Loan, Martinstown 1 Tex 26kg £70, J Bonnar, Broughshane 25 Tex 25.5kg £68.80, R McAnally, Ballyboley 25 Tex 26kg £68.80, Shanes Castle Co, Antrim 36 Tex 24kg £68.20, Graeme Martin, Broughshane 16 Tex 24.5kg £68, A Dobbs, Carrick 12 Tex 25kg £68, HV McCambridge, Carnlough 36 Suff 25kg £68, R Boyle, Larne 10 Tex 26.5kg £68, Matt Workman, Kilwaughter 19 Suff 25kg £67.80, Sandra Hunter, Bushmills 8 CB 25.5kg £67.50, S Craig, Ballycastle 11 Tex 26.5kg £67.50, Sandra Hunter 19 CB 26kg £67, Brian Lyttle, Kells 26 Tex 25kg £67, J Graham, Glenariffe 2 Suff 25.5kg £67, B Gaston, Ballymena 16 Tex 25kg £67, C Gribben, Dunloy 23 Suff 25kg £67, Trevor Wray, Carnlough 13 BF 25kg £67, J and M Farlow, Macosquin 21 Tex 24kg £67.

Fat ewes (305)

1st Quality

Suff - £55-£70

Tex - £55-£70

CB - £50-£65

BF - £35-£48