Seasonal sale of cattle at Ballymena results in a steady trade

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A seasonal sale of 175 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a steady trade. Fat cows sold to 171p per kg 640kg £1094, Fr cows to 102p, 710kg at £724, beef heifers to 193p 700kg at £1351. Beef bullocks to 195p for 710kg at £1384.

Fat cows sold to: Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Lim 640kg £1094 (171), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Char 670kg £1078 (161), Owen Miskelly Lim 630kg £976 (155), JL McKinney, Maghera Lim 710kg £1029 (145), M Pollock, Castlerock Lim 680kg £979 (144), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Lim 570kg £815 (143), Owen Miskelly Lim 710kg £1008 (142), BB 770kg £1078 (140), HV McCambridge, Carnlough Lim 680kg £924 (136), Lim 770kg £1039 (135), S Gilmore and Co Char 620kg £806 (130), Liam McDonnell, Ballycastle Lim 770kg £977 (127), R Pollock, Glenavy BB 680kg £850 (125), MJ Lucas, Antrim Lim 500kg £625 (125), K McAuley, Broughshane Sim 740kg £917 (124), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Lim 770kg £947 (1230, HV McCambridge Lim 770kg £861 (123), MJ Lucas, Lim 630kg £762 (121), Lim 820kg £984 (120), Joe Steede, Cullybackey Sim 610kg £732 (120), John Lavery, Portadown AA 760kg £912 (120), K McAuley, Broughshane Lim 740kg £880 (119).

Fr cows sold to: J Hughes, Clough 710kg £724 (102), A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare 630kg £630 (100), A Bell, Nutts Corner 730kg £693 (95), J and A McAteer, Randalstown 650kg £617 (95), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 680kg £639 (94), 730kg £657 (90), A and W McIlwaine 670kg £603 (90), RJ Gordon, Cloughmills 610kg £536 (88), A Bell, Nutts Corner 660kg £574 (87), WW McCormick 650kg £526 (81), 590kg £448 (76), W and Mrs HJ Nicholl, Ahoghill 550kg £418 (76).

Beef heifers sold to: M Diamond, Garvagh Lim 700kg £1351 (193), E McNeilly, Gracehill BB 650kg £1118 (172), G McLernon, Toomebridge Lim 650kg £1092 (168), Michael McCusker, Maghera Char 650kg £1079 (166), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle BB 650kg £1066 (164), M McCusker Char 690kg £1131 (164), J Mulvenna, Larne Char 490kg £779 (159).

Beef bullocks sold to: Mervyn Farr Ballinderry Char 710kg £1384 (195), Dean McAllister, Armoy Char 610kg £1171 (192), Char 610kg £1159 (190), Char 550kg £1039 (189), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 620kg £1165 (188), Mervyn Farr Char 710kg £1320 (186), John Blair Char 630kg £1146 (182), Char 600kg £1092 (182), Dean McAllister Lim 580kg £1044 (180), Char 650kg £1157 (178), WA Weatherup, Comber Lim 700kg £1239 (177), John Blair Char 700kg £1218 (174), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Lim 700kg £1218 (174), Dean McAllister Lim 560kg £957 (171), John Lavery, Portadown AA 650kg £1111 (171), Dean McAllister Sim 580kg £986 (170), Martin Milne, Bellaghy Sim 600kg £1020 (170), P Graffin, Portglenone Sal 690kg £1159 (168), Lim 600kg £996 (166).

47 lots in the suckler ring sold well to £2600 for an in calf Lim heifer from RJ Arrell, Randalstown. Ruling prices: RJ Arrell, Randalstown Lim in calf hfr £2600gns, Lim in calf hfr £2200gns, Lim (2) in calf hfr £1850, Char in calf hfr £1800, Lim in calf hfr £1650, Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim cow and hfr calf £1600, RJ Arrell, Randalstown Lim calf hfr £1580, Char in calf hfr £1520, Lim in calf hfr £1500, Char in calf hfr £1500, Lim in calf hfr £1500, Lim in calf hfr £1500, Lim in calf hfr £1480, Lim in calf hfr £1450, (3) Lim in calf hfr £1450, Lim in calf hfr £1420, Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim cow and hfr calf £1420, RJ Arrell, Randalstown Lim in calf hfr £1400, Lim in calf hfr £1400, Par in calf hfr £1400, Lim £1400.

40 cows and heifers were presented at the annual dairy show kindly sponsored by Danske bank and judged by Robert Wallace, Templepatrick. The overall champion – calved heifer from WG Johnston, Ligoniel made top price of £1780. Ruling prices: WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1780, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved hfr £1310, R Simpson, Ballymena calved cow £1300, J Wasson, Cloughmills calved hfr £1270, J Clements, Ballyronan calved hfr £1270, J Wasson calved hfr £1220, James Nelson, Kilwaughter calved cow £1180, WJ Thompson, Glenwherry calved cow £1150, R Thompson, Glenarm calved hfr £1150, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1120, George Forsythe, Cloughmills calved cow £1100, J Wasson calved hfr £1030, calved cow £1000, S Lyons, Coleraine calved hfr £1000, Mrs C Annett calved cow £1000, A Mawhinney, Bellaghy calved hfr £1000.

In the annual Christmas show and sale, the top quality calves were judged by Norman Callaghan, Articlave who awarded 1st bull to Alan Montgomery, Ballyclare for a Lim bull sold at £410, 2nd Tom Herbison, Randalstown for AA bull sold at £390, 3rd Tom Herbison for a AA bull sold at £410. 1st heifer Wm McCroary, Broughshane Char hfr at £420, 2nd R Fleming, Templepatrick Sim hfr £330 and 3rd T Herbison, Randalstown AA hfr at £290.

200 dropped calves briskly cleared in a well improved trade. Beef bulls sold to £455, heifers to £420 and Fr bulls to £275 each.

Highest prices for beef bred bull calves were: Alan White, Mosside BB £455, W Anderson, Cookstown Lim £410, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £410, RJ Hill, Randalstown BB £395, T Herbinson AA £390, RJ Hill BB £380, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £355, Alastair McBurney, Cloughmills Lim £350, D and A Sampson, Castledawson Here £350, Lim £3580, B Gribben, Dunloy Sim £340, S Irons, Coleraine Sim £325, RJ Hill, BB £325, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £325, B Alexander, Ahoghill AA £320, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner BB £320.

Heifer calves sold to: Wm McCroary, Broughshane Char £420, Victor Erskine, Ballyclare Lim £360, GM Kernohan, Broughshane BB £350, BB £335, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £330, C Bradley, Nutts Corner Char £330, David McClintock, Moorfields AA £330, Alastair McBurney Lim £315, J and M Wilson, Carrick AA £315, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare (2) £300, Hamilton Alexander, Glenarm £295, S Irons, Coleraine Sim £290, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £290, T Herbison, Randalstown AA £290, D Marcus, Glenarm Lim £280.

Friesian bull calves sold to: D Marcus, Glenarm £275, A Park, Ballynure £230, D Marcus, Glenarm £215, RJ Semple, Ballyclare (3) £195, D Marcus £185, £175, Alan White, Mosside £165, H Thompson, Randalstown (5) £165, J and M Wilson, Carrick £155, D Marcus, Glenarm £150.

An entry of just under 200 weanlings in Ballymena on Friday resulted in a sharper trade. Bullocks sold to £540 over for a Char 330kg at £870 presented by N Brown, Moira. Heifers sold to £415 over for a Lim 300kg at £715 offered by Ian Davidson, Larne.

Heifers 0-250kgs: James McCloy, Maghera Char 180kg £520 (288), N Brown, Moira Char 220kg £590 (268), James McCloy Char 200kg £535 (267), Mrs H Minford, Nutts Corner Lim 200kg £490 (245), James McCloy Char 220kg £535 (243), Sim 200kg £485 (242), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 250kg £600 (240), G Orr, Ballywalter Lim 240kg £575 (239), James McCloy Lim 210kg £500 (238), N Brown, Sim 240kg £560 (233), local farmer Blonde 250kg £560 (224), Mrs H Minford, Nutts Corner Lim 210kg £450 (214), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 250kg £515 (206), TW Johnston, Nutts Corner Lim 250kg £465 (186), A McCann, Toomebridge Here 210kg £385 (183).

251-300kgs: Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 300kg £715 (238), N Brown, Moira Char 300kg £700 (233), J McCloy, Maghera Char 280kg £650 (232), Stuart Hall, Larne Lim 260kg £580 (223), Mrs H Minford Lim 260kg £570 (219), N Brown Char 300kg £650 (216), G Orr, Ballywalter Lim 300kg £645 (215), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 300kg £645 (215), J Adams, Bellaghy Char 290kg £615 (212), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Lim 280kg £580 (207), Victor Campbell, Lisburn Ir 260kg £530 (203), SH 280kg £570 (203), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 280kg £570 (203), D Kennedy, Ballymena Lim 260kg £520 (200), local farmer Blonde 290kg £575 (198).

301-350kgs: R Buick, Shanksbridge BB 320kg £690 (215), Stuart Hall, Larne Lim 310kg £650 (209), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 310kg £645 (208), James McCloy, Maghera Char 330kg £680 (206), Hanna Hall, Newtownabbey Lim 350kg £700 (200), Lim 310kg £615 (198), James McCloy Lim 320kg £615 (192), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Char 330kg £630 (190), R Buick, Shanksbridge BB 320kg £605 (189), James McCloy Lim 320kg £590 (184), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Char 350kg £640 (182), M Boomer, Moira Sim 310kg £555 (179), J Adams, Bellaghy Lim 350kg £600 (171).

351kg and over: John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 400kg £770 (192), Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Char 360kg £680 (188), Char 370kg £690 (186), Char 360kg £665 (184), Mike Frazer, Templepatrick AA 440kg £790 (179), Stuart Graham Char 420kg £750 (178), Char 460kg £790 (171), Char 410kg £680 (165), G Davidson, Raloo Lim 540kg £895 (165).

Bullocks 0-250kgs: James McCloy, Maghera Char 170kg £530 (311), Hannah Healey, Newtownabbey Lim 250kg £700 (280), Stuart Hall Lim 250kg £695 (278), Mrs H Minford, Nutts Corner Lim 200kg £550 (275), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Lim 200kg £550 (275), local producer Here 210kg £570 (271), Lim 250kg £640 (256), Mrs H Minford Lim 230kg £570 (247), Mrs H Minford Lim 220kg £535 (243), Houston Crooks, Kilwaughter Sim 230kg £545 (237), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 240kg £565 (235), W Craig, Larne Lim 240kg £565 (235), Lim 250kg £570 (228), Colin Crooks, Kilwaughter AA 210kg £475 (226), local producer Blonde 240kg £540 (225), W Craig, Larne Lim 250kg £555 (222).

251-300kgs: James McCloy, Maghera Lim 260kg £700 (269), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Lim 280kg £730 (260), J Adams, Bellaghy Char 290kg £730 (251), Stuart Hall, Larne Lim 280kg £700 (250), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 300kg £730 (243), N Brown, Moira Char 300kg £680 (226), Paul Kennedy, Ballymena SHB 270kg £610 (225), Stuart Hall BB 300kg £670 (223), W Craig, Larne Lim 280kg £590 (210), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 300kg £630 (210), D Kennedy, Ballymena SHB 290kg £580 (200), D Millar, Dungiven Lim 300kg £580 (193), G Orr, Ballywalter AA 280kg £525 (187), TW Johnston, Nutts Corner Lim 280kg £490 (175), A McCann, Toomebridge Here 290kg £500 (172), D Millar, Dungiven Here 300kg £495 (165).

301-350kgs: N Brown, Moira Char 330kg £870 (263), Richard Kennedy, Ballymena Lim 310kg £760 (245), Stuart Hall, Larne BB 310kg £745 (240), J Moore, Coleraine Lim 350kg £830 (237), Hanna Hall, Newtownabbey Lim 330kg £780 (236), J Moore, Char 330kg £780 (236), local farmer Sim 310kg £730 (235), J Adams, Bellaghy Char 320kg £750 (234), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 330kg £765 (231), J Moore Lim 340kg £780 (229), W Craig, Larne Lim 310kg £710 (229), J Adams, Bellaghy Char 310kg £705 (227), Char 310kg £700 (225), J Moore Lim 310kg £690 (222), J Adams Char 320kg £710 (221), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 320kg £710 (221).

351kg and over: M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Lim 360kg £850 (236), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Lim 380kg £830 (218), Lim 400kg £855 (213), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 400kg £845 (211), Sim 360kg £760 (211), Sim 360kg £755 (209), G Simms, Gleno Lim 410kg £830 (202), John Clarke Sim 400kg £795 (198), J Adams, Bellaghy Char 380kg £755 (198), G Simms, Lim 390kg £770 (197), John Clarke Sim 380kg £735 (193), Sim 440kg £840 (190).

A seasonal show of sheep on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade. Store lambs sold to £61, ewe lambs to £79.

Leading prices for store lambs: Wm Hamilton, Doagh 45 Rom £61, Andrew Armstrong, Broughshane 27 Tex £60, A Davidson, Gleno 6 BF £59.50, Sam Robinson, Carrick 12 Tex £58.50, D Hamilton, Glenarm 4 Tex £57.50, R Hamilton, Glenarm 1 Tex £57.50, P Anderson, Portstewart 3 Tex £57, James Rowney, Ballynure 10 Suff £53, R and M Kidd, Aughafatten 4 Lleyn £52, P Montague, Glenariffe 6 Suff £51.50, H O’Kane, Carnlough 35 CB £51, WJ Ramsey, Kells 10 Suff £50.50, L McAlister, Glenariffe 11 CB £50.50, N McClure, Ballymoney 27 Tex £50.50, WJ Ramsey, Kells 8 Tex £50.

Ewe lambs sold to: P Anderson, Portstewart 4 Dor £79, 1 Dor £76, J Convery, Maghera 11 Suff £68, E and P McCormick, Cushendun 1 BF £60, Robert Hunter, Ballygally 2 Tex £60, K Convery, Draperstown 2 Suff £58, Robert Hunter 5 Char £58, K Convery 5 Suff £57.

A seasonal show of cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £470 over for a Char 560kg at £1030 presented by N Smyth, Randalstown. Heifers sold to £440 over for a Char 500kg at £940 offered by Paul Brankin, Aghalee.

Bullocks sold to: JJ Eadie, Dromore Here 490kg £920 (187), Here 470kg £870 (185), N Smyth, Randalstown Char 560kg £1030 (183), Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 460kg £830 (180), JJ Eadie Here 570kg £1025 (179), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Lim 480kg £860 (179), N Smyth, Randalstown Char 600kg £1065 (177), JJ Eadie (2) Here 540kg £955 (176), Sam Barron, Mallusk Lim 530kg £925 (174), JJ Eadie Her 520kg £905 (174), P McWhinney, Portaferry SHB 490kg £850 (173), N Smyth, Randalstown Char 600kg £1040 (173), Jim Allen, Larne Lim 580kg £1000 (172), JJ Eadie Here 470kg £800 (170), Here 530kg £895 (168), P McWhinney, Portaferry SHB 430kg £725 (168), Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 590kg £990 (167), JJ Eadie Here 520kg £870 (167), Here 600kg £1000 (166), Sam Barron, Mallusk Lim 620kg £1030 (166), JJ Eadie Here 580kg £960 (165), Here 590kg £975 (165).

Heifers sold to: N Smyth, Randalstown Char 430kg £840 (195), T Millar, Broughshane Lim 440kg £850 (193), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Char 500kg £940 (188), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 430kg £780 (181), N Smyth, Char 500kg £890 (178), D Thompson Lim 410kg £720 (175), Lim 440kg £770 (175), Paul Brankin Char 480kg £840 (175), Char 520kg £900 (173), D Thompson Lim 460kg £780 (169), Lim 490kg £820 (167), Sam Barron, Mallusk Lim 450kg £750 (167), Lim 480kg £800 (166), D Thompson Lim 470kg £770 (163).

An entry of 1613 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 317p for a pen of 10 Texels 23kg at £73 offered by Ian Campbell, Templepatrick and to a top per head of £76 for a pen of 4 heavy Texels from Robbie Mulligan, Banbridge. Fat ewes to £70.

Fat lambs (1455): Top prices per kg: Ian Campbell, Templepatrick 10 Tex 23kg £73 (317), Tom Gibson, Stewartstown 24 Tex 22.5kg £69 (306), AT Lowry, Loughgiel 4 Tex 22.5kg £68 (302), 9 Tex 22.5kg £68 (302), Hubert Duffin, Antrim 4 Tex 23.5kg £71 (302), John Reid, Aughafatten 18 Tex 22.5kg £67.80 (301), John Heron, Broughshane 10 Tex 23kg £69.20 (300), G Millar, Moneymore 6 CB 23kg £69 (300), Montgomery farms, Broughshane 19 Tex 21.5kg £64.50 (300), 1 Tex 21.5kg £64.50 (300), Brian Lyttle, Moorfields 23 Tex 23kg £69 (300), I Beggs, Whitehead 20 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), J Thompson, Kells 6 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), J McFetridge, Glenarm 4 Dor 22.5kg £67 (297), D Waide, Cloughmills 18 Tex 22.5kg £67 (297), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 8 Suff 21.5kg £64 (297), Lyndon Hull, Aghalee 12 Tex 20.5kg £61 (297), Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 25kg £74 (296), B Gribben, Dunloy 9 Suff 24kg £71 (295), John Thompson, Bushmills 8 Tex 23.5kg £69.50 (295), AM O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin 33 Tex 23kg £68 (295), R Davison, Broughshane 25 Tex 21kg £62 (295), Brian Porter, Cullybackey 10 Tex 19kg £56 (294), AJ Graham, Glenwherry 1 Tex 17kg £50 (294).

Top prices per head: Robert Mulligan, Banbridge 4 Tex 30kg £76, J Alexander, Randalstown 11 Suff 33.5kg £75, David Campbell, Templepatrick 21 Tex 26kg £74, Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 25kg £74, R Wylie, Clough 15 Suff 26kg £74, AJ Graham, Glenwherry 1 Tex 28kg £74, Liam Devlin, Armoy 45 Suff 27.5kg £74, R Campbell, Templepatrick 16 Tex 25.5kg £73.80, A Currie, Ballyclare 15 Tex 25kg £73.50, Ian Campbell, Templepatrick 10 Tex 23kg £73, George Forsythe 24 Tex 27kg £73, C Gribben, Dunloy 7 Suff 25.5kg £73, S Cargill, Ballyclare 30 Suff 25kg £73, D Forsythe, Cloughmills 60 CB 27.5kg £73, S Boyle, Carrick 18 Tex 26kg £73, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare 13 Tex 25kg £73, JD Collins, Islandmagee 11 Tex 27kg £73, PS and AJ Martin 54 Tex 25kg £72.80, C Gribben, Dunloy 15 Suff 25.5kg £72.50, Wm Marshall, Portglenone 5 CB 25.5kg £72.50, Wm Adams, Ballymena 5 Blu 28kg £72, D Topping, Islandmagee 1 Suff 25kg £72, J Gregg, Glarryford 12 Tex 24.5kg £72, TW McBride, Toomebridge 20 Tex 24.5kg £72, David Hamilton, Broughshane 9 Tex 25.5kg £72.

Fat ewes (158)

1st quality

Suff - £50-£70

Tex - £50-£70

CB - £45-£58

BF - £35-£48