Steady for cattle at Ballymena

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An entry of 370 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade.

Beef cows sold to 180p, 570kg at £1026, Fr cows to 118p, 740kg to £873, beef bullocks to 193p, 610kg at £1177, Fr bullocks to 136p, 610kg at £829. Beef heifers to 216p for 590kg at £1274. Leading prices as follows:

Beef cows sold to: Stephen Dunn, Downpatrick Sim 570kg £1026 (180), Sim 480kg £864 (180), Lim 570kg £986 (173), Sim 470kg £794 (169), A and P Hamilton, Ahoghill Lim 450kg £760 (169), A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 550kg £924 (168), GA Henry, Knockloughrim BB 640kg £1075 (168), Stephen Dunn Lim 390kg £647 (166), John Davison, Moorfields Lim 490kg £808 (165), Stephen Dunn Sim 550kg £902 (164), J and S Kane, Doagh Char 780kg £1255 (161), Stephen Dunn, Sim 480kg £768 (160), RJ Graham, Glenariffe Sim 550kg £880 (160), Stephen Dunn Sim 510kg £790 (155), C Magill, Larne 760kg £1162 (153), JF and PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 580kg £887 (153), Stephen Dunn Sim 590kg £896 (152), James McKeagney, Upperlands Blonde 870kg £1322 (152), A and P Hamilton, Ahoghill Lim 440kg £660 (150), HD McKeown, Ballymena AA 470kg £700 (149), Stephen Dunn Sim 550kg £814 (148), GA Henry, Knockloughrim AA 610kg £902 (148), Reps W Warwick, Moorfields Char 670kg £984 (147), John Davison, Moorfields Lim 550kg £808 (147), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 780kg £1146 (147), A Kennedy, Ardglass SH 540kg £788 (146), B McQuillan, Antrim Lim 500kg £730 (146), Stephen Dunn Sim 440kg £638 (145), Sim 600kg £864 (144), Andrew Houston, Lisburn BB 700kg £1008 (144), J Oliver, Limavady Lim 640kg £915 (143), JF and PJ Savage Blonde 640kg £915 (143).

Fr cows sold to: D McNeill, Rathkenny 740kg £873 (118), James Currie, Larne 570kg £666 (117), WG Johnston, Ligoniel 490kg £568 (116), M Smyth, Armoy 560kg £627 (112), Blair Johnston, Broughshane 680kg £754 (111), D McNeill, Glenarm 750kg £817 (109), S Wallace, Ballymena 740kg £791 (107), A and T Knox, Bushmills 510kg £535 (105), James Stirling, Ballymena 620kg £644 (104), P McGowan, Toomebridge 700kg £728 (104), Trevor Smyth, Randalstown 590kg £613 (104), IB and HJ Marsden, Islandmagee 640kg £659 (103), S and P McNaughton, Loughgiel 670kg £670 (100), TW Calderwood, Glarryford 800kg £800 (100), Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey 760kg £744 (98), P McGowan, Toomebridge 720kg £698 (97), James Nelson, Kilwaughter 770kg £746 (97), JA Angus, Greyabbey 540kg £518 (96), Mark McIntyre, Broughshane 690kg £662 (96), P McGowan, Toomebridge 780kg £748 (96), R and J Wylie, Clough 600kg £570 (95), Paul McCullough, Glenavy 670kg £636 (95), P McGowan, Toomebridge 680kg £639 (94), D Parke, Magherafelt 510kg £479 (94).

Beef bullocks sold to: Alan Bowman, Comber AA 610kg £1177 (193), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 650kg £1248 (192), Alan Bowman Lim 630kg £1184 (188), E Logan Lim 620kg £1153 (186), Lim 650kg £1189 (183), Dean McAllister, Armoy Lim 620kg £1128 (182), JM Morrison, Armoy BB 500kg £900 (180), E Logan Lim 730kg £1299 (178), James Matchett, Aghalee BB 710kg £1235 (174), J Marshall, Portglenone AA 670kg £1165 (174), Dean McAllister, Armoy Lim 580kg £1003 (173), Noel Twinen, Lisburn Char 650kg £1118 (172), Alan Bowman Lim 650kg £1092 (168), JK Kelso, Upperlands Lim 630kg £1052 (167), Nigel McCue, Ballymena Lim 640kg £1068 (167), Noel Twinem, BB 670kg £1112 (166).

Friesian bullocks sold to: James Wallace, Dunloy 610kg £829 (136), J and G Hamilton, Broughshane 610kg £799 (131), 600kg £780 (130), 570kg £723 (127), Samuel Kennedy, Doagh 790kg £995 (126), J and G Hamilton 630kg £787 (125).

Beef heifers sold to: TW McBride, Toomebridge Lim 590kg £1274 (216), local farmer Char 590kg £1262 (214), James McKeagney, Upperlands Char 580kg £1171 (202), Oliver McKeown, Ballynahinch Lim 490kg £980 (200), J Collins, Ballymoney Lim 580kg £1113 (192), R Gilliland, Antrim Lim 550kg £1039 (189), JF and PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 620kg £1165 (188), Lim 550kg £1034 (188), W McClenaghan, Limavady Char 480kg £897 (187), JF and PJ Savage Lim 590kg £1097 (186), Lim 560kg £1036 (185), Lim 570kg £1054 (185), J Collins, Ballymoney Char 630kg £1159 (184), Rbt Workman, Kilwaughter Char 560kg £1030 (184), Char 590kg £1085 (184), JF and PJ Savage Lim 670kg £1192 (178).

An entry of 42 dairy cattle resulted in a steady trade. Leading prices: WG Johnston, Ligoniel £1360, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch £1330, George Simpson, Lisburn £1310, R Simpson, Ballymena £1280, Bolton Bros, Maghera £1280, MW Patterson £1200, W Black, Aghadowey £1190, Ardlauragh Farm, Crumlin £1170, Bolton Bros, £1100, S McCormick, Bangor £1100, Veronica Conlon £1060, S McCormick, Bangor £1030, Veronica Conlon £1020, David Wallace, Antrim £1000.

25 sucklers sold to £1390 for a springing heifer offered by N Hamill, Aughafatten. Leading prices as follows: N Hamill, Aughafatten Lim in calf hfr £1390, Lim in calf hfr £1320, DJ McFerran, Dunoy Lim hfr and hfr calf £1320, Kenneth Gawn, Kells Lim hfr and bull calf £1290, Irene Overend, Bellaghy Here hfr and hfr calf £1260, David Colville, Newtownards Li hfr and hfr calf £1120, DJ McFerran Lim in calf hfr £1050, C Forsythe Sim in calf hfr £1050, L and E Armstrong, Derryard Lm hfr and bull calf £950, Robert Carlisle, Templepatrick Lim in calf hfr £930, David Colville, Lim in calf hfr £910, Lim in calf hfr £900, DJ McFerran Sim in calf hfr £900.

284 dropped calves again briskly sold in good trade. £415 was paid for AA bulls, £405 for BB heifers and Sim heifers. Strong Fr bulls sold to £250 and young Fr bulls to £152.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: David Donnan, Donaghadee (2) AA £415, W and R Orr, Ballymena BB £410, Ballybracken farms, Ballynure Here £395, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £385, G Smyth, Ballycastle (2) AA £372, John Gault, Ballyclare Sim £355, B Thompson, Ballygowan Here £350, BB £350, Ballybracken farms Sim £340, Leslie Wilson Sim £340, B Thompson, Ballygowan BB £340, local producer Lim £320, Alastair McBurney, Cloughmills Lim £320, Ballybracken farms Sim £320.

Heifer calves sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh BB £405, Sim £405, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £390, Leslie Wilson, Doagh BB £385, Gareth Bell, Nutts Corner Lim £380, Leslie Wilson Sim £370, Joseph Adams, Ballymena (2) £370, Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim £365, Ganaway farms Here £310, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £310, D McKay, Broughshane Lim £300, WA Woodside, Islandmagee Char £300, John Gault, Ballyclare Sim £300, Ganaway farms SH £295, WA Woodside, Islandmagee Char £290.

Fr bull calves sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh (strong) £250, Ballybracken farms £205, (2) £185, O Kelly, Magherafelt (4) £175, J Laurence (2) £175, Wm Hoey, Ballymena (young) £152, Seamus McMullan, Martinstown (2) £142, H Thompson, Randalstown (2) £140, Ballybracken farms £120.

An entry of 400 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £525 over for a Char 280kg at £805 offered by W and M Orr, Ballycastle. Heifers sold to £515 over for a Lim 360kg at £875 offered by J Beggs, Whitehead.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

A and J McCann, Cargan Lim 240kg £720 (300), W Rainey, Crumlin Lim 250kg £685 (274), B Gingles, Larne Char 210kg £550 (261), A Smyth, Moorfields Char 230kg £555 (241), WD Marshall, Clough Lim 220kg £510 (231), B Gingles, BB 220kg £470 (213), A and D McAfee Char 220kg £470 (213), Wm McIlroy, Magheramourne Lim 150kg £315 (210).

251-300kgs

W and M Orr, Ballycastle Char 280kg £805 (287), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 280kg £745 (266), SJ Duncan, Crumlin (3) Char 280kg £740 (264), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 270kg £705 (261), Lim 290kg £755 (260), AV Magill, Carnlough Lim 290kg £735 (253).

301-350kgs

W and M Orr, Ballycastle (2) Char 310kg £830 (267), R Henry, Kilwaughter Char 320kg £840 (262), Char 310kg £810 (261), AV Magill, Carnlough Lim 310kg £790 (254), W and M Orr Char 350kg £880 (251), Wm Hume, Randalstown Lim 310kg £775 (250), M McAuley, Martinstown Lim 320kg £800 (250).

351kg and over

D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 370kg £890 (240), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 360kg £860 (238), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 360kg £840 (233), TA and P Paul, Dunloy Lim 380kg £880 (231), P McNamee, Pomeroy Char 390kg £895 (229), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 390kg £890 (228), local farmer Char 380kg £860 (226), R McCullough, Milebush Lim 360kg £805 (223), D Thompson Lim 370kg £825 (223).

Heifers 0-250kg

EC Smylie, Nutts Corner Sim 230kg £575 (250), W McVey, Carnlough Char 250kg £590 (236), A and J McCann, Cargan Lim 250kg £570 (228), SJ Duncan, Crumlin Char 240kg £540 (225), Robert McKay, Carnlough BB 210kg £470 (223), A Smyth, Moorfields Here 240kg £535 (222), local farmer (2) Lim 250kg £550 (220).

251-300kgs

A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 280kg £695 (248), local farmer Lim 300kg £720 (240), A and J McCann, Cargan (2) Lim 260kg £620 (238), Neil Cole, Killyleagh Lim 270kg £635 (235), Wm McVey, Carnlough Char 280kg £655 (233), local farmer Lim 280kg £650 (232), EC Smylie, Nutts Corner Sim 260kg £600 (230).

301-350kgs

A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 320kg £760 (237), Wm Hume, Randalstown Lim 320kg £750 (234), A Magill, Carnlough Char 310kg £720 (232), Gareth Bell, Nutts Corner (2) Lim 320kg £740 (231), Drumahilla farms, Newtownards Lim 330kg £755 (228), Blonde 320kg £725 (226), C Patterson, Antrim Lim 330kg £745 (225), TA and P Paul, Dunloy Char 350kg £790 (225).

351kgs and over

John Beggs Whitehead Lim 360kg £875 (243), Robert McKay, Carnlough Lim 410kg £920 (224), Edward Kelly, Randalstown Lim 360kg £805 (223), W McVey, Carnlough Char 360kg £780 (216), Bernard McKay, Cushendun Char 380kg £795 (209), Char 360kg £745 (206), C Patterson, Antrim Lim 380kg £785 (206), K Minford, Crumlin BB 370kg £760 (205), WJ McClintock, Broughshane AA 390kg £800 (205).

A good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a sharp trade. Ewes and lambs sold to £192, springers to £138, foster ewes to £145, store lambs to £60, pets to £30. Leading prices as follows:-

Ewes and lambs sold to: W Mitchell, Kells 2 Suff ewes and 4 lambs £192, Andrew Adams, Ballymena 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £169, Joseph Gregg, Glarryford 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £164, 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £161, W Mitchell, Kells 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £160, Andrew Adams, Ballymena 1 CB ewe and 2 lambs £160, John Houston, Broughshane 3 Suff ewe and 6 lambs £156, local farmer 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £152, N McClure, Ballymoney 1 CB ewe and 2 lambs £150, W Mitchell, Kells 1 Suff ewe and 1 lamb £148, John Houston, 2 Tex ewe and 3 lambs £144, Declan McKillop, Loughgiel 2 Suff ewes and 2 lambs £143, Joseph Gregg, Glarryford 1 Tex ewe and 1 lamb £142, N McClure, Ballymoney 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £138, A Smyth, Moorfields 2 Suff ewes and 4 lambs £138, Andrew Adams, Ballymena 1 Suff ewe and 1 lamb £130, A Smyth, Moorfields 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £130, Declan McKillop, Loughgiel 4 Tex ewes and 4 lambs £126, 3 Tex ewes and 3 lambs £126, B Cannon, Antrim 4 Suff ewes and 4 lambs £126, W Mitchell, Kells 1 Tex ewes and 1 lamb £122, W McKee, Larne 3 Tex ewes and 3 lambs £122, A Smyth, Moorfields 2 Tex ewes and 2 lambs £122.

Breeders sold to: S Davison, Broughshane 12 CB in lamb ewes £138, 11 CB in lamb ewes £130, 2 CB in lamb ewes £130, J and McBride, Aughafatten 10 CB in lamb ewes £128, S Davison 11 CB in lamb ewes £118, B Laverty, Armoy 12 CB in lamb ewes £112, Pat Devine, Feeney 11 CB in lamb ewes £110, B Laverty, Armoy 10 CB in lamb ewes £110, 1 CB in lamb ewes £110, M Doherty, Coleraine 2 Suff in lamb ewes £110, 2 CB in lamb ewes £110, local farmer 10 Tex in lamb ewes £108, 11 Tex in lamb ewes £108, M Doherty, Coleraine 11 Tex in lamb ewes £107, 10 Tex in lamb ewes £106, local farmer 10 Tex in lamb ewes £106, Pat Devine, Feeney 12 CB in lamb ewes £105, 12 CB in lamb ewes £105.

An entry of 100 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £530 over for a Lim 530kg at £1060 presented by J Murtland, Antrim. Heifers sold to £550 over for a Lim 630kg at £1180 offered by M Johnston, Toome.

Bullocks sold to: James Murtland, Antrim Lim 530kg £1060 (200), C Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 450kg £900 (200), J and M Millar, Rasharkin Lim 440kg £860 (195), J McQuiston, Ballymoney Lim 460kg £890 (193), Lim 450kg £870 (193), M Johnston, Toomebridge Lim 560kg £1080 (192), C Kerr Lim 550kg £1060 (192), WJ and RJ Cuthbert, Ballycarry Blonde 560kg £1070 (191), George Kerr, Ahoghill Lim 450kg £850 (188), David Parsons, Brookeborough Char 530kg £1000 (188), Lim 520kg £970 (186), Char 570kg £1060 (186), George Kerr, Ahoghill Lim 390kg £725 (185), S Petticrew, Martinstown Lim 480kg £885 (184), S Wallace, Tobermore Lim 560kg £1020 (182), M Johnston, Toomebridge BB 590kg £1070 (181), S Donnelly, Ballintoy Char 520kg £940 (180), WJ and RJ Cuthbert, Ballycarry Blonde 620kg £1120 (180), M Johnston Blonde 610kg £1100 (180), WJ and RJ Cuthbert Blonde 550kg £990 (180), S Wallace, Tobermore Lim 640kg £1150 (179), David Parsons Char 470kg £840 (178), George Kerr, Ahoghill BB 550kg £975 (177), S Wallace Lim 540kg £955 (176), J McQuiston, Ballymoney Char 490kg £865 (176).

Heifers sold to: ITJ Alexander, Templepatrick Char 470kg £915 (194), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 450kg £870 (193), James Murtland, Antrim Lim 450kg £860 (191), S Donnelly, Ballintoy Char 440kg £840 (190), C Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 480kg £910 (189), M Johnston, Toomebridge Lim 630kg £1180 (187), James Murtland, Antrim Lim 540kg £1000 (185), M Johnston, Toomebridge BB 540kg £1000 (185), C Kerr Lim 530kg £970 (183), ITJ Alexander Blonde 460kg £840 (182), Brian Calwell, Clough BB 420kg £730 (173), James Murtland Lim 510kg £880 (172), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 420kg £720 (171), ITJ Alexander Char 550kg £940 (170), VN Fleck, Broughshane Lim 540kg £920 (170), (2) Lim 530kg £900 (169), ITJ Alexander Char 470kg £790 (168), Brian Calwell, Clough AA 450kg £750 (166), ITJ Alexander Char 510kg £845 (165), Brian Calwell BB 430kg £710 (165), James Murtland, Antrim Lim 570kg £940 (164), Brian Calwell (2) BB 490kg £890 (161).

An entry of 1631 sheep in Ballymena resulted in another steady trade. Fat hoggets sold to 446p for a pen of 6 Texels 21.5kg at £96 offered by S Taggart, Bushmills and to a top per head of £100 for 5 Texels 26kg presented by G Martin, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £90.

Fat hoggets (1300)

Top prices per kg: S Taggart, Bushmills 6 Tex 21.5kg £96 (446), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 10 Tex 22.5kg £98 (435), Mrs R Dunlop, Portglenone 1 Tex 23kg £94 (408), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 4 Tex 23kg £93.20 (405), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 8 Tex 23kg £93.20 (405), H Patterson, Carrick 3 Tex 23kg £92 (400), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 30 Suff 22kg £88 (400), JC O’Boyle, Randalstown 6 Tex 23.5kg £93 (395), SD Anderson 11 Tex 23kg £90 (391), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 8 Tex 23kg £90 (391), Desmond Gregg, Clough 6 Dor 22.5kg £87 (386), W Holland, Doagh 2 Char 21kg £81 (385), Graeme Martin, Broughshane 5 Tex 26kg £100 (384), John Thompson, Bushmills 4 Tex 22.5kg £86.50 (384), L McAuley, Glenarm 79 CB 24kg £92.20 (384), 1 Tex 24kg £92.20 (384), F Connon, Ballymena 52 Tex 23kg £88 (382), J Mills, Kilwaughter 3 CB 23kg £88 (382), M Moffett, Broughshane 18 Char 21kg £80 (381), T Montgomery, Kells 3 Dor 21kg £80 (381), J Murray, Aghalee 9 Tex 23kg £87 (378), Darren McKinty, Ballyclare 7 Suff 18kg £68 (377), James Newell, Ballymoney 17 Tex 23kg £86.80 (377), J Gray, Doagh 18 Tex 23kg £86.50 (376), Colin Woodside, Carrick 2 Tex 24.5kg £92 (375).

Top prices per head: Graeme Martin, Broughshane 5 Tex 26kg £100, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 10 Tex 22.5kg £98, B McKinley, Armoy 12 Tex 28.5kg £96, S Taggart, Bushmills 6 Tex 21.5kg £96, Desmond Gregg, Clough 8 Dor 29kg £96, Colin Woodside, Carrick 2 Tex 29kg £96, R Brown, Ballymena 15 CB 30kg £96, WJ Cubitt, Rasharkin 1 Tex 37kg £96, 1 Tex 38kg £96, M Doherty, Coleraine 19 Tex 30kg £96, D Borland, Bushmills 24 Suff 25.5kg £95.20, T McNabney, Broughshane 5 Tex 25.5kg £95, H Crawford, Carnalbana 2 BF 33kg £94.50, Martin McKillop, Loughgiel 8 Dor 29kg £94, Mrs R Dunlop, Portglenone 1 Tex 23kg £94, Carrigeen farms, Templepatrick 7 Tex 25.5kg £93.50, SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 8 Tex 23kg £93.20, Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 4 Tex 23kg £93.20, R McAuley, Ballyclare 4 Tex 27kg £93, RK Currie, Ballymena 4 Dor 25kg £93, JC O’Boyle, Randalstown 6 Tex 23.5kg £93, A and E Wylie, Martinstown 10 Suff 26kg £93, WR Semple, Magheramourne 17 Tex 30.5kg £93, L McAuley, Glenarm 79 CB 24kg £92.20, 1 Tex 24kg £92.20.

Fat ewes (332)

1st Quality

Suff - £70-£90

Tex - £70-£90

CB - £50-70

BF - £35-£55