Steady trade for cattle at Ballymena

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An entry of 290 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a steady trade. Beef cows sold to 156p for a Blue 670kg at £1045, Fr cows sold to 106p for 710kg at £752, beef bullocks to 199p for a Char 630kg at £1253, beef heifers to 210p for Blue 520kg at £1092 and Fr bullocks 150p for 560kg at £840.

Fat cows sold to: Brian Millar, Ringsend BB 670kg £1045 (156), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 660kg £976 (148), Lim 620kg £899 (145), B Bailey, Ballycastle Lim 610kg £878 (144), DJ and R White, Broughshane Char 790kg £1113 (141), Kenneth McCready, Dromore Lim 690kg £966 (140), Denis McHenry, Ballycastle BB 690kg £917 (139), O’Kane farm, Dunloy Char 820kg £1131 (138), John Beggs Lim 700kg £959 (137), S Morrison, Liscolman Sim 500kg £685 (137), B Buchanan, Hillsborough Char 820kg £1115 (136), Char 860kg £1152 (134), local producer Sim 610kg £811 (133), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Lim 590kg £778 (132), C Gordon, Kilrea Lim 640kg £838 (131), J Knox, Broughshane Lim 630kg £819 (130), H Nicholl, Randalstown Lim 570kg £735 (129), Lim 650kg £832 (128), John Beggs, Whitehead (2) Lim 650kg £832 (128), Sal 700kg £889 (127), John E O’Kane, Cushendall Lim 610kg £774 (127), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter BB 770kg £977 (127), S Morrison, Liscolman Sim 680kg £856 (126).

Fr cows sold to: W Hamilton, Broughshane 710kg £752 (106), Sam Kennedy, Doagh 780kg £772 (99), D and A Erwin, Ballymena 670kg £656 (98), Sam Kennedy 870kg £843 (97), Andrew Abraham, Antrim 680kg £659 (97), H and D Geddis, Moira 570kg £547 (96), 670kg £643 (96), Ian Millar, Ballymena 660kg £633 (96), W Hamilton, Broughshane 620kg £589 (95), Hand D Geddis, Lurgan 670kg £636 (95), I Stewart, Bushmills 700kg £665 (95), CFG and JC Adams, Dungonnell 750kg £712 (95), D and M Knowles, Cullybackey 670kg £636 (95), H and D Geddis, Lurgan 680kg £639 (94), D Maybin, Broughshane 580kg £539 (93), D and M Knowles (2) 630kg £585 (93), H and D Geddis 670kg £609 (91), D Morrison, Armoy 680kg £605 (89), H and D Geddis 560kg £487 (87), 600kg £516 (86), Andrew Abraham, Antrim 680kg £584 (86), R McCormick, Armoy 660kg £561 (85), H and D Geddis 710kg £603 (85).

Beef heifers sold to: R and W Fleck, Broughshane BB 520kg £1092 (210), Char 530kg £1086 (205), 550kg £984 (179), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 510kg £892 (175), Robin Kennedy, Dundrod BB 540kg £923 (171), James Murphy, Toomebridge Char 560kg £935 (167), Armoy producer Lim 580kg £951 (164), R and W Fleck Char 570kg £912 (160), WT Patterson, Limavady 460kg £690 (150).

Beef bullocks sold to: John Lavery, Portadown Char 630kg £1253 (199), Char 640kg £1241 (194), Char 680kg £1278 (188), Char 600kg £1116 (186), Armoy producer Char 670kg £1232 (184), Miss E Stevenson, Crumlin 680kg £1237 (182), Lim 750kg £1365 (182), Lim 740kg £1339 (181), Sim 710kg £1263 (178), Lim 650kg £1157 (178), Dean McAllister, Armoy Char 610kg £1079 (177), Char 640kg £1132 (177), Miss E Stevenson Char 770kg £1347 (175), BB 670kg £1152 (172), Lim 670kg £1152 (172), R Boyle, Larne Char 720kg £1231 (171), P Graffin, Portglenone Char 730kg £1241 (170), Miss E Stevenson Sal 740kg £1250 (169), Lim 800kg £1344 (168), Dean McAllister, Armoy Par 700kg £1169 (167), R Gilliland, Antrim Sim 690kg £1145 (166), Sim 640kg £1062 (166), R Boyle, Larne Char 650kg £1079 (166), Char 720kg £1195 (166).

Fr bullocks sold to: Ian Millar, Ballymena 560kg £840 (150), 570kg £826 (145), 530kg £715 (135), Sam McNabney, Clough 670kg £857 (128), 660kg £844 (128), 640kg £819 (128), R and T Skelton, Ballymoney 570kg £718 (126), Sam McNabney 510kg £612 (120), 490kg £588 (120).

27 dairy cows and heifers continued to sell well. Wm Black, Aghadowey sold a calved heifer for £1650, while James Nelson, Kilwaughter received £1400 for a second calver. Ruling prices: W Black, calved hfr £1650, James Nelson, Kilwaughter calved cow £1400, H and B Craig, Gracehill calved hfr £1380, S Lyons, Coleraine calved hfr £1360, calved hfr £1350, Booth Bros, Stewartstown calved hfr £1310, G and S Caskie, Limavady calved hfr £1290, Blair Jamison, Broughshane calved cow £1260, calved cow £1260, Booth Bros, Stewartstown calved hfr £1250, Beattie Lilburn, Dromore calved hfr £1200, local farmer calved hfr £1180, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch calved hfr £1150, Droghal farm, Aghalee calved cow £1140, RH and HA Shanks, Dunadry calved hfr £1120, Droghal farms calved cow £1110, G and S Caskie, Limavady calved hfr £1080, local farmer calved cow £1070, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1030, RR Cupples, Rathkenny calved hfr £1020, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch calved hfr £1000, WT Bristown, Portglenone calved hfr £1000, RH and HA Shanks, Dunadry calved hfr £1000.

A small entry of suckler stock sold well to £1660 for a Lim heifer with bull calf at foot. Ruling prices: Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr and bull calf £1660, John Davidson, Moorfields Lim cow and bull calf £1200, Patrick Logan, Lim cow and bull calf £1200, W Craig, Larne Sim cow and hfr calf £1200.

A slightly improved trade for 200 dropped calves saw a young Lim bull selling at £470, young Bel Blue heifer calves sold to £375 each, heifer bull calves sold to £175 each with young Fr bulls sold to £85 each.

Highest prices for beef bred bull calves were: D McKay, Broughshane Lim £470, Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Sim £460, J McCurdy, Bushmills Lim £395, Lim £365, Brian Mawhinney Char £355, John Gault, Ballyclare BB £350, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner (2) £340, R and C Steede, Cullybackey Lim £335, G Patton, Stranocum (2) AA £335, AA £330, Gareth Hayes Lim £325, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £320, R and C Steede, Cullybackey Lim £320, Wm Hamill, Aughafatten Lim £320.

Heifer calves sold to: B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £375, P Connolly, Armoy BB £365, B Alexander, Ahoghill (2) BB £335, Brian Mawhinney Char £300, John Beggs, Whitehead Lim £300, B Alexander BB £300, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £280, Brian Mawhinney BB £280, J McCurdy, Bushmills Lim £275, R and C Steede, Cullybackey Lim £275, J McCurdy Lim £270, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £270, G Patton, Stranocum AA £270, Brian Mawhinney, Doagh BB £265, T Johnston, Glenavy Lim £265.

Fr bull calves sold to: A Minnis, Comber (strong) £175, GN McMullan, Carnlough £160, £160, A Minnis, Comber (3) £145, J Ferguson, Straid (2) £140, Ryan Gordon, Broughshane £140, GN McMullan, Carnlough £140, P Connolly, Armoy £135, J Ferguson, Straid (3) £135, (2) £125, S Armstrong, Ballymena £85.

Another good entry of 270 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade. Bullocks sold to £520 over for a BAQ 430kg at £950 offered by David Arrell, Bellaghy. Heifers sold to £660 over for a BAQ 550kg at £1210 presented by the same seller.

Heifers 0-250kgs: Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Char 250kg £605 (242), P Devlin, Toome Lim 200kg £470 (235), local farmer Char 240kg £560 (233), P Devlin Lim 210kg £480 (228), local farmer Char 230kg £500 (217), P Devlin Lim 240kg £520 (216), Lim 250kg £540 (216), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 220kg £460 (209), Wm Millar, Antrim Lim 230kg £480 (208), Gareth Hayes Blonde 250kg £510 (204), local farmer Char 250kg £510 (204), P Devlin Sim 250kg £510 (204).

251-200kgs: David White, Broughshane Lim 300kg £780 (260), James Wilson, Antrim Char 270kg £670 (248), R Crawford, Raloo Lim 290kg £700 (241), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Char 290kg £690 (237), R Crawford (2 Lim 290kg £680 (234), Lim 300kg £700 (233), James Wilson (2) Char 280kg £650 (232), R Dawson, Stoneyford Lim 270kg £615 (227), FD and N Mairs, Lisburn Char 300kg £675 (225), David White, Broughshane Lim 300kg £670 (223), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Blonde 280kg £625 (223), P Devlin, Toome Lim 270kg £600 (222), A Minnis, Comber Lim 300kg £660 (220), Gareth Hayes Lim 280kg £610 (217).

301-350kgs: David White, Broughshane Lim 320kg £770 (240), A Minnis, Comber Lim 350kg £810 (231), David White Lim 350kg £770 (220), J Wilson, Antrim Char 350kg £745 (212), Lim 340kg £720 (211), David White Lim 350kg £735 (210), James Wilson Blonde 350kg £730 (208), Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Lim 350kg £730 (208), A Minnis, Comber Lim 350kg £725 (207), James Wilson Char 320kg £650 (203), P Devlin, Toome Char 320kg £650 (203), James Wilson Lim 320kg £650 (203), Lim 320kg £630 (196), Robert Carlisle Lim 310kg £610 (196), James Wilson Char 310kg £610 (196), David Mairs, Lisburn Char 340kg £665 (195).

351kg and over: David White, Broughshane Lim 360kg £830 (230), David Arrell, Bellaghy Blonde 410kg £915 (223), BB 460kg £1025 (222), Blonde 550kg £1210 (220), A Minnis, Comber Lim 360kg £780 (216), Lim 360kg £775 (215), David Arrell Blonde 450kg £965 (214), Blonde 470kg £990 (210), A Minnis Lim 360kg £750 (208), David Arrell Blonde 480kg £985 (205), Blonde 580kg £1165 (200), A Minnis Lim 430kg £860 (200), David Arrell Blonde 430kg £850 (197), A Minnis Lim 370kg £730 (197), local farmer Sim 360kg £700 (194), David Arrell Blonde 480kg £925 (192).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: P Devlin, Toome Char 250kg £690 (276), A Minnis, Comber Lim 250kg £680 (272), P Devlin Lim 240kg £550 (229), local farmer Lim 230kg £525 (228), Lim 190kg £425 (223), RF Dawson, Stoneyford Lim 250kg £555 (222), local farmer Lim 240kg £530 (220), E Cunningham, Hillsborough Here 240kg £515 (214), local farmer Lim 230kg £490 (213), W Millar, Antrim Lim 240kg £495 (206), local farmer Here 220kg £450 (204), Lim 250kg £510 (204), Lim 200kg £400 (200), AA 250kg £475 (190), GN McMullan, Carnlough Sim 190kg £360 (189), local farmer AA 230kg £425 (184).

251-300kgs: FD and N Mairs, Lisburn Char 290kg £780 (269), Wm Hamilton, Crumlin Char 300kg £800 (266), Char 290kg £765 (263), P Devlin, Toome Lim 270kg £680 (251), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Blonde 260kg £640 (246), B Watson, Co down Char 280kg £680 (242), P Devlin, Toome Sim 280kg £675 (241), Lim 300kg £720 (240), Here 280kg £670 (239), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Blonde 290kg £690 (237), H O’Mullan, Ballymena Char 300kg £695 (231), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 290kg £670 (231), Gareth Hayes Lim 290kg £650 (224), B Watson, Kircubbin Char 290kg £630 (217), P Devlin, Toome Here 260kg £560 (215), N and J McKee, Cairncastle Lim 270kg £580 (214).

301-350kgs: FD and N Mairs, Lisburn Char 330kg £825 (250), P Devlin, Toome Lim 310kg £770 (248), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 330kg £810 (245), FD and N Mairs, Lisburn Lim 330kg £800 (242), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim 340kg £800 (235), David White, Broughshane Lim 320kg £750 (234), local farmer Lim 330kg £770 (233), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Blonde 320kg £740 (231), P Devlin, Toome Lim 340kg £770 (226), David White, Broughshane Lim 330kg £740 (224), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Blonde 330kg £730 (221), H O’Mullan, Ballymena Char 310kg £685 (221), FD and N Mairs, Lisburn BB 340kg £750 (220), local farmer Lim 330kg £720 (218), A Minnis, Comber Lim 340kg £720 (211), David White, Broughshane Lim 330kg £690 (209).

351kg and over: A Minnis, Comber Lim 370kg £840 (227), David White, Broughshane Lim 360kg £815 (226), David Mairs, Magheragall Char 390kg £880 (225), David Arrell, Bellaghy Blonde 430kg £950 (220), A Minnis, Comber Lim 370kg £800 (216), Lim 360kg £770 (213), W Hamilton, Comber Char 360kg £770 (213), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 380kg £810 (213), A Minnis Lim 380kg £805 (211), Lim 440kg £920 (209), Lim 410kg £855 (208), Lim 390kg £810 (207), Lim 410kg £850 (207), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 400kg £820 (205), A Minnis Lim 430kg £865 (201), H Esler, Islandmagee Lim 410kg £820 (200).

A amaller entry of aheep in Ballymena resulted in a Steady Trade. Store Lambs sold to £67.50, Ewe Lambs sold to £68, Leading Prices as follows: Store lambs: D McAuley, Ballyclare, 1 Tex £67.50, D Saunderson, Glenwherry, 4 Tex £62, J Coleman, Glarryford, 14 Tex £61, W Hamilton, Doagh, 45 BF £58.50, C Gribben, Dunloy, 30 Tex £57, R hunter, Broughshane, 20 CB £56, D McDonnell, Glenariffe, 3 Suff £56, D McAuley, 5 Suff £54, W Mitchell, Kells, 5 Tex £48, J Coleman, 11 Tex £48, J Kearney, Glenravel, 4 Tex £47, B Gaston, Ballymena, 9 Tex £47, W Currie, Randalstown, 34 Tex £47, W Mills, Glenarm, 10 CV £46.

Ewe lambs: R McKay, Carnlough, 14 CB £68, 14 CB £68, A Wilson, Armoy, 7 Tex £66, G Black, Ballymoney, 6 Tex £60.

A smaller entry of store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a sheep trade. Bullocks sold to £540 over for a Charolais 560kg £1100 offered by A Heron, Broughshane. Leading Prices as follows: A Heron, Broughshane, Char 560kg £1100 (196), W Hyde, Glenavey, Char 550kg £1030 (187), W Hyde, Glenavy, Char 540kg £995 (184), L Best, Lisburn, Lim 420kg £765 (182), W Hyde, Char 560kg £1020 (182), Char 590kg £1020 (172), Char 590kg £970 (164), Lim 560kg £920 (164), L Best, Her 510kg £835 (163), N Wilson, Ballymena, BB 500kg £810 (162).

A good entry of 2382 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to a top per head of £79 and 343p for a pen of 12 Texels 23kg from J Boyle, Ballyclare/. Fat ewes sold to £80.

Fat lambs (2210): (Top quality per kg) J Boyle, Ballyclare, 12 Tex 23kg £79 (343), V Hamilton, Cushendun, 1 Tex 19kg £64 (336), D Strange, Ballyclare, 3 Tex 24kg £78 (325), K Woodside, Islandmagee, 10 Tex 22kg £71.50 (325), G Martin, Broughshane, 7 Tex 23.5kg £76 (323), R Hunter, Broughshane, 6 Tex 23kg £74 (321), R Semple, Ballyclare, 1 Tex 19kg £61 (321), J Magee, Glenarm, 6 Tex 23kg £73 (317), M Patton, Ballymoney, 1 DOr 21kg £66.50 (316), J Farlow, Coleraine, 13 Tex 24.5kg £76.50 (312), J McFall, Broughshane, 6 Tex 21 £65.50 (319), P Anderson, Templepatrick, 4 Tex 22.5kg £70 (311), L Hamilton, Cushendun, 1 Tex 20kg £62 (310), H McCracken, Ballywalter, 21 Tex 20kg £62 (310), J Steede, Ballymena, 4 Tex 23.5kg £72.50 (305), D Hanna, Ballymoney, 11 Tex 22kg £67 (304), A Armstrong, Broughshane, 3 Tex 22kg £67 (304), B Lyttle, Moorfields, 24 Tex 73 (304), R McCormick, Armoy, 23 Tex 24kg £73 (304).

Top price per head: J Boyle, Ballyclare, 12 Tex 23kg £79, D Strange, Ballyclare, 3 Tex 24kg £78, J Jackson, Ballynure, 4 Dor 27.5kg £78, S McGowan, Ballymoney, 26 Tex 26.5kg £77.50, W Marshall, Portglenone, 1 Char 31kg £77, K McAuley, Broughshane, 51 Suff 26kg £76.80, J Farlow, Coleraine, 13 Tex 24.5kg £76.50, Bonnar Farms, Glenwherry, 1 Tex 28kg £76, G Martin, Broughshane, 7 Tex 23.5kg £76, J Gilliland, Muckamore, 7 Suff 29.5kg £76, H McCracken, Ballywalter, 5 Tex 28.5kg £76, S McNaughton, Loughgiel, 31 Tex 26.5kg £75.50, L Calderwood, Rasharkin, 9 Tex 30kg £75, A Creith, Ballymoney, 18 Tex 25.5kg £75, G Francy, Ballymena, 5 Tex 26kg £75, S Hunter, Bushmills, 27 Char 30kg £75, A Steele, Ballyclare, 7 Tex 27.5kg £74.80, L Devlin, Armoy, 40 Tex 26.5kg £74.50.

Fat ewes (172): First quality, Suff - £60 - £78, Tex - £60 - £80, CB - £50 - £62, BF - £35 - £50.