Steady trade for cattle at Ballymena

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An entry of 260 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a good steady trade.

Beef cows sold to 190p for a Lim 780kg at £1482, Fr cows to 105p, 710kg at £745, beef heifers to 208p, 580kg at £1206, beef bullocks to 183p for 620kg at £1134 and Fr bullocks to 147p for 720kg at £1058. Leading prices as follows:

Beef cows sold to: Bernard McKenna, Bellaghy Lim 780kg £1482 (190), JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 790kg £1343 (170), C Hamilton, Carnlough St 580kg £980 (169), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Lim 650kg £1027 (158), C Hamilton Lim 650kg £1007 (155), Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills Char 780kg £1170 (150), Owen Miskelly Lim 770kg £1139 (148), Hugh McCambridge, Carnlough Lim 620kg £917 (148), JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 780kg £1146 (147), Antrim Estates, Glenarm SHB 800kg £1160 (145), Hugh McCambridge Blonde 660kg £950 (144), Victor Chestnutt, Char 740kg £1065 (144), Owen Miskelly Lim 650kg £910 (140), A McIlveen, Kells Sim 760kg £1048 (138), Kenneth Bell, Broughshane Lim 710kg £972 (137), JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 710kg £965 (136), A Murray, Cushendall BB 590kg £802 (136), J Knox, Broughshane Char 840kg £1142 (136), J McHenry, Mosside Char 730kg £978 (134), Wilbert Reid, Aughafatten Lim 730kg £978 (134), J McHenry Lim 640kg £844 (132), J Knox Lim 840kg £1108 (132), Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills Char 740kg £976 (132).

Fr cows sold to: Joe Maybin, Kells 710kg £745 (105), S Wilson, Ballymena 690kg £717 (104), James Chestnutt, Portrush 650kg £663 (102), S Wilson 740kg £754 (102), Joseph Adams, Ballymena 720kg £727 (101), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 730kg £737 (101), Joe Maybin, Kells 650kg £643 (99), Brian McConnell, Doagh 630kg £617 (98), T and J Mackey, Ballynure 660kg £646 (98), H Park, Crumlin 640kg £620 (97), WL Mackey, Muckamore 750kg £727 (97), 710kg £688 (97), S Wilson, Ballymena 790kg £766 (97), C Moody, Bushmills 710kg £688 (97), Colin Lyle, Larne 690kg £669 (97), R Millar, Broughshane 650kg £624 (96), R and T Skelton, Ballymoney 690kg £662 (96), A and E Cochrane, Bushmills 730kg £700 (96), Colin Lyle, Larne 700kg £672 (96), SH Adams, Cloughmills 640kg £608 (95), 670kg £636 (95), James Chestnutt, Portrush 580kg £551 (95), WL Mackey, Muckamore 590kg £560 (95).

Beef heifers sold to: JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 580kg £1206 (208), JL McKinney, Maghera Lim 530kg £1097 (207), JC Martin Lim 580kg £1194 (206), J Collins, Ballymoney Lim 550kg £1072 (195), JC Martin Lim 540kg £1042 (193), J Collins Lim 560kg £1080 (193), JC Martin Lim 560kg £1075 (192), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 540kg £1036 (192), J Collins Lim 550kg £1023 (186), WH Harkness, Crumlin Lim 600kg £1080 (180), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner BB 590kg £1056 (179), Hugh McCambridge, Carnlough Char 630kg £1127 (179), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 560kg £991 (177), Lim 540kg £955 (177), W Livingstone, Ballymena Sim 440kg £774 (176), J Collins Lim 590kg £1026 (174), WH Harkness Lim 530kg £922 (174), W Livingstone Lim 470kg £808 (172), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 540kg £923 (171), JC Martin BB 690kg £1173 (170).

Beef bullocks sold to: GA Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 620kg £1134 (183), Andrew Craig, Coleraine AA 770kg £1401 (182), GA Hamilton, Randalstown Sim 580kg £1044 (180), Andrew Craig AA 780kg £1388 (178), A McIlveen, Kells Lim 570kg £1014 (178), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 660kg £1174 (178), Andrew Craig, Coleraine AA 830kg £1460 (176), J Stewart, Templepatrick Lim 640kg £1120 (175), Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills Char 790kg £1382 (175), J Marshall, Portglenone SH 690kg £1207 (175), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 650kg £1131 (174), Andrew Craig, Coleraine AA 840kg £1453 (173), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 680kg £1169 (172), Thomas Strange, Straid St 670kg £1145 (171), St 720kg £1216 (169), GA Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 620kg £1041 (168).

Fr bullocks sold to: R and J Wylie, Clough 720kg £1058 (147), E Ferguson, Magherafelt 740kg £1073 (145), R and J Wylie 760kg £1094 (144), E Ferguson 700kg £945 (135), 670kg £897 (134).

32 dairy cows and heifers sold readily to £1470 for a calved heifer from SH Adams, Cloughmills. Ruling prices: SH Adams, Cloughmills calved hfr £1470, calved hfr £1420, WJ Kerr, Cloughmills calved cow £1380, J Prentice, Saintfield calved hfr £1370, SH Adams, Cloughmills calved hfr £1300, calved hfr £1280, WT Bristow, Portglenone calved hfr £1270, Drogal farm, Aghalee calved hfr £1250, calved hfr £1230, local farmer calved cow £1220, SH Adams calved hfr £1210, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved cow £1200, WJ McBride, Magherafelt (2) calved hfr £1180, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved cow £1160, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved cow £1100, David Wallace, Antrim calved hfr £1080, WT Bristow, Portglenone calved hfr £1060, RJ McDowell, Gleno calved hfr £1060, David Wallace, Antrim calved hfr £1030, J Clements, Ballyronan calved hfr £1020.

Mostly in calf stock on offer in the suckler ring selling to £1380 for a BB cow in calf to Limousin. Ruling prices: D Bell, Randalstown BB cow £1380, AA hfr £1300, D Bailie, Randalstown Lim hfr £1300, D Bell Here £1280, Lim cow £1250, Here hfr £1200, Lim hfr £1200, Here hfr £1180, Derek Taggart, Randalstown Lim £1180, D Bell AA cow £1160, Lim £1120, Sim cow £1100, Here hfr £1060, D Allen, Moneymore Lim hfr and bull calf £1060, D Bell AA hfr £1020, Sim cow £1000.

210 dropped calves sold in another good steady trade with £420 paid for a Lim bull. £340 for a BB heifer, strong Fr bull cavles realized £140 and young Fr bulls sold to £72 each.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: Robert McCluggage, Larne Lim £420, WA Woodside, Islandmagee Char £370, FG and T Mullan, Broughshane BB £360, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £350, D Mallon, Toomebridge AA £325, G Patton, Stranocum AA £320, AA £295, Ganaway farms, Millisle Here £290, AA £285, Here £275, SH £275, J Drummond, Bangor Here £270, O Mullan, Magherafelt Lim £265, M Gribben, Desertmartin (2) AA £250, Ganaway farms SH £250.

Heifer calves sold to: J Drummond, Bangor BB £340, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £330, N Allen, Shanksbridge (3) £320, WA Woodside, Islandmagee BB £315, H Park, Crumlin, N Allen Fr £290, D Mallon, Toomebridge AA £290.

Fr bull calves sold to: Stephen Bell, Dundrod (strong) £140, Bolton Bros, Maghera (6) £132, A Gaston, Glarryford (3) £130, Bolton Bros (6) £125.

An entry of 260 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £575 over for a Char 440kg at £1015 offered by Hugh McCambridge, Carnlough. Heifers sold to £470 for a Char 430kg at £900 presented by S Kernohan, Ballymena.

Bulls 0-250kgs: H Morrell, Macosquin Lim 210kg £600 (285), P McCammond, Larne Lim 200kg £540 (270), TA Rodgers, Broughshane Lim 240kg £580 (241), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 240kg £560 (233), P McCammond Lim 250kg £570 (228), J McCormick, Hannahstown Lim 250kg £530 (212), Lim 230kg £470 (204), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 230kg £460 (200).

251-300kgs: Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 290kg £770 (265), H Morrell, Macosquin Char 290kg £770 (265), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 280kg £740 (264), Char 300kg £790 (263), Char 260kg £660 (253), Char 290kg £730 (251), H Morrell Char 300kg £745 (248), H O’Kane, Carnlough AA 290kg £700 (241), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 300kg £720 (240), Mrs J Wright, Carnlough Here 290kg £690 (237), D and N Hamill Sim 270kg £630 (233), RJ McKendry, Antrim Char 270kg £630 (233), P McCammond, Larne Lim 260kg £600 (230), Munie North farms, Glenarm Lim 280kg £645 (230), Edgar McIlwaine, Kilwaughter Lim 300kg £685 (228), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Lim 290kg £650 (224).

301-350kgs: HV McCambridge, Carnlough Char 330kg £870 (263), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 330kg £850 (257), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 320kg £795 (248), S Kernohan, Ballymena Char 320kg £785 (245), TA Rodgers, Broughshane Lim 310kg £750 (241), Munie North Farms, Glenarm Lim 310kg £750 (241), TA Rodgers Lim 310kg £745 (240), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Lim 320kg £755 (235), Munie North Farms Lim 320kg £750 (234), RJ McNeill Lim 320kg £740 (231), J Knox, Broughshane Char 350kg £805 (230), R and A Morrow, Glenarm SHB 320kg £730 (228), Munie North farms Lim 330kg £750 (227), H Morrell, Macosquin Lim 320kg £720 (225), Lim 350kg £785 (224), Cameron Williamson, Kilrea Lim 350kg £780 (222).

351kg and over: HV McCambridge, Carnlough Char 360kg £860 (238), Char 380kg £900 (236), Lim 380kg £900 (236), Char 360kg £840 (233), J Knox, Broughshane Char 360kg £835 (231), HV McCambridge Char 440kg £1015 (230), J Knox Char 390kg £875 (224), HV McCambridge Char 360kg £805 (223), Lim 370kg £820 (221), Char 460kg £1010 (219), J Knox Lim 380kg £830 (218), Cameron Williamson, Kilrea AA 360kg £780 (216), HV McCambridge Char 460kg £995 (216), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 400kg £860 (215), George Crothers, Kells Sim 380kg £815 (214), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 400kg £850 (212).

Heifers 0-250kgs: H O’Kane, Carnlough Char 230kg £570 (247), Char 230kg £540 (234), Char 250kg £580 (232), S Kernohan, Ballymena Char 250kg £580 (232), H O’Kane Char 250kg £570 (228), H Morrell, Macosquin Lim 250kg £550 (220), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 250kg £540 (216), D and N Hamill, Crumlin Lim 230kg £475 (206), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 250kg £510 (204), P McCammond, Larne Lim 210kg £350 (166).

251-300kgs: S Kernohan, Ballymena Char 280kg £740 (264), H O’Kane, Carnlough Char 290kg £700 (241), TA Rodgers, Broughshane Lim 300kg £720 (240), Munie North Farms, Glenarm Lim 300kg £700 (233), H O’Kane, Carnlough Char 270kg £615 (227), P McCammond, Larne Char 260kg £580 (223), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 290kg £625 (215), Char 260kg £560 (215), Cameron Williamson, Kilrea AA 290kg £605 (208), W and D McClure Char 280kg £580 (207), Edward McIlwaine, Kilwaughter Lim 300kg £615 (205), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 260kg £530 (203), Munie North farms Lim 270kg £550 (203), P McCammond, Larne Lim 290kg £590 (203), Hannah Healey, Belfast Sim 280kg £560 (200).

301-350kgs: HV McCambridge, Carnlough Char 310kg £765 (246), H Morrell, Macosquin Lim 330kg £740 (224), HV McCambridge, Lim 340kg £730 (214), TA Rodgers, Broughshane Lim 350kg £750 (214), HV McCambridge Char 340kg £725 (213), Munie North Farms, Glenarm Lim 320kg £640 (200), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 320kg £640 (200), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 340kg £655 (192), C Hamilton, Carnlough Char 320kg £610 (190), Cameron Williamson, Kilrea AA 310kg £590 (190), Edgar McIlwaine, Kilwaughter Lim 310kg £570 (183), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 330kg £600 (181), W and D McClure Char 340kg £615 (180), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 350kg £630 (180), R and A Morrow, Glenarm SHB 340kg £610 (179), C Hamilton, Carnlough Char 310kg £550 (177).

351kg and over: HV McCambridge, Carnlough Char 360kg £775 (215), Char 400kg £845 (211), S Kernohan, Ballymena Char 430kg £900 (209), H Morrell, Macosquin Char 370kg £765 (206), S Kernohan, Ballymena Char 410kg £830 (202), Hugh McCambridge, Carnlough Char 410kg £825 (201), R and A Morrow, Glenarm SHB 370kg £730 (197), HV McCambridge Lim 410kg £785 (191), C Hamilton, Carnlough Char 420kg £795 (189), John Clarke, Gracehill Sim 370kg £685 (185), C Hamilton Char 420kg £750 (178), G and S O’Boyle, Randalstown (2) Lim 470kg £835 (177), C Hamilton Char 370kg £650 (175), Char 430kg £755 (175), John Clarke, Sim 360kg £630 (175).

A good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a good steady trade. Ewes and lambs to £180, in lamb ewes to £172, ewe lambs to £94, store lambs to £62.

In lamb ewes sold to: Simon Loughery, Limavady 10 Mule in lamb ewes £172, 10 Mule in lamb ewes £165, 10 Suff in lamb ewes £155, 10 Mule in lamb ewes £152, 10 Tex in lamb ewes £150, 10 Suff in lamb ewes £150, 10 Mule in lamb ewes £150, 10 CB in lamb ewes £145, 10 Tex in lamb ewes £140, 10 Mule in lamb ewes £135, 10 Tex in lamb ewes £135, 10 Suff in lamb ewes £130, 10 Mule in lamb ewes £130, 10 CB in lamb ewes £130, 10 Tex in lamb ewes £130, 10 CB in lamb ewes £126.

An entry of 130 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a sharper trade. Bullocks sold to £655 over for a Char 580kg at £1235 presented by G McMaster, Broughshane. Heifers sold to £475 over for a Char 500kg at £975 offered by G Arthur, Broughshane.

Bullocks sold to: T McDowell, Dundonald Char 460kg £1020 (221), Jean Craig, Larne Lim 330kg £725 (219), local farmer Lim 400kg £870 (217), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 400kg £860 (215), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Lim 410kg £880 (214), local farmer Lim 370kg £790 (213), G McMaster, Broughshane Char 580kg £1235 (212), WJ and D Thompson, Ahoghill (2) AA 360kg £755 (206), local producer Lim 450kg £930 (206), R Hartin, Ballycastle Sim 410kg £845 (206), WJ and D Thompson (4) AA 340kg £700 (205), RJ Sloan, Kilrea Char 390kg £790 (202), WH Harkness, Crumlin Lim 520kg £1045 (201), JM Morrison, Armoy BB 550kg £1105 (200), Jean Craig, Larne Char 320kg £640 (200), T McDowell, Belfast Lim 440kg £880 (200), WJ and D Thompson, Ahoghill (2) AA 400kg £800 (200), G McMaster Char 580kg £1150 (198), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Char 390kg £770 (197), WJ andD Thompson AA 310kg £610 (196).

Heifers sold to: RJ Sloan, Kilrea Char 430kg £840 (195), Mrs A Mooney, Portglenone Lim 410kg £800 (195), G Arthur, Broughshane Char 500kg £975 (195), RJ Sloan Char 480kg £915 (190), Char 460kg £875 (190), G Arthur Char 510kg £955 (187), Mrs A Mooney, Portglenone Lim 290kg £540 (186), G Arthur Char 530kg £970 (183), Char 550kg £995 (180), WH Harkness, Crumlin Lim 530kg £950 (179), G Arthur Char 530kg £950 (179), WH Harkness Lim 420kg £750 (178), Lim 450kg £795 (176), BB 460kg £795 (172), G Arthur Char 510kg £880 (172), WH Harkness BB 510kg £875 (171), WJ and D Thompson, Ahoghill (3) AA 330kg £565 (171).

An entry of 1634 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a better trade. Fat hoggets sold to 426 for a pen of 6 Texels 22.5kg at £96 from S Taggart, Bushmills and to a top per head of £100 for 3 Texels 24kg offered to Paul Smyth, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £94.

Fat hoggets (1463)

Top prices per kg: S Taggart, Bushmills 6 Tex 22.5kg £96 (426), WJ Hanna, Ballyclare 19 Tex 23.5kg £99.50 (423), Paul Smyth, Broughshane 3 Tex 24kg £100 (416), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 23kg £93 (404), James Thompson, Glenwherry 10 Tex 24.5kg £97 (395), Walter G Hoy, Templepatrick 2 CB 22.5kg £86.20 (383), 14 CB 22.5kg £86 (383), W and J Gardiner, Ballymena 20 Tex 23kg £88 (382), Walter G Hoey 10 BF 22.5kg £85 (377), F McNeilly, Glarryford 39 Tex 24kg £90.50 (377), J Walker, Randalstown 12 Tex 23.5kg £88.50 (376), Ian Kennedy, Broughshane 4 Bor 20kg £75 (375), Jonathan Fenton, Glarryford 6 Tex 20kg £75 (375), R Henry, Kilwaughter 17 Tex 23.5kg £87.50 (372), S Gregg, Glarryford 3 Tex 25.5kg £94.50 (370), K Dobbin, Ballycastle 11 Suff 23kg £85 (369), George Kernohan, Randalstown 13 Suff 24kg £88.50 (368), T Rea, Larne 16 Suff 22kg £81 (368), Paul Smyth, Broughshane 19 Rom 24kg £88.20 (367), Wm Barnes, Cullybackey 6 Tex 25.5kg £93.50 (366), A Smyth, Ballymoney 15 Tex 22.5kg £82.50 (366), J Gilmour, Ballyclare 2 Tex 20kg £73 (365), Robin Gilmour, Ballyclare 2 Tex 20kg £73 (365), John Saunderson, Glenwherry 14 CB 24kg £87.50 (364), Jean C Millar, Broughshane 6 Tex 25kg £91 (364).

Top prices per head: Paul Smyth, Broughshane 3 Tex 24kg £100, WJ Hanna, Ballyclare 19 Tex 23.5kg £99.50, James Thompson, Glenwherry 10 Tex 24.5kg £97, Ian Olphert, Bushmills 2 Tex 31kg £97, S Taggart, Bushmills 6 Tex 22.5kg £96, G Fleck, Ballymena 2 Tex 28.5kg £95, S Gregg, Glarryford 3 Tex 25.5kg £94.50, G Fleck 7 Tex 31.5kg £94, Wm Barnes, Cullybackey 6 Tex 25.5kg £93.50, J Thompson, Kells 5 Tex 26.5kg £93.50, Joseph Adams, Ballymena 3 Tex 34kg £93, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 23kg £93, R Crawford, Clough 11 Tex 34kg £93, D McClean, Larne 9 Suff 28kg £92.50, WJ and FC Patterson, Broughshane 38 Tex 29kg £92, Malcolm Smith, Kells 2 Suff 27.5kg £92, C Gribben, Dunloy 24 Suff 27kg £92, AFBI Stormont 4 Dor 31kg £92, PJ Kane, Ballycastle 9 Suff 28kg £91, H Carson, Dundrod 28 Tex 26kg £91, Jean C Millar, Broughshane 6 Tex 25kg £91, A Hoey, Glenwherry 1 Tex 29kg £91, S Gregg, Glarryford 8 Tex 25kg £90.50, F McNeilly, Glarryford 39 Tex 24kg £90.50, M Ellis, Ballymena 3 Tex 26kg £90.

Fat ewes (171)

1st quality

Suff - £75-£90

Tex - £75-£94

CB - £60-£75

BF - £40-£58