Steady trade for cattle at Ballymena

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An entry of 350 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a steady trade. Beef cows sold to 178p for a 770kg at £1370, Fr cows to 109p for 690kg at £752. Beef heifers to 194p for 600kg at £1164 and Fr bullocks to 150p for 640kg at £960.

Beef cows sold to: H Griffin, Toome Blonde 770kg £1370 (178), A and J McClelland, Doagh Lim 610kg £1043 (171), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 450kg £711 (158), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Lim 640kg £1011 (158), Mrs R McMullan, Ballygally Lim 680kg £1060 (156), JK Currie, Ballymena Char 1010kg £1565 (155), Martin Conway, Plumbridge Lim 720kg £1101 (153), A and J McClelland, Doagh Lim 660kg £1003 (152), Martin Conway Lim 710kg £1065 (150), B Gribben, Dunloy Lim 680kg £979 (144), Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 780kg £1115 (143), S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 720kg £1029 (143), D Hall, Monkstown Lim 650kg £916 (141), WJ McClintock, Glenwherry Lim 650kg £910 (140), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 620kg £855 (138), A Coulter, Doagh Fkv 740kg £1006 (136), Mrs R McMullan, Ballygally Lim 710kg £965 (136), WJ McClintock Lim 520kg £702 (135), F McAuley, Toomebridge Lim 770kg £1039 (135), A Kennedy, Ardglass Sim 650kg £871 (134), D McCalmont, Islandmagee Lim 650kg £864 (133), David Mairs, Magheragall Lim 620kg £824 (133), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 660kg £877 (133), Robert McNinch, Larne Lim 700kg £917 (131).

Friesian cows sold to: Phil McVey, Moneymore 690kg £752 (109), WJ and I Ross, Randalstown 650kg £689 (106), S Wallace, Ballymena 660kg £699 (106), K Steele, Islandmagee 700kg £735 (105), 660kg £686 (104), Gary McCammond, Larne 650kg £669 (103), George Young, Gracehill 640kg £659 (103), WT McKinney, Maghera 740kg £762 (103), S Wallace, Ballymena 760kg £782 (103), Joe Maybin, Kells 600kg £612 (102), N Alexander, Gracehill 660kg £673 (102), Donal McKay, Martinstown 770kg £785 (102), D McAuley, Toomebridge 710kg £717 (101), Stranocum farmer 600kg £600 (100), Forsythe Bros, Loughgiel 710kg £702 (99), M Doherty, Glarryford 590kg £584 (99), Paul McCullough, Glenavy 570kg £558 (98), David Chestnutt, Bushmills 670kg £656 (98), J McWoodburn, Kells 710kg £695 (98), R Simpson, Ballymena 630kg £611 (97), David Chestnutt, Bushmills 660kg £640 (97), Mrs JE McIlroy, Magheramourne 700kg £672 (96), WS Kennedy, Ballyclare 650kg £624 (96), Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey 700kg £665 (95).

Beef heifers sold to: RJ Arrell, Randalstown Par 550kg £1122 (204), Alan Huston, Ballymena Lim 490kg £891 (182), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 520kg £925 (178), H Beattie, Portadown Char 640kg £1132 (177), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Char 560kg £980 (175), H Beattie Char 640kg £1120 (175), NJ Diamond Char 550kg £940 (171), Robert McCullough, Ballyclare Sim 600kg £1020 (170), JS Coleman, Glarryford Sim 440kg £730 (166), Mrs N Jamieson, Ballymena AA 550kg £902 (164), N McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 620kg £1016 (164), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 560kg £918 (164), F McAuley, Toomebridge Lim 570kg £934 (164), D and F Kinney, Cushendall Char 530kg £863 (163), E Dougan, Castledawson Char 510kg £826 (162), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Char 530kg £853 (161), E Dougan Char 460kg £736 (160), NJ Diamond Char 510kg £805 (158), Alan Huston Lim 530kg £832 (157), B Gribbin, Dunloy Lim 670kg £1051 (157), John Moore, Ballyclare Lim 520kg £811 (156), E Dougan Char 440kg £686 (156), Char 450kg £702 (156), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Sim 620kg £954 (154).

Beef bullocks sold to: W Donaldson, Holywood Lim 600kg £1164 (194), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane BB 590kg £1132 (192), BB 560kg £1064 (190), Char 600kg £1122 (187), P Graffin, Portglenone Blonde 640kg £1184 (185), Wm Hamilton Char 620kg £1116 (180), W Donaldson Char 690kg £1242 (180), Lim 620kg £1116 (180), WG Galway, Castledawson Lim 560kg £1008 (180), Andrew Craig, Coleraine AA 710kg £1270 (179), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane Lim 580kg £1032 (178), W Donaldson Lim 600kg £1068 (178), Roy Kennedy, Ballyclare Sim 690kg £1228 (178), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane Char 620kg £1097 (177), W Donaldson Lim 660kg £1168 (177), WG Galway Lim 570kg £1003 (176), Andrew Craig, Coleraine AA 800kg £1400 (175), A Kennedy, Ardglass Lim 680kg £1176 (173), A and D Crooks, Glenarm Lim 620kg £1060 (171), Mrs N Jamison, Ballymena AA 700kg £1197 (171), T McNabney, Broughshane Char 560kg £957 (171), WG Galway, Castledawson Lim 670kg £1145 (171), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Lim 620kg £1054 (170), Wm Hamilton, BB 600kg £1020 (170).

Friesian bullocks sold to: W Kerr, Glarryford 640kg £960 (150), J Mackey, Ballynure 610kg £915 (150), 550kg £775 (141), 490kg £690 (141), 520kg £717 (138), James Wallace, Dunloy 730kg £934 (128), J Mackey 540kg £691 (128), D Hanna, Ballymena 600kg £762 (127), D and N Hamill, Crumlin 520kg £650 (125), J McBride, Toome 630kg £781 (124), Trevor Mitchell, Ballymoney 490kg £602 (123), 470kg £564 (120), James Wallace 650kg £780 (120), D Hanna, 510kg £612 (120).

An entry of 30 dairy cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Leading prices: DS Dickey, Randalstown £1220, Ardlauragh farm, Crumlin £1150, WJ McBride, Magherafelt £1140, Ardlauragh farm £1130, WJ and A McCullough, Broughshane £1100, Bolton Bros, Maghera £1090, David Wallace, Antrim £1080, D Maybin, Broughshane £1070, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough £1060, £1050, DS Dickey £1020, WJ McBride £1010, local producer £1000.

An entry of 25 suckler cows resulted in a sharp trade. Leading prices: ME Clarke, Comber (2) Lim in calf cow £1360, DJ McFerran, Dunloy AA in calf hfr £1200, T Stewart, Cairncastle SH hfr and calf £1190, DJ McFerran AA in calf hfr £1150, S and G Davidson, Broughshane Lim hfr and hfr calf £1130, ME Clarke Lim in calf hfr £1080, JS and CS Hamilton, Greyabbey BB in calf hfr £980, E Boyes and Son, Moira Sim in calf hfr £980, S and G Davidson BB hfr and bull calf £970, Kenneth McBride, Mallusk Lim hfr and calf £950, JS and CS Hamilton SHB in calf hfr £900.

A smaller entry of 150 dropped calves eased slightly in price, although the stronger better quality calves still sold well. Highest price of £435 was paid for a Char bull, £320 for a Lim heifer and strong Fr bulls to £275 each. Young Fr bulls to £100 each.

Highest prices for beef bred bull calves were: T Herbinson, Randalstown Char £435, D Laverty, Stranocum BB £370, T Herbinson AA £350, WA Woodside, Islandmagee BB £335, G Devlin, Randalstown Lim £330, James Alexander, Glenarm Lim £330, T Herbinson SH £330, Samuel Brennan, Larne BB £305, Alastair McBurney, Clough Lim £295, H O’Kane, Carnlough Char £295, G Devlin, Randalstown AA £290, B Gribben, Dunloy Here £290, D Laverty, Stranocum Lim £280, Lim £275, J Ferguson, Straid Fr £275, D Mallon, Toomebridge AA £270.

Heifer calves sold to: James Alexander, Glenarm Lim £320, WA Woodside, Islandmagee Char £305, Connor Anderson, Saintfield (2) Here £305, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £290, Connor Anderson, Saintfield Here £290, G Kelly, Magherafelt (2) Lim £270, FG and T McMullan, Broughshane FKV £265, Alastair McBurney, Clough Lim £265, Connor Anderson, Saintfield AA £250, M McAllister, Crumlin BB £240, N McRoberts, Ballinderry Lim £240, local producer Lim £235, B Alexander, Ahoghill Fr £225, M McAllister, Crumlin Here £225.

Fr bull calves sold to: J Ferguson, Straid (strong) £275, G Rea, Rasharkin £240, C Liddie, Ballymena £170, J Ferguson (3) £170, £140, G Rea, Rasharkin (3) £100, H Millar, Antrim £98, J Ferguson, (2) £98, Alastair McBurney £90, H Millar, Antrim £90, £82.

Another great entry of 450 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a super trade. Bullocks sold to £520 over for a Lim 360kg at £880 offered by Mrs D Kennedy, Larne. Heifers sold to £630 over for a Char 430kg at £1060 presented by D and F Kinney, Cushendall.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

John McAuley, Glenarm BB 250kg £690 (276), A and N O’Boyle, Glenariffe Lim 190kg £515 (271), A Stevenson, Armoy Lim 240kg £650 (270), JJ Mawhinney, Killinchy Blonde 190kg £510 (268), E Mullan, Armoy Char 200kg £530 (265), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 250kg £660 (264), H O’Kane, Carnlough AA 230kg £570 (247), local producer AA 240kg £590 (245), EC Smylie, Nutts Corner Sim 250kg £610 (244), J Beggs, Carrick Lim 210kg £485 (231).

251-300kgs

Local producer Sim 280kg £740 (264), AA 270kg £700 (259), Lim 270kg £700 (259), Mrs D Kennedy, Larne Lim 270kg £690 (255), A Stevenson, Armoy BB 280kg £710 (253), local farmer Lim 290kg £730 (251), Mrs D Kennedy Lim 280kg £700 (250), local farmer (3) Lim 300kg £750 (250), W and N Martin, Broughshane (3) Lim 280kg £690 (246), Mrs Doreen McClurg, Dundrod Lim 280kg £685 (244), Lim 270kg £660 (244), Mrs D Kennedy Lim 280kg £680 (242).

301-350kgs

Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 310kg £780 (251), Mrs D Kennedy, Larne Lim 330kg £800 (242), AJ Wilson, Ballymena (2) Lim 310kg £750 (241), T Weatherup, Carrick Lim 320kg £770 (240), Mrs D Kennedy Lim 330kg £790 (239), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 350kg £835 (238), David White, Broughshane Lim 320kg £760 (237), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter (2) Lim 310kg £730 (235), Mrs D Kennedy Lim 320kg £750 (234), David White Lim 320kg £750 (234), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 350kg £820 (234), local farmer Lim 310kg £720 (232), P McIlrath, Glarryford Char 310kg £720 (232), JK Davidson, Broughshane Sim 310kg £715 (230).

351kg and over

Mrs D Kennedy, Larne Lim 360kg £880 (244), D Forsythe, Moneymore Char 360kg £875 (243), Mrs D Kennedy Lim 370kg £870 (235), Lim 360kg £840 (233), Lim 360kg £820 (227), Lim 380kg £860 (226), D and F Kinney, Cushendall Char 400kg £895 (223), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 360kg £800 (222), H Crawford Char 390kg £865 (221), Donal Kane, Cushendall Lim 370kg £820 (221), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 430kg £935 (217), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 380kg £825 (217), JK Davidson, Broughshane Char 370kg £800 (216), Lim 390kg £840 (215), Mrs D Kennedy, Larne Lim 400kg £860 (215), D and F Kinney Lim 420kg £900 (214).

Heifers 0-250kgs

A Stevenson, Armoy Char 200kg £695 (347), Char 230kg £660 (287), Char 240kg £670 (279), Michael McAuley, Newtowncrommelin Lim 160kg £440 (275), Lim 150kg £410 (273), A Stevenson BB 250kg £675 (270), EC Smylie, Nutts Corner SHB 220kg £580 (263), Roger Crawford, Parkmore Lim 180kg £460 (255), D Forsythe, Moneymore Char 250kg £615 (246), H O’Kane, Carnlough (2) Char 240kg £580 (241), Roger Crawford Lim 240kg £570 (237), A Stevenson, Armoy (2) Char 250kg £590 (236), H O’Kane, Carnlough Lim 240kg £550 (229), E Mullan, Armoy Char 210kg £480 (228).

251-300kgs

H O’Kane, Carnlough Char 260kg £700 (269), Roger Crawford, Parkmore Lim 300kg £740 (246), Frank McCormick, Martinstown Char 280kg £690 (246), Wharry and McCurdy, Carnlough Char 290kg £685 (236), Frank McCormick Char 300kg £700 (233), A Stevenson, Armoy Lim 260kg £605 (232), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 270kg £620 (229), Hannah Healey, Belfast Sim 260kg £590 (226), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 260kg £590 (226), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Char 300kg £670 (223), G McCloskey, Dungiven Char 280kg £610 (217), D Forsythe, Moneymore Char 280kg £610 (217), J Lindsay, Dundonald Blonde 270kg £580 (214), A Stevenson, Armoy Lim 280kg £600 (214), J Lindsay, Dundonald Blonde 280kg £600 (214), Mrs Doreen McClurg Lim 260kg £555 (213).

301-350kgs

W and N Martin, Broughshane Lim 310kg £745 (240), G McKeown, Aughafatten Char 350kg £835 (238), WR Wilson, Ballymena Char 310kg £735 (237), Frank McCormick, Martinstown Char 330kg £760 (230), J Wilson, Antrim Char 340kg £780 (229), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 320kg £725 (226), David White, Broughshane Lim 340kg £760 (223), R McNabney, Broughshane Char 350kg £750 (214), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 310kg £660 (212), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 320kg £680 (212), W and N Martin, Broughshane Lim 350kg £740 (211), John McAuley, Glenarm BB 320kg £675 (210), David White Lim 320kg £670 (209), G McKeown, Aughafatten Char 330kg £685 (207), Frank McCormick, Martinstown Char 340kg £700 (205), David White Lim 340kg £700 (205).

351kg and over

D and F Kinney, Cushendall Lim 430kg £1060 (246), David White, Broughshane Lim 360kg £820 (227), K Molyneaux, Dundrod Char 360kg £805 (223), R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 360kg £785 (218), J Wray, Carnlough Char 360kg £770 (213), R French, Randalstown BB 410kg £875 (213), D and F Kinney Lim 360kg £765 (212), JK Davidson, Broughshane Char 380kg £800 (210), Char 370kg £770 (208), T Weatherup, Carrick Lim 360kg £740 (205), David Steele Lim 400kg £820 (205), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 380kg £770 (202), J McCamley, Carrick Char 370kg £745 (201), R McNabney, Broughshane Char 370kg £745 (201), JK Davidson, Broughshane Char 410kg £820 (200), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 370kg £735 (198).

A good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a better trade. In lamb ewes to £148, ewes and lambs to £150, store lambs to £60, foster ewes to £135, pet lambs to £35. Leading prices:-

Breeders sold to: E Gillan, Deerfin 3 Mil £148, 1 Mil £145, Robin McMurtry, Lisburn 3 CB £142, E Gillan 10 Mil £140, Robin McMurtry, Lisburn 7 CB £140, E Gillan 10 Mil £138, 10 Mil £135, 10 Mil £132, 10 Mil £132, 10 Mil £130, Robin McMurtry 8 Tex £128, 7 Tex £128, E Gillan 10 Mil £122, 10 Mil £118, 10 Mil £118, Robin McMurtry 9 Tex £116.

Ewes and lambs sold to: JK Currie, Ballymena 1 Zwa and 2 lambs £150, S Caldwell, Portglenone 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £142, D Kerr, Kircubbin 1 Lleyn ewe and 1 lamb £125, James Wylie, Ahoghill 1 Suff ewe and 1 lamb £115, 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £110, D Kerr 1 CB ewe and 1 lamb £100.

Store lambs sold to: Gerard McCormick, Ballymena 12 Suff £60, Freemanstown farms, Templepatrick 31 Tex £56, 2 Tex £53, S Donnelly, Ballintoy 3 Tex £50, S Caldwell, Portglenone 4 Tex £41.

A smaller entry of store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £645 over for a Blue 590kg at £1235 offered by Mark McGoldrick, Pomeroy. Heifers sold to £465 over for a Blonde 500kg at £965 presented by T Galloway.

Bulls/blks sold to Mark McGoldrick, Pomeroy 1 BB 590kg £1235 (209), Blackburn Bros, Clogher Lim 470kg £945 (201), J McHenry, Mosside Char 450kg £895 (198), Blackburn Bros Char 450kg £890 (197), J McHenry Char 510kg £1005 (197), Blackburn Bros Char 550kg £1080 (196), W and N Martin, Broughshane Lim 470kg £920 (195), James Gillespie, Glarryford BB 500kg £975 (195), B Richmond, Cloughmills Lim 460kg £895 (194), local producer Lim 360kg £700 (194), W and N Martin Lim 460kg £890 (193), Mark McGoldrick, Pomeroy BB 590kg £1140 (193), W and N Martin Lim 490kg £945 (192), Mark McGoldrick BB 660kg £1270 (192), Blackburn Bros Char 490kg £940 (191), W and N Martin Lim 460kg £880 (191), Leslie Bell, Toomebridge Char 540kg £1025 (189), J McErlean, Portglenone Char 570kg £1080 (189), Lim 500kg £945 (189), WJ Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 480kg £900 (187), Leslie Bell Lim 600kg £1110 (185), B Richmond, Cloughmills Lim 490kg £905 (184), J McHenry Char 550kg £1010 (183), J McErlean, Portglenone Lim 540kg £990 (183), Mark McGoldrick BB 590kg £1080 (183).

Heifers sold to:- Trevor Smyth, Randalstown Lim 450kg £875 (194), Thomas Galloway, Randalstown Blonde 500kg £965 (193), WD Jackson, Crossgar Char 490kg £920 (187), Char 520kg £940 (180), Thomas Galloway Blonde 450kg £800 (177), Trevor Smyth Char 440kg £780 (177), Char 370kg £650 (175), Char 430kg £755 (175), Thomas Galloway Blonde 480kg £780 (162), Trevor Smyth Lim 450kg £730 (162), P Irwin, Broughshane AA 400kg £645 (161), Thomas Galloway, Blonde 450kg £725 (161), WD Jackson, Crossgar Sim 530kg £850 (160).

An entry of 2121 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Fat hoggets sold to a top per kg of 418 for a pen of 6 Tex 22kg at £92 offered by I Montgomery, Glenwherry and to a top per head of £97.50 for a pair of heavy hoggets 33.5kg from T Wray, Carnlough. Fat ewes sold to £86.

Fat hoggets (1709)

Top prices per kg: I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 22kg £92 (418), 8 CB 22kg £86 (394), J Murray, Aghalee 8 Tex 21kg £82.50 (392), Stephen Cargill, Ballyclare 10 CB 23.5kg £92 (391), Colin Woodside, Carrick 10 Tex 22.5kg £88 (391), A Smyth, Ballymoney 15 Tex 20.5kg £80 (390), Walter G Hoy, Templepatrick 39 BF 22.5kg £87.50 (388), 5 BF 22.5kg £87.50 (388), S Patterson, Milebush 5 Tex 18kg £69 (383), 8 Suff 21kg £79.50 (378), J McCullough, Glenarm 10 Tex 22.5kg £85 (377), C Millar, Kilrea 19 Tex 24kg £89.50 (372), S Moore, Ballyclare 5 Tex 23kg £85 (369), J Thompson, Kells 18 Tex 24.5kg £90.50 (369), A Smyth, Ballymoney 6 Tex 23kg £84 (365), E Gillan, Ballymena 4 Mil 23.5kg £85.80 (365), D Cowan, Ballycarry 41 Suff 23.5kg £85.50 (363), A Gaston, Carnlough 10 Tex 22kg £80 (363), GJ Eaton, Cullybackey 3 Cv 23kg £83.20 (361), A Currie, Ballyclare 8 Tex 23.5kg £85 (361), Stephen Cargill, 30 CB 23kg £83 (360), D Weatherup, Carrick 2 Tex 23kg £83 (360), S and M Black, Carnlough 4 Tex 23kg £83 (360), R Boyle, Larne 10 Tex 23kg £83 (360), SA Patterson, Carrick 3 Tex 24kg £86.50 (360), J Black, Ballycastle 22 Suff 24kg £86.50 (360), A Currie, Ballyclare 4 Tex 20kg £72 (360), John Reid, Aughafatten 21 Tex 24kg £86.20 (359), Sean McNeill, Rasharkin 13 Tex 22kg £79 (359), R Henry, Kilwaughter 19 Tex 22kg £79 (359).

Top prices per head: Timothy Wray, Carnlough 2 Blu 33.5kg £97.50, Al Gault, Newtownabbey 2 Tex 35kg £95, W Jamieson, Ballymoney 14 Tex 27kg £94, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 12 Tex 28kg £94, S Rainey, Ballygally 1 Tex 27kg £94, J Murray, Aghalee 1 Tex 31kg £94, Carrigeen farms 28 Suff 28.5kg £93, K Craig, Ballyclare 1 Lleyn 29kg £93, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 CB 22kg £92, Stephen Cargill, Ballyclare 10 CB 23.5kg £92, Rainey Bros, Ballygally 3 Tex 26kg £92, J Murray, Aghalee 2 Tex 29.5kg £92, J Mills, Ballynure 15 Tex 27kg £91.20, M Ellis, Ballymena 1 Tex 26kg £91, Carrigeen farms, Templepatrick 24 Suff 28kg £91, S McKinley, Bushmills 22 Tex 28kg £91, R Aicken, Rathkenny 7 Tex 26kg £91, S Bonnar, Broughshane 7 Char 26kg £90.50, J Thompson, Kells 18 Tex 24.5kg £90.50, Gareth Hayes, Ballymena 7 Suff 29kg £90.20, C Gribben, Dunloy 27 Suff 26.5kg £90, TA Smyth, Randalstown 8 Tex 28.5kg £90, T Millar, Broughshane 12 Tex 26kg £90, Kieran McKay, Cushendun 12 Tex 26kg £90, C Millar, Kilrea 19 Tex 24kg £89.50, S Gregg, Glarryford 7 Tex 25kg £89, M Elliott, Armoy 4 Blu 29kg £89, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 41 CB 26.5kg £89, Ian Dodds, Glenwherry 8 Suff 26.5kg £89, D Weatherup, Carrick 12 Suff 26kg £89.