Beef cows sell to £1360 at 680kg at Ballymena Mart

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An entry of 340 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in another great trade.

Beef cows sold to 200p for a Blue 680kg at £1360, Fr cows to 128p for 690kg at £883.

Beef heifers to 208p for 450kg at £936, beef bullocks to 214p for a Blue 660kg at £1412, Fr bullocks to 157p for a 650kg at £1020.

Beef cows sold to: Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Lim 680kg, £1360 (200), G A Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 670kg, £1326 (198), Alistair Martin, Kells Blonde 650kg, £1222 (188), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 690kg, £1297 (188), Felix McKendry, Broughshane Char 600kg, £1104 (184), N Alexander, Gracehill AA 530kg, £954 (180), G A Fleming Lim 580kg, £1020 (176), Timothy Wray Lim 710kg, £1228 (173), Alistair Martin Blonde 690kg, £1152 (167), J A McKillop, Cushendall Lim 570kg, £934 (164), Ian Davidson, Larne Here 620kg, £992 (160), J Knox, Broughshane Lim 800kg, £1272 (159), A Magill, Carnlough Lim 630kg, £989 (157), G Grieves, Claudy Here 540kg, £842 (156), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 810kg, £1239 (153), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Char 740kg, £1124 (152), A V Magill, Carnlough Lim 650kg, £981 (151), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun Lim 660kg, £996 (151), J Campbell, Carnlough BB 630kg, £938 (149), C Dougan, Castledawson Lim 490kg, £725 (148).

Friesian cows sold to: Daniel O’Boyle, Toomebridge 690kg, £883 (128), 660kg, £838 (127), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 850kg, £1003 (118), T and S Clyde, Straid 810kg, £931 (115), James Stirling, Ballymena 790kg, £908 (115), Samuel Kennedy, Doagh 920kg, £1039 (113), D Hume, Antrim 680kg, £734 (108), George Forsythe, Cloughmills 710kg, £766 (108), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 670kg, £723 (108), W J and F C Patterson, Broughshane 530kg, £567 (107), T Adams, Rathkenny 690kg, £738 (107), Alistair McBurney, Clough 740kg, £791 (107), D McAuley, Toomebridge 620kg, £657 (106), S and S Donaghy, Dungannon 640kg, £678 (106), David Kernohan, Ballymena 640kg, £672 (105), Joe Maybin, Kells 680kg, £707 (104), local farmer 580kg, £603 (104), N Alexander, Gracehill 730kg, £759 (104), Ian Millar, Ballymena 660kg, £686 (104), L Galloway, Ahoghill 710kg, £731 (103), A Gaston, Glarryford 680kg, £700 (103).

Beef heifers sold to: Felix McKendry, Broughshane Lim 450kg, £936 (208), G A Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 670kg, £1326 (198), Felix McKendry Char 600kg, £1104 (184), N Alexander, Gracehill AA 530kg, £954 (180), G A Fleming Lim 580kg, £1020 (176).

Beef bullocks sold to: Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry BB 660kg, £1412 (214), Linton Bros, Cloughmills Lim 690kg, £1442 (209), Mervyn Farr BB 710kg, £1483 (209), Linton Bros Lim 660kg, £1372 (208), P and S Kelly, Kells BB 740kg, £1524 (206), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Char 720kg, £1476 (205), Char 750kg, £1522 (203), Char 690kg, £1380 (200), Char 730kg, £1460 (200), Ian Barr, Kells Lim 560kg, £1114 (199), Linton Bros Lim 670kg, £1326 (198), Gary Stewart, Templepatrick Lim 710kg, £1398 (197), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Char 720kg, £1404 (195), Fergus Ferguson, Stewartstown Char 740kg, £1435 (194), Lim 720kg, £1396 (194), R Boyle, Larne Char 690kg, £1331 (193), Linton Bros Lim 630kg, £1209 (192), Mervyn Farr, Ballinderry Blonde 670kg, £1279 (191), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Blonde 580kg, £1102 (190), P and S Kelly, Kells BB 760kg, £1444 (190), Brigid Diamond, Bellaghy Here 720kg, £1368 (190), P Graffin, Portglenone Lim 670kg, £1252 (187), Lim 680kg, £1271 (187), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Sim 650kg, £1202 (185).

Friesian bullocks sold to: Daniel O’Boyle, Toomebridge 650kg, £1020 (157), Joe Maybin, Kells 620kg, £899 (145), T Cubitt, Cullybackey 560kg, £772 (138), Daniel O’Boyle 620kg, £837 (135), T Cubitt 530kg, £657 (124).

Excellent demand for 32 dairy cows - £1910 was paid for a second calver from Jos Adams, Clough, calved heifers to £1720 received by Mrs Elizabeth Boyd, Moira.

Ruling prices: Joseph Adams, Ballymena calved cow £1910, Mrs E Boyd, Moira calved hfr £1720, Brian Mawhinney, Doagh calved hfr £1670, James Watt, Templepatrick calved hfr £1570, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1550, R R Cupples, Rathkenny calved cow £1520, Brian Mawhinney calved hfr £1480, calved hfr £1480, W G Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1470, James Watt, Templepatrick calved hfr £1470, D Blelock, Crumlin calved hfr £1400, Mrs E Boyd, Moira calved hfr £1400, local farmer calved cow £1370, Brian Mawhinney calved hfr £1350, Joseph Adams calved cow £1320, T G Gordon, Ballyclare calved hfr £1280, J Prentice, Saintfield in calf hfr £1240, Mrs E Boyd calved hfr £1240, D W Graham, Clough calved cow £1150, J Surgenor, Dervock calved cow £1140, James Watt Jnr, Templepatrick calved hfr £1100.

Top price in the suckler ring was £1650, paid to R S Armstrong, Lisburn for a Lim bull, while a Lim heifer and heifer calf fetched £1500.

Ruling prices: David Compton, Carninney Lim hfr and hfr calf £1500, Alistair Ward, Dromore Lim hfr and bull calf £1440, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr and bull calf £1400, Alistair Ward AA cow and bull calf £1370, D Allen, Moneymore SHB hfr and bull calf £1200, Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim hfr and bull calf £1080.

220 lots in ring three sold to £450 for a strong Lim bull, calves a month old sold to £400 also for a Lim bull. Strong heifer calves to £345 for a BB, young lots to £290 for a SH. Friesian bulls to £200.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: D McKay, Broughshane Lim £450, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £400, Leslie Wilson, Doagh BB £400, Sim £400, Victor Campbell, Magheragall Sim £400, J R T Reid, Ballymoney AA £370, local farmer AA £360, Lim £360, C Armstrong, Portglenone BB £355, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £350, Arthur Gibson, Glenarm Sim £345, D Montgomery, Glenwherry BB £340, R Thompson, Glenarm Lim £340, Brian Foster, Whitehead BB £335, C Armstrong, Portglenone BB £335, D Montgomery BB £330.

Heifer calves sold to: J McKendry, Cullybackey BB £345, H Mulvenna, Glenarm SH £290, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £290, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Char £285, J Ferguson Snr, Straid Lim £275, Lim £270, P McConnell, Aughnacloy SHB £270, Norman Scott, Nutts Corner AA £255, J Ferguson Snr Lim £255, WA Holden, Larne Sim £255, (2) Sim £250, J McKendry, Cullybackey BRB £245, Ian Millar, Ballymena Here £240, D S Wharry, Ballymena AA £230, local farmer Here £225.

Friesian bull calves sold to: J McKendry, Cullybackey £200, £180, £175, James Adair, Kells £170, (2) £165, David Rowe, Armoy £145, A Bell, Nutts Corner (3) £135, D Parke, Magherafelt (2) £130, local farmer £95, TJ Turtle, Broughshane £85, D Parke (2) £85.

An entry of 340 weanlings resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £550 over for a Char 330kg at £880 offered by T Mulholland, Dunmurray. Heifers sold to £500 over for a Baq 480kg at £980 presented by Paul McGarry, Crumlin.

Heifers 0-250kg

A Mulholland, Crumlin Sim 170kg, £470 (276), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter Char 170kg, £450 (264), P and C Connon, Ballymena Char 250kg, £645 (258), R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 150kg, £380 (253), P and C Connon, Char 250kg £620 (248), John Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 210kg, £515 (245), R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 190kg, £460 (242), Char 160kg, £380 (237), Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim 210kg, £495 (235), R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 200kg, £470 (235), P and C Connon, Ballymena Char 250kg, £580 (232), Robert Armstrong, Stoneyford Char 250kg, £580 (232), Stephen McAuley, Ballymoney Char 220kg, £500 (227), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter (2) Lim 190kg, £430 (226), Paul McGarry, Dundrod Blonde 240kg, £540 (225).

251-300kgs

Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 260kg, £680 (261), P and C Connon, Ballymena Char 280kg, £700 (250), Rbt Armstrong Char 280kg, £700 (250), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 280kg, £690 (246), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 280kg, £670 (239), Lim 300kg, £710 (236), Tony Mulholland, Dunmurry Char 280kg, £660 (235), S H Bellingham, Ballymoney Lim 300kg, £705 (235), R G Mulholland, Stoneyford Char 280kg, £655 (233), Niall McKiver, Stewartstown Lim 270kg, £630 (233), S J Mulholland, Hannahstown Char 260kg, £580 (223), Robert Armstrong Char 270kg, £600 (222), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 290kg, £640 (220), Robert Armstrong Char 300kg, £650 (216), Char 280kg, £605 (216), G Devlin Lim 300kg, £630 (210).

301-350kgs

Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 320kg, £800 (250), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 330kg, £815 (247), M and R Simpson, Broughshane Lim 310kg, £750 (241), B McAllister Lim 310kg, £695 (224), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Char 320kg, £705 (220), B McAllister Lim 330kg, £725 (219), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 350kg, £690 (197), Andrew Andrews, Kells Lim 340kg, £655 (192), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter Char 310kg, £570 (183), Steven Millar, Ballymena Lim 320kg, £570 (178), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 320kg, £570 (178), Tony Mulholland, Dunmurry Sim 340kg, £600 (176), M J McRoberts, Ballinderry AA 340kg, £550 (161), local farmer SHB 310kg, £500 (161), Steven Millar, Ballymena BB 310kg, £500 (161), Philip Bryson, Eglinton AA 310kg, £500 (161).

351kg and over

Paul McGarry, Dundrod Blonde 480kg, £980 (204), Andrew Andrews, Kells Char 400kg, £810 (202), Andrew Andrews, Kells Char 400kg, £810 (202), D McAuley, Ballyclare Char 360kg, £690 (191), Wilson Lynn, Randalstown Lim 390kg, £745 (191), Wm Bonnes, Randalstown Char 410kg, £765 (186), Wilson Lynn Lim 390kg, £710 (182), McGookin Farming BB 440kg, £800 (181), Wilson Lynn Lim 400kg, £700 (175), Andrew Adams Lim 380kg, £650 (171), R Caldwell, Ballycarry Lim 370kg, £615 (166), M J McRoberts, Ballinderry AA 390kg, £640 (164), A Boyd, Cloughmills Char 360kg, £585 (162), R Caldwell, Ballycarry Lim 370kg, £570 (154), Lim 390kg, £600 (153), Lim 360kg, £550 (152), M J McRoberts, Ballinderry AA 380kg, £525 (138).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

J McNeill, Moorfields Lim 190kg, £550 (289), R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 190kg, £530 (279), local farmer (3) Char 230kg, £640 (278), Char 190kg, £525 (276), (3) Char 190kg, £525 (276), S and M Warwick, Ballyclare Lim 190kg, £515 (271), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter (2) Lim 180kg, £480 (266), J McAuley, Ballyclare (3) Lim 180kg, £480 (266), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 240kg, £640 (266), Paul McGarry, Dundrod Char 230kg, £610 (265).

251-300kgs

Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 290kg, £780 (269), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 300kg, £780 (260), Lim 280kg, £710 (253), Robert Armstrong Char 300kg, £760 (253), SJ Mulholland, Hannahstown Char 290kg, £720 (248), Char 280kg, £690 (246), John Nicholson, Nutts Corner Lim 270kg, £665 (246), B McAllister Lim 300kg, £735 (245), P McCammon, Larne Lim 290kg, £710 (244), B McAllister Lim 300kg, £730 (243), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 290kg, £700 (241), R McKeown, BB 270kg, £650 (240), P and C Connon, Ballymena Char 290kg, £690 (237), Char 290kg, £680 (234), Jeffrey Wray Char 290kg, £680 (234), R McKeown Lim 280kg, £650 (232).

301-350kgs

Tony Mulholland, Dunmurry Char 330kg, £880 (266), Char 320kg, £840 (262), R G Mulholland Char 310kg, £810 (261), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 330kg, £860 (260), Char 350kg, £880 (251), Char 320kg, £800 (250), Tony Mulholland, Dunmurry Char 350kg, £860 (245), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 350kg, £850 (242), W and D McClure, Dundrod Char 330kg, £800 (242), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 340kg, £820 (241), Paul McGarry, Dundrod Blonde 330kg, £795 (240), B McAllister Lim 320kg, £770 (240), M and R Simpson, Broughshane Lim 310kg, £740 (238), P McCammond, Larne Lim 340kg, £810 (238), B McAllister Lim 350kg, £830 (237), R McKeown Lim 340kg, £800 (235).

351kg and over

Tony Mulholland, Dunmurry Char 370kg, £870 (235), P McCammond, Larne Lim 360kg, £835 (231), Lim 360kg, £800 (222), R McKeown, Lim 360kg, £800 (222), B McAllister Char 410kg, £900 (219), Ian Dodds, Glenwherry Lim 390kg, £855 (219), P McCammond Lim 370kg, £810 (218), John McBurney, Ballyclare Lim 360kg, £780 (216), Lim 380kg, £800 (210), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Char 380kg, £790 (207), Lim 360kg, £725 (201), John McBurney, Ballyclare (2) Lim 410kg, £815 (198), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 380kg, £750 (197), John McBurney Lim 430kg, £840 (195), Norman Boyle, Ballyclare Char 360kg, £700 (194).

Another good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a great trade. Breeding ewes sold to £118, ewe lambs to £92, store lambs to £77 and rams to £200. Leading prices as follows:

Store lambs sold to: Robert Montgomery, Parkgate 6 Suff £77, J E Drummond, Glenarm 1 CB £75, D McCammon, Larne 13 Tex £70, Mrs E M Boyle, Larne 13 Tex £69, J Stewart, Crumlin 11 Suff £68.50, S McAllister, Glenarm 25 Tex £68, J Kerr, Coleraine 15 Tex £68, S McAllister, Glenarm 25 Tex £67, R M Carson, Islandmagee 12 Tex £66, Jim McAteer, Randalstown 15 Tex £66, Mr Gilpin, Belfast 7 Suff £66.

Ewe lambs sold to: Robert Hunter, Ballygally 12 Char £92, Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 4 Mule £78.50, 15 Suff £78, J Stewart, Crumlin 7 Suff £77, R Millar, Gleno 10 Lleyn £76.50, 11 Lleyn £75, T Stewart, Cairncastle 10 Char £73.50, 10 Tex £72.50.

Rams sold to: W Blackburn, Clogher Char £200, R and J Wylie, Clough Char £180, Jim Bell, Comber Char £170, local farmer Tex £140, J P Butler, Rathkenny Suff £130, Robert Montgomery, Parkgate Suff £110.

An entry of 200 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £640 over for a Char 610kg at £1250 presented by J W Duff, Cookstown. Heifers sold to £555 over for a Char 530kg at £1085 and a Char 540kg at £1095.

Bullocks sold to: Local farmer (2) Lim 350kg, £800 (228), R A Harkness, Crumlin Char 450kg, £970 (215), local farmer Char 450kg, £960 (213), Hugh White, Aughafatten Char 480kg, £1015 (211), D H McCourt, Lisburn Char 480kg, £1010 (210), local farmer Lim 390kg, £820 (210), Frank Gourley, Templepatrick Char 450kg, £940 (208), Brian Reid, Templepatrick Char 480kg, £990 (206), local farmer Blonde 410kg, £845 (206), J W Duff, Cookstown Char 610kg, £1250 (204), Frank Gourley, Templepatrick (2) Lim 310kg, £635 (204), AA 460kg, £940 (204), local farmer Char 530kg, £1080 (203), D H McCourt, Lisburn Char 450kg, £905 (201), Airfield Enterprises, Toomebridge AA 440kg, £880 (200), AA 450kg, £900 (200), Frank Gourley Lim 410kg, £815 (198), S Watters, Cookstown Lim 460kg, £910 (197), local farmer Lim 430kg, £850 (197), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 610kg, £1200 (196), A Caldwell, Clough Lim 450kg, £880 (195), Hugh White, Aughafatten Sim 410kg, £800 (195), J W Duff, Coagh Char 710kg, £1380 (194).

Heifers sold to: Alistair Martin, Kells Blonde 390kg, £820 (210), Blonde 400kg, £820 (205), J W Duff, Coagh Char 530kg, £1085 (204), David Fleming, Templepatrick Char 540kg, £1095 (202), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 450kg, £910 (202), P Irwin, Broughshane AA 410kg, £810 (197), Felix McKendry, Broughshane Char 520kg, £1015 (195), S Watters, Cookstown Lim 490kg, £955 (194), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 460kg, £890 (193), David Fleming, Templepatrick Char 520kg, £1005 (193), J W Duff, Char 520kg, £1000 (192), C Christie, Cloughmills Lim 400kg, £760 (190), Hugh White, Aughafatten Lr 390kg, £735 (188), Sidney Rea, Straid Lim 530kg, £995 (187), Hugh White Lim 460kg, £850 (184), R J Moore, Ballyclare Lim 310kg, £570 (183), D Thompson, Bushmills Lim 400kg, £735 (183), Lim 530kg, £970 (183), Hay Bros, Ballycarry Sim 350kg, £640 (182), P Irwin, Broughshane AA 330kg, £600 (181), Hay Bros Lim 370kg, £670 (181), D Thompson Lim 490kg, £880 (179), Hay Bros Lim 370kg, £660 (178), Hugh White, Sim 440kg, £780 (177), Hay Bros Sim 390kg, £690 (176).

An entry of 2082 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade. Fat lambs sold to 409p per kg for a tremendous pen of 16 Beltex 20.5kg at £84 offered by F Harbinson, Limavady and to a top of £98 for a pen of heavy Char from Mrs N Quiery, Whitehead. Fat ewes sold to £75.

Fat lambs (1872)

Top prices per kg: F Harbinson, Limavady 16 Bel, 20.5kg, £84 (409), S Petticrew, Martinstown 4 Tex, 21kg, £75.20 (358), M Baird, Raloo 7 Suff, 20kg, £71.50 (357), Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 3 Tex 23.5kg, £84 (357), J McFerran, Glarryford 4 Zwa, 20.5kg, £72.50 (353), N Graham, Cullybackey 5 Tex, 23kg, £81 (352), Martin Beattie, Moorfields 5 Tex, 20.5kg, £72 (351), J P Butler, Rathkenny 33 Suff, 22kg, £77 (350), Jim McAteer, Randalstown 14 Tex, 23kg, £80 (347), J McFerran, Glarryford 2 Suff, 23kg, £80 (347), John Heron, Broughshane 12 Tex, 22.5kg, £78.20 (347), T Jackson, Broughshane 10 Tex, 22.5kg, £78 (346), McGookin Farming, Ballyclare 6 Tex, 21.5kg, £74.50 (346), B Gaston, Ballymena 22 Tex, 22kg, £76.20 (346), W McQuigg, Aghadowey 20 Tex, 24kg, £83 (345), John McFall, Broughshane 9 Tex, 24kg, £83 (345), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne 33 Suff, 23kg, £79.50 (345), W A Hagan, Ballyclare 23 Tex, 22kg, £76 (345), N Hunter, Larne 3 Tex, 22kg, £76 (345), J Boyd, Larne 24 Tex, 21kg, £72.50 (345), Luke Finlay, Broughshane 16 Tex, 20.5kg, £70.50 (343), Stephen Hall, Monkstown 27 Tex, 24kg, £82.50 (343), Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick 28 Tex, 24.5kg, £84 (342), C McAllister, Moorfields 23 Tex, 21kg, £72 (342), W L Wilson, Ballyclare 20 Tex, 24.5kg, £84 (342).

Fat lambs

Top prices per head: Mrs N Quiery, Whitehead 2 Tex, 29.5kg, £98, John Thompson, Bushmills 22 Tex, 25kg, £85.50, J Lynn, Cullybackey 2 Tex, 27kg, £84, Robert Workman, Kilwaughter 39 Suff, 26kg, £84, Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick 28 Tex, 24.5kg, £84, Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 3 Tex, 23.5kg, £84, L Mawhinney, Randalstown 2 Tex, 25kg, £84, M Moffett, Broughshane 20 Tex, 25.5kg, £84, D Weatherup, Carrick 21 Tex, 25.5kg, £84, W L Wilson, Ballyclare 20 Tex, 24.5kg, £84, Stephen Cargill, Ballyclare 22 Suff, 29kg, £84, F Harbinson, Limavady 16 Bel, 20.5kg, £84, E Alexander, Broughshane 3 Dor, 24.5kg, £83, G Arthur, Broughshane 17 Tex, 24.5kg, £83, J Lynn, Cullybackey 12 Tex, 25kg, £83, John McFall, Broughshane 9 Tex, 24kg, £83, J O’Kane, Carnlough 19 Tex, 25kg, £83, C A Orr, Cloughmills 12 Tex, 29kg, £83, S Weatherup, Carrickfergus 16 Tex, 24.5kg, £83, R Waide, Cloughmills 29 CB, 26kg, £83, W McQuigg, Aghadowey 20 Tex, 24kg, £83, J S Hamilton, Ballymena 26 Tex, 25kg £83, Alan McNair, Ballyclare 4 CB, 26kg £83, W Knowles, Cloughmills 18 Tex, 25kg £82.80, S Wilson, Ballymena 50 Suff, 24.5kg, £82.50.

Fat ewes (210)

First quality

Suff - £60-£75

Tex - £60-£75

CB - £50-£65

BF - £38-£50