Terrific trade for cattle at Ballymena, £1435 for 820kg Limousin

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An entry of 270 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade.

Beef cows sold to 202p for a Lim 640kg at £1292, Friesian cows sold to 127p at 640kg for £812, beef heifers to 200p for Char 570kg at £1140, beef bullocks to 227p for Aberdeen Angus 630kg at £1430 and Fr bullocks sold to 166p for 740kg at £1228.

Leading prices as follows:

Beef cows sold to: H McGookin, Carrickfergus Lim 640kg, £1292 (202), J W Harbinson, Limavady BB 710kg £1363 (192), H McGookin, Carrickfergus Lim 660kg, £1247 (189), R H Sinnamon and Son, Lurgan Lim 760kg, £1406 (185), D Allen, Magherafelt Lim 560kg, £1013 (181), Colin Newell, Ballymoney Lim 820kg, £1435 (175), H McGookin, Carrickfergus Lim 640kg, £1075 (168), Alex Connor, Ballyclare BB 490kg, £803 (164), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Lim 500kg, £820 (164), James Newell, Ballymoney Sim 570kg, £917 (161), Norman Farquhar, Ballymena Sim 740kg, £1161 (157), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 730kg, £1131 (155), D McGarel, Glenarm Lim 620kg, £961 (155), R H Sinnamon and Sons, Lurgan Sim 700kg, £1064 (152), D McCalmont, Islandmagee Lim 660kg, £983 (149), Steven McIlrath, Glarryford Char 640kg, £940 (147), Simon Moore, Crumlin BB 740kg, £1065 (144), Maura Bradley, Castledawson BB 710kg, £1022 (144), Nat and Sammy Wilson, Rathkenny Sal 510kg, 3734 (144), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 730kg, £1036 (142), Ballymena producers, Ballymena Lim 680kg, £945 (139), Ballymena producers, Ballymena BB 520kg, £722 (139), Robert McIlveen, Kells Blo 760kg, £1048 (138), David Coulter, Doagh Lim 700kg, £966 (138).

Friesian cows sold to: Steven McIlrath, Glarryford 640kg, £812 (127), Ballymena producer, Ballymena 630kg, £749 (119), K Steele, Islandmagee 740kg, £865 (117), R Alexander, Cloughmills 830kg, £962 (116), M Wilkin, Islandmagee 750kg, £855 (114), I B and H J Marsden, Islandmagee 650kg, £741 (114), K Steele, Islandmagee 600kg, £660 (110), I B and H J Marsden, Islandmagee 740kg, £806 (109), I B and H J Marsden, Islandmagee 660kg, £699 (106), R L A and D Irvine, Dundrod 600kg, £630 (105), A Hoey, Glenwherry 690kg, £717 (104), R J Beattie, Ballymena 490kg, £499 (102), R A Hill, Islandmagee 710kg, £717 (101), A Hoey, Glenwherry 700kg, £707 (101), D McAuley, Toombridge 680kg, £673 (99), R J Beattie, Ballymena 660kg, £653 (99), J and A McAteer, Randalstown 650kg, £624 (96), J and J Huey, Armoy 590kg, £560 (95), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 740kg, £695 (94), Thomas Dunlop, Glenarm 640kg, £582 (91), Ballymena producer, Ballymena 630kg, £567 (90), R Alexander, Cloughmills 630kg, £567 (90).

Beef heifers sold to: J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Char 570kg, £1140 (200), R H Sinnamon, Lurgan Sim 680kg, £1353 (199), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Char 610kg, £1207 (198), Sandra Hunter, Bushmills Char 580kg, £1131 (195), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Lim 650kg, £1241 (191), Hugh McGarry, Broughshane Lim 500kg, £950 (190), W Thompson, Dromore Blo 520kg, £982 (189), W Thompson, Dromore Char 540kg, £1020 (189), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Char 650kg, £1215 (187), Robert McIlveen, Kells Lim 560kg, £1041 (186), G Connon, Crumlin AA 540kg, £993 (184), D Patterson, Crumlin BB 720kg, £1281 (178), G Connon, Crumlin AA 540kg, £945 (175), Ballymena producer, Ballymena Lim 540kg, £945 (175).

Beef bullocks sold to: Arthur and Thomas Lagan, Portglenone AA 630kg, £1430 (227), Airfield Enterprises, Toombridge AA 540kg, £1198 (222), Arthur and Thomas Lagan, Portglenone Lim 610kg, £1317 (216), J Thompson, Lisburn Lim 670kg £1413 (211), Arthur & Thomas Lagan, Portglenone Lim 670kg, £1400 (209), R G A Ashcroft, Ballinderry Lim 810kg, £1684 (208), R G A Ashcroft, Ballinderry Lim 840kg, £1722 (205), D Christie, Ballymoney Lim 570kg, £1162 (204), Airfield Enterprises, Toombridge AA 530kg, £1081 (204), Linton Bros, Cloughmills Lim 640kg, £1305 (204), J Thompson, Lisburn Lim 690kg, £1400 (203), Albert Fullerton, Ballymena Char 750kg, £1515 (202), P Higgins, Ballymena Lim 600kg, £1212 (202), J Thompson, Lisburn Sim 670kg, £1353 (202), J Thompson, Lisburn Lim 590kg, £1191 (202), J and R Gregg, Glarryford Par 470kg, £940 (200), J and R Gregg, Glarryford Char 610kg, £1220 (200), P Higgins, Ballymena Lim 690kg, £1380 (200), P Higgins, Ballymena Lim 660kg, £1293 (196), J Thompson, Lisburn Lim 660kg, £1293 (196), M Matthews, Ballycastle AA 570kg, £1111 (195), D Christie, Ballymoney Lim 700kg, £1358 (194), D Christie, Ballymoney Lim 660kg, £1280 (194), James Bellingham, Ballymoney Char 540kg, £1042 (193).

Friesian bullocks sold to: K Steele, Islandmagee 740kg, £1228 (166), R Dawson, Lisburn 600kg, £984 (164), R Dawson, Lisburn 690kg, £1117 (162), R Dawson, Lisburn 640kg, £1030 (161), R Dawson, Lisburn 610kg, £969 (159), John Carey, Ballymena 660kg, £1042 (158), John Carey, Ballymena 640kg, £998 (156), John Carey, Ballymena 540kg, £842 (156), S Jamieson, Broughshane 780kg, £1209 (155), S Jamieson, Broughshane 620kg, £961 (155), S Jamieson, Broughshane 640kg, £992 (155), S Jamieson, Broughshane 680kg, £1054 (155), S Jamieson, Broughshane 690kg, £1069 (155), R Dawson, Lisburn 600kg, £924 (154), I B and H J Marsden, Islandmagee 480kg, £739 (154), R Dawson, Lisburn 580kg, £887 (153), R Dawson, Lisburn 590kg, £902 (153), Alan White, Ballymoney 710kg, £1079 (152), John Carey, Ballymena 640kg, £966 (151), S Jamieson, Broughshane 630kg, £945 (150), S Jamieson, Broughshane 680kg, £1020 (150), S Jamieson, Broughshane 590kg, £885 (150), R Dawson, Lisburn 640kg, £947 (148), R Dawson, Lisburn 630kg, £932 (148).

Another good entry of 250 weanlings resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £530 over for a Char 330kg at £860 presented by John Murray, Larne. Heifers sold to £510 over for a Lim 390kg at £900 offered by T A and P Paul, Dunloy.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: J Coulter, Antrim Char 240kg, £690 (287), A J Gardiner, Glenwherry Lim 170kg, £480 (282), W Barron, Carrickfergus 170kg, £460 (270), S J Mulholland, Belfast Sim 210kg, £555 (264), W Barron, Carrickfergus BB 170kg, £445 (261), W Barron, Carrickfergus BB 190kg, £485 (255), A J Gardiner, Glenwherry Lim 170kg, £430 (252), E Kelly, Randalstown Lim 250kg, £630 (252), S Crothers, Doagh Lim 120kg, £300 (250), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 240kg, £590 (245), A J Gardiner, Glenwherry Lim 140kg, £340 (242), B Bailey, Ballycastle Lim 250kg, £600 (240), George Mills, Glenarm BB 230kg, £550 (239), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 220kg, £520 (236), S Crothers, Doagh Lim 180kg, £425 (236), S Crothers, Doagh Lim 180kg, £425 (236).

Bulls/blks 251-300kgs: H Morrell, Coleraine Lim 270kg, £750 (277), John Murray, Larne Char 260kg, £710 (273), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 260kg, £700 (269), J Coulter, Antrim Lim 300kg, £800 (266), John Murray, Larne Sim 300kg, £745 (248), J Coulter, Antrim Lim 290kg, £690 (237), P McCord, Randalstown Char 300kg, £710 (236), John Murray, Larne Sim 290kg, £680 (234), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 260kg, £600 (230), M Foster, Kells Sal 290kg, £665 (229), SJ Mulholland, Belfast Char 270kg, £615 (227), Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena Char 290kg, £660 (227), Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena Lim 280kg, £630 (225), James Wilson Jnr, Glenarm Lim 280kg, £615 (219), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 280kg, £610 (217), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 260kg, £565 (217).

Bulls/blks 301-350kgs: John Murray, Larne Char 330kg, £860 (260), B McAllister, Glenarm Char 320kg, £780 (243), P McCord, Randalstown Lim 350kg, £790 (225), J Coulter, Antrim Char 350kg, £780 (222), P McCord Randalstown Lim 350kg, £780 (222), P McCord Randalstown Lim 350kg, £780 (222), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 320kg, £710 (221), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 350kg, £770 (220), JK Davidson, Broughshane Char 310kg, £680 (219), James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 330kg, £715 (216), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Sal 310kg, £655 (211), B Bailey, Ballycastle Lim 310kg, £650 (209), M Foster, Kells Sal 320kg, £670 (209), James Wilson Jnr, Glenarm BB 320kg, £655 (204), G Devlin, Randalstown Lim 330kg, £670 (203), J and J Rea, Larne Lim 340kg, £690 (202).

Bulls/blks 351kgs and over: David White, Broughshane Lim 360kg, £865 (240), David White, Broughshane Lim 380kg, £870 (229), B McAllister, Glenarm Char 360kg, £810 (225), M Foster, Kells Char 370kg, £830 (224), James Rainey, Crumlin Lim 380kg, £845 (222), J K Davidson, Broughshane Sim 360kg, £780 (216), Martin McCann, Randalstown Lim 380kg, £820 (215), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 380kg, £810 (213), J K Davidson, Broughshane Sim 380kg, £810 (213), J K Davidson, Broughshane Sim 390kg, £820 (210), P McCord, Randalstown Lim 400kg, £835 (208), P McCord, Randalstown Lim 4100kg, £830 (207), B McAllister, Glenarm Char 450kg, £890 (197), B McAllister, Glenarm Char 430kg, £850 (197), Robert Robinson, Ballycarry Lim 380kg, £750 (197), Martin McCann, Randalstown Lim 380kg, £747 (196).

Heifers 0-250kgs: S J Mulholland, Belfast Sim 200kg, £555 (277), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 160kg, £435 (271), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Lim 240kg, £610 (254), S J Mulholland, Belfast Char 220kg, £550 (250), S Crothers, Doagh Lim 200kg, £490 (245), S J Mulholland, Belfast Char 230kg, £560 (243), E Kelly, Randalstown Lim 240, £570 (237), Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena Char 240kg, £565 (235), S J Mulholland, Belfast Char 250kg, £580 (232), William McBurney, Moorfields Char 240kg, £555 (231), W Barron, Carrickfergus BB 190kg, £435 (229), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Char 240kg, £540 (225), G Wilson, Glenarm Blo 220kg, £490 (222), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 240kg, £530 (220), J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 210kg, £460 (219), R Baxter, Ballymena AA 210kg, £460 (219).

Heifers 251-300kgs: H Morrell, Coleraine Lim 260kg, £660 (253), David White, Broughshane Lim 290kg, £730 (251), M Foster, Kells Char 260kg, £650 (250), E Kelly, Randalstown Lim 270kg, £670 (248), Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena Char 290kg, £710 (244), J Coulter, Antrim Lim 270kg, £660 (244), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Lim 260kg, £630 (242), Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena Char 290kg, £700 (241), John Murray, Larne Sim 300kg, £715 (238), H Morrell, Coleraine Char 270kg, £640 (237), E Kelly, Lim 260kg, £610 (234), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Lim 270kg, £620 (229), M Foster, Kells Char 280kg, £640 (228), M Foster, Kells Lim 270kg, £610 (225), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 290kg, £650 (224), Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena Char 290kg, £640 (220).

Heifers 351-350kgs: S Gowdy, Ballyclare Lim 320kg, £775 (242), S Gowdy, Ballyclare Lim 320kg, £775 (242), S Gowdy, Ballyclare Lim 320kg, £775 (242), James Wilson Jnr, Glenarm Lim 320kg, £730 (228), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Char 320kg, £730 (228), David White, Broughshane Lim 320kg, £720 (225), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Char 310kg, £695 (224), David White, Broughshane Lim 310kg, £670 (216), James Wilson Jnr, Glenarm Lim 320kg, £690 (215), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 340kg, £730 (214), John McLoughlin, Carnlough Char 320kg, £680 (212), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 330kg, £700 (212), James Wilson Jnr, Glenarm BB 330kg, £680 (206), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 340kg, £695 (204).

Heifers 351kgs and over: T A and P Paul, Dunloy Lim 390kg, £900 (230), W Livingstone, Ballymena BB 390kg, £890 (228), David White, Broughshane Lim 370kg, £740 (200), T A and P Paul, Dunloy Char 360kg, £675 (187), T A and P Paul, Dunloy Char 370kg, £670 (181).

235 lots of dropped calves in ring three sold to £445 for a partly reared AA bull, young bull calves to £400 for a limousin ( 2½ weeks old). Heifer calves to £410 each for 3 AA (4½ months), younger lots to £360 for a 7 weeks old Belgium Blue.

Bull calves: G Patton, Stranocum, AA £445 and 2 £395 each, T Johnston, Glenavy, Lim £400, R Stewart, Ballyclare, BB £375, R Bingham, Nutts Corner, Char £370 and £300, R Alexander, Cloughmills, BB £340, H Alcorn, Limavady, BB £325, £320, £300, B Gribben, Dunloy, Lim £310, R Millar, Ballymena, ST £305, R Thompson, Glenarm, Lim £305, Bellaghy Farmer, SH £300, R McCormick, Armoy, AA £300.

Heifer calves: E Patton, Stranocum, 3 AA £410, R Alexander, Cloughmills, BB £402, H Alcorn, Limavady, BB £360, R Bingham, Nutts Corner, Char £355, M Chambers, Bushmills, Spk £335, B Gribben, Dunloy, Sim £335, D McKay, Broughshane, Lim £330 and £320, A Armstrong, Antrim, BB £320, R Thompson, Glenarm, BB £310, R and C Steede, Cullybackey, BB £310.

38 dairy cows and heifers sold well to £1720 for a calved heifer from J Prentice, Saintfield. A second calver sold to £1620 for Bolton Bros, Maghera.

J Prentice, Saintfield, Hol £1720, Bolton Bros, Maghera, Hol £1620, J Prentice, Hol £1600, C Annett, Hillsborough, Fri £1600, W Bristow, Portglenone, Fri £1580, D Graham, Clough, Hol £1560, T Clendinning, Fivemiletown, Fri £1550, W Johnston, Belfast, Hol £1540, S and W Gill, Killinchy, Fri £1500,J Adams, Cloughwater, Fri £1490, Fri £1480,Bolton Bros, Maghera, Hol £1450, C Annett, Hillsborough, Fri £1400, J Prentice, Hol £1380, D Graham Clough, Hol £1290, W Bristow, Portglenone, Fri £1280,J Prentice, Hol £1250, R H and H A Shanks, Dunadry, Hol £1240, Hol £1220, Hol £1200, A Anderson, Tullyconnell, Fri £1140, I and T McCaughey, Broughshane, Fri £1140, N Scott, Nutts Corner, Hol £1120, C Annett, Hillsbrorough, Fri £1100, D Wallace, Antrim, Hol £1080.

Suckler stock to £1060 for Limousin from John Clarke, Gracehill, L Devlin, Armoy, Charolais £1000, J Clarke, Gracehill Limousin £1000

An entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade. Lambs sold to £82.

S Jamieson, Broughshane, 3 Tex, £82, 15 Tex, £71, W Hamill, Ballymena, CB £70, I Erskine, Ballycarry, 13 Tex, £68.50, B McAllister, Kells, 12 Suff, £68, W Shaw, Cloughmills, Suff, £68, B McAllister, Kells, 14 BF, £68, D Montgomery, Glenwherry, 10 Tex, £66.50, W Hamilton, Doagh, 15 Tex, £66, B McAllister, Kells, 5 Suff, £65.50, Y Gregg, Broughshane, 5 Dor, £65, I Montgomery, Glenwherry, 3 Tex, £65, D Blair, Kells, 22 Tex, £65, R Davison, Broughshane, 15 Suff, £64.50, I Montgomery, Glenwherry, 17 Tex, £64, Shane’s Castle Estate, Antrim, 59 Tex, £63.50.

An entry of 110 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in another great trade. Bullock sold to £710 over for a Limousin 580kg £1290 offered by J McKinney, Maghera. Heifers sold to £550 over for a Charolais 540kg £1090 presented by S Wilson Ballynure.

Bullocks: J McKinney, Maghera, Lim 580kg, £1290 (222), A and B Hunter, Antrim, Lim 490kg, £1080 (220), Lim 490kg, £1060 (216), Char 520kg, £1120 (215), W Harkness, Crumlin, 520kg, £1110 (213), H Forsythe, Ballynure, Lim 520kg, £1065 (204), W Harkness, Crumlin, Lim 490kg, £1000 (204), J Murtland, Antrim, Lim 500kg, £1015 (203), Lim 510kg, £1035 (202), D Moore, Ballyclare, Lim 420kg, £850 (202), Char 460kg, £910 (197), S Dunn, Downpatrick, Sim 530kg, £1045 (197), J Murtland, Antrim, Lim 580kg, £1140 (196), Lim 570kg, £1120 (196), H Forsythe, Ballynure, Lim 470kg, £915 (194), J Murtland, Antrim, Lim 550kg, £1070 (194).

Heifers: S Wilson, Ballyclare, Char 490kg, £1030 (210), R Oliver, Templepatrick, Lim 380kg, £780 (205), S Wilson, Ballyclare, Sim 470kg, £960 (204), Char 540kg, £1090 (201), S Dunn, Downpatrick, Simm 390kg, £780 (200), L Greer, Ballyclare, AA 370kg, £740 (200), AA 410kg, £810 (197), H Forsythe, Ballynure, Lim 400kg, £790 (197), W Harkness, Crumlin, Lim 440kg, £860 (195), R Oliver, Templepatrick, Lim 410kg, £800 (195), S Wilson, Ballynure, Char 530kg, £1020 (192), Char 520kg, £1000 (192), W Knox, Armoy, Lim 390kg, £750 (192), S Wilson, Ballynure, Lim 570kg, £1080 (189), P Brankin, Aghalee, Char 520kg, £985 (189), Char 480kg, £905 (188).

An entry of 2037 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 362p for a pen of 57 Texels, 20.5kg, £74.20 presented by J McQuiston, Ballymoney and to a top per head of £85 for a pen of 44 Suff, 28kg offered by W McCurdy, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £86.

Fat lambs 1859: (Top price per kilo): J McQuiston, Ballymoney, 51 Tex, 20.5kg £74.20 (362), R Davison, Broughshane, 32 Suff 21kg £74.80 (356), J Christie, Cloughmills, 10 Tex, 20.5kg, £73 (356), J McFerran, Ballymena, Tex, 12kg, £42 (350), S Thompson, Glenarm, 20 Suff, 21.5kg, £75.20 (349), S Bonnar, Broughshane, 6 CV, 22kg, £76.80 (349), D Mills, Glenarm, 6 Tex, 21kg, £73 (347), A and W Gregg, Cloughmills, 3 Tex, 20.5kg £71 (346), T Jackson, Broughshane, 3 Char 22kg, £76 (345), J Hamilton, Ballyclare, 17 Tex, 21.5kg £74.20 (345), J Fenton, Glarryford, 15 Tex, 20kg £69 (345), Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick, 7 Tex, 23.5kg £81 (344), G Crothers, Kells, 62 Tex, 23kg, £79 (343), J McIntyre, Clough, 55 Tex, 22kg £75.50 (343), R Taylor, Ballinderry, 33 Tex, 21kg £72 (342), E and P McCormick, Cushendun, 12 BF, 22.5kg, £77 (342), G Martin, Broughshane, 15 Tex, 24kg, £82 (341), E Duff, Ballymena, 14 Tex, 22.5kg, £76.80 (341), W Steele, Coleraine, 76 Suff, 22kg, £75 (340), J McFetridge, Glenarm, 4 Dor, 23.5kg, £80 (340), J Mills, Glenarm, 2 Tex, 20kg, £68 (340), W McQuigg, Coleriane, 15 Tex, 22.5kg, £76.50 (340), J Mawhinney, Antrim, 12 Char, 22kg, £74.80 (340).

Top price per head: W McCurdy, Broughshane, 44 Suff, 28.5kg, £85, W Wilson, Ballymena, 6 Tex, 27kg, £83, Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick, 22, Tex 24.5kg, £83, C Gribben, Dunloy, 20 Suff, 27kg, £83, W McIntyre, Cloughmills, 24 Tex, 26kg, £83, A Gaston, Carnlough, 5 Tex, 27.5kg, £83, J McFall, Broughshane, 1 Tex, 26kg, £83, S White, Cloughmills, 24 Tex, 25.5kg, £83, D McWilliams, Ballyclare, 6 Tex, 24.5kg, £83, J McWilliam, Ballyclare, 8 Tex, 25.5kg, £83, W Wallace, Ballymena, 2 Suff, 28.5kg, £83, A J Wilson, Ballymena, 11 Tex, 26.5kg, £82.50, S Hunter, Bushmills, 16 CB, 26.5kg, £82.50, G White, Broughshane, 15 Tex, 24kg, £82, T Greer, Cullybackey, 2 Tex, 25kg, £82, R Boyle, Larne, 17 Tex, 25kg, £82, D McKinney, Maghera, 1 Tex, 28kg, £82, R Robinson, Ballynure, 1 Tex, 27kg, £82, R Cowan, Magheramourne, 50 Suff, 24.5kg, £81.80, W Hoy, Templepatrick, 52 Suff, 25kg, £81.50, W McQuigg, Aghadowey, 5 Suff, 25kg, £81, W Hanna, Ballyclare, 6 Tex, 24.5kg, £81, Carrigeen, Templepatrick, 7 Tex, 23.5kg, £81.