Limousin sells for £1400 for 800kg at Ballymena

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A great entry of 410 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a super trade.

Beef cows sold to 175p for a Lim 800kg at £1400, Fr cows to 111p for 620kg at £688, beef heifers to 215p for AA 560kg at £1204, beef bullocks to 221p for AA 620kg at £1370, Fr bullocks to 161p for 630kg at £1014.

Beef cows sold to: M Diamond, Coleraine Lim 800kg, £1400 (175), H McNeill, Cushendun Blonde 620kg, £1041 (168), Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick Char 810kg, £1328 (164), Brian Lyttle, Moorfields Lim 740kg, £1184 (160), W and F and P Brown, Newmills Lim 590kg, £938 (159), local farmer Par 550kg, £869 (158), Gary Stewart, Templepatrick Lim 710kg, £1114 (157), Dominic O’Boyle, Broughshane Sim 540kg, £842 (156), A Baxter, Ballyclare Lim 690kg, £1041 (151), M M and S McManus, Swatragh AA 730kg, £1080 (148), John Crawford, Gracehill Lim 630kg, £919 (146), G McLernon, Toomebridge Char 630kg, £913 (145), R Crawford, Raloo Lim 720kg, £1044 (145), M M and S McManus, Swatragh BB 850kg, £1215 (143), H V McCambridge, Carnlough Lim 690kg, £979 (142), Rasharkin producer Char 750kg, £1065 (142), W F and P Brown Lim 710kg, £1001 (141), D J and R White, Brougshshane Char 720kg, £1015 (141), A Baxter, Ballyclare Lim 640kg, £896 (140), M M and S McManus, Swatragh Char 770kg, £1078 (140), J and F McKinstry, Ballyclare Blonde 670kg, £938 (140), Francis Keating, Portaferry Char 710kg, £979 (138), J and F McKinstry, Ballyclare Lim 680kg, £931 (137), Robin Kennedy, Dundrod Lim 670kg, £911 (136).

Friesian cows sold to: Wm Hoey, Ballymena 620kg, £688 (111), Samuel Herbison, Ballymena 610kg £677 (111), I B and H J Marsden, Islandmagee 740kg, £806 (109), W R McIntyre, Cloughmills 620kg, £675 (109), C F G and J C Adams, Dungonnell 740kg, £806 (109), J McElheron, Stranocum 620kg, £675 (109), Alastair McBurney, Cloughmills 730kg, £788 (108), 840kg, £898 (107), 660kg, £706 (107), Brian Lyttle, Moorfields 670kg, £716 (107), J and S McElnay, Bushmills 660kg, £706 (107), 720kg, £763 (106), G Connon, Aldergrove 680kg, £720 (106), Wm Hoey, Ballymena 640kg, £672 (105), S J C Woodburn, Ballyclare 710kg, £745 (105), John Gault, Ballyclare 780kg, £819 (105), J Stewart, Templepatrick 750kg, £780 (104), G Connon, Aldergrove 680kg, £707 (104), H and A Speedy, Randalstown 690kg, £710 (103), Ian Thompson, Templepatrick 740kg, £762 (103), George Kerr, Ahoghill 660kg, £673 (102), E and R J Bredin, Londonderry 770kg, £785 (102), Sam Agnew, Ballyclare 740kg, £754 (102), J McElheran, Stranocum 670kg, £676 (101).

Overage bulls and bullocks sold to: Samuel Cruickshanks, Hillsborough Char 750kg, £1215 (162), 710kg, £1072 (351), Sal 690kg, £1035 (150), Lim 530kg, £763 (144), A Lamont, Portglenone AA 570kg, £815 (143), S Wallace, Ballymena Lim 780kg, £1115 (143), AA 620kg, £843 (136), A Lamont, Portglenone AA 510kg, £663 (130), Donal Kane, Cushendall Char 1280kg, £1612 (126), W and T Munnis, Kilraughts AA 870kg, £991 (114), Stephen McDowell, Magheramourne Lim 790kg, £884 (112).

Beef heifers sold to: J McKinley, Bushmills AA 560kg, £1204 (215), S R Gray, Antrim Char 640kg, £1337 (209), Steven McGuinness, Eglinton Char 650kg, £1352 (208), G McLernon, Toomebridge Char 640kg, £1331 (208), SR Gray, Antrim AA 680kg, £1387 (204), G McLernon, Char 640kg, £1305 (204), Char 640kg, £1299 (203), S Chesney, Kircubbin Blonde 610kg, £1232 (202), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 510kg, £1025 (201), Nuala McGrattan, Kircubbin Char 570kg, £1140 (200), S Chesney, Kircubbin Blonde 640kg, £1273 (199), J W Hodges, Armoy Char 530kg, £1054 (199), Char 590kg, £1162 (197), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Char 550kg, £1078 (196), Steven McGuinness Char 680kg, £1326 (195), G McLernon, Toomebridge Char 690kg, £1345 (195), S R Gray, Antrim Char 640kg, £1228 (192), Char 650kg, £1248 (192), Steven McGuinness Char 730kg, £1401 (192), S Chesney, Kircubbin BB 580kg, £1107 (191), G McLernon, Toomebridge Here 650kg, £1241 (191), Francis Keating, Portaferry Char 690kg, £1311 (190), Char 650kg, £1235 (190), R G A Ashcroft, Coagh Lim 690kg, £1311 (190).

Beef bullocks sold to: J McKinley, Bushmills AA 620kg, £1370 (221), AA 660kg, £1452 (220), AA 570kg, £1254 (220), AA 600kg, £1308 (218), AA 660kg, £1432 (217), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 660kg, £1419 (215), R J Lyle, Larne Lim 590kg, £1256 (213), Albert Fullerton, Galgorm Parks Char 690kg, £1449 (210), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Char 670kg, £1400 (209), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 670kg, £1393 (208), Lim 630kg, £1285 (204), R J Lyle, Larne Lim 620kg, £1252 (202), E Ferguson Lim 620kg, £1252 (202), R J Lyle, Lim 650kg, £1293 (199), R G A Ashcroft, Coagh Lim 670kg, £1333 (199), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 620kg, £1215 (196), R J Lyle, Larne Lim 720kg, £1396 (194), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 580kg, £1125 (194), J Keating, Portaferry Char 670kg, £1299 (194), E Ferguson Lim 660kg, £1273 (193), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 640kg, £1228 (192), C B Wilkinson, Randalstown Lim 600kg, £1140 (190), Francis Keating Char 760kg, £1444 (190), J Keating Char 810kg, £1539 (190).

Friesian bullocks sold to: F O’Boyle, Randalstown 630kg, £1014 (161), 550kg, £803 (146), 530kg, £763 (144), 580kg, £800 (138), R Waide, Cloughmills 600kg, £816 (136), 510kg, £683 (134), E and R J Bredin, Londonderry 660kg, £792 (120).

45 dairy cows and heifers continued to meet stronger demand selling to 1440gns for an in calf heifer from D and J Kennedy, Downpatrick. W G Johnston, Ligoniel sold a freshly calved heifer for £1420.

Dairy cows sold to: W G Johnston, Ligoniel calved hfr £1420, A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare calved hfr £1360, D W Graham, Clough calved hfr £1320, G and A M Patton, Carrowdore calved hfr £1280, J McCann, Lurgan calved hfr £1270, W G Johnston, calved hfr £1260, R J and J A Wright, Stoneyford calved cow £1230, A McKillop, Cushendall calved cow £1220, D Foreman, Belfast calved cow £1200, G and A M Patton calved hfr £1170, James Watt, Templepatrick calved hfr £1160, D W Graham, Clough calved hfr £1080, I W and A T McCaughey, Broughshane calved hfr £1060, Raymond Stewart, Ballyclare Ayr calved hfr £1040, Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved cow £1030, J McCann, Lurgan calved hfr £1000.

A special entry of Friesian springing heifers from D and J Kennedy, Downpatrick sold to (all in gns) 1440gns, 1400gns, (2) 1380gns, (2) 1350gns, (2) 1280gns, 1250gns, 1220gns, 1200gns.

A smaller entry of suckler stock sold to £1100 for an in calf Sim heifer. Ruling prices: Joe Steede, Cullybackey Sim £1100, P R Ardbuckle, Kells Blonde £1070, E Haire, Ligoniel Here £1000, P R Ardbuckle Blonde £1000.

160 lots in the calf ring sold well to £455 for a Lim bull (3 months), dropped calves to £395 for a BB bull (2 weeks). Heifer calves to £345 for a 10 week old Lim, younger lots to £280 for a Simmental, Friesian bulls to £215.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: D McKay, Broughshane Lim £455, Lim £440, E and R J Bredin, Londonderry Lim £430, local farmer £430, E and R J Bredin Lim £425, Graeme Martin, Broughshane St £420, Ramone Hayes, Moorfields BB £400, K Craig, Ballyclare BB £395, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim £385, Roger Crawford, Parkmore Lim £380, J R McNeilly, Randalstown (2) Here £375, Patrick Logan Sim £370, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £360, E and R J Bredin Lim £350, J Walker, Randalstown Here £335.

Heifer calves sold to: E and R J Bredin, Londonderry Lim £345, Lim £325, J R McNeilly, Randalstown Here £300, E and R J Bredin Lim £295, D Marcus, Glenarm Sim £280, Sim £270, A and E Cochrane, Bushmills Lim £280, J R McNeilly, Randalstown Here £260, E and R J Bredin Lim £255, D Marcus, Glenarm Sim £250, local farmer AA £245, Cairnleigh Ltd, Aghalee BB £235, A and E Cochrane Lim £230, R A Brown, Moneymore BB £200, J Walker, Randalstown Here £220, E and R J Bredin Lim £210.

Friesian bull calves sold to: J King, Ballymena (4) £215, WL Wilson, Ballyclare £190, £180, J King (4) £160, James Adair, Kells (3) £135, WL Wilson (2) £135, A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter £135.

An entry of 230 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a great trade. Heifers sold to £700 over for a Lim 510kg at £1210 presented by V N Fleck, Broughshane. Bullocks sold to £530 over for a Char 440kg at £970 offered by A S Millar, Antrim.

Heifers 0-250kgs: W Stewart, Dundrod Blonde 150kg, £395 (263), Sean McGill, Aghadowey (2) Char 190kg, £495 (260), (2) Char 170kg, £410 (241), W Stewart, Dundrod (2) Blonde 190kg, £435 (229), Blonde 220kg, £500 (227), N McGill Char 220kg, £500 (227), Sean McGill Char 220kg, £500 (227), J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Char 250kg, £540 (216), J S Dunn, Straid Char 230kg, £490 (213), Paul Kennedy, Ballymena Lim 160kg, £335 (209), Simon Loughery, Limavady Lim 250kg, £520 (208).

251-300kgs: J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Char 290kg, £730 (251), J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 280kg, £680 (242), J McLaughlin Char 260kg, £625 (240), M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Lim 280kg, £655 (233), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 280kg, £650 (232), J S Dunn, Straid Lim 300kg, £675 (225), K Craig, Ballyclare AA 260kg, £575 (221), David Steele Char 280kg, £615 (219), M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Lim 280kg, £595 (212), W R Wilson, Ballymena Lim 260kg, £545 (209), James P Mitchell, Aghadowey Lim 280kg, £580 (207), Raymond Andrews, Kells St 290kg, £595 (205), St 290kg, £585 (201), St 260kg, £520 (200).

301-350kgs: David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 340kg, £760 (223), T McKillop, Glenarm Lim 350kg, £745 (212), J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Char 350kg, £735 (210), Simon Loughery, Limavady Lim 320kg, £665 (207), J McLaughlin Char 330kg, £680 (206), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 330kg, £675 (204), John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 320kg, £650 (203), V N Fleck, Broughshane Lim 350kg, £710 (202), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Char 330kg, £655 (198), W R Wilson, Ballymena Char 340kg, £670 (197), Simon Loughery, Limavady BB 310kg, £600 (193), Derek Millan, Ballymoney Blonde 340kg, £650 (191).

351kg and over: V N Fleck, Broughshane Lim 510kg, £1210 (237), Lim 400kg, £860 (215), D Carson, Nutts Corner Lim 450kg, £950 (211), VN Fleck Lim 380kg, £795 (209), Lim 370kg, £750 (202), R and W Fleck, Broughshane SHB 470kg, £950 (202), Char 450kg, £900 (200), A S Millar, Antrim Char 380kg, £760 (200), V N Fleck, Lim 380kg, £760 (200), W G Hughes, Clough Sim 390kg, £770 (197), J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 380kg, £750 (197), R and W Fleck Char 460kg, £900 (195), G Wilson, Ballyboley Char 380kg, £740 (194), R and W Fleck Lim 450kg, £875 (194), V N Fleck Lim 400kg, £775 (193), D Carson, Nutts Corner Lim 510kg, £980 (192).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: W Stewart, Dundrod Blonde 210kg, £660 (314), (3) Blonde 200kg, £620 (310), J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Char 250kg, £715 (286), Sean McGill, Aghadowey (2) Char 200kg, £570 (285), Char 150kg, £410 (273), J S Dunn, Straid (3) Lim 160kg, £430 (268), Sean McGill Char 180kg, £475 (263), H McGill Char 220kg, £555 (252), W Stewart, Blonde 200kg, £500 (250), Raymond Andrews, Kells St 190kg, £470 (247), St 200kg, £490 (245).

251-300kgs: J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Char 290kg, £730 (251), J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 280kg, £680 (242), J McLaughlin Char 260kg, £625 (240), M McKinstry, Nutts Corner Lim 280kg, £655 (232), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 280kg, £650 (232), J S Dunn, Straid Lim 300kg, £675 (225), K Craig, Ballyclare AA 260kg, £575 (221), David Steele Char 280kg, £615 (219), M McKinstry, Lim 280kg, £595 (212), W R Wilson, Ballymena Lim 260kg, £545 (209), James P Mitchell, Aghadowey Lim 280kg, £580 (207), Raymond Andrews, Kells St 290kg, £595 (205), St 290kg, £585 (201), St 260kg, £520 (200), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 280kg, £520 (185), Sam Wadsworth, Here 280kg, £485 (173).

301-350kgs: J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 340kg, £780 (229), Simon Loughery, Limavady Sim 310kg, £665 (214), David Robinson, Crumlin Lim 350kg, £750 (214), Steven McCann, Randalstown Lim 320kg, £670 (209), C McKee, Cairncastle Lim 330kg, £690 (209), John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 350kg, £730 (208), James P Mitchell, Aghadowey Char 330kg, £680 (206), Brian Wharry, Glenarm Lim 350kg, £720 (205), Simon Loughery, Limavady (2) AA 350kg, £720 (205), T J McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 350kg, £715 (204), N and J McKee, Larne Lim 330kg, £645 (195), Simon Loughery (2) Lim 350kg, £680 (194).

351kg and over: H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 370kg, £880 (237), local farmer Char 370kg, £850 (229), H Crawford, Char 380kg, £870 (229), local farmer Lim 370kg, £820 (221), A S Millar, Antrim Char 440kg, £970 (220), local farmer Sim 390kg, £850 (218), H Crawford, Char 430kg, £930 (216), Char 430kg, £920 (214), local farmer BB 410kg, £870 (212), Simon Loughery Char 400kg, £840 (210), W G Hughes, Clough Lim 410kg, £860 (209), N and J McKee, Cairncastle Lim 370kg, £765 (206), Steven McCann, Randalstown AA 360kg, £740 (205), S McAlister, Ballintoy Char 380kg, £780 (205), James P Mitchell, Aghadowey Lim 380kg, £780 (205), T McKillop, Glenarm Lim 410kg, £840 (204).

Another great yard of 4000 sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a great trade. Hoggets sold to £200, store lambs to £79. A show and sale of mule ewe lambs was held with Joe Adams judging the event awarding first to Martin Kelly, Limavady £132, second to J Kerr, Coleraine £128, third Robert Workman, Kilwaughter.

Leading prices for mule ewe lambs: Samuel D Anderson, Kilwaughter 11 mule ewe lambs £132, M Kelly, Limavady 10 mule ewe lambs (first) £132, 12 mule ewe lambs £132, Jonathan Kerr, Coleraine 12 mule ewe lambs £128 (second), Wm Alcorn, Limavady 12 mule ewe lambs £116, M Kelly 12 mule ewe lambs £115, S D Anderson, Kilwaughter 8 mule ewe lambs £112, 15 mule ewe lambs £112, Charles McAllister, Broughshane 10 mule ewe lambs £112 (fourth), Wm Alcorn, 10 mule ewe lambs £1112, 12 mule ewe lambs £112, C Magill, Larne 12 mule ewe lambs £111, David McClintock, Moorfields 10 mule ewe lambs £111, Robert Workman, Kilwaughter 12 mule ewe lambs (third) £110, David Chestnutt, Bushmills 10 mule ewe lambs £110, 11 mule ewe lambs £109, Robert Workman 10 mule ewe lambs £108, S D Anderson 8 mule ewe lambs £108, M Kelly, 12 mule ewe lambs £108, Seamus O’Kane, Carnlough 10 mule ewe lambs £108, Wm Alcorn, Limavady 12 mule ewe lambs £108, Robert Workman 12 mule ewe lambs £105, 12 mule ewe lambs £105, J Kerr, Coleraine 12 mule ewe lambs £105, Wm Alcorn 12 mule ewe lambs £105.

Breeding ewes sold to:-

Norman Read, Maguiresbridge 9 Cv ewes £200, 10 Cv ewes £190, 10 Cv ewes £178, 8 Cv ewes £175, W Blackburn, 10 Mule ewes £170, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 5 Suff ewes £160, Pat Devine, Feeney 1 Suff ram £150, R J Anderson, Cullybackey 11 CB hgts £148, 11 CB hgts £148, local farmer 9 Tex ewes £146, R J Anderson 10 CB hgts £146, S Agnew, Ballyclare 12 CB ewes £146, 10 Suff ewes £144, Ian McCluggage, Glarryford 10 Suff ewes £144, D McAuley, Cushendall 12 CB ewes £144, local farmer 12 mule ewes £142, 6 Suff ewes £142, Thomas McIlroy, Raloo 10 CB hgts £142, Ian McCluggage, Glarryford 10 Suff ewes £142, 4 Suff hgts £142, local farmer 12 mule ewes £140, Thomas McIlroy 10 CB hgts £140, S Agnew, Ballyclare 10 CB ewes £140, local farmer 12 mule ewes £138.

Store lambs sold to: Wilnor Mills, Broughshane 4 Char £79.50, Kelly Bros, Ballymena 10 Tex £79, Roger Crawford, Parkmore 15 Tex £77, Kelly Bros 8 Tex £77, Patrick Devine, Aughafatten 6 CB £71, R J McKay and Son, Carnlough 45 Suff £71, Patrick Devine 9 CB £70, RP Campbell, Carnlough 28 Suff £68.50, Roger Crawford 62 Tex £67.50, S B Donnelly, Cargan 24 Tex £66.50, H F McKay, Carnlough 25 CB £66.50, Roger Crawford 15 Tex £66, Timothy Wray, Carnlough 26 mule £66, Catherine Crawford, Ballymena 7 Tex £65.50, Allister McQuillan, Cushendun 60 Suff £65.50, H F McKay 25 CB £65.

Almost 400 cattle penned in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in another great trade. Bullocks sold to £690 over for an AA 580kg at £1270 presented by David Christie, Ballymoney. Heifers sold to £665 over for a Char 600kg at £1265 offered by B Black, Carnlough.

Bulls/blks 301-400kgs: Graham Loughery, Limavady (2) Lim 380kg, £870 (229), Lim 350kg, £780 (222), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 400kg, £885 (221), Graham Loughery Lim 320kg, £700 (218), N Boyd, Broughshane Lim 400kg, £870 (217), Ian Craig, Antrim Sim 390kg, £845 (216), Graham Loughery (2) Char 400kg, £860 (215), N Boyd Lim 370kg, £790 (213), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 390kg, £810 (207), Graham Loughery Lim 340kg, £700 (205), Char 360kg, £735 (204).

401-500kgs: Sandra Hunter, Bushmills Char 420kg, £940 (223), Wm McCroary, Broughshane Lim 420kg, £900 (214), Ian Craig, Antrim AA 500kg, £1060 (212), Sandra Hunter Char 450kg, £950 (211), J Smyth, Randalstown Char 470kg, £990 (210), R F A Craig, Antrim Lim 420kg, £880 (209), Leanne Workman, Kilwaughter Char 440kg, £920 (209), Robert Workman Char 470kg, £980 (208), James Delargy, Cushendall Lim 420kg, £870 (207), Ian Craig, Antrim Lim 490kg, £1015 (207), Sandra Hunter, Char 430kg, £890 (207), James Delargy, Lim 470kg, £970 (206), Graham Loughery Char 470kg, £970 (206), Sim 410kg, £840 (204), Sim 410kg, £840 (204).

501kg and over: D Christie, Ballymoney AA 580kg, £1270 (219), George Butler, Articlave AA 560kg, £1190 (212), Char 530kg, £1120 (211), J McMurran, Ballycarry Lim 580kg, £1220 (210), Lim 570kg, £1190 (208), George Butler AA 530kg, £1100 (207), J McMurran Char 600kg, £1245 (207), George Butler Char 580kg, £1200 (206), A Warwick, Templepatrick (2) AA 530kg, £1080 (203), George Butler, Char 530kg, £1080 (203), J McMurran, Ballycarry Char 600kg, £1200 (200), Char 610kg, £1220 (200), George Butler Lim 530kg, £1050 (198), (2) Char 610kg, £1200 (196).

Heifers 301-400kgs: Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Lim 390kg, £825 (211), Jean Craig, Larne Lim 380kg, £785 (206), A Dobbs, Carrick (2) Lim 340kg, £690 (202), Lim 360kg, £730 (202), Ian Craig, Antrim Lim 400kg, £800 (200), A Dobbs (2) Char 380kg, £730 (192), Ian Craig Lim 390kg, £745 (191), J J and S Delargy, Cushendall Char 400kg, £760 (190), A Dobbs (2) Char 380kg, £720 (189), Stuart Graham Char 350kg, £650 (185), A Dobbs Lim 400kg, £730 (182), A Clements, Muckamore Lim 390kg, £710 (182), Stuart Graham Char 380kg, £690 (181).

401-500kgs: R F A Craig, Antrim Lim 420kg, £870 (207), Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Char 430kg, £885 (205), B Black, Carnlough Lim 500kg, £1025 (205), J J and S Delargy, Cushendall Char 420kg, £840 (200), James McLoughlin, Carnlough Char 470kg, £930 (197), A Dobbs, Carrick Char 430kg, £840 (195), R F A Craig, Antrim Lim 450kg, £870 (193), Stuart Graham Lim 430kg, £830 (193), Char 420kg, £810 (192), Lim 450kg, £865 (192), A Clements, Muckamore Lim 420kg, £795 (189), Ian Craig, Antrim Lim 460kg, £870 (189), R F A Craig, Antrim Lim 420kg, £790 (188), Ian Craig Lim 490kg, £920 (187), R F A Craig Char 450kg, £840 (186), Stuart Graham Char 440kg, £820 (186).

501kg and over: B Black, Carnlough Char 550kg, £1180 (214), Char 520kg, £1100 (211), Char 600kg, £1265 (210), Char 560kg, £1170 (208), Char 550kg, £1110 (201), Char 570kg, £1135 (199), Char 540kg, £1030 (190), J and S Gawn, Kells Lim 550kg, £950 (172), John Crawford, Gracehill BB 530kg, £910 (171), J and J S Delargy, Cushendall Char 510kg, £870 (170), John Crawford, Gracehill BB 510kg, £870 (170).

The annual sale of Blackface breeding ewes, hoggets and ewe lambs at Ballymena Mart attracted a large entry 300 sheep and excellent prices were recorded in all sections. The large entry of Lanark hoggets sold to a top of £350 per head paid to Chas. Phillips Draperstown who also secured the top average of £203 per head for 83 forward. Chas. Phillips also took the top prices in the ewe section receiving £138 per head for two pens of ewes. The ewe lamb section was topped by Alan Magee who received £175 per head paid for a super pen of Lanark ewe lambs. Leading prices and averages in each section were as follows: Hoggets - C Phillips, Draperstown 8 at £350, T Butler, Ballycastle 1 at £300, S Fegan, Castlewellan 8 at £290, A McFarlane, Dungiven 10 at £270, T Butler 12 at £245, C Phillips 10 at £240, S McIntyre, Loughgiel 15 at £220, T Butler 2 at £220, 12 at £210, 12 at £205, 12 at £202, 12 at £202, 12 at £200, A McFarland 14 at £200, V Rodgers Cushendun 14 at £200, Lissanoure Estate 11 at £200, J Murphy, Antrim 10 at £200, G Davidson, Larne 10 at £198.(1455 hoggets averaged £161. Leading averages: C Phillips 83 ave £203, T Butler 172 ave £188, S Fegan 76 ave £175, J Devlin 327 ave £166, S Delargy 60 ave £161). Correct and broken mouth ewes: C Phillips 10 at £138, 12 at £138, 8 at £130, J Kerr Coleraine 11 at £130, A McFarlane 12 at £122, C Phillips 7 at £116, T Magee, Larne 11 at £108. Ewe lambs: A Magee, Larne 11 at £175, J Kerr 8 at £150, E McKenna, Maghera 10 at £150, 10 at £142, G Davidson, Larne 8 at £135, K O’Mullan, Dunloy 8 at £130, E McKenna 10 at £130, J J Brannigan, Dungannon 9 at £118, S Boyle, Larne 8 at £118.

An entry of 2726 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a great trade. Fat lambs sold to 371p for a pen of 15 Texels 21kg at £78 presented by J Walker, Randalstown, and to a top per head of £87 for 20 Texels 27.5kg from Mrs S White, Cloughmills. Fat ewes sold to £95.

Fat lambs (2224): Top prices per kg - J Walker, Randalstown 15 Tex 21kg £78 (371), T Jackson, Broughshane 19 Tex 23.5kg £85.80 (365), I Barkley, Dunloy 6 Tex 22kg £79 (359), J Mawhinney, Antrim 14 Tex 23kg £82 (356), Noel Hamilton, Moorfields 23 Tex 23kg £82 (356), J Currie 13 Tex 23.5kg £83 (353), R Boyle, Larne 12 Tex 23.5kg £83 (353), Andrew White, Kells 3 Tex 22kg £77 (350), David Boyd, Knockagh 48 Tex 21.5kg £75 (348), George Crothers, Kells 28 Tex 24kg £83.50 (347), Martin Beattie, Moorfields 8 Tex 23kg £80 (347), Francis Turnly, Carnlough 17 Tex 23kg £80 (347), J Knox, Broughshane 18 Suff 23kg £80 (347), J A O’Loan, Martinstown 11 Tex 24.5kg £85 (346), R Hoy, Doagh 11 Tex 23.5kg £81.50 (346), Houston Crooks, Kilwaughter 4 Char 20.5kg £71 (346), K Dobbin, Ballycastle 16 Tex 24kg £83 (345), R Taylor, Upper Ballinderry 1 Tex 24kg £81 (345), 8 Suff 24kg £83 (345), JS Hamilton and Son, Ballymena 15 Tex 22kg £76 (345), R Coleman, Glarryford 9 Tex 22kg £76 (345), R Taylor, Upper Balliinderry 14 Tex 22kg £76 (345), J Murray, Ballymoney 2 Tex 22kg £76 (345), Colin Woodside, Carrick 57 Tex 22.5kg £77.50 (344), Esther Farquhar, Moorfields 7 Tex 21.5kg £74 (344).

Top prices per head: Mrs S White, Cloughmills 20 Tex 27.5kg £87, T Jackson, Broughshane 19 Tex 23.5kg £85.80, T Robinson, Ballymena 1 Suff 44kg £85, J A O’Loan, Martinstown 13 Tex 24.5kg £85, Jeannie Lynd, Ballyclare 1 Suff 30kg £85, Andrew Park, Ballynure 38 Tex 27kg £85, Crebilly farms, Ballymena 44 Rom 25.5kg £84, Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 14 Tex 24.5kg £84, Peter McAuley, Upper Woodburn 14 Tex 25kg £84, Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 22 Suff 25.5kg £83.80, George Crothers, Kells 29 Tex 24kg £83.50, Claire McIlroy, Carrick 2 Tex 25.5kg £83.50, Patrick McNeill, Cushendun 4 Suff 25.5kg £83.50, Dominic O’Boyle, Broughshane 9 Tex 24.5kg £83.20, R Taylor, Upper Ballinderry 8 Suff 24kg £83, 1 Tex 24kg £83, K Dobbin, Ballycastle 16 Tex 24kg £83, K Kidd, Broughshane 2 Suff 25.5kg £83, J Currie 13 ex 23.5kg £83, R Boyle, Larne 12 Tex 23.5kg £83, A & W Magill, Raloo 10 Tex 24kg £82.50, E Drummond, Ballynure 7 Tex 24kg £82, J Mills, Kilwaughter 20 Mule 24.5kg £82, Noel Hamilton, Moorfields 23 Tex 23kg £82, W Knowles, Cloughmills 14 Suff 24.5kg £82.

Fat ewes (502)

First quality

Suff - £58-£70

Tex- £60-£95

CB - £38-£68

BF - £35-£52

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