Beef bullocks selling to £1727 at Ballymena Mart

Thursday, April 29, 2021: Another super sale of 610 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a terrific trade.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:23 pm
Ballymena Livestock Mart
Ballymena Livestock Mart

Beef cows sold to 215p twice for 700kg at £1505 and 600kg at £1290.

Friesian cows to 156p for 650kg at £1014, beef heifers to 248p for 700kg at £1736, beef bullocks to 254p for 680kg at £1727 and to a top per head of £1990 for 840kg.

Friesian bullocks to 190p for 720kg at £1368.

Beef cows sold to: McAuley Brothers, Glenarm Limousin 700kg £1505 (215), B McAllister, Glenarm Blonde d’Aquitaine 600kg £1290 (215), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Limousin 630kg £1323 (210), local farmer Limousin 710kg £1455 (205), McAuley Brothers, Glenarm Charolais 900kg £1836 (204), B McAllister Limousin 600kg £1212 (202), local farmer Limousin 610kg £1207 (198) and Rainey Brothers, Ballygally Shorthorn beef 630kg £1234 (196).

Friesian cows sold to: William Hoey, Ballymena 650kg £1014 (156), Victor Patterson 610kg £915 (150), William Hoey, Ballymena 770kg £1124 (146), 750kg £1072 (143), T Weatherup, Carrickfergus 680kg £965 (142), Denis Boyd, Straid 580kg £812 (140), William Hoey, Ballymena 670kg £917 (137), J and J M White, Comber 820kg £1123 (137) and G and S Carey, Dunloy 670kg £917 (137).

Beef heifers sold to: F Cushnahan, Draperstown Charolais 700kg £1736 (248), RJ Arrell, Randalstown Limousin 600kg £1470 (245), Limousin 600kg £1458 (243), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Limousin 640kg £1548 (242), local farmer Limousin 520kg £1258 (242), Austin Shaw, Larne Charolais 550kg £1314 (239), Derek Campton, Cookstown Limousin 660kg £1577 (239) and Limton Brothers, Cloughmills Charolais 680kg £1598 (235).

Beef bullocks sold to: RJ Arrell, Randalstown Limousin 680kg £1727 (254), Alan Bingham, Ballyroney Blonde d’Aquitaine 720kg £1814 (252), local farmer Charolais 680kg £1713 (252), Charolais 670kg £1681 (251), RJ Arrell Limousin 750kg £1882 (251), Alan Bingham Charolais 710kg £1775 (250), James Kennedy, Rasharkin Limousin 610kg £1512 (248) and RJ Arrell, Randalstown Charolais 660kg £1636 (248), Limousin 680kg £1686 (248).

Beef bullocks (top per head): J McEldowney, Kilrea Limousin 840kg £1990, Limousin 810kg £1960, RS Todd and Mrs A Todd, Banbridge Charolais 850kg £1912, J McEldowney Limousin 810kg £1903, RS Todd Charolais 820kg £1894, A McDevitt, Limavady Charolais 800kg £1888, RJ Arrell, Randalstown Limousin 750kg £1882 and J McEldowney Charolais 800kg £1880.

Friesian bullocks sold to: RJ Gage, Clough 720kg £1368 (190), J and M Hamill, Broughshane 580kg £1090 (188), RJ Gage 590kg £1103 (187), David Strahan, Broughshane 730kg £1357 (186), Hugh Cameron, Ballymoney 660kg £1221 (185), J and M Hamill 580kg £1067 (184), T and D Calwell, Clough 620kg £1140 (184), D and S Kennedy, Broughshane 640kg £1177 (184).

Friday, April 30, 2021: 30 dairy cows sold to £2000 on several occasions.

Leading prices as follows: Joseph Adams, Ballymena (2) £2000, NG Chambers, Moneyrea (2) £2000, J McCann, Lurgan £1910, Joseph Adams £1900, Barry McStravick, Lurgan £1850, D Foreman, Belfast £1820, £1800, A Hoey, Glenwherry £1790, Andrew McCullough, Hillsborough £1730, David Strange, Ballyclare £1700, NG Chambers, Moneyrea £1700, A Hoey £1560 and David Donnan, Donaghadee £1570.

An entry of 30 suckler cows sold to £1800, leading prices as follows: B Bradley, Gortin Limousin heifer and heifer calf £1800, local farmer Limousin in calf heifer £1700, D Allen, Moneymore Belgian Blue heifer and bull calf £1680, local farmer Belgian Blue in calf heifer £1500, DW and JW Bristow, Portglenone Belgian Blue heifer and heifer calf £1420, H Simms, Carrickfergus Stabiliser heifer and heifer calf £1230, Stabiliser heifer and bull calf £1200.

340 dropped calves in Ballymena on Friday resulted in a sharp trade. Bull calves sold to £585, heifers to £530 and Friesian bulls to £385.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh Belgian Blue £585, Fairmount Farm, Claudy Aberdeen Angus £565, Fleckvieh £565, Simmental £565, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Belgian Blue £560, Fairmount Farm Simmental £560, Simmental £550, Leslie Wilson, Doagh (3) £540, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hereford £530, Fairmount Farm Fleckvieh £520, Simmental £505, JA Thompson, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus £490 and Leslie Wilson Belgian Blue £490 and Fairmount Farm Limousin £480.

Heifer calves sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh Belgian Blue £430, Belgian Blue £520, local farmer Belgian Blue £510, (2) Aberdeen Angus £440, J and J Huey, Armoy Belgian Blue £400, Cairnleigh Ltd, Aghalee Belgian Blue £385, Matthew Murphy, Moorfields Aberdeen Angus £370, S McClenaghan, Antrim (3) Limousin £345, Linda Campbell, Carrickfergus Aberdeen Angus £340, E Hall, Ballyclare Limousin £340, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Belgian Blue £340 and J Beattie, Ballymoney Aberdeen Angus £340.

Friesian bull calves sold to: A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter £385, Fairmount Farm, Claudy £380, Gary McCammond, Larne £300, Matthew Murphy, Moorfields £300, A Hoey, Glenwherry £245, John Graham, Glenwherry £240, J Hamilton, Broughshane £230, Myrtle Johnston, Cookstown £225, Denis Boyd, Straid £210, Brian George, Crumlin (3) £210 and Myrtle Johnston (4) £200.

Another great entry of 370 weanlings resulted in a super trade.

Bullocks sold to £750 over for a Limousin 390kg at £1140 presented by W and M Orr, Ballycastle.

Heifers sold to £710 over for a Limousin 350kg at £1060 offered by William Hopes, Ballywalter.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter Charolais 170kg £555 (326), S and B Jamieson, Ballycastle Limousin 260kg £800 (307), D McGarel, Glenarm Charolais 290kg £880 (303), Wharry and McCurdy, Carnlough Charolais 250kg £750 (300), Robert McNinch, Larne (3) Simmental 290kg £860 (296), S Molyneaux, Dundrod Limousin 270kg £800 (296), S and B Jamieson, Ballycastle Limousin 270kg £800 (296), D Glass, Ballymena Charolais 240kg £700 (291), D McGarel, Glenarm Charolais 300kg £860 (286), Dale Robinson, Glenarm Limousin 270kg £770 (285), Robert McNinch, (2) Simmental 270kg £770 (285), S and B Jamieson, Ballycastle Limousin 260kg £740 (284) and Robert McNinch Simmental 300kg £840 (280).

301-350kg and over

D McKillop, Glenarm Parthenais 320kg £930 (290), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Charolais 310kg £900 (290), (2) Charolais 330kg £950 (287), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Charolais 330kg £950 (287), D McKillop, Glenarm Parthenais 320kg £915 (285), J McQuiston, Ballymoney (2) Charolais 340kg £970 (285), Ryan McKay, Ballymoney (2) Limousin 330kg £940 (284), T Millar, Broughshane Limousin 320kg £910 (284), S and B Jamieson, Ballycasstle Limousin 350kg £990 (282), William Hopes, Ballywalter Limousin 320kg £900 (281), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Charolais 340kg £950 (279), J McQuiston, Ballymoney Charolais 310kg £865 (279) and local farmer Limousin 330kg £920 (278).

351kg and over

W and M Orr, Ballycastle Limousin 390kg £1140 (292), Liam O’Neill, Ahoghill Parthenais 360kg £1050 (291), Ryan McKay, Ballymoney Limousin 420kg £1150 (273), D McGarel, Glenarm Charolais 360kg £970 (269), T Millar, Broughshane Limousin 420kg £1130 (269), Dale Robinson, Glenarm Limousin 360kg £960 (266), S and B Jamieson, Ballycastle Limousin 360kg £950 (263), Patrick Rowan, Aughafatten Limousin 380kg £990 (260), T Millar, Broughshane Limousin 390kg £1000 (256), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Charolais 360kg £920 (255), Liam O’Neill, Ahoghill Parthenais 400kg £1020 (255), N Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 400kg £1020 (255), W and M Orr, Ballycastle (2) Limousin 360kg £910 (252), Mrs S Molyneaux Limousin 380kg 3960 (252) and T McGookin, Larne Charolais 380kg £960 (252).

Heifers 0-300kgs

Local farmer Limousin 120kg £480 (400), S Molyneaux, Dundrod Limousin 230kg £7258 (315), A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter Charolais 160kg £500 (312), local farmer Charolais 200kg £625 (312), David Gordon, Kilrea (3) Belgian Blue 170kg £480 (282), T McNabney, Broughshane (2) Charolais 290kg £790 (272), (2) Charolais 250kg £675 (270), D McKillop, Glenarm (2) Limousin 260kg £700 (269), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Limousin 290kg £770 (265) and Mrs Moore, Crumlin Limousin 260kg £690 (265), Limousin 290kg £760 (262).

301-350kgs

William Hopes, Ballywalter Limousin 350kg £1060 (302), Paul McLarnon, Belfast Limousin 310kg £815 (262), William Hopes Limousin 310kg £800 (258), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Charolais 340kg £845 (248), Dale Robinson, Glenarm Limousin 330kg £820 (248), D McGarel, Glenarm Charolais 330kg £815 (247), S Hoy, Doagh Limousin 350kg £855 (244), Richard McVicker, Ballycastle Parthenais 350kg £850 (242), Mrs Moore, Crumlin Limousin 330kg £800 (242), D Glass, Ballymena Charolais 310kg £750 (241), Paul McLarnon, Belfast Limousin 340kg £820 (241), Dale Robinson Limousin 320kg £770 (240), T Millar, Broughshane Limousin 320kg £770 (240), David Mairs, Magheragall (2) Limousin 350kg £840 (240) and Ryan McKay, Ballymoney Limousin 310kg £740 (238).

351kg and over

S Chesney, Kircubbin Charolais 370kg £950 (256), John Moore, Glenwherry Charolais 390kg £975 (250), Dale Robinson, Glenarm Limousin 400kg £960 (240), S Chesney, Aberdeen Angus 370kg £880 (237), D McKillop, Glenarm Limousin 370kg £870 (235), S Chesney Limousin 390kg £900 (230), Richard McVicker, Ballycastle Parthenais 370kg £850 (229), T Millar, Broughshane Limousin 370kg £850 (229), Mrs Moore, Crumlin Limousin 390kg £890 (228), T Millar, Broughshane Limousin 360kg £820 (227), S Chesney, Kircubbin Charolais 380kg £865 (227), John Moore, Glenwherry Charolais 370kg £840 (227), D Glass, Ballymena Charolais 360kg £800 (222), S Chesney, Kircubbin Charolais 360kg £800 (222), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Charolais 390kg £860 (220) and TD Weatherup, Carrickfergus Limousin 360kg £790 (219).

Monday, May 3, 2021: A slightly smaller show of sheep on Monday evening resulted in a sharper trade.

Ewes and lambs to £300, leading prices: WR Semple, Magheramourne 4 Texel ewes and 8 lambs £300, John McDonald, Innishrush 2 Suffolk ewes and 4 lambs £290, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 1 Crossbred ewe and 2 lambs £280, WR Semple, 2 Texel ewes and 4 lambs £268, Kim Steele-Nicholson, Antrim 4 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £265, S Thompson, Glenarm 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £262, WR Semple 5 Charollais ewes and 10 lambs £262, Liam Campbell, Carnlough 1 Texel ewe and 1 lamb £260, David Alexander, Clough 7 Cheviot ewes and 13 lambs £260, S Thompson, Glenarm 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £258, 5 Suffolk ews and 8 lambs £258, I Montgomery 3 Crossbred ewes and 3 lambs £250, 4 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £250, 2 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £250, 2 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £250 and Kim Steele Nicholson 3 Crossbred ewes and 6 lambs £250.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021: An entry of 200 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in another great trade.

Bullocks sold to £860 over for a Charolais 520kg at £1380 presented by H and E McDowell, Castlereagh.

Heifers sold to £690 over for a Charolais 540kg at £1240 offered by Duncan Brothers, Antrim.

Heifers 0-500kgs

Duncan Brothers, Antrim Limousin 480kg £1070 (222), Limousin 470kg £1030 (219), JP O’Neill, Cushendall Aberdeen Angus 390kg £850 (218), J Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 500kg £1080 (216), William McMullan, Toomebridge Limousin 490kg £1050 (214), A O’Neill, Cushendall Limousin 370kg £780 (210), Aberdeen Angus 400kg £840 (210), JP O’Neill Aberdeen Angus 370kg £775 (209), L and J Barron, Trooperslane Charolais 330kg £680 (206), JP O’Neill Aberdeen Angus 400kg £820 (205), L and J Barron Blonde d’Aquitaine 410kg £830 (202), J Liddie, Ballymena Charolais 450kg £900 (200), Charolais 480kg £940 (195), James Sheppard, Raloo Limousin 410kg £800 (195), S Hoy, Cullybackey Aberdeen Angus 400kg £780 (195) and D Millar, Aughafatten Belgian Blue 380kg £735 (193).

501kg and over

Duncan Brothers, Antrim Charolais 550kg £1240 (225), J Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 540kg £1190 (220), Duncan Brothers Limousin 520kg £1130 (217), William McMullan, Toomebridge Limousin 550kg £1190 (216), S Hoy, Cullybackey Belgian Blue 530kg £1120 (211), Duncan Brothers 590kg £1210 (205), R Neeson, Toomebridge Charolais 540kg £1060 (196), G Martin, Randalstown Limousin 590kg £1130 (191), Gary Crowe, Ballyclare Shorthorn beef 660kg £1240 (187), William McMullan, Toomebridge Limousin 570kg £1070 (187), A and J Currie, Ballyclare Simmental 540kg £1000 (185), T and M Erwin, Shanksbridge Belgian Blue 510kg £940 (184) and S Hoy, Cullybackey Aberdeen Angus 530kg £975 (184).

Bulls/bullocks 0-500kgs

FG and T McMullan, Broughshane Aberdeen Angus 290kg £715 (246), JP O’Neill, Cushendall Aberdeen Angus 350kg £850 (242), Bonnar Farms, Ballymena Charolais 470kg £1140 (242), A O’Neill, Cushendall Aberdeen Angus 330kg £800 (242), Hugh Doherty, Randalstown Charolais 450kg £1090 (242), Bonnar Farms Charolais 500kg £1190 (238), A Stewart, Portglenone Simmental 500kg £1165 (233), S Hoy, Cullybackey Limousin 340kg £780 (229), Bonnar Farms (2) Limousin 450kg £1030 (228), Hugh Doherty (2) Randalstown Blonde d’Aquitaine 440kg £1000 (227), S Hoy, Cullybackey Aberdeen Angus 370kg £820 (221), Limousin 360kg £790 (219), H Gregg, Clough Aberdeen Angus 490kg £1065 (217) and Bonnar Farms Charolais 490kg £1040 (212).

501kg and over

H and E McDowell, Castlereagh Charolais 520kg £1380 (265), Charolais 550kg £1380 (250), J Smyth, Martinstown Charolais 530kg £1310 (247), H and E McDowell Limousin 550kg £250 (243), J Smyth, Charolais 540kg £1270 (235), THW McDowell, Dundonald Limousin 560kg £1300 (232), Bonnar Farms, Ballymena Limousin 560kg £1270 (226), Charolais 550kg £1240 (225), A S McDonald, Portglenone Simmental 590kg £1320 (223), RP and S Robinson, Ballynure Parthenais 520kg £1160 (223), A S McDonald Simmental 570kg £1270 (222), Bonnar Farms Charolais 540kg £1200 (222), B Richmond, Cloughmills Simmental 570kg £1260 (221), G Martin, Randalstown Limousin 540kg £1190 (220), Bonnar Farms Charolais 630kg £1370 (217) and B Richmond Charolais 610kg £1325 (217).

Wednesday, May 5, 2021: 887 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade.

Lambs sold to 659p for 22kg at £145 for 4 Texels presented by E Clyde, Muckamore and to a top of £150 for a heavy Texel from R Nicholson, Monkstown.

Fat hoggets sold to 549p for 24.5kg at £134.50 and to a top per head of £140.50.

Fat ewes sold to £202.

Fat lambs (456)

Top per kg: E Clyde, Muckamore 4 Texel 22kg £145 (659), I Townley, Limavady 4 Dor 19.5kg £125 (641), Jean Craig, Larne 18 Texel 20.5kg £130.50 (636), W Kennedy, Ballyclare 2 Texel 21.5kg £136 (632), John McDowell, Comber 16 Texel 20kg £126 (630), I Morrison, Dunloy 5 Texel 21kg £132 (628), John Howie, Ballyclare 14 Texel 21.5kg £134 (623), Alfie Rocke, Larne 13 Suffolk 22kg £137 (622), J Knox, Broughshane 9 Texel 22kg £137 (622), Hannah Hall, Newtownabbey 4 Texel 22.5kg £140 (622), Stuart Hall, Larne 7 Texel 22.5kg £140 (622), I Frew, Cullybackey 7 Texel 21kg £130 (619), A Smyth, Moorfields 6 Texel 22kg £136 (618), Paul Butler, Rathkenny 46 Suffolk 20.5kg £126 (614), local farmer 5 Texel 22kg £135 (613), A and D McAfee, Bushmills 15 Texel 22.5kg £138 (613), DJ Fenton, Broughshane 6 Charollais 19kg £116 (610), Joe O’Boyle, Randalstown 17 Charollais 22kg £134 (609), S Jamieson, Broughshane 24 Texel 22.5kg £137 (608), Brendan McCoy, Toomebridge 11 Texel 20.5kg £124 (604), Ivan Wallace, Doagh 17 Suffolk 22kg £133 (604), R Graham, Broughshane 5 Suffolk 22kg £133 (604), TA Fenton, Rasharkin 4 Charollais 22.5kg £136 (604) and R Wylie, Bushmills 24 Texel 23kg £139 (604).

Top per head: Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 1 Texel 32.5kg £150, H McBratney, Bangor 1 Charollais 30kg £145, E Clyde, Muckamore 4 Texel 22kg £145, RW Kane, Ballycastle 1 Texel 26kg £143, Phillip Lamont, Kells 5 Suffolk 26.5kg £142, Frank McAuley, Toomebridge 7 Texel 25kg £142, DJ Fenton, Broughshane 2 Charollais 25.5kg £140, Stuart Hall, Larne 7 Texel 22.5kg £140, Hannah Hall, Newtownabbey 4 Texel 22.5kg £140, R Wylie, Bushmills 24 Texel 23kg £139, F McNeilly, Glarryford 6 Texel 23kg £139, AM Fulton, Cullybackey 9 Texel 23.5kg £138, A and D McAfee, Bushmills 15 Texel 22.5kg £138, John Lowe, Cookstown 10 Texel 23kg £138 and Ian Dodds, Glenwherry 5 Suffolk 23.5kg £138.

Fat hoggets (109)

Top per kg

Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 6 Texel 24.5kg £134.50 (549), A Bell, Nutts Corner 3 Texel 23kg £125.50 (545), W Adamson, Ballynure 8 Texel 24.5kg £130 (530), local farmer 3 Texel 25.5kg £135 (529), 1 Texel 25kg £130 (520), TJ and I Bell, Ballyclare 5 Texel 24.5kg £126 (514), local farmer 1 Texel 23kg £116 (504) and D Bell, Antrim (42) 22.5kg £112 (497).

Top prices per head: W and G Hanna, Ballymoney 1 Suffolk 33kg £140.50, R Graham, Broughshane 1 Suffolk 34kg £139, D Hamilton, Glenarm 5 Texel 28kg £138, local farmer 3 Texel 25.5kg £135, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 6 Texel 24.5kg £134.50, J Alcorn, Glengormley 5 Ec 27kg £133, T Millar, Broughshane 1 Texel 27kg £132, WJ Penney, Raloo 4 Texel 28kg £132, John McFall, Broughshane 1 Texel 29kg £130, local farmer 1 Texel 25kg £130 and W Adamson, Ballynure 8 Texel 24.5kg £130.

Fat ewes (322) -First quality

Texel - £140-£202

Suffolk - £130-£170

Crossbred - £100-£128

Blackface - £70-£95