Beef bullocks selling to £1955 at Ballymena Mart

Thursday, March 18, 2021: A tremendous entry of just under 600 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in another terrific trade.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:37 am
Ballymena Livestock Mart
Ballymena Livestock Mart

Beef cows sold to 207p for 690kg at £1428, Friesian cows to 152p 650kg at £988, beef heifers to 240p for 620kg at £1488, beef bullocks to 245p 3 times for 700kg at £1715, 790kg at £1935, 670kg at £1641 and to a top of £1955 for 850kg.

Friesian bullocks to 184p for 690lg at £1269.

Beef cows sold to: Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Limousin 690kg £1428 (207), B Bailey, Ballycastle Simmental 660kg £1346 (204), R Miller, Moneymore Belgian Blue 710kg £1412 (199), J McKeever, Ahoghill Parthenais 590kg £1162 (197), Parthenais 690kg £1352 (196), S and M Black, Carnlough Simmental 650kg £1209 (186), J McPeake, Bellaghy Simmental 890kg £1655 (186), J McKeever Parthenais 700kg £1295 (185), Parthenais 660kg £1207 (183), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Charolais 680kg £1237 (182), J McPeake, Bellaghy Aberdeen Angus 700kg £1232 (176) and Patrick McSparron, Cushendun Limousin 520kg £910 (175), Limousin 630kg £1102 (175).

Friesian cows sold to: S Booth, Ballymoney 650kg £988 (152), A and W McMaster, Broughshane 900kg £1323 (147), D McNeill, Rathkenny 730kg £1022 (140), RJ White, Liscolman 780kg £1076 (138), James Campbell, Bushmills 740kg £1013 (137), R McConnaghie, Mosside 560kg £767 (137), Sam Kennedy, Doagh 920kg £1251 (136), J Mackey, Ballynure 610kg £817 (134), B Gribben, Dunloy 650kg £871 (134), James Chestnutt, Portrush 750kg £1005 (134), WR Hamilton, Broughshane 710kg £951 (134), Denis Boyd, Straid 770kg £1024 (133) and R McConaghie, Mosside 630kg £837 (133).

Beef heifers sold to: R Kelly, Gortin Charolais 620kg £1488 (240), Francis Cassidy, Kilrea Charolais 700kg £1673 (239), Charolais 730kg £1744 (239), D Thompson, Dromore Limousin 500kg £1190 (238), D Patterson, Crumlin Charolais 600kg £1428 (238), Francis Cassidy Charolais 730kg £1737 (238), R Kelly Charolais 620kg £1463 (236), TJ Fegan, Ballynahinch Charolais 750kg £1762 (235), C and S Surphlis, Lisnaskea Charolais 830kg £1942 (234), Francis Cassidy Charolais 670kg £1567 (234), WJ Wilson, Rasharkin Aberdeen Angus 750kg £1747 (233) and Alastair Dale, Ballymena Charolais 600kg £1386 (231).

Beef bullocks sold to: J Thompson, Dromore Limousin 700kg £1715 (245), S Kelly, Kells Belgian Blue 790kg £1935 (245), local farmer Blonde d’Aquitaine 670kg £1641 (245), J McKeever, Ahoghill Hereford 630kg £1530 (243), JF Savage, Ballywalter Limousin 580kg £1403 (242), J McKeever Parthenais 610kg £1476 (242), Parthenais 690kg £1662 (241), local farmer Blonde d’Aquitaine 680kg £1632 (240), Graham Kissock, Broughshane Belgian Blue 760kg £1816 (239), SD and KC Hamilton, Greyabbey Limousin 650kg £1553 (239), R Kelly, Omagh Charolais 680kg £1625 (239), local farmer Limousin 650kg £1547 (238), R Kelly Charolais 700kg £1666 (238) and H McCullough, Randalstown Charolais 590kg £1404 (238).

Beef bullocks (top per head): Malcolm Surphlis, Lisnaskea Limousin 850kg £1955, S Kelly, Kells Belgian Blue 790kg £1935, W Donaldson, Holywood Charolais 840kg £1898, Thomas Cairns, Claudy Charolais 830kg £1859, Graham Kissock, Broughshane Belgian Blue 760kg £1816, J Mills, Ballynure Limousin 790kg £1809, Andrew Houston, Lisburn Charolais 800kg £1792, W Donaldson, Charolais 770kg £1771, R Kelly, Gortin Charolais 780kg £1770, J Mills Limousin 770kg £1763, Thomas Cairns, Claudy Charolais 790kg £1761 and J Thompson, Dromore Charolais 760kg £1748.

Friesian bullocks sold to: I Dale, Ballymena 690kg £1269 (184), James Wallace, Dunloy 600kg £1098 (183), RJ McDowell, Gleno 660kg £1188 (180), Neil Higgins, Toomebridge 670kg £1165 (174), H Simms, Carrickfergus 660kg £1135 (172), JA Boyd, Kircubbin 550kg £918 (167), W Kerr, Glarryford 700kg £1162 (166), David McKeeman, Ballymoney 550kg £902 (164), M Wilson, Ballinderry 570kg £917 (161) and R and M and J Duffin, Cargan (2) 560kg £890 (159), 540kg £858 (159).

Friday, March 19, 2021: A good entry of 25 dairy cows sold to £2320.

Ruling prices: Joseph Adams, Ballymena £2320, £2160, W Black, Aghadowey £1830, £1810, Buchanans of Cavandarragh (2) £1700, RA Hill, Islandmagee £1670, A Hoey, Glenwherry £1660, Buchanans of Cavandarragh £1660, Brian Paisley, Ballynure £1620, A Hoey, Glenwherry £1610, Buchanans of Cavandarragh Hereford £1610, A Hoey, Glenwherry £1520, W Weatherup, Carrickfergus £1470 and P McKavanagh, Crumlin £1410.

Suckler cows sold to: RN Weatherup, Larne Simmental in calf heifer £1750, Simmental in calf heifer £1590, Joseph Steede, Ballymena Simmental heifer and heifer calf £1570, A Bell, Nutts Corner Aberdeen Angus heifer and bull calf £1540, D Barclay, Desertmartin Belgian Blue heifer and bull calf £1540, WJ Patton, Cloughmills Simmental heifer and bull calf £1520, H Simms, Carrickfergus Stabiliser heifer and bull calf £1490, J Percy, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus in calf heifer £1420, D Barclay, Desertmartin Belgian Blue heifer and bull calf £1420, P Donnelly, Rathkenny Limousin in calf heifer £1400 and J Percy, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus in calf heifer £1340.

220 dropped calves penned in Ballymena on Friday resulted in a steady trade.

Heifer calves sold to £490, bull calves to £600 and Friesian bulls to £295.

Beef bred bull calves: D Lynn, Portglenone Limousin £490, Lyle Morrison, Dervock Belgian Blue £470, T Herbinson, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus £395, Greenmount College Belgian Blue £390, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Belgian Blue £390, H Millar, Antrim Belgian Blue £380, DS Wharry, Glenarm Simmental £380, John Gault, Ballyclare Aberdeen Angus £370, WJ Bond, Eglinton (3) Aberdeen Angus £365, WA McCullough, Holywood Belgian Blue £360, DS Wharry, Glenarm Simmental £350, RH and HA Shanks, Dunadry Belgian Blue £350, ES Hall, Ballyclare Aberdeen Angus £340 and WH Magee, Kilwaughter Aberdeen Angus £330.

Bull calves sold to: Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Charolais £600, J McKinty, Larne Aberdeen Angus £575, (2) Belgian Blue £565, Limousin £550, Robin Bingham Charolais £520, Charolais £490, H Millar, Antrim (2) Aberdeen Angus £485, T Herbison, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus £485, David Wilson, Ballycraigy Aberdeen Angus £470, WA McCullough Belgian Blue £470, D McKay, Broughshane Fleckvieh £470, Lyle Morrison Belgian Blue £440, ES Hall, Ballyclare Limousin £425 and WJ Bond, Eglinton Aberdeen Angus £410.

Friesian bull calves sold to: G Devlin, Randalstown (4) £295, Harold Johnston, Ahoghill (2) £285, G Devlin (4) £250, Harold Johnston, Ahoghill (2) £245, D Lynn, Portglenone (2 £245 and WJ Bond, Eglinton (2) £205.

An entry of 350 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade.

Bullocks sold to £700 over for a Blonde d’Aquitaine 380kg at £1080 presented by SW Kirkpatrick, Glenavy.

Heifers sold to £610 over for a Charolais 370kg at £980 offered by J Wilson, Kilrea.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

S Taylor, Ligoniel Charolais 290kg £935 (322), Henry McLaughlin, Aughafatten Limousin 300kg £960 (320), local farmer Limousin 260kg £820 (315), Limousin 280kg £860 ((307), David Adams, Portglenone Charolais 290kg £875 (301), James Rainey, Crumlin (3) Charolais 270kg £800 (296) and SH Bellingham, Ballymoney Limousin 250kg £735 (294).

301-350kgs

SW Kirkpatrick, Glenavy Blonde d’Aquitaine 320kg £980 (306), local farmer Limousin 340kg £1010 (297), SB and D Weatherup, Ballyearl Limousin 350kg £1030 (294), Niall McLoughlin, Cushendun Charolais 330kg £965 (292), S Taylor, Ligoniel Limousin 330kg £950 (287), Charolais 340kg £965 (283), local farmer Limousin 320kg £900 (281) and E Donnelly, Ballycastle Saler 330kg £900 (272).

351kg and over

E Donnelly, Ballycastle Charolais 370kg £1060 (286), SW Kirkpatrick, Glenavy Blonde d’Aquitaine 380kg £1080 (284), SH Bellingham, Ballymoney Limousin 370kg £1010 (273), E Donnelly, Charolais 360kg £975 (270), Cleggan Estate, Ballymnena Charolais 370kg £990 (267), SW Kirkpatrick Blonde d’Aquitaine 390kg £1040 (266), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 390kg £1030 (264) and Henry McLaughlin, Aughafatten Limousin 360kg £950 (263).

Heifers 0-300kgs

SW Kirkpatrick, Glenavy Blonde d’Aquitaine 210kg £640 (304), D O’Loan, Aughafatten (2) Limousin 270kg £785 (290), W Millar, Antrim Limousin 240kg £675 (281), D Convery, Kilrea Charolais 200kg £560 (280), Martin McCann, Randalstown Limousin 270kg £755 (279), S Hill, Carrickfergus Limousin 290kg £810 (279), D Convery, Kilrea Limousin 270kg £750 (277) and Lyle McAuley, Ballyclare Limousin 300kg £820 (277).

301-350kgs

J Wilson, Kilrea (2) Limousin 310kg £900 (290), S Taylor, Ligoniel Charolais 320kg £860 (268), John E O’Kane, Cushendall Charolais 350kg £935 (267), D Convery, Kilrea Limousin 330kg £880 (266), SB and D Weatherup, Ballyearl Simmental 340kg £900 (264), J Mills, Kilwaughter Charolais 310kg £820 (264) and Niall McLoughlin, Cushendun Charolais 330kg £860 (260).

351kg and over

J Wilson, Kilrea Charolais 370kg £980 (264), Niall McLaughlin, Cushendun Charolais 380kg £975 (256), John O’Kane, Cushendall Charolais 400kg £1005 (251), WR Wilson, Ballymena Charolais 360kg £870 (241), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Charolais 360kg £865 (240), K Kidd, Broughshane Charolais 360kg £860 (238), Stabiliser 360kg £840 (233) and WJ and RJ Cuthbert, Ballycarry (2) Limousin 360kg £835 (231).

Monday, March 22, 2021: Another good sale of sheep on Monday evening resulted in a super trade.

Ewes and lambs sold to £280, foster ewes to £180 and pet lambs to £51.

Breeders sold to: J Martin, Broughshane 1 Suffolk ewe 7 3 lambs £280, WR Semple, Magheramourne 6 Suffolk ewes and 10 lambs £270, Ian McCluggage, Glarryford 1 Suffolk ewe and 2 lambs £270, S Thompson, Glenarm 3 Suffolk ewes and 5 lambs £260, J Martin, Broughshane 1 Texel ewe 7 3 lambs £260, S Thompson, Glenarm 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £250, 5 Suffolk ewes 7 8 lambs £250, Ian McCluggage, 2 Texel ewes and 4 lambs £250, S Thompson 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £245, 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £245, H Park, Ballymena 1 Zwartble ewe and 2 lambs £240, John Buick, Kells 4 Charollais ewes and 8 lambs £240, 4 Charollais ewes and 8 lambs £235, J Stephens, Portadown 1 Crossbred ewe and 2 lambs £235, John Buick 4 Charollais ewes and 7 lambs £232, D Devlin, Randalstown 2 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £230, Amanda Bonnar, Glenwherry 3 Mule ewes and6 lambs £230, John Buick 4 Charollais ewes and 7 lambs £230, D Devlin 4 Crossbred ewes and 8 lambs £225, John Buick 4 Charollais ewes and 8 lambs £225, D Devlin 1 Texel ewe and 2 lambs £220, 2 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £215, 1 Texel ewe and 2 lambs £215, J Martin, Broughshane 2 Texel ewes and 4 lambs £215 and D Devlin 1 Texel ewe and 2 lambs £210.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021: An entry of 150 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a very steady trade.

Bullocks sold to £800 over for a Limousin 480kg at £1280 presented by a local farmer.

Heifers sold to £790 over for a Charolais 570kg at £1360 offered by F Duffin, Toomebridge.

Bulls/bullocks 0-500kgs

Local farmer Limousin 480kg £1280 (266), WH Knox, Ballynure Limousin 460kg £1170 (254), G Hayes, Ballymena Limousin 370kg £925 (250), WH Knox Limousin 440kg £1080 (245), Limousin 440kg £1065 (242), McMullan Brothers, Downpatrick Limousin 480kg £140 (237), Mrs J Hutchinson, Ballyclare Charolais 440kg £1030 (234), D McNeill, Rathkenny Aberdeen Angus 500kg £1160 (232) and J Hutchinson, Charolais 470kg £1080 (229).

501kg and over

Local farmer Limousin 510kg £1250 (245), McMullan Brothers, Downpatrick Limousin 510kg £1250 (245), Charolais 540kg £1300 (240), John McIlrath, Ballymena Charolais 570kg £1360 (238), Charolais 570kg £1355 (237), RJ Linton, Broughshane Limousin 510kg £1200 (235), J Smyth, Randalstown Limousin 550kg £1290 (234) and John McIlrath, Ballymena Charolais 610kg £1400 (229).

Heifers 0-500kgs

J Hutchinson, Ballyclare Charolais 440kg £970 (220), Robert Shaw, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus 470kg £1025 (218), A Devlin, Ballycastle Limousin 390kg £840 (215), (2) Limousin 400kg £850 (212), Robert Shaw, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus 450kg £950 (211), Aberdeen Angus 480kg £1010 (210), Aberdeen Angus 470kg £980 (208) and A Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 370kg £770 (208).

501kg and over

McMullan Brothers, Downpatrick Limousin 510kg £1260 (247), F Duffin, Toomebridge Charolais 570kg £1360 (238), McMullan Brow Limousin 520kg £1180 (226), Limousin 570kg £1260 (221), A Smyth, Randalstown Simmental 530kg £1115 (210), R Neeson, Toomebridge Aberdeen Angus 560kg £1140 (203), DW Graham, Clough A 540kg £1090 (201), David Clark, Antrim Limousin 580kg £1165 (200), A Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 550kg £1100 (200) and McMullan Brothers Limousin 570kg £1140 (200).

Wednesday, March 24, 2021: An entry of 886 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade.

Fat hoggets sold to 637 for 3 Dorsets 21.5kg at £137 and to a top per head of £148.50 for 6 Charollais 26kg.

Spring lambs sold to 661p for a pen of 8 Hampshires 21kg to £139 and to a top of £152 for 25kg.

Fat ewes sold to £194.

Fat hoggets (463)

Top per kg: Laura Weir, Gracehill 3 Dorset 21.5kg £137 (637), A Coulter, Doagh 7 Texel 22kg £139 (631), J McKenna, Maghera 8 Charollais 24kg £143.50 (597), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 10 Blackface 23kg £137 (595), R and M Kidd, Aughafatten 9 Texel 21.5kg £126 (586), AS Pearson, Newtownards 24 Texel 22kg £128 (581), WA Hagan, Ballyclare 3 Texel 22.5kg £130 (577), Andrew Bell, Crumlin 12 Texel 22.5kg £130 (577), E and M O’Neill, Martinstown 12 Texel 25kg £144 (576), William Bonnar, Broughshane 4 Mule 24kg £138 (575), B McCroary, Broughshane 17 Texel 23.5kg £135 (574), T McCroary, Ballyclare 7 Texel 23.5kg £135 (574), L Weatherup, Ballyclare 24 Texel 23.5kg £135 (574), J McKenna, Maghera 6 Charollais 26kg £148.50 (571), J Jamison, Armoy 8 Texel 21kg £119 (566) and Marion McNeill, Islandmagee 1 Texel 20kg £113 (565).

Top prices per head: J McKenna, Maghera 6 Charollais 26kg £148.50, W and G Hanna, Ballymoney 3 Texel 32.5kg £146, William Young, Desertmartin 2 Hampshire 27.5kg £145, 1 Hampshire 27.5kg £145, E and M O’Neill, Martinstown 12 Texel 25kg £144, I J and A Wilson, Islandmagee 2 Texel 27.5kg £144, J McKenna, Maghera 8 Charollais 24kg £143.50, Donal McKay, Martinstown 1 Texel 27.5kg £143, S Beattie, Ballyclare 2 Dorset 30kg £142, TJ Simpson, Ballymena 1 Texel 32.5kg £142, Robert Dundee, Kells 1 Texel 27.5kg £140, J McCarroll, Ballymena 1 Mule 30kg £140, AJ Wilson, Ballymena 5 Texel 26.5kg £140, Marion McNeill, Islandmagee 2 Suffolk 27.5kg £140, Liam Campbell, Carnlough 1 Texel 25kg £140 and Antrim Estates, Glenarm 7 Ec 28.5kg £140.

Spring lambs sold to: J McKenna, Castledawson 8 Hampshire 21kg £139 (661), Graham Cubitt, Glarryford 5 Dorset 21.5kg £138.50 (644), local farmer 2 Zwartble 22.5kg £144.50 (642), William McCroary, Broughshane 6 Dorset 22kg £141 (640), William Young, Desertmartin 4 Zwartble 21.5kg £137 (637), 3 Zwartble 21.5kg £137 (637), P McKeever, Martinstown 1 Dorset 22.5kg £143 (635), W Mills, Glenarm 3 Dorset 20.5kg £130 (634), Brian Kennedy, Moira 6 Hampshire 20.5kg £127 (619), B and W McAllister, Kells 2 Charollais 23.5kg £145 (617), 1 Charollais 25kg £152 (608), James McDonnell, Glenarm 3 Dorset 24kg £145 (604), J Boville, Toomebridge 3 Charollais 24kg £144 (600), J Thompson, Kells 12 Texel 23.5kg 3140 (595), Donal McKay, Martinstown 5 Dorset 20.5kg £122 (595), 5 Dorset 23.5kg £1439 (591).

Fat ewes (309)

First quality

Suffolk- £120-£159

Texel - £120-£194

Crossbred - £80-£111

Blackface - £50-£178.