Beef cows selling to £1656 at Ballymena Mart

Thursday, May 6, 2021: Another super entry of 650 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a great trade.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 11:14 am
Ballymena Livestock Mart
Ballymena Livestock Mart

Beef cows sold to 218p for 760kg at £1656, Friesian cows to 148p for 740kg at £1095, beef heifers to 250p for 660kg at £1650, beef bullocks to 255p for 660kg at £1683, top per head of £2360 for 1290kg.

Friesian bullocks to 194p for 700kg at £1358.

Beef cows sold to: P Gribbin, Toomebridge Blonde d’Aquitaine 760kg £1656 (218), M J Quinn, Kilrea Limousin 730kg £1576 (216), D Bell Randalstown Limousin 840kg £1671 (199), M Forsythe Limousin 670kg £1319 (197), J Boyd Newtownabbey Saler 750kg £1462 (195), R Mawhinney, Charolais 630kg £1222 (194), M Forsythe, Limousin 710 kg £1370 (193) and S McCullough, Belgian Blue 6750kg £1248 (192).

Friesian cows sold to: G Kernohan, Broughshane 740kg £1095 (148), W and H J Nicholl Ahoghill Friesian 590kg £855 (145), D J and S Allen, Limavady, Friesian 620kg £899 (145), Friesian 740kg £1065 (144), Friesian 800kg £1136 (142), S McCrystal Drumick Holstein 690kg £979 (142), D J and S Allen, Limavady Friesian 650kg £916 (141) and W Black, Aghadowey Friesian 690kg £931 (135).

Beef heifers sold to: O’Kane Farm, Ballymena Charolais 660kg £1650 (2500), F Cassidy, Kilrea, Charolais 740kg £1776 (240), D McWilliam, Ballyclare 580kg £1386 (239), T Galloway Limousin 610kg £1451 ((238), R McTeague Draperstown Charolais 700kg £1659 (238), W J Faulkner,Cookstown Blonde d’Aquitaine 530kg £1256 (237), D T Harbinson Limavady Charolais 560kg £1237 (237) and J McCaughan Armoy Limousin 510 £1208 (237).

Beef bullocks sold to: H Turner, Swatragh Limousin 660kg £1683 (255), K Coyle, Limavady Limousin 700kg £1750 250), H Turner, Swatragh Limousin 660kg £1650 (250), Belgian Blue 720kg £1792 (249), R McTeague Draperstown, Charolais 640kg £1587 (248), K Coyle, Limavady 660kg £1636 (248), H Turner, Swatragh Limousin 690kg £1711 (248) and K Coyle, Limavady 630kg £1556 (247).

Beef bullocks (top per head): Local farmer, 1290kg £2360, Local farmer, 1200kg £2088, D Grimes Castlecaufield Charolais 830kg £1975, T R Junkin, Maghera 1100kg £1958, M Robinson Limousin 790kg £1927, F Cassidy, Kilrea 760kg £1862, Limousin 770kg £1848, Wm McLeister, Portglenone 790kg £1840, F Cassidy, Kilrea 750kg £1815 and A McDevitt Limavady, 750kg £1815.

Friesian bullocks sold to: G and S Carey, Dunloy,700kg £1358 (194), J and M Hamill Broughshane 620kg £1171 (189), 580kg £1067 (184), G and S Carey, Dunloy 670kg £1232 (184), D and S Kennedy, Broughshane 640kg £1164 (182), M Wilson Lisburn 590kg £1056 (179), G and S Carey, Dunloy Friesian 670kg £1192 (178) and M Wilson, Lisburn 670kg £1179 (176).

Friday, May 7, 2021: A smaller entry of dairy cows sold to £1880.

Leading prices: Bolton Brothers, Maghera £1880, Andrew McCullough, Hillsborough £1780, S Dunlop, Dundrod £1760, David Owens, Glenwherry £1710, J McCann, Lurgan £1670, WJ Kerr, Cloughmills £1620, E and J Arthur, Templepatrick £1540, Gary McConnell, Glenarm £1430, WJ Kerr, Cloughmills £1410 and Mrs and Mrs McCord, Cookstown £1300.

A good entry of 50 suckler cows sold to a top of £1920 for a cow and bull calf.

Leading prices: EC McFarland, Newtownstewart Limousin heifer and bull calf £1920, S Adams, Broughshane Limousin heifer and bull calf £1900, Limousin heifer and bull calf £1880, Limousin heifer and bull calf £1880, EC Smylie, Nutts Corner Simmental in calf heifer £1750, S Adams Limousin heifer and bull calf £1740, Limousin heifer and heifer calf £1660, Limousin heifer and heifer calf £1620, Limousin heifer and bull calf £1560, EC Smylie, Nutts Corner Simmental in calf heifer £1480, S Adams Limousin heifer and heifer calf £1460, Limousin heifer and heifer calf £1460, Gary McFarland, Templepatrick Belgian Blue heifer and bull calf £1450, Belgian Blue heifer and bull calf £1370 and EC Smylie, Nutts Corner Simmental in calf heifer £1340.

An entry of 240 dropped calves resulted in a steady trade.

Bull calves sold to £585, heifers to £475 and Friesian bull calves to £300.

S McKeown, Newtownabbey Charolais £585, Fairmount Farm, Claudy Limousin £560, TJ and I Bell, Ballyclare Limousin £545, RW Kane, Ballycastle Aberdeen Angus £540, Aberdeen Angus £510, Gareth Hayes Limousin £500, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick (3) Simmental £500, C Magill, Larne Charolais £500, Victor Craig, Ballykelly Aberdeen Angus £500, Fairmount Farm, Claudy Simmental £500, Victor Craig, Ballykelly (2) Aberdeen Angus £490 and David McClurkin, Ligoniel Aberdeen Angus £480.

Heifer calves sold to: SJ Kerr, Comber Limousin £475, RW Kane, Ballycastle Belgian Blue £475, W Witherow, Coleraine Belgian Blue £460, Fairmount Farm, Claudy Belgian Blue £460, David McClurkin, Ligoniel Aberdeen Angus £450, Thomas Hamilton Jnr, Carrickfergus Hereford £420, RW Kane, Ballycastle Aberdeen Angus £420, SJ Kerr Limousin £415, David McClurkin, Ligoniel Belgian Blue £410, J McCann, Lurgan (2) Aberdeen Angus £400, Victor Craig, Ballykelly (2) Aberdeen Angus £395, PJ McKillop, Loughgiel Simmental £390, David McClurkin Belgian Blue £390 and PJ McKillop, Loughgiel Simmental £385.

Friesian bull calves sold to: E and A Holden, Larne (2) £300, W Witherow, Coleraine (2) £270, SJ Kerr, Comber £250, W Witherow £230, A and W McMaster, Broughshane £225, Alex Magee £180, W Witherow £175, Smiddie hill farms, Ballywalter £165 and Owen Kearney, Bellaghy (5) £160.

An entry of 320 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade.

sold to £620 over for a Charolais 420kg at £1040 presented by Ian Gibson, Rathsherry, Broughshane.

Heifers sold to £765 over for a Blue 590kg at £1355 offered by J McQuiston, Ballymoney.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

Local farmer (3) Charolais 210kg £715 (340), Charolais 210kg £715 (340), S Dawson, Lisburn Charolais 240kg £780 (325), K Kidd, Broughshane Charolais 250kg £780 (312), J McQuiston, Ballymoney Charolais 250kg £770 (308), W Dawson, Stoneyford Charolais 290kg £870 (300), T McKillop, Glenarm Limousin 270kg £810 (300), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Limousin 280kg £830 (296), J McCormick, Hannahstown Limousin 230kg £660 (287), Mark Kelly, Newtowncrommelin Charolais 260kg £740 (284), WJ Smyth, Aghalee (2) Limousin 240kg £680 (283), local farmer Aberdeen Angus 230kg £645 (280) and Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter Simmental 230kg £640 (278).

301-350kgs

S Hoy, Doagh Limousin 320kg £880 (275), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Charolais 320kg £880 (275), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Limousin 330kg £870 (263), Darren Hamill, Broughshane Charolais 340kg £890 (261), James A McQuiston, Ballymoney Charolais 330kg £860 (260), K Kidd, Broughshane Charolais 340kg £885 (260), M McKeever, Ballymoney Limousin 320kg £830 (259), HM Dobbin, Aughafatten Saler 330kg £850 (257), P McConnell, Ligoniel Limousin 330kg £850 (257), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Aberdeen Angus 340kg £870 (255), Mervyn Crawford Aberdeen Angus 310kg £790 (254), HM Dobbin, Aughfatten Saler 340kg £860 (252), T McKillop, Glenarm Limousin 310kg £780 (251), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Limousin 350kg £875 (250), BJ Darragh, Randalstown Charolais 340kg £850 (250) and local farmer Charolais 330kg £820 (248).

351kg and over

J Knox, Broughshane Limousin 370kg £975 (263), local farmer Limousin 360kg £930 (258), T Hamill, Broughshane Limousin 360kg £900 (250), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Aberdeen Angus 370kg £920 (248), Charolais 420kg £1040 (247), J Knox Charolais 370kg £910 (246), T McKillop, Glenarm Limousin 360kg £880 (244), T Hamill, Broughshane Limousin 360kg £880 (244), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Charolais 360kg £880 (244), J Knox Limousin 380kg £920 (242), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Charolais 410kg £990 (241), D and W Hume, Randalstown Limousin 440kg £1060 (240), K McKee, Cairncastle Limousin 370kg £875 (236), Liam McGarry, Loughgiel Charolais 360kg £845 (234) and S Hoy, Doagh (2) Limousin 380kg £890 (234).

Heifers 0-300kgs

Local farmer Aberdeen Angus 190kg £610 (321), Mark Kelly, Newtowncrommelin Charolais 230kg £690 (300), R Montgomery, Kells Limousin 210kg £625 (297), Limousin 220kg £650 (295), Mark Kelly, Newtowncrommelin Charolais 250kg £690 (276), T McKillop, Glenarm Limousin 270kg £740 (274), D Johnston, Antrim Limousin 270kg £740 (274), L and MJ Blaney, Cushendun Limousin 280kg £760 (271), P McConnell, Ligoniel Limousin 300kg £790 (263), James Rainey, Crumlin (4) Limousin 280kg £735 (262), R Montgomery, Kells Limousin 260kg 3680 (261), K Kidd, Broughshane Charolais 270kg £705 (261) and S Dawson, Lisburn Charolais 250kg £650 (260).

301-350kgs

M McNeill, Cushendall Charolais 310kg £835 (269), G McClintock, Glenwherry Limousin 340kg £880 (258), local farmer Limousin 330kg £845 (256), J McFetridge, Glenarm Limousin 350kg £880 (251), local farmer Limousin 340kg £850 (250), Limousin 350kg £860 (245), P McConnell, Ligoniel Limousin 350kg £860 (245), James Rainey, Crumlin (3) Limousin 310kg £750 (241), J McQuiston, Ballymoney British Blue 320kg £770 (240), L and MJ Blaney, Cushendun Limousin 350kg £840 (240), local farmer Limousin 330kg £790 (239), P McConnell, Ligoniel Charolais 340kg £810 (238), N and J McKee, Cairncastle Limousin 310kg £735 (237) and TD Weatherup, Carrickfergus Limousin 310kg £735 (237).

351kg and over

Local farmer Limousin 370kg £920 (248), Hugh O’Neill, Glenarm Shorthorn 370kg £865 (233), J McFetridge, Glenarm Limousin 370kg £860 (232), J McQuiston, Ballymoney British Blue 590kg £1355 (229), J Liddie, Ballymena Charolais 390kg £890 (228), local farmer Limousin 400kg £900 (225), P McConnell, Ligoniel Charolais 370kg £830 (224), local farmer Charolais 390kg £840 (215), A Christie, Ballymoney Limousin 360kg £765 (212), J McFetridge, Glenarm Limousin 420kg £880 (209), Mervyn Crawford, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus 360kg £750 (208), TD Weatherup, Carrickfergus Limousin 380kg £790 (207), J Knox, Broughshane Limousin 430kg £890 (207), P McConnell, Ligoniel Limousin 540kg £1115 (206), J Knox, Broughshane Limousin 400kg £825 (206) and John Abraham, Antrim Aberdeen Angus 370kg £735 (198).

Monday, May 11, 2021: A bigger sale of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a sharp trade.

Ewes and lambs sold to £305 and pet lambs to £60.

Ewes and lambs sold to: S Thompson, Glenarm 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £305, 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £298, 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £298, Kim Steele Nicholson, Antrim 1 Mule ewe and 2 lambs £290, S Thompson 5 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £280, Kevin Lennon, Cookstown 4 Suffolk ewes and 6 lambs £272, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 1 Mule ewe and 2 lambs £270, Kim Steele Nicholson 2 Suffolk ewes and 2 lambs £260, 3 Suffolk ewes and 6 lambs £260, E and P McCormick, Cushendun 2 Charollais ewes and 4 lambs £255, Kim Steele Nicholson 4 Mule ewes and 8 lambs £255, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 4 Mule ewes and 4 lambs £250, 1 Mule ewe and 2 lambs £250, Kevin O’Kane, Dunloy 4 Lleyn ewes and 8 lambs £250, R Clarke, Armoy 2 Suffolk ewes and 4 lambs £245 and Kevin Lennon, Cookstown 4 Suffolk ewes and 8 lambs £242.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021: An entry of 200 cattle resulted in a sharp trade.

Bullocks sold to £880 over for a Limousin 790kg at £1670 presented by THW McDowell, Dundonald.

Heifers sold to £710 over for a Limousin 620kg at £1330 offered by Eamon Rogan, Ballynahinch.

Bulls/bullocks 0-500kgs

Teresa Connon, Broughshane Limousin 340kg £880 (258), (2) Saler 360kg £885 (245), W Thompson, Crumlin (2) Charolais 380kg £920 (242), Teresa Connon Charolais 430kg £1040 (241), W Thompson, Crumlin Charolais 410kg £975 (237), (2) Charolais 400kg £950 (237), (2) Aberdeen Angus 430kg £1000 (232), Hay Brothers, Ballycarry Hereford 380kg £880 (231), M Johnston, Toomebridge Simmental 430kg £970 (225), Teresa Connon Limousin 390kg £870 (223) and Hay Brothers Hereford 400kg £880 (220), Simmental 400kg £875 (218).

501kg and over

Eamon Rogan, Ballynahinch Limousin 570kg £1290 (226), Limousin 600kg £1340 (223), THW McDowell, Dundonald Limousin 700kg £1560 (222), Aberdeen Angus 760kg £1660 (218), Eamon Rogan Limousin 550kg £1200 (218), V and M Walsh, Newtownabbey Charolais 530kg £1155 (217), Eamon Rogan Limousin 560kg £1220 (217), C Tinsdale, Carnlough Charolais 570kg £1225 (214), Eamon Rogan Limousin 600kg £1275 (212), M Johnston, Toomebridge Charolais 570kg £1210 (212), C Tinsdale, Carnlough Charolais 520kg £1100 (211), THW McDowell, Dundonald Limousin 790kg £1670 (211), Eamon Rogan Limousin 640kg £1345 (210), John Crawford, Gracehill Belgian Blue 570kg £1150 (201), Robert A Stewart, Toomebridge Stabiliser 530kg £1060 (200) and A and J Currie, Ballyclare Simmental 560kg £1080 (192).

Heifers 0-500kgs

Bonnar Farms, Moorfields Charolais 260kg £665 (255), Eamon Rogan, Ballynahinch Limousin 370kg £905 (244), Duncan Brothers, Antrim Limousin 480kg £1160 (241), Eamon Rogan Limousin 430kg £1035 (240), Bonnar Farms Charolais 370kg £890 (240), Charolais 450kg £1080 (240), Eamon Rogan Limousin 380kg £900 (236), Bonnar Farms Charolais 380kg £895 (235), Duncan Brothers, Antrim Charolais 500kg £1150 (230), Eamon Rogan Limousin 350kg £805 (230), Hay Brothers, Ballycarry Simmental 300kg £690 (230), Duncan Brothers, Antrim Limousin 430kg £980 (227), Bonnar Farms Charolais 380kg £850 (223), Charolais 390kg £870 (223), Charolais 320kg £710 (221) and R Woodside, Ballyclare 370kg £820 (221).

501kg and over:

Eamon Rogan, Ballynahinch Limousin 620kg £1330 (214), Limousin 520kg £1100 (211), Limousin 540kg £1125 (208), S Connolly, Ballygowan Limousin 520kg £1035 (199), A and J Currie, Ballyclare Simmental 510kg £1000 (196), S Connolly Aberdeen Angus 600kg £1160 (193), Aberdeen Angus 560kg £1080 (192), R and S McMullan, Broughshane Hereford 510kg £970 (190), G Martin, Randalstown Limousin 510kg £960 (188) and R and S McMullan, Broughshane Belgian Blue 530kg £910 (171).

Wednesday, May 12, 2021: 1050 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a sharper trade.

Fat lambs sold to 686p for a pair of Beltex 18.5kg at £127 presented by Shay Butler, Ballymena and to a top per head of £151 for a pen of 5 Texels 26kg from Iain Colville, Newtownards.

Fat ewes sold to £173.

Fat lambs (612)

Top per kg: Shay Butler, Rathkenny 2 Beltex 18.5kg £127 (686), Al Gault, Newtownabbey 2 Texel 21.5kg £143.50 (667), Miss J Gilliland, Muckamore 2 Texel 21kg £139 (661), E Clyde, Muckamore 6 Texel 21kg £139 (661), L and K Beacom, Kircubbin 25 Texel 22kg £145.50 (661), Mark Patterson, Nutts Corner 4 Texel 20kg £130 (650), Brian Wharry, Glenarm 6 Texel 22kg £142.50 (647), local farmer 22 Texel 20.5kg £132 (643), Nigel Wilson, Glenarm 8 Charollais 22kg £141.50 (643), R Wylie, Bushmills 12 Texel 21kg £135 (642), J Walker, Randalstown 5 Texel 21kg £135 (642), B Kerr, Cullybackey 7 Texel 19kg £122 (642), D Campbell, Carrickfergus 4 Dorset 21.5kg £138 (641), A and D McAfee, Bushmills 15 Texel 22kg £141 (640), A Beggs, Kilwaughter 8 Ham 21kg £134 (638), J Knox, Broughshane 23 Texel 22kg £140 (636), local farmer 10 Texel 22kg £140 (636), SJC and A Forbes, Castlederg 4 Suffolk 22kg £140 (636), Ian Magee, Larne 4 Charollais 20.5kg £130 (634) and Al Gault, Newtownabbey 1 Texel 21kg £133 (633).

Top per head: Iain Colville, Newtownabbey 5 Texel 26kg £151, Derek Smyth, Moorfields 1 Suffolk 27.5kg £150, J Orr, Moorfields 1 Charollais 27.5kg £148, V Anderson, Cloughmills 6 Charollais 26kg £145.50, L and K Beacom, Kircubbin 25 Charollais 22kg £145.50, TA Fenton, Rasharkin 7 Charollais 23kg £145, Sam Agnew, Ballyclare 18 Crossbred 23kg £145, A McAnally, Ballyboley 2 Dorset 24kg £144, SJC and A Forbes, Castlederg 1 Suffolk 25.5kg £144, M Cunning, Glarryford 2 Dorset 24kg £143.50, Al Gault, Newtownabbey 2 Texel 21.5kg £143.50, Ian Dodds, Glenwherry 30 Suffolk 23kg £143, T Jackson, Broughshane 17 Texel 24kg £143, J and J Rea, Kilwaughter 14 Charollais 23.5kg £143, Bryan Gardiner, Ballymena 1 Suffolk 23kg £143, G Rowney, Ballynure 4 Dorset 25kg £143, Brian Wharry, Glenarm 6 Texel 22kg £142.50, Norman McBurney, Moorfields 3 Dorset 25.5kg £142.50, John Gibson, Bangor 6 Dorset 24.5kg £142.50 and F McNeilly, Glarryford 17 Texel 23kg £142.

Fat ewes (433)

First quality

Suffolk - £120-£160

Texel - £120-£173

Crossbred - £90-£128

Blackface - £60-£88