Dairy cows selling steadily to £2070 at Ballymena Mart

Thursday, March 11, 2021: An entry of 350 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a super trade.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:43 pm
Ballymena Livestock Mart
Ballymena Livestock Mart

Beef cows sold to 210p for 660kg at £1386, Friesian cows to 146p for 610kg at £890, beef heifers to 233p for 620kg at £1444, beef bullocks to 245p for 670kg at £1641, top per head of £1998 for 900kg and Friesian bullocks to 191p for 740kg at £1413.

Fat cows sold to: J Steele Jnr, Glenavy Belted Galloway 660kg £1386 (210), Greg Armstrong, Cloughmills Limousin 580kg £1212 (209), Columb Kelly, Knockloughrim Limousin 770kg £1593 (207), Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney Limousin 630kg £1266 (201), Stephen Marshall, Ballymena Stabiliser 720kg £1346 (187), J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Limousin 680kg £1237 (182), Limousin 820kg £1476 (180), Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney Limousin 630kg £1108 (176), Shane Burke, Dungiven Limousin 680kg £1193 (1190 (175), H Kennedy, Ballynure Limousin 620kg £1078 (174), Desmond Fulton Limousin 700kg £1204 (172) and Mrs N Jamison, Ballymena Fleckvieh 740kg £1272 (172).

Friesian cows sold to: Robert Steele Jnr, Bushmills 610kg £890 (146), RJ Gage, Clough 760kg £1033 (136), R McCormick, Armoy 680kg £918 (135), WR Hamilton, Broughshane 620kg £830 (134), David Wallace, Antrim 730kg £970 (133), Brian McConnell, Doagh 680kg £897 (132), N and J Coleman, Doagh 710kg £930 (131), H and A Speedy, Randalstown 670kg £877 (131), James Barr, Ballyclare 710kg £915 (129), William Hoey, Ballymena 610kg £780 (128), N and J Coleman, Doagh 670kg £857 (128) and B Alexander, Ahoghill 670kg £844 (126).

Beef heifers sold to: J McLaughlin, Aughafatten Limousin 620kg £1444 (233), Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney Limousin 750kg £1725 (230), F McEldowney, Swatragh Limousin 620kg £1419 (229), LF Logan, Randalstown Limousin 610kg £1396 (229), Desmond Fulton, Limousin 520kg £1185 (228), John Davidson, Moorfields Charolais 610kg £1384 (227), Limousin 580kg £1316 (227), RJ and G McCullough, Ballyclare Simmental 540kg £1225 (227), J Steele Jnr, Glenavy Limousin 670kg £1520 (227), M McCullough, Ballymena Limousin 610kg £1378 (226), John Davidson, Moorfields Limousin 560kg £1254 (224) and Greg Armstrong, Cloughmills Limousin 610kg £1366 (224).

Beef bullocks sold to: Derek Campton, Cookstown Limousin 670kg £1641 (245), Noel McAuley, Strabane Limousin 700kg £1680 (240), S Kelly, Kells Belted Galloway 730kg £1744 (239), J Beattie, Ballymoney Charolais 680kg £1618 (238), Harvey Bruce, Cookstown Limousin 670kg £1581 (236), John McIlrath, Ballymena Charolais 640kg £1510 (236), J Beattie, Ballymoney Charolais 750kg £1762 (235), J Mills, Ballynure Limousin 750kg £1755 (234), McAuley Brothers, Ballymena Aberdeen Angus 680kg £1591 (234), John B O’Kane, Garvagh Limousin 750kg £1747 (233), Steven McCann, Randalstown Limousin 660kg £1537 (233), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Limousin 660kg £1537 (233), Limousin 700kg £1631 (233), J Irwin, Ballymoney Aberdeen Angus 720kg £1677 (233).

Beef bullocks (top per head): Local farmer Belted Galloway 900kg £1998, Noel McAuley, Strabane Limousin 840kg £1948, local farmer Belted Galloway 850kg £1853, Noel McAuley Limousin 810kg £1846, Robert Linton, Ahoghill Charolais 810kg £1814, local farmer Charolais 800kg £1808, Derek Campton, Cookstown Charolais 780kg £1801, local farmer Limousin 800kg £1800, J Mills, Ballynure Belted Galloway 850kg £1785, J Beattie, Ballymoney Charolais 750kg £1762, J Mills Limousin 750kg £1755 and John B O’Kane, Garvagh Limousin 750kg £1747.

Friesian bullocks sold to: B Gribben, Dunloy 740kg £1413 (191), Sam McNabney, Clough 570kg £1037 (182), B Gribben 700kg £1260 (180), J Hutchinson, Ballyclare 530kg £954 (180), RJ McDowell, Gleno 740kg £1332 (180), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne 590kg £1056 (179), 580kg £1038 (179), 600kg £1068 (178), 600kg £1068 (178), James Wallace, Dunloy 610kg £1085 (178), E Kelly, Randalstown 540kg £950 (176) and J Hutchinson, Ballyclare 510kg £887 (174).

Friday, March 12, 2021: 25 dairy cows resulted in a steady trade selling to £2070, leading prices as follows: DS Dickey, Randalstown £2070, W Black, Aghadowey £2040, W Patterson, Ballyclare £2010, Joseph Adams, Ballymena £2000, £1900, DS Dickey, Randalstown £1880, Joseph Adams £1880, W Patterson, Ballyclare £1860, DS Dickey, Randalstown £1850, W Patterson £1810, Barry McStravick, Gawleys Gate £1780, W Black, Aghadowey £1760, A Hoey, Glenwherry £1730, E and J Arthur, Templepatrick £1720, W Patterson, Ballyclare £1690 and James Maybin, Broughshane £1660.

30 sucklers in Ballymena resulted in a sharp trade.

Leading prices: F Hilton, Ballymena Limousin heifer and bull calf £1650, S Agnew, Castlereagh Charolais in calf hr £1590, F Hilton Limousin in calf heifer £1440, G Monan, Portaferry Limousin in calf heifer £1420, Limousin in calf heifer £1310, G Close, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus in calf heifer £1300, Keith Gunning, Newtownards Hereford heifer and bull calf £1300, G Close, Randalstwon Limousin heifer and heifer calf £1280, Keith Gunning, Newtowards Hereford heifer and heifer calf £1280, G Monan, Limousin in calf heifer £1200, S Agnew, Castlereagh Charolais in calf heifer £1130 and G Monan Limousin in calf heifer £1130, Limousin in calf heifer £1120.

An entry of 230 calves in Ballymena resulted in another super trade.

Bull calves sold to £545, heifer calves to £580 and Friesian bulls to £260.

Heifer calves sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh Belted Galloway £545, Belted Galloway £540, Belted Galloway £525, Belted Galloway £515, Belted Galloway £500, B McAuley, Bushmills Belted Galloway £475, H Millar, Antrim Aberdeen Angus £460, RJ White, Liscolman Aberdeen Angus £425, B Alexander, Ahoghill Charolais £425, I McCaughan, Bushmills Charolais £425, T Herbinson, Randalstown (2) Aberdeen Angus £425, JA Thompson, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus £415, H Millar, Antrim Belted Galloway £410, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Charolais £410, Glenview farms, Cushendun Charolais £400, H and A Speedy, Randalstown Limousin £395, H Millar, Antrim Belted Galloway £385 and D Montgomery, Glenwherry (2) Aberdeen Angus £375.

Bull calves sold to: H Millar, Antrim Belted Galloway £580, RJ White, Liscolman Aberdeen Angus £570, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Belted Galloway £570, Belted Galloway £550, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Charolais £525, Charolais £520, Ian Lamont, Cullybackey Limousin £500, B McAuley, Bushmills Belted Galloway £500, Robin Bingham, Charolais £495, H Millar, Antrim Belted Galloway £490, Alex Millar Aberdeen Angus £485, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Belted Galloway £480, Ian Lamont, Cullybackey Belted Galloway £480, T Herbinson, Randalstown (2) Aberdeen Angus £480, B Alexander, Ahoghill Charolais £465, D Marcus, Glenarm Belted Galloway £445, Joseph A Thompson, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus £440, B Alexander, Ahoghill Charolais £440 and Gary McConnell, Glenarm Aberdeen Angus £430.

Friesian bulls sold to: B Alexander, Ahoghill £260, RJ Gage, Clough (2) £255, RJ White, Liscolman, £235, H and A Speedy, Randalstown £235, RJ Gage £215, Brian George, Crumlin (3) £215, Samuel Kennedy, Doagh £210, £200, RJ Gage (2) £195, Brian George (3) £190, (3) £180 and RJ Gage £175.

A good entry of 350 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a great trade.

Bullocks sold to £740 over for a Charolais 390kg at £1130 presented by Robin Nicholson, Monkstown.

Heifers sold to £860 over for a super Blue heifer 340kg at £1200 offered by Ian Dodds, Glenwherry.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

Local farmer Hereford 240kg £750 (312), SH Bellingham, Ballymoney Limousin 300kg £930 (310), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 280kg £860 (307), S Scullion, Glenarm Charolais 280kg £815 (291), S McAllister, Glenarm Limousin 300kg £865 (288), local farmer Limousin 300kg £860 (286), Derek Millan, Ballymoney Aberdeen Angus 220kg £625 (284), D Convery, Kilrea Limousin 250kg £710 (284), D Savage, Downpatrick Simmental 300kg £840 (280), Simmental 280kg £775 (276), T McFerran, Ballyhalbert Limousin 230kg £620 (269), A Gibson, Hillsborough Limousin 260kg £700 (269), Limousin 270kg £705 (261), Limousin 290kg £755 (260) and N Alexander, Glenarm Limousin 210kg £540 (257), Limousin 280kg £710 (253).

301-350kgs

SH Bellingham, Ballymoney Limousin 310kg £930 (300), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 320kg £960 (300), WJ Shaw, Cloughmills Limousin 340kg £1010 (297), Robin Nicholson Charolais 330kg £965 (292), WJ Shaw Limousin 320kg £935 (292), S Clyde, Randalstown Limousin 330kg £960 (290), Limousin 320kg £930 (290), R Martin, Dunloy Charolais 320kg £925 (289), AS Millar, Antrim Charolais 330kg £950 (287), Robin Nicholson, Monsktown Charolais 330kg £945 (286), Limousin 330kg £930 (281), Limousin 320kg £900 (281), S McAllister, Glenarm Charolais 340kg £955 (280), T McFerran, Ballyhalbert (2) Limousin 310kg £870 (280) and WJ Shaw, Cloughmills Limousin 350kg £980 (280).

351kg and over

Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 390kg £1130 (289), T McFerran, Ballyhalbert (2) Limousin 370kg £1010 (273), WJ Shaw, Cloughmills Limousin 360kg £980 (272), Carson Livingstone, Ballymena Charolais 360kg £970 (269), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 360kg £970 (269), P McAllister, Glenarm Charolais 360kg £970 (269), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Charolais 360kg £970 (269), James McMaster, Ballycarry Charolais 360kg £960 (266), A Kennedy, Gleno Limousin 380kg £1000 (263), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 380kg £990 (260), Gary Davidson, Ligoniel Charolais 360kg £930 (258), D Savage, Loughisland Charolais 380kg £980 (257), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Limousin 370kg £940 (254), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Limousin 360kg £910 (252) and Ian Dodds, Glenwherry Limousin 420kg £1060 (252).

Heifers 0-300kgs

Mrs Diana Kennedy, Larne Limousin 230kg £800 (347), Hazel Forsythe, Ballynure Speckled Park 190kg £660 (347), R Martin, Dunloy Charolais 270kg £835 (309), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown (2) Limousin 260kg £800 (307), local farmer Limousin 240kg £730 (304), Mrs Diana Kennedy Limousin 270kg £820 (303), S Scullion, Glenarm Charolais 300kg £895 (298), AS Millar, Antrim Charolais 300kg £875 (291), Robin Nicholson, Limousin 290kg £845 (291), AS Millar Charolais 300kg £870 (290), Charolais 280kg £805 (287), J McLaughlin, Aughfatten Charolais 280kg £800 (285), S Clyde, Randalstown Limousin 300kg £855 (285), Robin Nicholson Limousin 300kg £850 (283) and local farmer Limousin 280kg £790 (282).

301-350kgs

Ian Dodds, Glenwherry Belgian Blue 340kg £1200 (352), A Kennedy, Gleno Limousin 340kg £1150 (338), James Boyd, Newtownabbey Simmental 310kg £930 (300), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 350kg £1035 (295), local farmer Charolais 330kg £970 (293), N Alexander, Glenarm Limousin 340kg £980 (288), AS Millar, Antrim Charolais 310kg £880 (283), T McFerran, Ballyhalbert Limousin 310kg £870 (280), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Charolais 310kg £850 (274), AS Millar Charolais 310kg £850 (274), S Clyde, Randalstown Limousin 320kg £870 (271), Robin Nicholson Charolais 310kg £840 (271), Limousin 350kg £940 (268), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Limousin 330kg £880 (266) and Robin Nicholson (2) Limousin 320kg £850 (265).

351kg and over

AS Millar, Antrim Charolais 360kg £945 (262), Simon Moore, Aldergrove (2) Limousin 400kg £1045 (261), WJ Wilson, Rasharkin Aberdeen Angus 460kg £1200 (260), VN Fleck, Broughshane Limousin 410kg £1065 (259), Mervyn Russell, Parkgate Charolais 360kg £935 (259), N Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 460kg £1180 (256), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Limousin 410kg £1050 (256), Ian Dodds, Glenwherry Limousin 360kg £910 (252), VN Fleck, Broughshane Limousin 390kg £980 (251), W and M Orr, Ballycastle (2) Charolais 380kg £925 (250), John Beggs, Whitehead Limousin 360kg £900 (250), Simon Moore, Aldergrove Limousin 400kg £1000 (250), Sidney Rea, Straid Charolais 400kg £990 (247) and AS Millar, Antrim Charolais 390kg £960 (246).

Monday, March 15, 2021: Another good show of sheep on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade.

Ewes and lambs sold to £250, springers to £200, Store lambs to £114, pet lambs to £66 and foster ewes to £242.

Ewes and lambs sold to: John Magee, Kilwaughter 3 Mule ewes and 6 lambs £250, J Martin, Broughshane 1 Charollais ewe and 2 lambs £250, D Devlin, Randalstown 1 Crossbred ewe and 2 lambs £235, Amanda Bonnar, Glenwherry 4 Mule ewes and 8 lambs £235, A Kirkpatrick, Crumlin 7 Dorset ewes and 14 lambs £230, 3 Dorset ewes and 5 lambs £230, J Martin, Broughshane 2 Texel ewes and 4 lambs £225, WR Semple, Magheramourne 5 Mule ewes and 10 lambs £220, 5 Mule ewes and 9 lambs £210, J Martin, Broughshane 1 Crossbred ewe and 2 lambs £210, H Burgess, Newtownards 1 Texel ewe and 2 lambs £210, D Devlin, Randalstown 1 Charollais ewe and 2 lambs £200, H Burgess 2 Crossbred ewes and 4 lambs £200, J and C McAlister, Cushendall 4 Suffolk ewes and 6 lambs £195, D and D Robinson, Carnalbana 1 Suffolk ewe and 1 lamb £188 and D Devlin, Randalstown 1 Texel ewe and 1 lamb £175.

In lamb ewes sold to: J McCarroll, Ballymena 7 Crossbred in lamb ewes £200, AM O’Neill, Martinstown 12 Crossbred in lamb ewes £190, RC and JC Watson, Rasharkin 3 Texel in lamb ewes £172, Margaret Milliken, Dundrod 8 Blackface in lamb ewes £171, Andrew Adams, Ballymena 9 Mule in lamb ewes £165, EC Smylie, Nutts Corner 4 Mule in lamb ewes £152, J Jamison, Ballymena 3 Suffolk in lamb ewes £147 and R Wallace, Carrickfergus 12 Mule in lamb ewes £144, 15 Mule in lamb ewes £140.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021: An entry of 150 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a great trade.

Bullocks sold to £750 over for a Charolais 560kg at £1310 presented by McMullan Brothers, Downpatrick.

Heifers sold to £760 over for a Limousin 500kg at £1260 offered by Robert McMullan, Ahoghill.

Heifers 0-500kgs

Brian Savage, Kircubbin Limousin 380kg £970 (255), Robert McMullan, Ahoghill Limousin 500kg £1260 (252), S Wright, Carnlough Limousin 380kg £910 (239), JS Dunn, Straid (2) Limousin 400kg £950 (237), S Wright Limousin 420kg £990 (235), Robert Shaw, Randalstown Limousin 400kg £940 (235), Robert McMullan Limousin 460kg £1080 (234), Limousin 420kg £980 (233), RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop, Gleno Charolais 400kg £925 (231), Charolais 410kg £905 (220), S Wright, Carnlough Limousin 420kg £915 (217), RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop Speckled Park 350kg £755 (215), S Wright Limousin 320kg £680 (212), G McNeill, Cushendun Limousin 450kg £935 (207) and RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop Charolais 460kg £950 (206).

501kg and over

B Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 510kg £1200 (235), Robert McMullan, Ahoghill Limousin 570kg £1320 (231), Limousin 550kg £1260 (229), Limousin 510kg £1160 (227), JH Steele, Glarryford Charolais 560kg £1250 (223), Robert McMullan, Limousin 580kg £1275 (219), Limousin 570kg £1230 (215), B Smyth, Randalstown Belgian Blue 520kg £1065 (204), RH Brown, Cloughey Limousin 540kg £1060 (196) and T and M Erwin, Shanksbridge Simmental 510kg £995 (195).

Bullocks 0-500kgs

JH Steele, Glarryford Charolais 410kg £1020 (248), Charolais 450kg £1110 (246), WH Knox, Ballynure Limousin 490kg £1195 (243), RJ Anderson, Cullybackey Charolais 500kg £1200 (240), RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop, Gleno Charolais 410kg £975 (237), WH Knox, Ballynure Limousin 430kg £1000 (232), Brian Savage, Ardkenn Limousin 380kg £870 (229), RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop, Gleno Speckled Park 400kg £915 (228), J Smyth, Randalstown Limousin 480kg £1085 (226), Mervyn Crawford, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus 500kg £1125 (225), G McNeill, Cushendun Limousin 480kg £1060 (220), J Cormican, Lisburn Charolais 460kg £1000 (217), RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop Charolais 430kg £930 (216), McMullan Brothers, Downpatrick Limousin 500kg £1080 (216), RJM and Mrs ME Dunlop Charolais 410kg £885 (215) and G McNeill Hereford 410kg £860 (209).

501kg and over

McMullan Brothers, Downpatrick Charolais 560kg £1310 (233), WH Knox, Ballynure Limousin 510kg £1190 (233), McMullan Brothers Charolais 540kg £1240 (229), WH Knox Limousin 540kg £1240 (229), B Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 570kg £1290 (226), McMullan Brow Charolais 580kg £1280 (220), B Smyth Charolais 610kg £1340 (219), Jim Allen, Larne Belted Galloway 520kg £1140 (219), J Smyth, Randalstown Charolais 550kg £1190 (216), Limousin 580kg £1255 (216), J and G Hamilton Belted Galloway 550kg £1180 (214), McMullan Brothers, Charolais 590kg £1260 (213), J Smyth Belted Galloway 550kg £1165 (211), McMullan Brothers Limousin 510kg £1080 (211), K and M Gawn, Kells Limousin 520kg £1100 (211) and McMullan Brothers Limousin 610kg £1290 (211).

Wednesday, March 17, 2021: An entry of 1637 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade.

Fat hoggets sold to 651p for 3 Texels 21.5kg at £140 presented by J Jenkins, Ballyclare and to a top per head of £150 for 3 pens of heavy hoggets.

Fat hoggets to £191.

Fat hoggets (1255)

Top price per kg

Jenkins farming, Ballyclare 3 Texel 21.5kg £140 (651), A McIlveen, Kells 2 Texel 21kg £136 (647), SM Millen, Coleraine 1 Texel 22.5kg £145 (644), J McIlrath, Glarryford 5 Charollais 23.5kg £148.50 (631), James Houston, Randalstown 6 Charollais 20.5kg £129 (629), Noel Collins, Aghadowey 21 Texel 22kg £138 (627), Paul Butler, Rathkenny 23 Dorset 21kg £130 (619), Robert Shaw, Randalstown 3 Dorset 23kg £142 (617), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 5 Texel 22.5kg £138 (613), I Frew, Cullybackey 4 Dorset 23kg £140 (608), A Montgomery, Glenarm 12 Suffolk 20.5kg £123 (600), A Dobbs, Carrickfergus 15 Texel 24kg £144 (600), David Boyd, Knockagh 25 Blackface 21kg £126 (600), Anne J Blaney, Cushendun 27 Blackface 21.5kg £128 (595), R Brown, Ballymena 18 Texel 24kg £142 (591), Liam Campbell, Carnlough 4 Beltex 25.5kg £150 (588), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 7 Texel 25kg £147 (588), Jenkins farming, Ballyclare 5 Texel 24.5kg £144 (587), Mrs J Steele, Portglenone 34 Suffolk 20.5kg £120 (585), DJ Fenton, Broughshane 11 Texel 25.5kg £149 (584), Gary Crowe, Ballyclare 3 Cheviot 25.5kg £149 (584), J McIlrath, Glarryford 6 Suffolk 24kg £140 (583), A Dobbs, Carrickfergus 11 Texel 20kg £116 (580) and H McCullough, Randalstown 10 Texel 24.5kg £142 (579).

Fat hoggets

Top price per head: James Magee, Kilwaughter 2 Texel 27.5kg £150, Paul Butler, Rathkenny 8 Charollais 26.5kg £150, Liam Campbell, Carnlough 4 Beltex 25.5kg £150, DJ Fenton, Broughshane 11 Texel 25.5kg £149, Gary Crowe, Ballyclare 3 Cheviot 25.5kg £149, J McIlrath, Glarryford 5 Charollais 23.5kg £148.50, Ivan Wallace, Doagh 1 Charollais 27.5kg £148, PJ Kane, Ballycastle 1 Crossbred 32.5kg £148, A Dobbs, Carrickfergus 5 Texel 29.5kg £148, J Newell, Ballymoney 20 Suffolk 30.5kg £147, 4 Suffolk 30.5kg £147, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 7 Texel 25kg £147, Alex B Carson, Clough 3 Blackface 30kg £146, A and M and V Armstrong, Straid 17 Suffolk 27kg £146, J McMillan, Straid 21 Suffolk 27kg £146, SM Millen, Coleraine 1 Texel 22.5kg £145, S Marshall, Carrickfergus 19 Crossbred 25.5kg £145, Jenkins farming, Ballyclare 5 Texel 24.5kg £144, A Dobbs, Carrickfergus 15 Texel 24kg £144, HV McCambridge, Carnlough 53 Suffolk 25.5kg £144, Derek Taggart, Randalstown 25 Texel 26.5kg £144, S McAllister, Glenarm 1 Texel 27.5kg £143, Noel Collins, Aghadowey 10 Texel 26.5kg £143 and Robert Shaw, Randalstown 3 Dorset 23kg £142.

Fat ewes (382)

First quality

Suffolk - £100-£166

Texel - £140-£191

Crossbred - £78-£121

Blackface - £60-£60