Latest prices from the rings at Ballymena

An entry of 430 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday, 1st April resulted in a tremendous trade.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 9:15 am

Beef cows sold to 210p for 710kg at £1491, Fr cows to 159p for 530kg at £842, beef heifers to 261p for 580kg at £1513, beef bullocks to 246p for 810kg at £1992, Fr bullocks to 184p for 720kg at £1324 and 820kg at £1508.

Beef cows sold to: I Beggs, Whitehead Lim 710kg £1491 (210), Derek Taggart, Randalstown Lim 700kg £1428 (204), W Ward & Son, Crumlin Sim 790kg £1611 (204), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 640kg £1305 (204), local farmer Char 640kg £1299 (203), J & S McCracken, Limavady Lim 560kg £1108 (198), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 650kg £1261 (194), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 560kg £1080 (193), Liam Clarke, Portaferry Char 680kg £1298 (191), J Campbell, Carnlough Blonde 670kg £1273 (190), J Bamford, Rasharkin Lim 730kg £1379 (189), Thomas Strange, Straid St 650kg £1222 (188), J & S McCracken AA 540kg £1015 (188).

Friesian cows sold to: Teresa Connon, Broughshane 530kg £842 (159), Paul Smyth, B’shane 640kg £953 (149), TR Lilburn, Dromore 880kg £1240 (141), Paul Smyth 640kg £896 (140), TR Lilburn 740kg £1013 (137), Lyle Bryson, Dunadry 830kg £1095 (132), 580kg £765 (132), WS Kennedy, Ballyclare 660kg £858 (130), Samuel Brennan, Larne 830kg £1079 (130), 710kg £915 (129), J & M Wilson, B’shane (2) 600kg £768 (128).

Beef heifers sold to: Reps Matt Workman, Kilwaughter Char 580kg £1513 (261), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 580kg £1386 (239), Lim 540kg £1290 (239), Ivan Wallace, Doagh Lim 560kg £1332 (238), A Clements, Muckamore Lim 550kg £1309 (238), Sim 570kg £1350 (237), John McIlrath, Ballymena Char 560kg £1321 (236), Char 630kg £1480 (235), Char 640kg £1504 (235), Linton Bros, Cloughmills Char 680kg £1598 (235), Char 670kg £1574 (235), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 520kg £1222 (235).

Beef bullocks (top per kg): Barry Arthurs, Kircubbin Char 810kg £1992 (246), Char 750kg £1837 (245), Harvey Bruce, Cookstown Char 700kg £1715 (245), J McNulty, Strabane Char 640kg £1561 (244), John McIlrath, Ballymena Char 650kg £1579 (243), J Thompson, Dromore Char 720kg £1742 (242), Harvey Bruce Char 650kg £1566 (241), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 630kg £1518 (241), Char 670kg £1608 (240).

Beef bullocks sold to (top per head): Barry Arthurs, Kircubbin Char 810kg £1992, David Bingham, Ballyroney Sim 880kg £1988, Wm Kee, Strabane Char 840kg £1965, Char 850kg £1938, Lim 820kg £1910, Char 850kg £1895, WJ Booth, Kircubbin Char 830kg £1884, Wm Kee Sim 820kg £1869, Ian Hamilton, B’shane Char 890kg £1869, L McIvor, Cookstown Char 830kg £1867, WJ Booth, Kircubbin Char 860kg £1857, Wm Kee Char 820kg £1853.

Friesian bullocks sold to: Barry Arthurs, Kircubbin 720kg £1324 (184), D & S Kennedy, B’shane 820kg £1508 (184), W Black, Aghadowey 510kg £907 (178), D Patterson, Crumlin 620kg £1078 (174), W Black 590kg £1014 (172), 510kg £867 (170), Neil Higgins, Toomebridge 640kg £1081 (169), 680kg £1135 (167), David Wallace, Antrim 680kg £1135 (167), D & S Kennedy 570kg £946 (166), W Black 500kg £810 (162).

An entry of 25 dairy cows on Friday, 2nd April sold to a top of £2230.

Leading prices as follows: W Black, Aghadowey £2230, WG Johnston, Ligoniel £2160, John Stewart, Portaferry £2100, £2020, WG Johnston £2020, John Stewart £1910, J Ferguson, Straid £1900, John Stewart £1860, £1770, Bolton Bros, Maghera £1700, John Stewart £1660, J Ferguson Snr £1660.

A small sale of sucklers in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade selling to a top of £1430.

Ruling prices: Donal Gillan, Garvagh Lim hfr & hfr calf £1430, John Connon, Deerfin Sim hfr& hfr calf £1380, Donal Gillan Lim hfr & bull calf £1280, J Strange, Ballyclare Lim hfr & hfr calf £1230.

200 dropped calves in Ballymena resulted in another good firm trade. Bull calves sold to £590, heifers to £525 and Fr bulls to £250.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: G Connon, Aldergrove AA £590, Lim £530, W Morrison, Armoy Par £500, John Stewart, Portaferry Bel £500, Samuel Brennan, Larne AA £490, K Black, Lisburn (3) AA £490, ES Hall, Ballyclare AA£ 475, I Montgomery, Glenwherry AA £460, S Bamford, Glenavy Char £455, Char £450.

Heifer calves sold to: John Beckett, Donacloney Fr £740, Fr £710, Fr £680, Fr £670,Fr £630, £620, (3) £600, Fr £580.

Friesian bull calves sold to: Brian George, Crumlin (2) £250, (4) £220, Sam Brennan, Larne £210, Brian George (5) £200, K Black, Lisburn (2) £190, JA Thompson, Randalstown £190, Paul Smyth, Broughshane £180.

An entry of 360 weanlings resulted in another flying trade. Bullocks sold to £770 over for a Lim 370kg at £1140 presented by John Murray, Larne. Heifers sold to £640 over for a Speckled park 340kg at £980 offered by C Buchanan, Dundrod.

Bulls/blks 0-300kgs: V Hamilton, Cushendun Char 260kg £885 (340), Char 260kg £830 (319), WJ Smyth, Aghalee Lim 250kg £790 (316), Alex Magee, Larne (2) Char 220kg £695 (315), M McDonald, Randalstown Here 200kg £620 (310), Alex Magee Char 250kg £750 (300), A Magee Snr Char 250kg £750 (300).

301-350kgs: B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 340kg £1040 (305), Cleggan Estate, Ballymena Char 310kg £920 (296), C & M White, Aughafatten Char 320kg £940 (293), JG & JN Murray, Larne Lim 320kg £925 (289), Cleggan Estate Char 320kg £920 (287), WJ Smyth, Aghalee Lim 320kg £920 (287), Cleggan Estate Char 320kg £880 (275), RJ McKendry, Antrim Sim 330kg £900 (272).

351kg and over: JG & JN Murray, Larne Lim 370kg £1140 (308), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Char 370kg £1070 (289), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 380kg £1090 (286), Samuel Dobbin Char 390kg £1100 (282), B McAllister Char 390kg £1090 (279), Lim 400kg £1100 (275), FJ McDonnell, Martinstown (2) Char 370kg £1000 (270).

Heifers 0-300kgs: H McCloy, Cullybackey (3) Char 180kg £560 (311), R Hunter, Larne Lim 290kg £880 (303), H McCloy (2) Lim 180kg £530 (294), Leslie Turtle, B’shane Lim 300kg £880 (293), Alex Magee, Larne (2) Char 200kg £580 (290).

301-350kgs: C Buchanan, Dundrod Spk 340kg £980 (288), Cleggan Estate, Ballymena Char 310kg £855 (275), J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 330kg £870 (263), local farmer Char 330kg £870 (263), B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 340kg £890 (261), Char 350kg £910 (260), local farmer Char 350kg £900 (257), A McErlean, Portglenone Char 310kg £780 (251).

351kg and over: B McAllister, Glenarm Lim 360kg £950 (263), local farmer (3) Lim 360kg £920 (255), FJ McDonnell, Martinstown (2) Char 390kg £990 (253), B McAllister, Glenarm Char 360kg £900 (250), Lim 370kg £925 (250).

An entry of 846 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday, 7th April resulted in another great trade. Spring lambs sold to 742p per kg for 3 Texels 19kg at £141 and to a top per head of £168 for a heavy Texel. Fat hoggets sold to 640p for 5 Texels 24.5kg at £157. Fat ewes sold to £169.

Spring lambs (252)

Top per kg: J Irvine, Carrick 3 Tex 19kg £141 (742), TA Fenton, Rasharkin 7 Char 21kg £151 (719), Alastair Ferguson, Coagh 8 Char 22kg £155 (704), John Clarke, Gracehill 8 Char 21kg £147 (700), Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena 2 Dor 20kg £140 (700), John Clarke 6 Char 20.5kg £142 (692), local farmer 6 Suff 22kg £152 (690), S Jackson, Bellaghy 1 Suff 22.5kg £154 (684), A Smyth, Moorfields 6 Char 21.5kg £147 (683), Paul Butler, Rathkenny 9 Dor 20.5kg £140 (682), N & J McKee, Larne 10 Dor 20.5kg £140 (682), B McAllister, Kells 2 Char 21kg £142 (676), Seamus Mullan, Armoy 2 Dor 20kg £135 (675).

Top prices per head: Sam Agnew, Ballyclare 1 Tex 30kg £168, D Murray, Ballymoney 1 Tex 25kg £167, Brian Moorhead, Bushmills 3 Dor 25.5kg £159, A Ferguson, Coagh 8 Char 22kg £155, S Jackson, Bellaghy 1 Suff 22.5kg £154, Sam Agnew, 2 Tex 23.5kg £153, local farmer 6 Suff 22kg £152, TA Fenton, Rasharkin 7 Char 21kg £151, S Patterson, Carrick 2 Dor 23.5kg £151, D Murray, Ballymoney 1 Tex 22.5kg £151, D Millar, Antrim 6 Dor 23.5kg £150.

Fat hoggets (354)

Top prices pe kg: J Thompson, Kells 5 Tex 24.5kg £157 (640), J Sloan, Randalstown 18 Tex 22.5kg £140.50 (624), JW Harbinson, Limavady 3 Bel 18kg £112 (622), Sharon White, Cloughmills 13 Tex 22.5kg £136 (604), James Scroggie, Armagh 6 Tex 20kg £120 (600), 8 Tex 21kg £126 (600), S Creith, Bushmills 22 Mule 24.5kg £146.50 (598), M Moffett, B’shane 19 Tex 25kg £149 (596), B Strange, Straid 23 BF 23kg £136 (591), Robert McNinch, Larne 1 Tex 22.5kg £132 (586), Dale Wylie, Kells 16 Ker 25kg £146.50 (586), JF Walsh, Bellaghy 37 BF 23kg £134 (582), L Weatherup, Ballyclare 8 Cv 23kg £134 (582), S Rea, Glenarm 5 Tex 25kg £145 (580).

Top prices per head: J Thompson, Kells 5 Tex 24.5kg £157, AS Millar, Antrim 1 Suff 30kg £156, G Irwin, Ballymena 1 Char 30kg £153, J Sloan, Randalstown 1 Tex 35kg £153, 1 Tex 37.5kg £153, D Murray, Ballymoney 3 Tex 33kg £153, S Bonnar, B’shane 1 Suff 30kg £152, RJ Anderson, Cullybackey 11 Tex 30kg £150, M Moffett, B’shane 19 Tex 25kg £149, S Rainey, Ballygally 2 Tex 28.5kg £149, T & J Mackey, Ballynure 2 Tex 26kg £149, JW Harbinson, Limavady 1 Rou 27.5kg £148, Rainey Bros, Ballygally 1 Tex 27.5kg £147, Liam Hamilton, Cushendun 17 CB 26.5kg £147, S Creith, Bushmills 22 Mule 24.5kg £146.50, Dale Wylie, Kells 16 Ker 25kg £146.50, S Rea, Glenarm 5 Tex 25kg £145.

Fat ewes (240)

1st Quality

Suff -£100-£144

Tex - £120-£169

CB - £80-£115

BF - £50-£70