Latest prices from the rings at Ballymena

Upwards of 350 beef cattle continued to meet strong demand with beef cows to 265pence per kg for a Lim 860kg £2279, Friesian cows to 193 pence for 700kg £1351. Beef steers to 282 pence 890kg £2509.80, Beef heifers to 275 pence. Friesian steers to 224pence 750kg £1680.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18th May 2022, 4:03 pm

Beef cows: Local farmer, Lim 860kg £2279 (265) B McCann, Portglenone Lim 690kg £1814 (263) H&I Hamilton, Broughshane Lim 790kg £2061 (261) local farmer, Lim 790kg £2014 (255) H&I Hamilton, Broughshane Sal 800kg £1968 (246) B McCann, Portglenone Lim 550kg £1342 (244) S McIlhatton, Aughfatten Blo 620kg £1506 (243) H&I Hamilton Lim 800kg £1904 (238) C McKee, Broughshane Lim 630kg £1486 (236) D&W Hume, Neilsbrook Lim 800kg £1880 (235) R McNabney, Broughshane Lim 620kg £1450 (234) S McDowell, Bel 650kg £1508 (232) A McCann, Toomebridge Her 770kg £1778 (231) K Fleck, Clough Lim 760kg £1740 (229) D&W Hume, Lim 600kg £1362 (227) S McIlhatton, Aughfatten Bel 660kg £1478 (224).

Friesian Cows: J Maybin, Ballymena 700kg £1351 (193) E&R J Bredin, Drumcorn 760kg £1451 (191) R.J Gage, Clough 730kg £1387 (190) D.W.D Kane, Bushmills 660kg £1240 (188) E&R J Bredin 690kg £1269 (184) E&R J Bredin 620kg £1134 (183) AT Lowry, Loughiel 640kg £1164 (182) E&R J Bredin,730kg £1321 (181) J&A McAteer, Randalstown 650kg £1170 (180) R McConaghie, Ballymena 760kg £1337 (176) R McConaghie 650kg £1137 (175) MT Boyd, Kilwaughter 660kg £1148 (174) D Marcus, Glenarm 660kg £1148 (174) E&R J Bredin, 650kg £1124 (173) S Wilson, Ballymena 700kg £1204 (172) F Bellingham, Ballymoney 620kg £1060 (171).

Beef Steers: P McEldowney, Kilrea Lim 890kg £2509 (282) L Marron, Portglenone Lim 670kg £1889 (282) M Gallagher, Magherafelt Lim 770kg £2117 (275) J Blair, Cullybackey Cha 660kg £1808 (274) P McEldowney, OKI Developments, Dungiven Cha 750kg £2055 (274) OKI Developments, Cha 710kg £1938 (273) D Dickson, Banbridge Lim 710kg £1938 (273) R McTeague, Draperstown Cha 840kg £2284 (272) M Gallagher, Magherafelt Cha 830kg £2257 (272) LF Logan, Randalstown Lim 760kg £2067 (272) OKI Developments, Cha 730kg £1978 (271) P McEldowney, Lim 800kg £2160 (270) R Canning, Drumsurn Lim 620kg £1674 (270) OKI Developments, Lim 740kg £1990 (269) R McBride, Randalstown, Blo 680kg £1829 (269).              

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Top prices per head: Peter McEldowney, Kilrea Lim 890kg £2509, Lim 860kg £2356, Raymond McTeague, Draperstown Char 840kg £2284, Alan White, Mosside AA 920kg £2281, RT Morrow, Gleno Char 850kg £2278, M Gallagher, Magherafelt Char 830kg £2257, Harvey Bruce, Cookstown Char 850kg £2167, Peter McEldowney Lim 800kg £2160, RT Morrow, Gleno Blonde 870kg £2122, M Gallagher Lim 770kg £2117, THW McDowell, Dundonald Lim 840kg £2100, RT Morrow Blonde 840kg £2083, L F Logan, Randalstown Lim 760kg £2067, RT Morrow, Gleno Char 800kg £2064, IN McClelland, Coleraine Char 770kg £2063, OKI Developments, Dungiven Char 750kg £2055.

Beef heifers sold to: S Kelly, Kells Lim 600kg £1650 (275), V Cousley, Moneymore Lim 600kg £1584 (264), John McIlrath, Ballymena Blonde 600kg £1584 (264), V Cousley Lim 690kg £1807 (262), John McIlrath Char 610kg £1573 (258), Char 630kg £1625 (258), H & I Hamilton, B’shane Lim 730kg £1861 (255), K McAuley, B’shane Char 620kg £1581 (255) V Cousley Char 680kg £1693 (249), DT Harbinson, Limavady Lim 540kg £1339 (248), V Cousley Lim 690kg £1711 (248), Sara McNeill, B’shane Char 590kg £1457 (247), V Cousley Lim 640kg £1568 (245), John McIlrath Char 670kg £1641 (245), K McAuley Char 660kg £1610 (244), P Henry, Glarryford Char 590kg £1433 (243).

Friesian steers: DJ Browne, Bushmills 750kg £1680 (224), B Gribben, Dunloy 750kg £1642 (219), Sam McNabney, Clough 560kg £1176 (210), C Boyd, Portglenone 590kg £1162 (197), 610kg £1183 (194), E McNabney, Clough 540kg £874 (162).

A small turnout of dairy stock on Friday sold to £1840 for a calved heifer from D Foreman, Belfast.

Suckler Cows

28 lots in the suckler ring sold to £1900 for a Lim with heifer calf.

A McNeilly, Muckamore Lim & hfr calf £1900, A McNeilly Lim & hfr calf £1770, A McNeilly Lim & hfr calf £1730, A McNeilly Lim & hfr calf £1720, E C Smylie, Crumlin Sim & hfr calf £1680, A McNeilly Lim & hfr calf £1620, A McNeilly Lim & hfr calf £1550, A Linton, Glarryford Her £1500, D Mairs, Magheragall Lim & hfr calf £1420, D Gillan, Garvagh Lim & hfr calf £1250, D Mairs Lim & bl calf £1220, D Gillan Lim & hfr calf £1180, D Gillan Abe & bl calf £1150, C Fleck, Clough Char £1100, M Adams, Cloughmills Abe £1100, M Adams Abe £1050.

230 lots in the calf ring sold to £660 for an outstanding Char bull. Heifer calves to £490 for a party reared BB.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: C Fleck, Clough Char £660, S & M & C McDonnell, Glenariffe Lim £530, K Fleck, Clough Char £475, A McBurney, Clough Bel £440, Smiddie Hill Farms, Newtownards Bel £440, R Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £435, R Bingham Char £425, R L A & L Irvine, Dundrod, Bel £425, Smiddie Hill Farms Sim £400, A McFadden, Garvagh Her £395, R Bingham Abe £395, A Ferguson, Killysally Lim £395, Smiddie Hill Farms Abe £390, D Marcus, Glenarm Fri £390, A McFadden Sho £385, Smiddie Hill Farms Bel £385.

Heifer calves sold to: A & W McMaster, Boughshane Brb £490, C Fleck, Clough Char £470, A & W McMaster Brb £460, A & W McMaster Brb £445, A & W McMaster Brb £445, A McFadden, Garvagh Sho £400, D Morrow, Glenarm Sim £390, D Morrow Sim £360, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £360, H & L Wilson, Larne Bel £360, RLA & D Irvine, Dundrod Abe £355, RLA & D Irvine Abe £355, RLA & D Irvine Abe £355, A McFadden Abe £345, A McFadden Her £345, A McFadden Her £345.

Friesian bull calves: D Marcus, Glenarm £390, D Marcus £250, D Marcus £250, D Marcus £220, D Marcus £220, RLA & D Irvine, Dundrod £165, Smiddie Hill Farms £160, W Hoey, Ballymena £150, RLA & D Irvine £145, RJ Gage, Clough £140, RJ Gage £140, RJ Gage £140, RJ Gage £135, RJ Gage £135, RJ Gage £135, RJ Gage £135.

200 weanlings resulted in another great trade, Bullocks sold to £750 over for a Lim 450kg at £1200 offered by John Calwell, Ballycarry. Heifers sold to £640 over for a Ch 380kg at £1020 presented by A McNeilly, Muckamore.

Bullocks 0-300kg: R Shaw, Rasharkin, Lim 290kg £1000 (344p), R Shaw, Rasharkin, Lim 260kg £880 (338p), R Shaw, Rasharkin, Lim 270kg £850 (314p), A Reid, Glenarm, Cha 270kg £820 (303p), J Duffin, Ballygally, Lim 290kg £830 (286p), Llewellan Hamill, Templepatrick, Abe 210kg £570 (271p), Llewellan Hamill, Templepatrick, Abe 210kg £570 (271p), T McNabney, Broughshane, Cha 250kg £650 (260p), Connor Nairn, Newtownards, Lim 270kg £695 (257p), Connor Nairn, Newtownards, Lim 270kg £695 (257p), Connor Nairn, Newtownards, Lim 270kg £695 (257p), Ian Herron, Donaghadee, Lim 280kg £700 (250p), A Reid, Glenarm, Cha 280kg £700 (250p), Llewellan Hamill, Templepatrick, Abe 250kg £610 (244p).

301-350kg: R Shaw, Rasharkin, Lim 330kg £960 (290p), Ian Herron, Donaghadee, Cha 340kg £925 (272p), Stephen McDowell, Magheramorne, Lim 330kg £890 (269p), Ian Herron, Donaghadee, Lim 330kg £880 (266p), R Shaw, Rasharkin, Cha 340kg £900 (264p), Mark McCord, Antrim, Her 310kg £810 (261p), Connor Nairn, Newtownards, Bel 310kg £805 (259p), Connor Nairn, Newtownards, Bel 310kg £805 (259p), Thomas O’Kane, Newtowncrommelin, Cha 340kg £880 (258p), J Duffin, Ballygally, Lim 330kg £840 (254p), J Duffin, Ballygally, Lim 330kg £840 (254p), William Wylie, Kells, Abe 330kg £830 (251p), William Wylie, Kells, Abe 330kg £830 (251p), Connor Nairn, Newtownards, Bel 310kg £755 (243p).

351kg+: M McCoy, Toomebridge, Lim 370kg £1090 (294p), Desmond Brogan, Cloughmills, Lim 370kg £1080 (291p), J Duffin, Ballygally, Lim 380kg £1050 (276p), Ian Herron, Donaghadee, Blo 390kg £1060 (271p), R Calwell, Ballycarry, Lim 420kg £1140 (271p), John Calwell, Ballycarry, Lim 450kg £1200 (266p), R Forsythe, Portglenone, Abe 360kg £950 (263p), John Calwell, Ballycarry, Lim 370kg £975 (263p), R Calwell, Ballycarry, Lim 410kg £1080 (263p), R Calwell, Ballycarry, Lim 410kg £1080 (263p), William Wylie, Kells, Abe 360kg £945 (262p), William Wylie, Kells, Abe 360kg £945 (262p), Stephen McDowell, Magheramorne, Lim 430kg £1100 (255p), R Calwell, Ballycarry, 430kg £1090 (253p), Ian Herron, Donaghadee, Blo 370kg £935 (252p), Ian Herron, Donaghadee, Blo 370kg £935 (253p).

Heifers 0-300kg: R P McDonnell, Cushendall Char 250kg £735 (294), R P McDonnell Char 250kg £735 (294), K Magorrigan, Downpatrick Char 290kg £810 (279), R P McDonnell Char 270kg £750 (277), R P McDonnell Char 270kg £750 (277), R Irvine, Carrickfergus Char 260kg £720 (276), R Irvine Char 270kg £670 (248), A Reid, Glenarm Lim 300kg £685 (228), T McNabney, Broughshane Char 300kg £640 (213), M McDonnell, Antrim Char 280kg £565 (201), M McDonnell Char 260kg £520 (200).

300-350kg: K Magorrigan, Downpatrick Char 310kg £870 (280), A McNeilly, Mackamore Char 350kg £880 (251), J Duffin, Ballygally Lim 320kg £795 (248), D Gilmore, Carrickfergus Char 310kg £730 (235), D Fleming, Templepatrick Lim 330kg £770 (233), T McNabney. Broughshane Char 340kg £765 (225), T McNabney Char 340kg £765 (225), J Duffin Lim 340kg £750 (220), local Farmer St 350kg £750 (214), local Farmer St 350kg £750 (214), D Fleming Lim 320kg £675 (210), D Fleming Lim 320kg £675 (210).

350kg +: A McNeilly, Muakamore Char 360kg £980 (272), A McNeilly Char 380kg £1020 (268), A McNeilly Char 390kg £1020 (261), M McCoy, Toomebridge Lim 380kg £980 (257), A McNeilly Char 360kg £920 (255), M McCoy Lim 370kg £930 (251), Graham Bros, Aughafatten Lim 440kg £1085 (246), M McCoy Lim 360kg £880 (244), Graham Bros Lim 440kg £1070 (243), D Brogan, Cloughmills Lim 440kg £1070 (243), J Duffin, Ballygally Lim 370kg £880 (237), Graham Bros, Lim 530kg £1260 (237), Graham Bros Lim 460kg £1090 (237), Graham Bros Lim 460kg £1090 (237), Graham Bros Char 490kg £1130 (230), M McCoy Lim 400kg £910 (227).

A good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a sharp trade. Ewes and lambs sold to £288, ewe lambs sold to £140.

Ewes and lambs: Kim Steele Nicholson, Antrim 2 Mule ewes & 4 lambs £288, N & S Wilson, Rathkenny 4 Suff ewes & 8 lambs £285, John Lowe, Cookstown 1 Tex ewe & 2 lambs £285, N & S Wilson 3 Suff ewes & 6 lambs £280, W & P McCallion, Portglenone 1 Dor ewe & 2 lambs £280, M Currie, Antrim 2 Mule ewes & 4 lambs £276, Kim Steele Nicholson 2 Mule ewes & 4 lambs £276, N & S Wilson 3 Suff ewes & 6 lambs £275, WJ Thompson, Glenwherry 2 Mule ewes & 4 lambs £274, Martin Delargy, Cushendall 4 Mule ewes & 8 lambs £270, K Travers, Castlederg 3 Mule ewes & 6 lambs £270, D Devlin, Randalstown 1 Suff ewe & 2 lambs £258, Martin Delargy, Cushendall 4 Mule ewes & 8 lambs £258, Jack Adams, Ballymena 1 Dor ewe & 2 lambs £255, Martin Delargy 4 Mule ewes & 8 lambs £250, Gregg Knowles, Gracehill 1 Tex ewe & 1 lamb £250.

An entry of 100 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £920 over for a Cha 660kg at £1580 presented by C Tinsdale, Carnlough. Heifers sold to £900 over for a Lim 550kg at £1450 offered by Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter.

Heifers

0kg to 500kg: G Knowles, Gracehill Lim 380kg £1010 (265) D Davidson, Ballymena Lim 490kg £1220 (249) S Boyle, Carrickfergus Cha 460kg £1135 (246) R Neeson, Toomebridge Bel 490kg £1155 (235) R&S McMullan, Broughshane Lim 470kg £1090 (231).

501kg and over: M Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 550kg £1450 (263) F Duffin, Toomebridge Cha 520kg £1210 (232) R&S McMullan Lim 560kg £1240 (221) R&S McMullan, Her 520kg £1150 (221) R&S McMullan, Her 510kg £1120 (219).

Bulls/Blks

0kg to 500kg: G Knowles, Gracehill Lim 310kg £910 (293) G Knowles, Lim 360kg £1000 (277) G Knowles, Lim 340kg £940 (276) C Tinsdale, Carnlough Cha 500kg £1360 (272) A McKnight, Eskylane Lim 380kg £1020 (268) D Hanna, Ballymoney Cha 470kg £1260 (268) D Hanna, Cha 490kg £1290 (263) A McKnight, Lim 390kg £1020 (261) A McKnight, Lim 390kg £1020 (261) A McKnight, Lim 380kg £980 (257) SJ Duncan, Crumlin Cha 470kg £1170 (248) G Knowles, Lim 360kg £890 (247) A McKnight, Sim 390kg £960 (246) SJ Duncan, Crumlin Cha 420kg £1020 (242) Dundarave Properties, Sho 400kg £960 (240) Dundarave Properties Sho 400kg £960 (240)

501kg and over: D Hanna, Ballymoney Cha 520kg £1315 (252) KD Reid, Lurgan Cha 530kg £1330 (250) J McCarroll, Ballymena Cha 560kg £1400 (250) C Tinsdale, Carnlough Cha 560kg £1400 (250) F Duffin, Toomebridge Cha 570kg £1390 (243) J Crawford, Gracehill Bel 540kg £1315 (243) C Tinsdale, Carnlough Cha 630kg £1530 (242) C Tinsdale, Cha 610kg £1480 (242) F Duffin, Cha 580kg £1400 (241) KD Reid, Lurgan Cha 540kg £1300 (240) C Tinsdale, Cha 660kg £1580 (239) F Duffin, Abe 560kg £1330 (237) F Duffin, Cha 600kg £1410 (235) J Crawford, Gracehill Sim 560kg £1290 (230) J McCarroll, Ballymena Abe 630kg £1440 (228) Dundarave Properties, Bushmills Sho 510kg £1155 (226).     

1215 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in an improved trade. Fat lambs sold to 638p for 14 Texels 21kg at £134 offered by McAfee Bros, Bushmills and to a top per head of £142 on 3 occasions. Fat hoggets sold to £126, Fat ewes sold to £236.

Fat lambs, 803

Top per kg: M/S A & D McAfee, Bushmills 14 Tex 21kg £134 (638) R Cowan, Magheramourne 37 Cro 20.5kg £129 (629) I Morrison, Dunloy 4 Bel 21kg £132 (628) I Morrison, 4 Tex 21kg £132 (628) J Irvine, Carrickfergus 7 Tex 21kg £132 (628) J Hayes, Ballymena 18 Tex 19kg £119 (626) J Kennedy, 7 Tex 21.5kg £134 (623) A Coulter, Ballyclare 4 Tex 21.5kg £134 (623) E Clyde Muckamore 3 Tex 22kg £137 (622) P McIlrath, Ballymena 10 Tex 20.5kg £127 (619) WJ&J Johnston, Templepatrick 31 Cro 22kg £136 (618) Galbraith Brothers, Coleraine 7 Suf 21.5kg £132.50 (616) J Hayes, Ballymena 17 Cha 20kg £123 (615) local farmer 10 Suf 21.5kg £132 (614), 5 Tex 21.5kg (614) J OBoyle, Randalstown 15 Cha 21.5kg £132 (614).

Top per head: D Ford, Islandmagee 3 Suf 29kg £142,  R Dundee, Kells 1 Tex 29kg £142, S Agnew, Ballyclare 2 Cro 28kg £142, J Christie, Cloughmills 1Tex 27kg £141, J McClung, Kells 1 Tex 26.5kg £140, V Anderson, Cloughmills 5 Suf 27.5kg £140, V Anderson, 7 Cha 26kg £140, T McConnell, Parkgate 2 Cha 23.5kg £140, R Henry, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 28kg £140, N Hamilton, 1 Tex 25kg £139, Galbraith Brothers, 11 Suf 25.5kg £139, B Wharry, Glenarm 4 Tex 24.5kg £138.50, A.S Millar, Antrim 76 Suf 23.5kg £138.50, T Hanna, Loughgiel 24 Tex 23kg £138.50, V Anderson, 11 Cha 23kg £138, S Hall, Larne 13 Tex 23kg £138.

Fat Hoggets (50): I Gibson, Broughshane 1 Tex 31.5kg £126, G Simms, Gleno 7 Tex 24.5kg £120.50, H & B Doherty, Randalstown 11 Tex 26.5kg £120, A McKnight, Antrim 10 Tex 26.5kg £115, A Alexander, Glenarm 12 BF 21kg £97.

Fat Ewes (362)

1st Quality

Suff - £140-£192

Tex - £150-£236

CB - £100-£140

BF - £75-£98