Terrific trade for beef cattle at Ballymena

Another great entry of 603 Beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade.

By Ruth Rodgers
Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 6:33 pm

Beef cows sold to 216p 760kg at £2021, Fri cows to 186p 690kg at £1283, Beef heifers to 3079 640kg £1964, Beef bullocks to 305p at 780kg at £2379, Fri bullocks to 229p 640kg at £1465.

Fat Cows: W Hopes, Ballywalter Cha 760kg £2021 (266) Okane Farm, Ballymena Bel 760kg £2014 (265) P Faulkner, Bel 620kg £1624 (262) N McBurney, Moorfields Lim 590kg £1534 (260) W Hopes, Lim 840kg £2158 (257) I Hamilton, Abe 720kg £1807 (251) J McCambridge, Ballycastle Lim £1892 (249) W Brown, Bushmills Cha 660kg £1630 (247) AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 720kg £1749 (243) R Patterson, Carryduff Lim 640kg £1548 (242) T Paul, Ballymena Cha 810kg £1960 (242) G Armstrong, Lim 540kg £1296 (240) M McGarry, Broughshane Lim720kg £1720 (239) W Brown, Bushmills Cha 650kg £1547 (238) M Barry, Toomebridge Lim 800kg £1888 (236) H McCambridge, Aughalum Lim 630kg £1486 (236).  

Friesian cows: A Gaston, Glarryford 690kg £1283 (186) A&W McMaster, Broughshane 790kg £1445 (183) I Stewart, Bushmills 630kg £1146 (182) D & R Millar, Randalstown 700kg £1260 (180) H Carson, Dundrod 580kg £1038 (179) J Gault, Ballyclare 800kg £1416 (177) R Adams, Ballymena 700kg £1232 (176) J king, Ballymena 640kg £1126 (176) W Black, Aghadowney 660kg £1161 (176) D& R Millar, Randalstown 690kg £1207 (175) H Carson, 580kg £997 (172) DS& D McKay, Rathkenny 710kg £1214 (171) A&E Cochrane, Bushmills 620kg £1047 (169) RA Hill, Islandmagee 700kg £1169 (167) J King, Ballymena 600kg £990 (165) D Wallace, Antrim 720kg £1173 (163). 

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Beef heifers: P Donnelly, Rathkenny Lim 640kg £1964 (307) R Calvert, Lim 630kg £1814 (288) P Donnelly, Lim 610kg £1756 (288) P Donnelly, Lim 650kg £1865 (287) P Donnelly, Lim 640kg £1824 (285) P Donnelly, Lim 620kg £1760 (284) P Donnelly, Lim 610kg £1708 (280) P Donnelly, Cha 600kg £1680 (280) Barnwell Farms Ltd, Lim 610kg £1695 (278) R Workman, Kilwaughter Cha 610kg £1683 (276) R Calvert, Cha 640kg 31766 (276) Barnwell Farms Ltd, Lim 610kg £1683 (276) S Kelly, Kells Lim 550kg £1512 (275) N McBurney, Moorfields Cha 610kg £1671 (274) R McIlveen, Connor Lim 580kg £1853 (273) J McLoughlin, Ballymena Bel 700kg £1890 (270).  

Beef Bullocks (top per kg0: J Arrell, Randalstown Bel 780kg £2379.00 (305p), J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 680kg £1999.20 (294p), J.H & J.N Torrens, Garvagh Lim 800kg £2344.00 (292p), J C Prentice, Comber Blo 690kg £1973.40 (286p), J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 690kg £1973.40 (286p), B McQuillan, Antrim Lim 680kg £1938.00 (285p), J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 670kg £1909.50 (285p), Mrs S Gowdy, Lim 650kg £1846.00 (284p), I N McClelland, Coleraine Cha 630kg £1789.20, J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 720kg £2037.60 (283p), J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 720kg £2030.40 (282p), J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 690kg £1945.80 (282p), Martin McGarry, Broughshane Cha 760kg £2128.00 (280p), J Scott, Toomebridge Cha 770kg £2148.30 (279p), Teresa Killen, Crossgar Lim 730kg £2029.40 (278p), Ian Hamilton, Broughshane Abe 640kg £1779.20 (278p).

Top per head: J Arrell, Randalstown Bel 780kg £2379.00, J.H & J.N Torrens, Garvagh Lim 800kg £2344.00, Teresa Killen, Crossgar Lim 830kg £2299.10, J.H & J.N Torrens, Garvagh Lim 930kg £2287.80, James Brennan, Magherafelt Cha 810kg £2219.40, J Hogg, Garvagh Cha 850kg £2201.50, James Brennan, Magherafelt Cha 810kg £2170.80, M Mallon, Ardboe Cha 800kg £2152.00, J Scott, Toomebridge Cha 770kg £2148.30, Martin McGarry, Broughshane Cha 760kg £2128.00, J.H & J.N Torrens, Garvagh Lim 800kg £2112, J Scott, Toomebridge Cha 790kg £2109.30, J Scott, Toomebridge Lim 790kg £2101.40, Teresa Killen, Crossgar Cha 760kg £2097.60, J Arrell, Randalstown Lim 780kg £2090.40, J Scott, Toomebridge Cha 780kg £2082.60.

Fri Bullocks: J Gardiner, Ballymena 640kg £1465.60 (229p), D S & Darren McKay, Rathkenny 660kg £1504.80 (228p), J Gardiner, Ballymena 610kg £1384.70 (227p), J Gardiner, Ballymena 630kg £1423.80 (226p), D S & Darren McKay, Rathkenny 680kg £1523.20 (224p), Robert Hanna, Cullybackey 530kg £1181.90 (223p), J Boyd, Kilrea 570kg £1259.70 (221p), J Gardiner, Ballymena 740kg £1628.00 (220p), T & N Patterson, Glarryford 540kg £1177.20 (218p), Mr W Black, Aghadowey 620kg £1351.60 (218p), T McErlaine, Rasharkin 590kg £1274.40 (216p), W Hanna, Rasharkin 530kg £1123.60 (212p), D S & Darren McKay, Rathkenny 710kg £1505.20 (212p), R & M & J Duffin, Cargan 630kg £1291.50 (205p), R & M & J Duffin, Cargan 600kg £1218.00 (203p), W Hanna, Rasharkin 500kg £1015.00 (203p).

On Friday, 17th dairy stock sold to £2150 for a calved cow from D McNeilly, Randalstown.

D McNeilly, Fri £2150, D McNeilly, Fri £1820, D McNeilly, Fri £1800, A McNair, Ballyclare Fri £1750, A McNair, Fri £1700, B McStravick, Hol £1700, D Kennedy, Ballyclare Fri £1475, A McMullan, Ballymena Fri £1380, A McMullan, Fri £1350, A McMullan Hol £1250.  

40 lots in suckler ring sold to £2480 for a Char Bull, Cows with calves to £2180 for a Limousin with a bull calf, in calf heifers to £1620 for a SHB.

B Paisley, Ballynure Lim & bull calf £2180, JH McArthur, Limavady Cha & heifer Calf £2120, R Creith, Bushmills Spk cow & heifer calf £2050, B Paisley, Lim cow & heifer calf £2020, R Creith, Bushmills Spk & bull calf £1920, R Creith, Abe & bull calf £1900, JH McArthur, Cha & bull calf £1900, B Paisley, Lim & heifer calf £1900, JH McArthur, Cha & bull Calf £1880, R Creith, Spk Cow & bull calf £1820, R Creith, Abe & bull calf £1700, R Patton, Carrickfergus Shb £1620, A&W McKee, Bel cow & bull calf £1620, D McLaughlin, Clough Sim in calf £1580, F Bellingham, Ballymoney Fkv & 2 calves £1580, R Patton, Carrickfergus Shb in calf £1510, D McLaughlin, Clough Sim in calf £1500.

236 Lots in the calf ring sold to £630 for a partly reared Char heifer, bull calves sold to £610 for a B.Blue.

Bull calves: W Hamilton, Broughshane Bel £610, Hugh V McCambridge, Glenarm Cha £535, A Gaston, Glarryford Her £490, A Gaston, Glarryford Her £440, Blade Farming LTD Abe £420, John Gault, Ballyclare Sho £420, R.L.A & D Irvine, Dundrod Abe £395, R Dunlop, Broughshane Abe £375, Blade Farming LTD Bel £370, Alastair McBurney, Clough Bel £370, Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey Bel £360, P Brown, Clough Abe £345, James B.H Sayers, Cloughmills Abe £345, James B.H Sayers, Cloughmills Abe £345.

Heifer calves: Armagh Producer Cha £630, local farmer Cha £480, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £450, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £440, Mark McCord, Antrim Her £435, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £420, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £390, H M McCracken, Greyabbey Bel £380, A Gaston, Glarryford Her £375, A Gaston, Glarryford Her £375, A Gaston, Glarryford Her £375, A Gaston, Glarryford Her £375, Alastair McBurney, Clough Bel £375, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £370, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £370, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Bel £365, J Beattie, Ballymoney Hol £360.

Friesian Bull calves: David Young, Saintfield £415, David Young, Saintfield £330, David Young, Saintfield £330, David Young, Saintfield £330, David Young, Saintfield £330, David Young, Saintfield £325, David Young, Saintfield £325, David Young, Saintfield £320, David Young, Saintfield £320, David Young, Saintfield £320, David Young, Saintfield £320, David Young, Saintfield £305, J Johnston, Ballinderry £290, J Johnston, Ballinderry £290, J Johnston, Ballinderry £270, H & A Speedy, Randalstown £235, H & A Speedy, Randalstown £200, J Johnston, Ballinderry £200, William Hoey, Ballymena £165, William Hoey, Ballymena £145.

An entry of 170 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £950 over for a Blue 400kg at £1350 offered by S McKeown, Newtownabbey. Heifers sold to £800 over for a Sim 450kg at £1250 presented by WR Wilson, Ballymena.

Heifers 0kg to 300kg: D Gaston, Lim 280kg £940 (335) K Magorrian, Downpatrick Cha 220kg £670 (304) N McAuley Cha 170kg £430 (252) Local Farmer, Sim 290kg £690 (237) M McGimpsey, Her 290kg £540 (186) (4) M Crawford, Randalstown Abe 280kg £505 (180) WJ Taylor, Newtownards Abe 240kg £405 (168) P McAlernon, Aldergrove FKV 180kg £300 (166) (2) WJ Taylor, Abe 170kg £270 (258). 

301kg to 350kg: S Lowry, Glenavy Lim 340kg £1170 (344) JH McArthur, Limavady Lim 330kg £1040 (315) S Lowry, Glenavy Cha 330kg £990 (300) JH McArthur, Lim 330kg £980 (297) (2) Jas Sheppard, Raloo Lim 330kg £980 (297) S McKeown, Newtownabbey Bel 310kg £900 (290) B Taylor, Ligoniel Cha 340kg £970 (285) S Taylor, Ligoniel Cha 320kg £900 (281) S Taylor, Ligoniel Cha 320kg £970 (277) D Gaston, Carnlough Lim 340kg £930 (273) S Taylor, Lim 320kg £870 (271) SJ Duncan, Crumlin Cha 310kg £840 (271) Local Farmer, Lim 320kg £855 (267) S Lowry, Cha 350kg £925 (264) S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 310kg £790 (254).

351kg and over: S Taylor, Ligoniel Cha 370kg £1080 (291) JH McArthur Limavady Lim 390kg £1130 (289) AJ Wilson, Ballymena Lim 360kg £1010 (280) WR Wilson, Ballymena Sim 450kg £1250 (277) AJ Wilson, Lim 390kg £1080 (276) WR Wilson, Cha 430kg £1160 (269) W Burns, Islandmagee Blo 410kg £1100 (268) D&J O’Donnell, Lim 360kg £940 (261) S McCullough, Broughshane Cha 400kg £1010 (252) M&R Simpson, Broughshane Lim 410kg £1000 (243) G Pearson, Lim 460kg £1090 (237) JH McArthur, Limavady Bel 410kg £970 (236) J Irvine, Carrickfergus Lim 460kg £1080 (234) J Duncan Crumlin Cha 380kg £890 (234) AJ Wilson, Ballymena Cha 410kg £960 (234) W Burns, Islandmagee Lim 470kg £1100 (234).

Bullocks 0-300kg: K Magorrian, Downpatrick Cha 220kg £800 (263p), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 300kg £960 (320p), S.J Duncan, Crumlin Lim 270kg £850 (314p), R Shaw, Rasharkin Cha 290kg £910 (313p), R Shaw, Rasharkin Abe 300kg £900 (300p), R Shaw, Rasharkin Abe 300kg £875 (291p), R Shaw, Rasharkin Abe 300kg £875 (291p), R Shaw, Rasharkin Abe 300kg £875 (291p), K Magorrian, Downpatrick Cha 270kg £770 (285p), J.R Loughery, Limavady Abe 300kg £800 (266p), W J Taylor, Newtownards Bel 250kg £620 (248p), J.R Loughery, Limavady Abe 300kg £740 (246p), Aldoo Farm, Carrickfergus St 300kg £700 (233p), W J Taylor, Newtownards Bel 290kg £650 (224p), Aldoo Farm, Carrickfergus St 300kg £630 (210p), P McAlernon, Crumlin Fkv 180kg £370 (205p).

301-350kg: S Taylor, Belfast Cha 320kg £1120 (350p), Stephen G Lowry, Glenavy Cha 350kg £1130 (322p), S Taylor, Belfast Cha 330kg £1040 (315p), S Taylor, Belfast Cha 320kg £1000 (312p), Stephen G Lowry, Glenavy Cha 350kg £1060 (302p), S.J Duncan, Crumlin Cha 320kg £960 (300p), S.J Duncan, Crumlin Cha 310kg £930 (300p), S.J Duncan, Crumlin Lim 330kg £940 (284p), J.R Loughery, Limavady Abe 310kg £840 (271p), J.R Loughery, Limavady Abe 340kg £920 (270p), William Bonnes, Randalstown Cha 310kg £830 (267p), JAS Sheppard, Larne 340kg £850 (250p).

351kg+: S McKeown, Newtownabbey Bel 400kg £1350 (337p), Stephen G Lowry, Glenavy Cha 380kg £1270 (334p), Stephen G Lowry, Glenavy Cha 410kg £1360 (331p), D T Harbinson, Limavady Cha 400kg £1320 (330p), S Taylor, Belfast Cha 390kg £1270 (325p), S McKeown, Newtownabbey Bel 410kg £1310 (319p), A J Wilson, Ballymena Cha 460kg £1410 (306p), Stephen G Lowry, Glenavy Cha 360kg £1100 (305p), J Okane, Carnlough Lim 380kg £1150 (302p), S McKeown, Newtownabbey Bel 490kg £1480 (302p), A Devlin, Ballycastle Sim 390kg £1170 (300p), A J Wilson, Ballymena Lim 380kg £1130 (297p), A Devlin, Ballycastle Lim 430kg £1270 (295p), D T Harbinson, Limavady Lim 390kg £1150 (294p), D T Harbinson, Limavady Cha 370kg £1090 (294p), A Devlin, Ballycastle Cha 410kg £1200 (292p).

An entry of 120 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday, resulted in a super trade. Bullocks sold to £1260 over for a Lim 630kg £1890 presented by K Woodside, Islandmagee. Heifers sold to £890 over for a Lim 490kg £1380 offered by Ian Davidson, Larne.

Heifers 0-500kg: Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 490kg £1380 (281p), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 480kg £1260 (262p), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 500kg £1300 (260p), S McMullan, Bellaghy Cha 350kg £905 (258p), S McMullan, Bellaghy Cha 470kg £1190 (253p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Lim 460kg £1140 (247p), S McMullan, Bellaghy Cha 440kg £1090 (247p), S McMullan, Bellaghy Cha 440kg £1080 (245p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 490kg £1200 (244p), S McMullan, Bellaghy Cha 420kg £1020 (242p), David Carlisle, Templepatrick Lim 490kg £1190 (242p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 470kg £1130 (240p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Bel 470kg £1125 (239p), A Scott, Glarryford Her 440kg £1050 (238p), S McMullan, Bellaghy Cha 380kg £885 (232p), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane Abe 500kg £1140 (228p).

500kg+

Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 570kg £1450 (254p), C Stirling, Newtownabbey Cha 600kg £1480 (246p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 570kg £1370 (240p), K Steele, Islandmagee Sim 570kg £1340 (235p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Lim 510kg £1190 (233p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 520kg £1200 (230p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 530kg £1220 (230p), K Steele, Islandmagee Abe 570kg £1300 (228p), D Knox, Londonderry Sal 540kg £1230 (227p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Lim 530kg £1205 (227p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Cha 540kg £1180 (218p), K Steele, Islandmagee Sim 540kg £1150 (213p), K Steele, Islandmagee Mon 620kg £1300 (209p), K Steele, Islandmagee Sim 550kg £1150 (209p), K Steele, Islandmagee Sim 560kg £1140 (203p).

Bullocks 0-500kg: R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Lim 500kg £1430 (286p), Nigel Herdman, Moira St 370kg £920 (248p), Mark Millar, Randalstown Abe 500kg £1240 (248p), Nigel Herdman, Moira St 380kg £940 (247p), A Scott, Glarryford Cha 400kg £970 (242p), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane Bel 450kg £1060 (235p), Nigel Herdman, Moira St 410kg £950 (231p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Spk 430kg £990 (230p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Cha 470kg £1080 (229p), Joseph Sherrard, Parkgate Abe 280kg £640 (228p), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane Abe 480kg £1090 (227p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Spk 490kg £1090 (225p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Spk 480kg £1060 (220p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Spk 500kg £1100 (220p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Spk 500kg £1080 (216p), Mark Millar, Randalstown Her 460kg £990 (215p).

500kg+

K Woodside, Islandmagee Lim 630kg £1890 (300p), K Woodside, Islandmagee Lim 530kg £1570 (296p), K Woodside, Islandmagee Lim 690kg £1890 (273p), K Woodside, Islandmagee Lim 570kg £1530 (268p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Lim 520kg £1300 (250p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Lim 570kg £1410 (247p), R J M & Mrs M E Dunlop, Gleno Cha 550kg £1360 (247p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 520kg £1260 (242p), Derek Smyth, Moorfields Abe 580kg £1400 (241p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 530kg £1260 (237p), Derek Smyth, Moorfields Abe 610kg £1450 (237p), Derek Smyth, Moorfields Abe 600kg £1420 (236p), Mervyn Crawford, Randalstown Abe 750kg £1740 (232p), Mark Millar, Randalstown Abe 540kg £1250 (231p), Mervyn Crawford, Randalstown Abe 550kg £1270 (230p), I Wilson, Broughshane Bel 510kg £1170 (229p).

An entry of 2100 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a slightly lesser trade. Fat lambs sold to 586p for a pen of 20 Tex 21.5kg at £126from I Morrison, Dunloy. Fat lambs sold to a top per head of £134 for a heavy Tex 27.5kg.

Top prices per kg

I Morrison, Dunloy 20 Tex 21.5kg £126 (586p), M/s A&D McAfee, Bushmills 7 Tex 21kg £123 (585p), I Morrison, Dunloy 49 Tex 21kg £121.50 (578p), G.T & R.J Smyth, Randalstown 35 Tex 21kg £120 (571p), B McMillan, Cullybackey 9 Tex 20kg £114 (570p), M/s A&D McAfee, Bushmills 10 Tex 21.5kg £122 (567p), Karen Lorimer, Aughafatten 8 Tex 22kg £124.50 (565p), J Knox, Broughshane 7 Suff £124.50 (565p), K Baxter, Glenarm 4 Ham 21kg £118.50 (564p), A Boyd, Cloughmills 36 Tex 19.5kg £110 (564p), Neil Higgins, Toomebridge 60 Tex 22kg £124 (563p), J Mulvenna, Larne 3 Tex 22.5kg £126.50 (562p), A Hall, Antrim 19 Tex 21kg £118 (561p), M Mitchell, Magherafelt 11 Tex 21.5kg £120.50 (560p), John Magee, Kilwaughter 4 Tex 21.5kg £120.50 (560p), I W & A T McCaughey, Broughshane 33 Tex 20kg £112 (560p).

Top Per head

D Ross, Randalstown 1 Tex 27.5kg £134, V Woods, Dromara 2 Tex 30kg £131, H Blaney, Ahoghill 2 Tex 26kg £130, W McMaster, Gleno 4 Suf 25.5kg £130, G Steele, Bushmills 2 Tex 26kg £130, G Martin, Broughshane 3 Tex 26.5kg £130, J Knox, Broughshane 4 Tex 23.5kg £128, A & J Currie, Ballyclare 9 Tex 24kg £128, A & J Currie 9 Bel 25kg £128, AL Gault, Newtownabbey 21 Tex 23.5kg £128, W Magee, Kilwaughter 25 Tex 25.5kg £127, S McGowan, Ballymoney 10 Tex 23kg £127, S J Adams, Broughshane 20 Tex 24.5kg £127, W Jamieson, Ballymoney 17 Tex 23kg £126.50, J Mulvenna, Larne 3 Tex 22.5kg £126.50, I Wallace, Doagh 8 Suf 24kg £126.

Fat Ewes (500)

1st Quality

Tex – £140 - £190

Suff – £120 - £162

CB – £80 - £126

BF – £75 - £105