Another good entry of 260 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a sharper trade.

Beef cows sold to 168p for 690kg at £1159, Fr cows to 114p for 720kg at £820. Beef heifers to 205p for 600kg at £1230, beef bullocks to 192p for 600kg at £1152 and Friesian bullocks to 158p for 560kg at £884.

Leading prices for beef cows: AJ Wilson, Ballymena BB 690kg £1159 (168), K McAuley, Broughshane Sim 640kg £966 (151), Sim 660kg £983 (149), T Millar, Broughshane BB 600kg £876 (146), J Oliver, Limavady Par 740kg £1065 (144), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 820kg £1172 (143), TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 570kg £803 (141), W Dodds, Ahoghill Lim 570kg £798 (140), JC McMillan, Portglenone Char 680kg £945 (139), E Sherrard, Coleraine Lim 700kg £966 (138), AJ Wilson Lim 670kg £911 (136), W Dodds, Ahoghill Lim 680kg £918 (135), Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney Lim 720kg £964 (134), J Oliver, Limavady Lim 690kg £924 (134), TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 640kg £844 (132), J Irwin, Ballymoney AA 680kg £884 (130), Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney Lim 750kg £967 (129), Jim Allen, Larne BB 620kg £793 (128), C McNaughton, Ballymoney BB 770kg £977 (127), WJ McClintock, Glenwherry Lim 590kg £749 (127), JC McMillan, Portglenone BB 590kg £749 (127), J Oliver, Limavady Lim 680kg £863 (127), Thomas Strange, Straid Lim 620kg £775 (125), R Sibbett, Portglenone Lim 620kg £775 (125).

Friesian cows sold to: George Forsythe, Cloughmills 720kg £820 (114), John Moore, Ballyclare 640kg £729 (114), H Geddis, Lurgan 700kg £777 (111), J and S McElnay, Bushmills 560kg £616 (110), Mervyn Smyth, Cloughmills 590kg £637 (108), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 860kg £911 (106), John Moore, Ballyclare 690kg £724 (105), J Thompson, Ballycastle 770kg £793 (103), 680kg £693 (102), Mr C Neeson, Toomebridge 580kg £591 (102), M McAllister, Crumlin 640kg £640 (100), H Geddis, Lurgan 610kg £610 (100), S and P McNaughton, Loughgiel 700kg £693 (99), C Neeson 570kg £564 (99), H Geddis 650kg £637 (98), H Simms 580kg £568 (98), D and J Perry, Kilkeel 730kg £715 (98), S and P McNaughton, Loughgiel 660kg £640 (97), D Mulholland, Crumlin 710kg £688 (97), S Doherty, Ballymoney 660kg £633 (96), H Geddis 670kg £636 (95), TG Brown, Knockloughrim 640kg £608 (95), H Geddis 770kg £723 (94), 660kg £620 (94).

Beef heifers sold to: A McDonald, Portglenone Char 600kg £1230 (205), J Collins, Ballymoney Par 520kg £1008 (194), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 660kg £1267 (192), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 520kg £982 (189), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 520kg £982 (189), SR Gray, Antrim Lim 640kg £1203 (188), J Collins, Ballymoney Lim 560kg £1036 (185), Char 610kg £1110 (182), B McComb, Muckamore Lim 660kg £1194 (181), J McKinley AA 610kg £1104 (181), Thomas Strange, Straid St 680kg £1210 (178), C McNaughton, Ballymoney Lim 520kg £915 (176), J Collins, Ballymoney Char 600kg £1044 (174), J McAuley, Rasharkin Char 560kg £974 (174), E Sherrard, Coleraine Lim 550kg £946 (172), W Dodds, Ahoghill Lim 720kg £1216 (169), J Collins, Blonde 630kg £1064 (169), SR Gray, Antrim Sal 550kg £929 (169), T McNabney, Broughshane Sal 570kg £957 (168), SR Gray Sal 580kg £968 (167), W Dodds AA 760kg £1261 (166), Lim 570kg £946 (166), J McWoodburn, Kells BB 640kg £1056 (165).

Beef bullocks sold to: A McDonald, Portglenone Char 600kg £1152 (192), Char 590kg £1121 (190), local producer Lim 660kg £1247 (189), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 580kg £1090 (188), local producer Char 700kg £1295 (185), John Blair Char 670kg £1232 (184), Char 650kg £1170 (180), R Gilliland, Antrim Sim 680kg £1203 (177), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 710kg £1242 (175), R Gilliland Sim 670kg £1165 (174), Sim 640kg £1118 (172), Sim 750kg £1290 (172), S Fullerton, Bushmills BB 670kg £1152 (172), PJ Mulholland, Loughgiel Char 630kg £1071 (170), St 650kg £1092 (168), W Pinkerton, Ballymoney Lim 500kg £840 (168), Tom McKinstry, Ballyclare Char 720kg £1195 (166), Ian Gibson, Broughshane St 520kg £863 (166), R Waide, Cloughmills AA 610kg £1012 (166), S Fullerton, Bushmills AA 630kg £1033 (164).

Friesian bullocks sold to: R Waide, Cloughmills 560kg £884 (158), J McWoodburn, Kells 590kg £837 (142), R Waide 490kg £690 (141), 470kg £658 (140), S McAllister, Glenarm 600kg £810 (135), 510kg £678 (133), 520kg £676 (130), 540kg £702 (130), RJ Linton, Broughshane 720kg £928 (129), J and S McElnay, Bushmills 670kg £857 (128), S McAllister 510kg £642 (126).

28 dairy cows sold to £1380, leading prices as follows: Bolton Bros, Maghera £1380, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch £1210, R and S McMullan, Broughshane £1160, J Clements, Ballyronan £1130, John Hunter, Crumlin £1100, Veronica Conlon, Newtownhamilton £1080, local producer £1060, Sam Wallace, Broughshane £1050, MW Patterson, Ballynahinch £1020, Veronica Conlon £1020, Martin J King, Ballymena £1000, WR Girvan, Dungannon £1000.

An entry of 25 sucklers resulted in a steady trade. Leading prices as follows: Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Sim hfr and hfr calf £1200, Char hfr and hfr calf £1100, S Wallace, Ballymena Lim in calf £1070, JS and CS Hamilton, Greyabbey Lim in calf hfr £1010, SG Lindsay, Newtownabbey Here in calf hfr £1010, J Lavery, Aghalee Lim hfr and hfr calf £1000, JS and CS Hamilton BB in calf hfr £980, SH in calf hfr £960, SH in calf hfr £950, BB in calf hfr £920, Lim in calf hfr £920, Lim in calf hfr £900, SG Lindsay, Newtownabbey Here in calf hfr £900.

180 dropped calves sold through the ring at a steady trade. Continental beef bred bulls sold to £455 for a Sim from L Wilson, Doagh. Younger beef bred bulls sold to £365 for a Lim. Continental heifer calves sold to £421 for a Sim from L Wilson, Doagh. Friesian/Holst bull calves sold to £100 for a calf from BE Montgomery, Ballymena.

Beef bred bulls sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £455, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Lim £370, T McKillop, Glenarm Lim £365, WL Wilson, Ballyclare SHB £350, D Montgomery (2) Lim £350, BB £345, Leslie Wilson £345, O Magill, Crumlin BB £300, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £300, D Mulholland, Crumlin Here £295, WJ and FC Patterson, Broughshane AA £290, Ganaway farms, Millisle FKV £290, D Devlin, Randalstown AA £290, P and G O’Rawe, Clough Here £280, W and T Munnis, Kilraughts AA £265.

Heifers sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £375, BB £335, Heather Martin, Newtownards BB £335, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Sim £330, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £325, Sim £325, Heather Martin BB £315, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare BB £305, J Stewart, Templepatrick BB £300, Leslie Wilson BB £300, D Montgomey Sim £290, Lim £285, Sim £285, G McAuley, Ballynashee AA £285, Heather Martin Here £275, D Montgomery Lim £270.

Friesian bull calves sold to: BE Montgomery, Ballymena £100, £100, £100, D Morrison, Armoy £98, £95, BE Montgomery £85, AM Crawford, Ballynure £78, D Morrison £75, Francis McFarlane, Holywood £72, £70, B Compton, Glarryford £65, M Smyth, Magherafelt £60, £52, £52, Francis McFarlane £52.

An entry of 330 weanlings resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £560 over for a Char 390kg at £950 offered by H Crawford, Glenarm. Heifers sold to £500 over for a Char 330kg at £830 presented by W and G Hanna, Ballymoney.

Bulls 0-250kgs

TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 250kg £690 (276), J Walker, Randalstown Ir 250kg £680 (272), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 250kg £670 (268), G and A O’Loan, Martinstown Lim 240kg £590 (245), JE Adamson, Ballyclare AA 220kg £535 (243), Wm Smyth, Moorfields Lim 240kg £575 (239), G and A O’Loan, Lim 250kg £595 (238), S and M Warwick, Ballyclare Lim 180kg £420 (233), Wm Smyth (2) Lim 240kg £590 (229), S and M Black, Carnlough Lim 240kg £540 (225).

251-300kgs

TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 270kg £770 (285), A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 280kg £780 (278), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 280kg £780 (278), David Boyd, Monkstown Char 290kg £795 (274), J Walker, Randalstown Lim 270kg £740 (274), WJ Marshall, Ahoghill Spk 260kg £710 (273), TF Reid, Glenavy Lim 280kg £750 (267), H Crawford, Carnalbana Lim 260kg £690 (265), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 300kg £790 (263), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Lim 300kg £750 (250), Matt Gingles Lim 290kg £720 (248), R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Char 270kg £670 (248), P O’Lynn, Ballytober Char 290kg £715 (246), Raymond Jordan, Lim 280kg £690 (246), David Boyd, Monkstown (2) Sim 300kg £735 (245).

301-350kgs

Robert Gault, Ballyclare Char 340kg £870 (255), M and F Speers, Cullybackey Char 330kg £840 (254), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 320kg £800 (250), Robert Gault, Ballyclare Char 330kg £820 (248), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 310kg £770 (248), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter AA 310kg £770 (248), G Gault, Doagh Lim 310kg £760 (245), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter Lim 320kg £780 (243), I Beggs, Whitehead Lim 340kg £825 (242), R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Lim 340kg £820 (241), G Gault, Doagh Lim 310kg £740 (238), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 320kg £760 (237), R and S and Miss P Macauley Char 320kg £760 (237), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 350kg £830 (237), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 330kg £780 (236), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 330kg £770 (233).

351kg and over

WJ Cummings, Ballyclare Char 360kg £885 (245), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 390kg £950 (243), R Henry, Kilwaughter Char 360kg £870 (241), WR Wilson, Ballymena Char 370kg £875 (236), WJ Marshall, Cullybackey Lim 370kg £875 (236), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 370kg £860 (232), R Henry, Char 370kg £850 (229), John Beggs Lim 360kg £820 (227), R Henry Char 370kg £840 (227), John Beggs, Lim 380kg £850 (223), Lim 360kg £800 (222), Lim 380kg £840 (221), Graham Bros, Aughafatten Char 380kg £840 (221), R Henry, Kilwaughter Char 380kg £840 (221), John Beggs, Lim 370kg £815 (220), Lim 360kg £790 (219).

Heifers 0-250kgs

John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 250kg £630 (252), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 210kg £520 (247), S and M Warwick, Ballyclare Char 240kg £580 (241), J Walker, Randalstown (3) Lim 250kg £600 (240), David Boyd, Monkstown Char 230kg £545 (237), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Lim 250kg £590 (236), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag Lim 240kg £560 (233), G and A O’Loan, Martinstown Lim 240kg £560 (233), JE Adamson, Ballyclare Lim 220kg £500 (227), S and M Warwick, Ballyclare Char 230kg £520 (226), Wm Smyth, Moorfields Lim 240kg £535 (222), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Lim 250kg £550 (220), Wm Smyth St 230kg £495 (215), JE Adamson AA 200kg £390 (195).

251-300kgs

A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 260kg £640 (246), R Pollock, Glenavy Lim 290kg £700 (241), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 280kg £675 (241), J Walker, Randalstown (2) Char 270kg £640 (237), R and S and Miss P McAuley, Crumlin Lim 280kg £650 (232), S and M Black, Carnlough Char 300kg £690 (230), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 290kg £660 (227), WR Wilson, Ballymena Lim 300kg £680 (226), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Lim 280kg £630 (225), S and M Black, Carnlough Char 300kg £670 (223), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Lim 280kg £620 (221), J Brown, Nutts Corner Lim 290kg £640 (220), Brian Stirling, Ballymena Char 300kg £660 (220), G and A O’Loan, Martinstown Lim 290kg £635 (219).

301-350kgs

R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Char 310kg £785 (253), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 330kg £830 (251), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 310kg £765 (246), R and S and Miss P Macauley Lim 320kg £785 (245), W and G Hanna Char 330kg £795 (240), Edward Sherrard, Ballyutoag Lim 310kg £745 (240), R and S and Miss P Macauley Lim 310kg £745 (240), Drumhilla farms, Newtownards Blonde 350kg £825 (235), M and F Speers, Cullybackey Lim 340kg £800 (235), Raymond Jordan, Glenavy Lim 310kg £725 (233), A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char 310kg £700 (225), R Pollock, Glenavy Lim 320kg £720 (225), WR Wilson, Ballymena Lim 340kg £745 (219), Graham Bros, Aughafatten Char 340kg £735 (216), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 350kg £740 (211), R Pollock, Glenavy Lim 350kg £740 (211).

351kg and over

M and F Speers, Cullybackey Char 360kg £860 (238), R and S and Miss P Macauley, Crumlin Char 370kg £825 (223), George Pearson, Randalstown Lim 390kg £825 (211), Hugh Gibson, Glenarm Lim 380kg £800 (210), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 390kg £820 (210), H Crawfod, Carnalbana Char 370kg £760 (205), R and S and Miss P Macauley Char 360kg £730 (202), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 370kg £745 (201), Robert Gault, Ballyclare Char 360kg £720 (200), P McConnell Lim 370kg £740 (200), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 370kg £735 (198), P McConnell Lim 360kg £700 (194), Graham Bros, Aughafatten Char 410kg £780 (190), SG Hanna, Cullybackey Lim 430kg £815 (189), Carson Livingstone, Ballymena AA 380kg £710 (186).

A good entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a better trade. Ewes and lambs sold to £195, springers to £130, store lambs to £65 and pet lambs to £30.

Breeders sold to: B and R Spence, Crumlin 8 CB in lamb ewes £130, 8 CB in lamb ewes £130, JC Henry, Coleraine 10 Tex in lamb ewes £116, 10 CB in lamb ewes £115, 10 Suff in lamb ewes £115, S and WJ Gill, Killinchy 3 Tex in lamb ewes £115, Matthew Magill, Glenarm 3 CB in lamb ewes £112, B and R Spence 5 Tex in lamb ewes £109, S and WJ Gill, Killinchy 9 Tex in lamb ewes £109, JC Henry 9 CB in lamb ewes £108, 8 CB in lamb ewes £108, 10 CB in lamb ewes £108, JL Shaw, Ahoghill 7 Tex in lamb ewes £107, J Ferris, Kilrea 5 Suff in lamb ewes £105, S and WJ Gill 3 Tex in lamb ewes £105.

Ewes and lambs sold to G Bradley, Coleraine 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £195, 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £190, J Gregg, Glarryford 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £172, Matthew Magill, Glenarm 1 CB ewe and 1 lamb £145, Wm Murdock, Ballymoney 1 Zwa ewe and 2 lambs £142, G Bradley 1 Tex ewe and 1 lamb £138, A Smyth, Moorfields 1 Swal ewe and 2 lambs £130, Michael Patton, Ballymoney 1 Dor ewe and 1 lamb £122, Joseph Gregg, Glarryford 1 Suff ewe and 1 lamb £118, J McKinstry, Nutts Corner 1 Jac ewe and 2 lambs £115.

An entry of 120 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a great trade. Bullocks sold to £560 over for a Char 520kg at £1080 offered by J Irwin, Ballymoney. Heifers sold to £465 over for a Blonde 380kg at £845 presented by J McComb, Crumlin.

Bulls/blks sold to: J Irwin, Ballymoney Char 520kg £1080 (207), D Gillespie, Doagh Lim 420kg £870 (207), Hugh McGarry, Broughshane Lim 430kg £885 (205), J Irwin Char 480kg £970 (202), Richard Chambers, Ballycastle Lim 470kg £935 (198), J Irwin Char 490kg £970 (198), D Gillespie, Doagh Lim 440kg £865 (196), Lim 430kg £835 (194), Brian Caldwell, Clough Sim 500kg £970 (194), D Gillespie Lim 490kg £950 (193), Robert McCullough, Ballyclare Char 480kg £930 (193), Bonnar farms, Ballymena Char 510kg £980 (192), Char 530kg £1015 (191), Brian Calwell, Clough Lim 480kg £915 (190), Bonnar farms Char 530kg £1010 (190), J Irwin, Ballymoney Char 470kg £895 (190), Leslie Bell, Toomebridge Char 580kg £1100 (189), D Montgomery, Cullybackey Sal 480kg £910 (189), Sal 550kg £1040 (189), Bonnar farms (2) Char 540kg £1020 (188), Char 540kg £1015 (188), Richard Chambers, Ballycastle Lim 490kg £920 (187), Lim 480kg £900 (187), J Irwin, Ballymney Char 480kg £900 (187).

Heifers sold to: J McComb, Aldergrove Blonde 380kg £845 (222), Lim 420kg £925 (220), Lim 440kg £895 (203), T McNabney, Broughshane Char 370kg £750 (202), J McComb Lim 420kg £845 (201), T and S Butler, Aughafatten Char 400kg £800 (200), Noel Henry, Larne Char 380kg £755 (198), Hugh McGarry, Broughshane Lim 410kg £810 (197), J McComb, Aldergrove Lim 430kg £840 (195), Richard Chambers, Ballycastle Lim 420kg £800 (190), T McNabney, Broughshane Char 370kg £700 (189), J McComb Lim 490kg £925 (188), Noel Henry, Larne Char 470kg £875 (186), S Rea, Glenarm Lim 560kg £1020 (182), J McComb Lim 470kg £800 (170).

An entry of 2157 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade. Fat hoggets sold to 422p for a pen of 10 Texels 22kg at £93 offered by I Montgomery, Glenwherry and to a top per head of £98 for 3 pens of heavy lambs. Fat ewes sold to £100.

Fat hoggets (1781), top prices per kg: I Montgomery, Glenwherry 10 Tex 22kg £93 (422), C McLoughlin, Carnlough 1 Suff 17kg £69 (405), S McCahon, Aghadowey 4 Suff 22kg £87 (395), D Gaston, Carnlough 22 Tex 22kg £87 (395), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 23.5kg £92.50 (393), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 12 Tex 23.5kg £92.50 (393), Joseph Gregg, Glarryford 12 Tex 24kg £94 (391), N McAuley, Ballyclare 8 Tex 23.5kg £92 (391), J McCamley, Carrick 5 Tex 22.5kg £87.50 (388), James Boyle, Ballyclare 12 Tex 21.5kg £83.50 (388), George Knox, Dundrod 6 Ro 24kg £93 (387), James Houston, Randalstown 9 Ro 20kg £77 (385), local farmer 17 Suff 22kg £84.50 (384), WJ Hanna, Ballyclare 17 Ro 24kg £92 (383), RT Buchanan, Ballyclare 10 Tex 20kg £76.50 (382), S Agnew, Ballyclare 16 Tex 21kg £80 (381), Brian McConnell, Doagh 4 Dor 25.5kg £97 (380), P McCrea, Stewartstown 47 Tex 24kg £91 (379), 61 Tex 24kg £91 (379), W and E Fulton, Strabane 22 Tex 23.5kg £89 (378), D and A Gilmore, Kilrea 22 Tex 23.5kg £88.80 (377), WJ Ramsey, Kells 2 Tex 22.5kg £85 (377), D Kirkwood 26 CB 23kg £86.80 (377), Joel Lamont, Kells 9 Suff 23kg £86.80 (377), A Rainey, Portglenone 17 Tex 22kg £83 (377), G Small, Randalstown 14 Tex 22kg £83 (377), James Graham, Crumlin 2 Ro 26kg £98 (376), Rbt Workman, Kilwaughter 9 CB 17kg £64 (376), Alex Knox, Broughshane 3 Tex 21kg £79 (376), Norman McBurney, Moorfields 21 Tex 21kg £79 (376).

Top prices per head: James Graham, Crumlin 2 Ro 26kg £98, Danny McBride, Eglish 2 Suf 28kg £98, J Wilson, Kells 4 Dor 30kg £98, M McCormick, Ballymena 8 Rom 29.5kg £97, Brian McConnell, Doagh 4 Dor 25.5kg £97, George Crothers, Kells 7 Tex 28kg £96, Millar McClelland, Doagh 2 Tex 28.5kg £96, R and J Wylie, Clough 23 Suff 28.5kg £96, J McCamley, Carrickfergus 1 Tex 32kg £96, David Hamilton, Broughshane 12 Tex 28kg £96, Wm Hamill, Aughafatten 1 Tex 29kg £96, S McCahon, Aghadowey 26 Suff 27.5kg £95.50, local producer 24 Tex 26kg £95, J Black, Ballycastle 8 Suff 26kg £95, John Smith, Kells 1 Dor 26kg £95, David McIlwaine, Glenwherry 4 Tex 25.5kg £94, Ian Dodds, Glenwherry 9 Suff 26kg £94, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 12 Tex 28kg £94, Nevin Brown, Ballycastle 22 Suff 25.5kg £94, J Gregg, Glarryford 12 Tex 24kg £94, B Smyth, Randalstown 30 CB 27kg £94, S McKinley, Bushmills 22 Suff 28kg £93, George Knox, Dundrod 6 Ro 24kg £93, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 10 Tex 22kg £93, Wm McCrory, Broughshane 5 CB 26.5kg £93, 1 CB 26.5kg £93, TW McBride, Toomebridge 21 Tex 26kg £93, SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 12 Tex 23.5kg £92.50, Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 23.5kg £92.50, D and A Gilmore, Kilrea 18 Tex 25.5kg £92.50.

Fat ewes (376)

1st Quality

Suff - £75-£95

Tex- £80-£100

CB - £60-£78

BF - £50-£65