Beef cows sell to 158p for a 700kg, £1106 at Ballymena

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A good entry of 340 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday.

Beef cows sold to 158p for a 700kg £1106, Fr cows to 119p for 840kg at £999, beef bulls to 135p for AA 990kg at £1336, beef heifers to 194p for 620kg at £1202, beef bullocks to 187p for 540kg at £1009 and 640kg at £1196, Fr bullocks to 131p for 690kg at £903.

Fat cows sold to: J Kelly, Magilligan Sim 700kg £1106 (158), M Kelly, Limavady Char 830kg £1236 (149), WH Harkness, Crumlin BB 650kg £962 (148), J Kelly Lim 670kg £991 (148), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 560kg £823 (147), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 680kg £992 (146), local farmer BB 760kg £1102 (145), J Kelly, Lim 620kg £899 (145), Donagh Black, Ballycastle BB 570kg £798 (140), G Connon, Aldergrove Here 690kg £966 (140), G Hagan, Crumlin Lim 710kg £979 (138), RJ Hoey, Ballymena Lim 930kg £1283 (138), Houston Crooks, Kilwaughter Sim 570kg £786 (138), Alan Patterson, Magherafelt Char 660kg £904 (137), J Kelly, BB 550kg £753 (137), R Savage, Drumahoe Lim 520kg £707 (136), John Carey, Dunloy BB 620kg £843 (136), RJ Hoey, Ballymena Blonde 750kg £1012 (135), F McEldowney, Swatragh Lim 610kg £799 (131), Stephen Boyle, Carrick Lim 590kg £772 (131), Frank McCloskey, Dungiven BB 670kg £871 (130), local producer Lim 590kg £767 (130), S Adams, Broughshane Lim 760kg £972 (128), S Hoy, Doagh Sim 850kg £1088 (128).

Beef bullocks sold to: R and S McMullan, Broughshane AA 540kg £1009 (187), RJ Anderson, Cullybackey Char 640kg £1196 (187), Char 610kg £1134 (186), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Lim 620kg £1147 (185), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 660kg £1188 (180), RJ Anderson, Char 620kg £1116 (180), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 640kg £1145 (179), J McErlean, Portglenone Sim 560kg £1002 (179), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 540kg £966 (179), D O’Donavan, Coleraine Lim 590kg £1056 (179), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Lim 590kg £1050 (178), A McDonald, Portglenone Lim 640kg £1139 (178), RJ Anderson Char 630kg £1115 (177), CB Wilkinson, Randalstown Char 640kg £1132 (177), A and T Lagan, Portglenone Lim 660kg £1161 (176), BB 510kg £887 (174), Lim 600kg £1044 (174), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 700kg £1218 (174), A McDonald, Portglenone Char 620kg £1078 (174), J McErlean, Portglenone Lim 540kg £928 (172), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Char 710kg £1221 (172), T Aiken,. Coleraine Char 710kg £1214 (171), P Graffin, Portglenone Sal 630kg £1071 (170), A Thornton, Lisburn Blonde 550kg £935 (170).

Beef heifers sold to: V Cousley, Moneymore Char 620kg £1202 (194), Lim 570kg £1065 (187), R and S McMullan, Broughshane AA 530kg £964 (182), J Collins, Ballymoney Lim 530kg £948 (179), Char 540kg £966 (179), G Henderson, Bushmills Char 750kg £1327 (177), D Gilliland, Ballymena Lim 500kg £875 (175), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 570kg £991 (174), J Collins BB 550kg £957 (174), I Gilliland, Ballymena Char 570kg £986 (173), V Cousley Lim 650kg £1118 (172), Michael Coyle, Pomeroy Lim 750kg £1290 (172), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 500kg £850 (170), Sam McNabney, Clough AA 640kg £1068 (167), G Henderson, Bushmills Char 760kg £1269 (167), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 550kg £913 (166), Sam McNabney AA 630kg £1033 (164), Wm McDonald, Portglenone Char 610kg £988 (162).

Friesian bullocks sold to: James Sheppard, Larne 690kg £903 (131), J McNeill, Aughafatten 420kg £491 (117), WT Robinson, Glenarm 630kg £737 (117), RJ White, Ballymoney 810kg £931 (115).

Beef bulls sold to: Joseph Adams, Ballymena AA 990kg £1336 (135), J and C Kane, Ballycastle AA 680kg £816 (120), M McNeill, Cushendun Lim 840kg £999 (119), J and C Kane Fr 630kg £724 (115), S Adams, Broughshane Char 900kg £1008 (112), J and C Kane Fr 720kg £792 (110), AS Millar, Antrim Char 1090kg £1177 (108).

Fr cows sold to: SR Connolly, Portglenone 840kg £999 (119), RI McLaughlin, Cloughmills 730kg £846 (116), J and S McElnay, Bushmills 740kg £843 (114), James McAuley, Cushendall 650kg £734 (113), J and S McElnay 730kg £810 (111), D Winter, Randalstown 840kg £932 (111), G Connon, Aldergrove 680kg £748 (110), James Chestnutt, Portrush 670kg £737 (110), Smyth Bros, Dungiven 620kg £663 (107), S Wallace, Ballymena 770kg £816 (106), SR Connolly, Portglenone 640kg £672 (105), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 710kg £745 (105), A Ferguson, Coagh 720kg £756 (105), S Wallace 740kg £762 (103), H Park, Crumlin 680kg £693 (102), 610kg £616 (101), WW McCormick, Ballycastle 620kg £620 (100), James McAuley, Cushendall 740kg £740 (100), A McKeown, Stewartstown 690kg £690 (100), local producer 570kg £564 (99), WH Harkness, Crumlin 730kg £715 (98), I Derby, Magherafelt 670kg £656 (98), Joseph Adams 620kg £607 (98), J Ferguson, Straid 610kg £597 (98).

85 head in the dairy ring met a brighter trade selling to £1800 for an outstanding calved heifer from R A S Barkley, Dunloy, calved cows to £1300.

Ruling prices: R A S Barkley, Dunloy calved hfr £1800, A Bell, Nutts Corner calved cow £1300, Ian Millar, Ballymena calved cow £1240, A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare calved hfr £1240, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1200, Bolton Bros, Maghera calved hfr £1160, Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved cow £1160, R A S Barkley calved hfr £1120, Robert McCluggage, Larne calved cow £1100, P McKavanagh, Crumlin calved cow £1100, A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare calved hfr £1050, R A S Barkley calved hfr £1020, T and J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £1000, WW and J W Patton, Newtownards calved hfr £1000, P McKavanagh calved hfr £1000.

46 lots of sucklers sold to £1510 for a Sim cow with bull calf. Ruling prices: Reps J Bannon, Larne Sim cow and bull calf £1510, S Buick, Kells Lim cow and bull calf £1480, Reps J Bannon Sim cow and bull calf £1460, Donal Gillan, Garvagh Lim cow and hfr calf £1300, Lim hfr and hfr calf £1300, Sim hfr and bull calf £1300, AA hfr and bull calf £1280, Reps J Bannon BB cow and bull calf £1280, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim cow and bull calf £1250, Donal Gillan Lim hfr and bull calf £1160, Richard Bell, Ballynahinch Here in calf cow £1150, David McCabe, Muckamore Here in calf cow £1130, Lim cow and hfr calf £1110, Lim hfr and bull calf £1100, Reps J Bannon Lim in calf cow £1050, Richard Bell, Ballynahinch Here in calf cow £1040.

Continental bred bull calves sold to:

WB Hanna, Armoy AA £400, O Magill, Crumlin BB £370, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £360, Victor Campbell, Maghergall BB £355, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Here £350, S Dickson, Bellaghy Lim £350, Smiddie Hill farms, Newtownards BB £350, Thomas Fullerton, Maghera Sim £345. Ballybacken farms, Ballynure Sim £340, WB Hanna, Ballymoney AA £335, local farmer Sim £330, N McRoberts, Ballinderry Upper Lim £320, S Dickson, Bellaghy Lim £315, James Graham, Raloo Sim £305, A McMinn, Larne Char £305, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Lim £300.

Heifer calves sold to: Mrs L Campbell, Greenisland AA £410, D and M Knowles, Cullybackey Sim £365, WR McIntyre, Cloughmills (2) AA £360, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £360, O Magill, Crumlin BB £350, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £320, (2) £295, S Dickson, Bellaghy Lim £285, Victor Campbell, Magheragall Char £280, Jim Carson, Mallusk Lim £280, Mrs L Campbell, Greenisland AA £265, A McMinn, Larne Char £250, N McRoberts, Ballinderry Upper Lim 240, Ballybracken farms, Ballynure Here £235.

Friesian calves sold to: WB Hanna, Armoy (5) £200, R McCormick, Armoy (3) £192, S Wilson, Ballymena £165, local farmer £165, D and M Knowles, Cullybackey (2) £160, WB Hanna, Armoy (2) £135, H Clark (2) £130.

An entry of 280 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £515 over for a Char 300kg at £815 offered by S Taylor, Belfast. Heifers sold to £420 over for a Lim 370kg at £790 presented by John Beggs, Whitehead.

Ruling prices:

Heifers 251-300kgs

J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Lim 280kg £670 (239), Lim 280kg £630 (225), Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 260kg £575 (221), J and D Colgan Char 260kg £570 (219), J Coulter, Antrim Lim 280kg £600 (214), L and MJ Blaney, Cushendun Lim 290kg £600 (206), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney (2) Lim 300kg £620 (206).

301-350kgs

Thompson White, Maghera Char 350kg £750 (214), John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 340kg £725 (213), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 320kg £680 (212), I Beggs, Whitehead Lim 350kg £740 (211), John Beggs Lim 320kg £665 (207), Hugh McAllister, Aghadowey Lim 340kg £705 (207), I Beggs Lim 320kg £660 (206), J McCann, Toomebridge Lim 330kg £680 (206).

351kg and over

John Beggs, Whitehead Lim 370kg £790 (213), Thompson White, Maghera Lim 360kg £760 (211), T Robinson, Ballynure Par 360kg £730 (202), John Beggs Lim 370kg £750 (202), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 370kg £750 (202), John Beggs, Lim 410kg £830 (202), I Beggs, Whitehead Lim 420kg £850 (202), John Beggs Lim 370kg £740 (200).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

WR Magee, Kilwaughter (3) Sim 200kg £530 (265), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Sim 220kg £580 (263), WR Magee Char 220kg £565 (256), D and N Hamill, Crumlin Char 220kg £525 (238), Patrick McAuley, Glenariffe Lim 210kg £480 (228).

251-300kgs

Robert Armstrong, Lisburn Char 260kg £735 (282), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 300kg £815 (271), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 280kg £760 (271), A Stewart, Limavady BB 260kg £680 (261), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 300kg £780 (260), W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Lim 300kg £775 (258), A Stewart BB 280kg £720 (257), L and MJ Blaney, Cushendun (3) Lim 300kg £760 (253).

301-350kgs

W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 340kg £825 (242), J Stewart, Rasharkin Char 310kg £750 (241), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 310kg £740 (238), Victor Campbell, Mullaghcarton Char 330kg £780 (236), J and D Colgan, Ballycastle Char 310kg £720 (232), Hugh McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 310kg £705 (227), D Bristow, Portglenone Lim 340kg £770 (226), G Gault, Doagh (3) Lim 320kg £720 (225).

351kg and over

W and G Hanna, Ballymoney Char 390kg £870 (223), D Bristow, Portglenone Lim 360kg £790 (219), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 380kg £830 (218), G Weir, Toomebridge Sim 390kg £850 (218), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Lim 400kg £865 (216), G Weir Lim 360kg £770 (213), C Balmer, Clough Char 360kg £770 (213), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 380kg £805 (211).

A very big entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade. Ewes and lambs sold to £180, springers to £118, foster ewes to £140 and pets to £27.

Ewes and lambs sold to: WJ and A McCullough, Broughshane 5 Suff ewes and 9 lambs £180, local farmer 2 Suff ewes and 4 lambs £175, 5 Tex ewes and 10 lambs £165, 5 Tex ewes and 10 lambs £165, S Buick, Kells 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £163, K O’Neill, Broughshane 7 CB ewes and 14 lambs £163, N McAuley, Ballyclare 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £162, Harry Park, Ballymena 1 CB ewe and 2 lambs £160, 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £160, J Strange, Ballyclare 1 CB ewe 3 lambs £160, S Buick, Kells 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £159, local farmer 2 Suff ewes and 2 lambs £158, 2 Suff ewes and 4 lambs £158, J Strange 1 Suff ewe and 3 lambs £158, John Holden, Larne 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £157, Sean McAllister, Ballycastle 4 Tex ewes and 8 lambs £156, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £152, WJ Thompson, Glenwherry 3 CB ewes and 6 lambs £152, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 4 Tex ewes and 7 lambs £150, local farmer 2 Tex ewes and 4 lambs £150, J McAuley, Ballyclare 1 Char ewe and 2 lambs £148, 2 Suff ewes and 3 lambs £148, S Buick, Kells 2 Tex ewes and 4 lambs £148, JC Smyth, Castlerock 6 CB ewes and 6 lambs £148, A McKillop, Corkey 5 CB ewes and 8 lambs £148.

An entry of 120 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £535 over for a AA 640kg at £1175 offered by D McAuley, Cushendall. Heifers sold to £480 over for a Lim 480kg at £960 presented by K Craig, Larne.

Bulls/blks sold to Hazel Forsythe, Ballynure Lim 470kg £940 (200), H Nicholl, Randalstown Sim 480kg £940 (195), Bonnar farms, Ballymena Char 480kg £940 (195), John Davidson, Moorfields Lim 550kg £1065 (193), H Nicholl, Randalstown Lim 470kg £900 (191), Alex McDonald, Portglenone Char 560kg £1070 (191), H Nicholl Lim 500kg £955 (191), D McAuley, Cushendall Lim 490kg £935 (190), Bonnar farms Char 490kg £935 (190), H Nicholl Lim 540kg £1010 (187), G McMaster, Broughshane Lim 570kg £1060 (186), Bonnar farms Char 510kg £945 (185), D McAuley, Cushendall AA 640kg £1175 (183), C Tinsdale, Carnlough Char 530kg £970 (183), R Millar, Gleno Sal 530kg £970 (183), Mrs A Mooney, Portglenone Lim 350kg £640 (182), C and M White, Aughafatten (2) Char 460kg £840 (182), A and C Gilbert, Crumlin Lim 600kg £1095 (182), G McMaster, Broughshane Lim 620kg £1130 (182), A McDonald, Portglenone BB 560kg £1020 (182), Hazel Forsythe, Ballynure Lim 530kg £965 (182), Hay Bros, Ballycarry Sim 550kg £1000 (181), Jean Craig, Larne Char 440kg £800 (181), A and C Gilbert, Crumlin Char 540kg £980 (181).

Heifers sold to: Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Lim 480kg £960 (200), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 400kg £780 (195), Jean Craig, Larne Lim 400kg £770 (192), Char 510kg £975 (191), Hazel Forsythe, Ballynure Lim 490kg £935 (190), Jean Craig, Larne Lim 470kg £885 (188), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 420kg £790 (188), Lyle McIntyre, Randalstown Lim 500kg £930 (186), Stephen Hall Lim 500kg £920 (184), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Lim 460kg £845 (183), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 460kg £845 (183), Stephen Hall Lim 530kg £960 (181), Hazel Forsythe Lim 420kg £750 (178), Jean Craig, Larne Lim 390kg £690 (176), Char 430kg £760 (176), Lim 490kg £865 (176), Lyle McIntyre, Randalstown AA 530kg £935 (176), Mrs A Mooney, Portglenone Lim 500kg £865 (173), Jean Craig, Larne Char 480kg £825 (171), Joseph Adams, Ballymena AA 520kg £890 (171), Jean Craig Lim 380kg £650 (171), Lyle McIntyre Lim 510kg £865 (169), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Char 570kg £965 (169), D Hume, Randalstown Lim 490kg £820 (167), Lyle McIntyre Lim 530kg £880 (166).

An entry of 1138 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in another great trade. Fat hoggets sold to 409p for 3 Texels 21.5kg at £88 from I Montgomery, Glenwherry and to a top per head of £99 for a pen of heavy hoggets from C Patterson, Broughshane. Springers sold to 470p for a pen of 3 Texels 20kg at £94 from A McKeown, Ballymena. Fat ewes to £119.

Fat hoggets (707)

Top prices per kg: I Montgomery, Glenwherry 3 Tex 21.5kg £88 (409), 10 Tex 22.5kg £92 (408), Ian Dodds 3 Suff 22kg £88.50 (402), S Mulholland, Portglenone 11 Tex 23.5kg £93.50 (397), S Calwell, Portglenone 4 Dor 23kg £91 (395), Wm Smyth, Limavady 2 Tex 21kg £83 (395), 1 CB 18.5kg £73 (394), Michael Smyth, Limavady 11 Tex 18.5kg £73 (394), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 15 Tex 22kg £86 (390), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 18 BF 22kg £86 (390), CFG and JC Adams, Dungonnell 18 CB 23.5kg £90 (383), Walter Hoy, Templepatrick 2 CB 23kg £88 (382), 33 CB 23kg £88 (382), Norman McBurney, Moorfields 6 CB 23.5kg £89 (378), Seamus O’Neill, Martinstown 9 BF 20.5kg £77 (375), Jack White, Glenwherry 8 BF 20kg £75 (375), K O’Neill, Broughshane 1 Char 23kg £86 (373), Sam Crawford, Gleno 4 Char 26kg £96.50 (371), A McAuley, Glenarm 4 Tex 23kg £85 (369), Norman McBurney, Moorfields 13 BF 25kg £92 (368), G Ferris 2 Tex 24.5kg £90 (367), local farmer 10 Suff 26.5kg £97 (366), CA Orr, Cloughmills 9 Tex 23.5kg £86 (366), B Smyth, Randalstown 19 CB 23.5kg £86 (366).

Top prices per head: Callum Patterson, Broughshane 1 Tex 31kg £99, Sam Crawford, Gleno 26 Char 27.5kg £97, local farmer 10 Suff 26.5kg £97, Sam Crawford 4 Char 26kg £96.50, Colin Woodside, Carrick 1 Tex 31kg £96, Seamus O’Neill, Martinstown 6 BF 29kg £94, Walter Hoy, Templepatrick 4 Suff 27kg £94, S Mulholland, Portadown 11 Tex 23.5kg £93.50, Thomas Strange, Straid 26 BF 27kg £93.50, RC Reid, Glarryford 4 Tex 26.5kg £93, James Rowney, Ballynure 8 Tex 26kg £93, R and S Graham, Dundrod 3 CB 28kg £92, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 10 Tex 22.5kg £92, Ian Dodds, Glenwherry 14 Suff 22kg £92, Norman McBurney, Moorfields 13 BF 25kg £92, Martin McCormick, Carnlough 5 Tex 26kg £92, S Caldwell, Portglenone 4 Dor 23kg £91, K Craig, Ballyclare 1 Tex 31kg £90, Alastair Kerr, Ballymena 5 CB 27kg £90, G Ferris 2 Tex 24.5kg £90, Wm Magee, Kilwaughter 3 CB 28kg £90, J Smyth, Randalstown 23 CB 25kg £90, CFG and JC Adams, Dungonnell 18 CB 23.5kg £90, John Holden, Larne 5 CB 26.5kg £90, Norman McBurney 6 CB 23.5kg £89.

Spring lambs (100)

Adam McKeown, Ballymena 3 Tex 20kg £94 (470), PJ McKinley, Martinstown 2 Tex 20.5kg £96 (468), T and J Mackey, Ballynure 10 Dor 20.5kg £93 (453), Hannah Hall, Newtownabbey 5 Tex 21kg £95 (452), RC and JC Watson, Rasharkin 4 Suff 21kg £94 (447), Sam Agnew, Ballyclare 5 Suff 21kg £93 (442), Bryan Gardiner, Ballymena 1 Tex 20kg £87 (435), S Bonnar, Broughshane 3 Dor 21kg £90 (428), Jacqueline McIlrath, Glarryford 3 Suff 21.5kg £90 (418), Richard Currie, Ballymena 3 Dor 20kg £83 (415), Hannah Hall 4 Tex 19.5kg £80 (410), S and E Watson, Cullybackey 4 Zwa 20kg £80 (400), Thomas Hamilton, Carrick 7 Dor 23kg £92 (400), Richard Currie, Ballymena 1 Dor 19kg £75 (394), E Matthews, Glenarm 5 Dor 20.5kg £80 (390), T Montgomery, Broughshane 2 Tex 23.5kg £90 (383).

Fat ewes (331)

1st quality

Suff - £90-£119

Tex - £85-£114

CB - £60-£80

BF - £38-£70