Beef cows sell to 183p for 700kg at Ballymena

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A great entry of 375 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Beef cows sold to 183p for 700kg at £1281, Fr cows to 120p for 760kg at £912, beef heifers to 195p for 540kg at £1053, beef bullocks to 184p for 680kg at £1251, Fr bullocks to 136p for 730kg at £992.

Beef cows sold to: H Crawford, Moneyrea BB 700kg £1281 (183), Mrs G Gowdy, Ballyclare Lim 660kg £1161 (176), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Char 660kg £1108 (168), G McLernon, Toomebridge Char 640kg £1068 (167), Norman McBurney Lim 800kg £1296 (162), local farmer Lim 540kg £874 (162), A Livingstone, Ballymena BB 570kg £900 (158), H Crawford, Moneyrea Lim 840kg £1327 (158), James Houston, Randalstown Lim 530kg £810 (153), H Crawford Lim 800kg £1224 (153), Mrs S Gowdy Lim 650kg £988 (152), James Houston, Randalstown Lim 590kg £879 (149), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Char 610kg £902 (148), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 690kg £1014 (147), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 700kg £1022 (146), Lim 680kg £992 (146), R Crawford, Raloo Lim 630kg £919 (146), John Perry and Ptnrs, Dundonald St 710kg £1015 (143), Henry McConnell, Glenwherry Lim 500kg £715 (143), J Kelly, Magilligan AA 630kg £900 (143), S Morrison Char 530kg £752 (142), G and S Convery, Knockloughrim Lim 610kg £860 (141), local producer Lim 550kg £775 (141), C McNaughton, Ballymoney Lim 680kg £952 (140).

Fat bulls sold to: Edgar Cumins, Lisburn Sim 680kg £1074 (158), local producer Lim 950kg £1311 (138), RJ Gage, Clough Lim 760kg £896 (118), Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney Lim 960kg £1104 (115), A Boyd, Cloughmills Char 600kg £678 (113), P and L Boyd, Cloughmills Lim 700kg £791 (113), local producer Lim 840kg £924 (110), John McBurney, Ballyclare Lim 1030kg £1133 (110), J O’Kane, Carnlough Char 910kg £964 (106).

Beef heifers sold to: Local producer Lim 540kg £1053 (195), P & S Kelly, Kells BB 580kg £1125 (194), F Bateson, Randalstown Lim 610kg £1146 (188), Lim 670kg £1246 (186), James Dunn, Donemana Char 500kg £930 (186), F Bateson Lim 550kg £1012 (184), K Steele, Islandmagee Lim 590kg £1085 (184), James Dunn, Donemana Char 570kg £1048 (184), Char 580kg £1067 (184), F Bateson Lim 590kg £1079 (183), James Dunn Sim 510kg £928 (182), R McIntyre, Glarryford Char 590kg £1062 (180), H Nicholl, Randalstown Lim 620kg £1116 (180), local farmer Lim 490kg £877 (179), Lim 540kg £961 (178), S Morrison, Liscolman Char 630kg £1121 (178), James Dunn, Donemana Char 500kg £885 (177), K Steele, Islandmagee Lim 530kg £932 (176), G McLernon, Toomebridge Lim 580kg £1020 (176), James Dunn Char 500kg £880 (176), John Perry and Ptnrs Lim 490kg £857 (175), SN Smith, Garvagh Lim 770kg £1339 (174), J Collins, Ballymoney Char 620kg £1072 (173), T Herbison, Ballymena AA 640kg £1094 (171).

Beef bullocks sold to: David Irvine, Downpatrick Char 680kg £1251 (184), U Casey, Bellaghy Sim 750kg £1380 (184), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 580kg £1049 (181), David Irvine Char 770kg £1393 (181), Craig Murphy, Dromore Lim 790kg £1414 (179), David Irvine Char 700kg £1253 (179), S Darragh, Toomebridge Blonde 690kg £1235 (179), S McGowan, Ballymoney Sim 790kg £1406 (178), P and S Kelly, Kells BB 750kg £1335 (178), S Kerr Lim 660kg £1161 (176), Brian Thompson, Lisburn Char 720kg £1267 (176), David Irvine Char 720kg £1260 (175), U Casey, Bellaghy Sim 690kg £1207 (175), Sam McNabney, Clough Blonde 520kg £910 (175), S Morrison, Liscolman Sim 640kg £1120 (175), David Irvine, Downpatrick Char 700kg £1218 (174), Char 760kg £1322 (174), U Casey Sim 740kg £1280 (173), Sam McNabney AA 620kg £1072 (173), P Graffin, Portglenone Lim 630kg £1083 (172), Edgar Cumins, Lisburn Lim 660kg £1135 (172), David Irvine, Downpatrick Char 680kg £1169 (172), Char 710kg £1214 (171), Char 730kg £1241 (170).

Friesian bullocks sold to: James Campbell, Bushmills 730kg £992 (136), D and G McVicker, Ballymoney 540kg £718 (133), 500kg £645 (129), 480kg £609 (127), 570kg £723 (127), Hatrick Bros, Tobermore 670kg £850 (127), James Currie, Larne 550kg £698 (127), Paul Watson, Cullybackey 630kg £787 (125), D and G McVicker 510kg £632 (124).

Fr cows sold to: J Hughes, Clough 760kg £912 (120), Mrs M Currie, Ballymoney 750kg £885 (118), Wilbert Craig 850kg £986 (116), L Galloway, Ahoghill 680kg £775 (114), Wilbert Craig, Crumlin 860kg £946 (110), 750kg £810 (108), McGookin farming, Ballyclare 680kg £727 (107), 670kg £716 (107), H and A Speedy, Randalstown 670kg £716 (107), local farmer 690kg £731 (106), Wilbert Craig, Crumlin 750kg £795 (106), K Steele, Islandmagee 750kg £787 (105), Hugh Hall, Ballyclare 610kg £640 (105), Dermot Johnston, Magherafelt 740kg £777 (105), K Steele, Islandmagee 680kg £707 (104), James Chestnutt, Portrush 730kg £759 (104), Robert Steele Jnr, Bushmills 640kg £665 (104), Dermot Johnston 620kg £644 (104), David Wallace, Antrim 690kg £717 (104), K Steele 690kg £710 (103), Alex B Carson, Clough 610kg £628 (103), Trevor Smyth, Randalstown 630kg £642 (102), H Park, Crumlin 730kg £744 (102).

A small entry of dairy stock sold to £1250 for a calved heifer from Howard McNabney, Clough. Ruling prices: Howard McNabney, Clough calved hfr £1250, J McCann, Lurgan calved hfr £1100, M and P Mawhinney, Bellaghy calved hfr £1080, J McCann calved hfr £1080, J Clements, Ballyronan calved hfr £1080.

Another large entry of 65 lots in the suckler ring sold well to a top of £2020 for a Lim bull while £1630 was paid for a Lim (second calver) with Char bull calf at foot. Ruling prices: L McClinton, Glenarm Lim cow and bull calf £1630, D Allen, Moneymore Lim hfr and bull calf £1500, Sam McNabney, Clough Sim hfr & bull calf £1450, L McClinton Sim hfr and bull calf £1440, J Luney, Newtownabbey Lim cow and hfr calf £1430, L McClinton, Glenarm St hfr and bull calf £1390, Lim cow and hfr calf £1360, E McNeilly, Gracehill BB hfr and hfr calf £1360, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr and bull calf £1350, AA hfr and bull calf £1350, TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim cow and hfr calf £1350, Sam McNabney Lim hfr and hfr calf £1320, D Allen, Moneymore BB hfr and bull calf £1310, L McClinton Sim hfr and hfr calf £1300, David Compton, Carninney Char hfr and hfr calf £1300, John Connon, Deerfin Lim hfr and bull calf £1280, local farmer BB hfr and bull calf £1280, D Allen, Moneymore Lim hfr and bull calf £1260, Sam McNabney Sim hfr and bull calf £1250, Ivor G Hyndman, Maghera Lim cow and bull calf £1250, D Allen BB hfr and hfr calf £1230, Thomas Kelly, Downpatrick Sal in calf cow £1210.

Over 300 lots in the calf ring sold to £465 for a Lim bull, young bull calves to £450 for a Lim bull (six weeks), strong heifer calves to £350 for a BB, younger lots to £325 for a month old Angus. Strong Friesian bulls to £285, young lots to £200.

Bull calves sold to: Alex Magee, Larne Lim £465, Robert Magee, Kilwaughter Lim £465, A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter Lim £465, A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare Lim £450, R Millar, Broughshane (3) Lim £445, A and E Cochrane, Bushmills Lim £410, J and J Huey, Armoy Lim £400, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £400, G Patton, Stranocum AA £390, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £380, S Gregg, Glarryford Here £380, G Patton AA £370, AA £365, Alastair McBurney, Clough Lim £360.

Heifer calves sold to: B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £350, S Gregg, Glarryford BB £335, T Herbinson, Randalstown AA £325, RJ White, Lisocolman Lim £315, Irwin Gamble, Articlave Lim £310, T Herbinson AA £305, G Patton, Stranocum (5) AA £305, D Montgomery, Glenwherry AA £300, RJ White, Stranocum Lim £295, G McMaster, Draperstown Lim £295, J and J Huey, Armoy Lim £290, Dominic Mawhinney, Bellaghy Lim £290.

Friesian bull calves sold to: John Graham, Glenwherry £285, S Wilson, Ballymena £280, John Graham £265, (2) £250, S Wilson, Ballymena £250, O and C O’Kane, Castledawson £200, Alis Bell, Ballymena £200, JT Reid, Ballymoney £185, A and E Cochrane, Bushmills £185, Sean McCrystal, Magherafelt £180, TE Milligan, Maghera (3) £155, BE Montgomery £145, D Blelock, Crumlin £135.

Another good entry of 220 weanlings resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £510 over for a super Char 410kg at £920 presented by S Taylor, Ligoniel. Heifers sold to £460 over for a Spk 320kg at £780 offered by M Montgomery, Kells.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: D Devlin, Randalstown Lim 160kg £415 (259), David McClurkin, Ligoniel BB 200kg £495 (247), Char 250kg £585 (234), Char 240kg £560 (233), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Char 250kg £550 (220).

251-300kgs: David McClurkin, Ligoniel Char 270kg £685 (253), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 300kg £760 (253), local farmer Char 300kg £740 (246), WE Adamson, Carrick Aub 270kg £660 (244), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 300kg £720 (240), WE Adamson Aub 290kg £690 (237), RJ McKane, Ballymena Sim 300kg £690 (230), Robert Hunter, Ballygally Lim 260kg £595 (228), WE Adamson, Carrick Aub 300kg £680 (226), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe AA 270kg £610 (225), local farmer Char 300kg £655 (218), Dermot McDonnell AA 290kg £630 (217), WE Adamson Aub 280kg £600 (214), Dermot McDonnell Lim 290kg £620 (213), A Mawhinney, Bellaghy Lim 270kg £570 (211), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 300kg £620 (206).

301-350kgs: SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 310kg £760 (245), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 320kg £765 (239), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 310kg £740 (238), Lim 330kg £785 (237), A Mawhinney, Bellaghy Char 310kg £730 (235), JPF O’Loan, Martinstown Char 320kg £745 (232), local farmer Sim 320kg £730 (228), RJ McKane, Ballymena Sim 330kg £725 (219), WE Adamson, Carrick Aub 310kg £680 (219), Aub 320kg £695 (217), RJ McKane, Ballymena Sim 350kg £760 (217), local farmer BB 310kg £670 (216), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 350kg £750 (214), Brian Campbell, Glenavy AA 320kg £685 (214), H McNeill, Cushendun Sim 350kg £740 (211), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 320kg £665 (207).

351kg and over: WJ Marshall, Cullybackey Lim 370kg £850 (229), James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 380kg £865 (227), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 410kg £920 (224), Char 370kg £820 (221), James O’Rawe Char 400kg £870 (217), A Pollock, Coleraine Blonde 360kg £780 (216), K Kidd, Broughshane Char 410kg £880 (214), H McNeill, Cushendun Sim 370kg £785 (212), A Pollock, Coleraine Blonde 380kg £805 (211), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 360kg £760 (211), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 380kg £800 (210), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 410kg £860 (209), A Pollock Blonde 360kg £755 (209), BB 380kg £795 (209), M Montgomery, Kells Lim 400kg £835 (208), H McNeill, Cushendun Sim 390kg £810 (207).

Heifers 0-250kgs: SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 250kg £630 (252), JPF O’Loan, Martinstown Char 240kg £545 (227), JJ Mawhinney, Killinchy Blonde 230kg £515 (223), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Lbw 240kg £535 (222), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 200kg £440 (220), Dermot McDonnell Char 230kg £495 (215), Char 230kg £490 (213), M McKibben, Lisburn Sim 190kg £400 (210), Lim 160kg £320 (200).

251-300kgs: JJ Mawhinney, Killinchy Blonde 270kg £685 (253), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 290kg £655 (225), Char 280kg £625 (223), Jean Hunter, Ballygally Lim 260kg £570 (219), J Bates, Ballyclare Char 290kg £635 (219), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Char 260kg £565 (217), J Bates, Ballyclare Lim 280kg £600 (214), Dermot McDonnell Lim 300kg £625 (208), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 300kg £625 (208), Barry Kane, Castledawson Lim 290kg £565 (194).

301-350kgs: M Montgomery, Kells Spk 320kg £780 (243), H McNeill, Glenarm Char 330kg £770 (233), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 320kg £710 (221), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 330kg £725 (219), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 320kg £700 (218), A Mawhinney, Bellaghy Char 310kg £660 (212), A Abbott, Lisburn Lim 310kg £645 (208), H McNeill, Cushendun Sim 350kg £725 (207), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter (2) Lim 320kg £660 (206), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Char 340kg £695 (204), A Abbott Lim 320kg £650 (203), David Carlisle, Templepatrick (2) Char 320kg £650 (203), Lim 330kg £670 (203).

351kg and over: H McNeill Char 360kg £770 (213), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Lim 390kg £825 (211), A Pollock, Coleraine BB 380kg £790 (207), Sim 390kg £795 (203), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Lim 360kg £730 (202), Lim 420kg £830 (197), A Pollock Lim 420kg £805 (191), Blonde 380kg £725 (190), M Montgomery, Kells Lim 370kg £705 (190), M Stewart, Coleraine Char 470kg £895 (190), A Pollock Lim 410kg £770 (187), Sim 400kg £750 (187), Robert James Stewart, Magherafelt Lim 440kg £825 (187), H McNeill, Coleraine Char 360kg £670 (186), A Pollock, Coleraine Sim 390kg £725 (185), Wm Warwick, Templepatrick Lim 460kg £855 (185).

A good entry of 134 store cattle sold to 243p per kg for a 300kg Char bullock at £730 from Jean Craig, Larne. Forward bullocks to 213 pence for a 390kg Lim at £830, heavy bullocks to £1110. Heifers sold to 205 pence for a 400kg Lim at £820 from Mrs Diane Rowney, Ballynure, heavy heifers to £1100.

Heifers sold to: Mrs Diane Rowney, Ballynure Lim 400kg £820 (205), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Char 500kg £985 (197), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 510kg £990 (194), Mrs Diane Rowney BB 460kg £890 (193), Lim 440kg £850 (193), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Char 350kg £675 (192), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Sim 360kg £685 (190), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 460kg £870 (189), Lim 550kg £1040 (189), Mrs Diane Rowney, Ballynure (2) Lim 410kg £760 (185), R Weatherup, Newtownabbey Lim 360kg £640 (177), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Blonde 470kg £835 (177), Lim 360kg £630 (175), Mrs Diane Rowney Lim 400kg £700 (175), Ian Davidson, Larne Lim 410kg £710 (173), local farmer Lim 530kg £900 (169), DJ Moore, Ballyclare Sim 650kg £1100 (169), DS Dunlop, Glarryford FKV 480kg £800 (166).

Bulls/bullocks sold to: Jean Craig, Larne Char 300kg £730 (243), Char 290kg £705 (243), Lim 290kg £700 (241), Char 310kg £745 (240), Lim 320kg £720 (225), AA 330kg £720 (218), Lim 290kg £625 (215), R Weatherup, Newtownabbey Lim 390kg £830 (212), Jean Craig Lim 350kg £725 (207), Lim 350kg £755 (204), Lim 390kg £790 (202), Char 330kg £665 (201), Char 370kg £745 (201), AA 300kg £590 (196), Gareth Hayes, Ballymena Lim 400kg £775 (193), local farmer (2) Lim 470kg £895 (190), R Weatherup, Lim 400kg £730 (182), Jean Craig Lim 480kg £870 (181), SR Thompson, Comber Lim 440kg £795 (180), Wm Smyth, Moorfields Lim 400kg £720 (180), SR Thompson Lim 430kg £760 (176), Lim 490kg £860 (175), J McErlean, Portglenone Sim 570kg £985 (172), SR Thompson Lim 460kg £790 (171).

1863 head were penned at the weekly sheep sale on Wednesday. Spring lambs sold to 405 pence per kg for 4 Texels 20.5kg at £83 each, heavy lambs to £88.50 for a pen of 7 x 24.5kgs. Cull ewes to £90 for Texels, Char to £76, Suff to £73, CB to £70 and BF to £40.

Heavy lambs: Stuart Hall, Larne 7 Tex 24.5kg £88.50, J & J Rea, Kilwaughter 9 Ro 24kg £87.50, R McSorley, Islandmagee, L Weatherup, Ballyclare 4 Tex 25kg £85, A McNeilly, Randalstown 1 Suff 32kg £85, Lucy Calderwood, Dunloy 3 Tex 28.5kg £84, David Boyles, Newtownabbey 2 Tex 27.5kg £84, Richard Henderson, Tobermore 8 Tex 26.5kg £84, Matt Workman, Kilwaughter 14 Suff 25kg £83, A McAnally, Ballyclare 2 Suff 27kg 83, Lucy Calderwood, Dunloy 9 Tex 25.5kg £93, Acheson Armstrong, Broughshane 3 Tex 24kg £82, Gordon Montgomery, Broughshane 8 Tex 24kg £82, M Cunning, Glarryford 16 Tex 24kg £82, T Montgomery, Broughshane 3 CB 26.5kg £82, Moore Wallace, Dunloy 18 Suff 24kg £82.

Top prices per kg: P Hammond, Cookstown 4 Tex 20.5kg £83 (404), WR McClean, Raloo 10 Tex 22.5kg £88 (391), Alex Wilson, Glenarm 3 Tex 23kg £87 (378), Jonathan Fenton, Glarryford 12 Tex 21.5kg £81 (376), William Kennedy, Ballyclare 1 Tex 21kg £78.50 (373), Simpson and Calvin, Ballymoney 7 Tex 22.5kg £84 (373), Alex Wilson, Glenarm 6 Tex 21kg £78 (371), I Morrison, Dunloy 54 Tex 22kg £81.50 (370), John McFall, Broughshane 6 Tex 23kg £85 (369), J Knox, Broughshane 45 Tex 22.5kg £83 (368), Seamus Kane, Doagh 19 Tex 22.5kg £82.50 (366), M Galbraith, Coleraine 5 Tex 22kg £80.50 (365), E Stevenson, Broughshane 2 Char 23kg £84 (365), Brian Wharry, Glenarm 6 Tex 21kg £76.50 (364), AM McFarlane, Dungiven 27 Tex 22kg £80 (363), Richard Henderson, Tobermore 4 Tex 22kg £80 (363), Brian Thompson, Lisburn 10 Tex 22.5kg £81.50 (362), T Byers, Ballymena 2 Tex 21.5kg £77 (358), Danny Duffin, Toomebridge 24 Tex 21kg £75 (357), A Smyth, Moorfields 10 Tex 22.5kg £80 (355), E and P McCormick, Cushendun 6 Tex 20kg £71 (355), Fraser Tweed, Glenarm 1 Tex 22kg £78 (354), R Aicken, Rathkenny 14 Tex 22.5kg £79.50 (353).