Fat cows sell to £1,323 at Ballymena Mart

Ballymena Mart
Ballymena Mart

An entry of 340 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday (June 6) resulted in another sharp trade.

Fat cows sold to 186p for a Limousin 650kg at £1,209, Friesian cows sold to 124p for 860kg at £1,066, beef heifers to 210p for 630kg at £1,323.

Beef bullocks to 196p for 650kg at £1,274 and Friesian bullocks to 156p for 620kg at £967.

Fat cows sold to: M and A Millar, Rasharkin Limousin 650kg, £1,209 (186), Brendan McCann, Portglenone Limousin 720kg, £1,332 (185), John McKeague, Dunloy Belgian Blue 680kg, £1,251 (184), M L Lucas, Antrim Limousin 800kg, £1,464 (183), John McKeague, Charolais 610kg, £1,104 (181), Hugh Bradley, Desertmartin Limousin 540kg, £961 (178), P McIlrath, Glarryford Limousin 670kg, £1,165 (174), C Humphrey, Broughshane Limousin 780kg, £1,349 (173), S McCambridge, Ballycastle Limousin 640kg, £1,081 (169), M and R Simpson, Broughshane Belgian Blue 660kg, £1,108 (168), S McCambridge, Limousin 680kg, £1,128 (166), V Hamilton, Cushendun Simmental 640kg, £1,056 (165), local farmer, Aberdeen Angus 630kg, £1,033 (164), R O’Neill, Dunloy Limousin 800kg, £1,304 (163), Aiden Hamilton, Ballycastle Charolais 620kg, £1,010 (163), Hugh Bradley, Desertmartin Charolais 670kg, £1,092 (163), J Kelly, Magilligan Aberdeen Angus 600kg, £972 (162), Aberdeen Angus 600kg, £966 (161), C McNaughton, Ballymoney Charolais 760kg, £1,200 (158), Patrick McCann, Portglenone Limousin 700kg, £1,099 (157), J Kelly, Aberdeen Angus 810kg, £1,271 (157), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Charolais 730kg, £1,138 (156), D Carson, Nutts Corner Blonde d'Aquitaine 710kg, £1,093 (154) and J Kelly, Aberdeen Angus 660kg, £1,009 (153).

Friesian cows sold to: G R Blair, Cookstown 860kg, £1,066 (124), F Quinn, Kilrea 720kg, £878 (122), J Hutchinson, Ballyclare 630kg, £768 (122), G R Blair, 660kg, £798 (121), S Wilson, Ballymena 700kg, £847 (121), local farmer 680kg, £809 (119), G R Blair 650kg, £767 (118), Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee 620kg, £731 (118), 670kg, £770 (115), 600kg, £684 (114), James Chestnutt, Portrush 700kg, £798 (114), K Craig, Ballyclare 670kg, £757 (113), Joseph Adams, Ballymena 630kg, £711 (113), Gary McCammond, Larne 650kg, £734 (113), Samuel Kennedy, Doagh 750kg, £847 (113), G R Blair, Cookstown 570kg, £638 (112), J and G Hamilton, Broughshane 600kg, £672 (112), N and J Coleman, Doagh 600kg, £672 (112), Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey 750kg, £840 (112), 740kg, £828 (112), Samuel Kennedy 750kg, £832 (111), B Alexander, Ahoghill 740kg, £814 (110), James Chestnutt, Portrush 790kg, £869 (110) and Stephen Stewart 780kg, £858 (110).

Beef heifers sold to: Gardiner Murdock, Broughshane Charolais 630kg, £1,323 (210), Patrick McWilliams, Moneyglass Aberdeen Angus 670kg, £1,380 (206), David Parks, Moira Limousin 540kg, £1,101 (204), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Charolais 570kg, £1,151 (202), Charolais 590kg, £1,144 (194), Hugh Bradley, Desertmartin Limousin 630kg, £1,222 (194), John McKeague, Dunloy Charolais 650kg, £1,254 (193), D T Harbinson, Limavady Blonde d'Aquitaine 460kg, £883 (192), Mrs G Carson, Dundrod Charolais 540kg, £1,020 (189), Hugh Bradley, Limousin 660kg, £1,240 (188), Charolais 590kg, £1,109 (188), R O’Neill, Dunloy Charolais 620kg, £1,165 (188), H Carson, Limousin 590kg, £1,109 (188), Mrs G Carson, Charolais 580kg, £1,090 (188), Hugh Bradley, Desertmartin Limousin 640kg, £1,196 (187), Charolais 640kg, £1,190 (186), K and M Gawn, Kells Simmental 640kg, £1,190 (186), J Duffin, Ballygally Simmental 550kg, £1,023 (186), Mrs G Carson, Dundrod Charolais 520kg, £962 (185), Jeffrey Wray, Carnlough Charolais 610kg, £1,128 (185), Mrs G Carson, Simmental 640kg, £1,177 (184), Charolais 610kg, £1,122 (184), Carrigeen Farms, Parkgate Simmental 670kg, £1,232 (184) and David Parks, Moira Limousin 590kg, £1,085 (184).

Beef bullocks sold to: J Scott, Toomebridge Limousin 650kg, £1,274 (196), A and T Lagan, Portrush Aberdeen Angus 610kg, £1,183 (194), C B Wilkinson, Randalstown Limousin 630kg, £1,222 (194), Gardiner Murdock, Broughshane Charolais 650kg, £1,248 (192), J Scott, Toomebridge Limousin 700kg, £1,337 (191), D and W Hume, Randalstown Limousin 880kg, £1,672 (190), J Scott, Charolais 750kg, £1,417 (189), Tom Megarry, Dromara Saler 470kg, £888 (189), John McKeague, Dunloy Limousin 590kg, £1,115 (189), J Scott, Limousin 630kg, £1,184 (188), Limousin 680kg, £1,278 (188), J Kearney, Garvagh Limousin 740kg, £1,383 (187), C B Wilkinson, Randalstown Charolais 680kg, £1,264 (186), Tom Megarry Saler 500kg, £925 (185), Saler 640kg, £1,184 (185), Paul McMullan, Dundrod Aberdeen Angus 650kg, £1,202 (185), A and T Lagan, Aberdeen Angus 580kg, £1,073 (185), L Hughes, Clough Charolais 650kg, £1,202 (185), M and A Millar, Rasharkin Limousin 580kg, £1,073 (185), local farmer Stabiliser 610kg, £1,128 (185), J Scott, Toomerbridge Limousin 720kg, £1,324 (184), David Kernohan, Broughshane Simmental 760kg, £1,398 (184), M and A Millar, Rasharkin Limousin 530kg, £975 (184) and Robert Linton, Ahoghill Charolais 720kg, £1,317 (183).

Friesian bullocks sold to: Barry Kane, Castledawson 620kg, £967 (156), Alfie Rocke, Larne 680kg, £1,033 (152), Barry Kane 570kg, £843 (148), M Jamison, Larne 660kg, £957 (145) and B Alexander, Ahoghill 610kg, £829 (136).

Friday, June 7: Good quality dairy stock continued to be in strong demand selling to £1,920 for a calved heifer from A T McAuley, Bushmills, calved cows to £1,520 for a fourth calver.

Ruling prices: A T McAuley, Bushmills £1,920, £1,880, Denis Minford, Crumlin £1,850, D McNeilly, Randalstown £1,720, R,J and J A Wright, Stoneyford £1,680, S Lyons, Coleraine £1,550 and Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod £1,520, £1,380.

The annual June sale of beef bred bulls attracted a catalogued entry of 66 lots.

A good percentage of the lots on offer changed hands with a top price of 3,700gns for a 15 month old Charolais.

Ruling prices: J Gallagher, Newtownstewart Charolais 3,700gns, E Sherrard, Coleraine Limousin 3,100gns, A Scott, Templepatrick Aberdeen Angus 2,950gns, Moses Irwin, Fintona Aberdeen Angus 2,750gns, A Parke, Strabane Aberdeen Angus 2,600gns, E A Crawford, Portadown Limousin 2,600gns, R J Mowbray, Newtownstewart Belgian Blue 2,500gns, Limousin 2,500gns, Mark Smyth, Coleraine Charolais 2,400gns, W and D McClure, Dundrod Charolais 2,400gns, M O’Kane, Bellaghy Limousin 2,400gns, James McGuigan, Maghera Charolais 2,200gns, Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Limousin 2,050gns, F Davidson, Banbridge Aberdeen Angus 2,000gns, O’Kane Farm, Dunloy Charolais 2,000gns, R J Mowbray Belgian Blue 2,000gns and J Aiken, Dromara Limousin 2,000gns.

A good entry of 40 lots in the suckler ring sold well to £2,020 for a Simmental cow with Limousin heifer calf at foot.

Leading prices: John Gribben, Randalstown Simmental cow and heifer calf £2,020, Limousin cow and bull calf £1,750, J Dodds, Limavady Limousin cow and heifer calf £1,710, John Gribben, Simmental cow and bull calf £1,700, T Wray, Carnlough Limousin cow and heifer calf £1,600, M McBride, Crumlin Shorthorn cow and bull calf £1,550, Ivan Wallace, Doagh Limousin cow and bull calf £1,550, S and W Robinson, Glenarm Belgian Blue cow and bull calf £1,420, Belgian Blue cow and heifer calf £1420, Nigel Jordan, Knockdoo Blonde d'Aquitaine cow and heifer calf £1,400. S and W Robinson, Belgian Blue cow and bull calf £1,400, M McBride, Crumlin Hereford cow and bull calf £1,320, C Calvert, Lisburn Hereford cow and bull calf £1,310, S and W Robinson, Belgian Blue cow and bull calf £1,300, M McBride, Crumlin Hereford cow and heifer calf £1,300, S and W Robinson cow and bull calf £1,300, M McBride cow and bull calf £1,270, E McKendry, Ballymena Limousin cow and heifer calf £1,250, P McGuckian, Dunloy Hereford cow and bull calf £1,250, M McBride, Crumlin Aberdeen Angus cow and bull calf £1,240, Aberdeen Angus cow and bull calf £1,220, Shorthorn cow and bull calf £1,220, Hugh McMullan, Glenarm Aberdeen Angus cow and bull calf £1,220 and D Allen, Moneymore Stabiliser cow and heifer calf £1,220.

284 lots in the calf ring sold well to £540 for a 4 month old Aberdeen Angus bull, a batch of Fleckvieh and Friesian heifer calves sold to £480, Continental heifer calves to £450 for a 4 month old Limousin.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: S A McAuley, Ballymoney Aberdeen Angus £540, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Simmental £465, Simmental £460, Aberdeen Angus £445, James Adair, Kells Hereford £435, J Ferguson Snr, Straid Belgian Blue £400, Limousin £395, B Alexander, Ahoghill Belgian Blue £380, Ganaway Farms, Millisle Shorthorn beef £375, David McClintock, Broughshane Charolais £370, Leslie Wilson, Aberdeen Angus £370, Ganaway Farms, Hereford £370, R J T Fleming, Templepatrick Simmental £360, J Walker, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus £360, J Ferguson Snr, Limousin £360, R and C Steede, Cullybackey Aberdeen Angus £355, D S Wharry, Glenarm Simmental £350 and J King, Ballymena Hereford £350.

Heifer calves sold to: D Hanna, Ballymena Friesian £480, Fleckvieh £455, local farmer Limousin £450, D Hanna, Ballymena Fleckvieh £450, Friesian £435, Fleckvieh £130, local farmer Simmental £420, D Hanna (3) £420, Friesian £410, local farmer Belgian Blue £400, Belgian Blue £395, D Hanna, Ballymena £390, (2) Friesian £390, S A McAuley, Ballymoney Aberdeen Angus £385, James Adair, Kells Belgian Blue £375, Daniel McAuley, Portglenone Simmental, £365, B Alexander, Ahoghill Belgian Blue £365, James McErlaine, Portglenone Simmental £350, M Scott, Carryduff Aberdeen Angus £350, Ganaway Farms, Millisle Shorthorn beef £345, local farmer Parthenais £340 and Daniel McAuley, Portglenone Simmental £335.

Friesian bull calves sold to: James Adair, Kells £300, £275, (2) £250, Frank McAuley, Toomebridge £215, J Ferguson, Straid (2) £205, James McErlaine, Portglenone (2) £185, David Verner, Cookstown (2) £175, D Devlin, R’stown £170, J Ferguson, (2) £155, local farmer £145, J Ferguson (20 £145, G B Patton, Carrowdore (2) £130 and J Ferguson (2) £130.

An entry of 130 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a super trade.

Bullocks sold to £630 over for a Charolais 470kg at £1,100 presented by A Baxter, Ballyclare.

Heifers sold to £560 over for a Simmental 400kg at £960 offered by J O’Neill, Ballymena.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

P Murray, Aldergrove (4) Shorthorn 220kg, £670 (304), Sam Minn, Moorfields Charolais 210kg, £620 (295), P Murray (2) Shorthorn 260kg, £755 (290), Sam Minn, Charolais 260kg, £740 (284), G Weir, Toomebridge Limousin 290kg, £800 (275), S Stewart, Newtownabbey Limousin 270kg, £705 (261), Lyle Booth, Gleno (2) Charolais 250kg, £650 (260), W R Magee, Kilwaughter Limousin 220kg, £570 (259), Clinton Stewart, Randalstown Limousin 280kg, £720 (257) and W R Magee (2) Limousin 270kg, £680 (251).

301-350kgs

A Baxter, Ballyclare Blonde d'Aquitaine 210kg, £880 (283), C Kennedy, Ballyclare Charolais 330kg, £920 (278), M Johnston, Toomebridge Charolais 350kg, £965 (275), A Baxter, Blonde d'Aquitaine 320kg, £865 (270), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Limousin 320kg, £860 (268), A H Park, Ballymena Charolais 320kg, £855 (267), Charolais 350kg, £925 (264), Andrew Russell, Limousin 320kg, £840 (262), R J McKane, Ballymena Simmental 330kg, £840 (254), C Kennedy, Ballyclare Charolais 340kg, £850 (250), G Weir, Toomebridge Limousin 320kg, £800 (250), Clinton Stewart, Randalstown Limousin 310kg, £770 (248), J S Johnston, Clough Limousin 320kg, £780 (243), M Johnston, Toomebridge (3) Charolais 330kg, £800 (242) and Matt Gingles, Kilwaugter Limousin 350kg, £830 (237).

351kg and over

Clinton Stewart, Randalstown Limousin 380kg, £970 (255), D Knox, Coleraine (3) Limousin 360kg, £895 (248), C Kennedy, Ballyclare (2) Charolais 400kg, £990 (247), Patrick McCann, Portglenone Limousin 420kg, £1,035 (246), Patrick McCann, Toomebridge Limousin 420kg, £1,035 (246), C Kennedy, Charolais 390kg, £950 (243), M McDonald, Randalstown Limousin 370kg, £900 (243), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Charolais 390kg, £935 (239), Brendan McCann, Limousin 400kg, £955 (238), A Baxter, Ballyclare Belgian Blue 360kg, £850 (236), R Calwell, Ballycarry Limousin 360kg, £850 (236), A Baxter, Charolais 470kg, £1,100 (234) and Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Charolais 360kg, £830 (230), Limousin 370kg, £850 (229).

Heifers 0-300kgs

J McMichael, Armoy Limousin 290kg, £840 (289), Limousin 220kg, £605 (275), G Weir, Toomebridge Limousin 300kg, £775 (258), A H Park, Ballymena Limousin 230kg, £575 (250), S W Clyde, Randalstown (3) 300kg, £750 (250), A H Park, Charolais 300kg, £740 (246), M Johnston, Toomebridge Limousin 300kg, £740 (246), C Kennedy, Ballyclare (2) Charolais 260kg, £640 (246), D Knox, Coleraine Limousin 250kg, £600 (240) and W R Magee, Kilwaughter (4) Limousin 280kg, £670 (239).

301-350kgs

M Johnston, Toomebridge Limousin 350kg, £890 (254), J Ferguson, Comber Limousin 350kg, £885 (252), J McMichael, Armoy Limousin 340kg, £820 (241), G Weir, Toomebridge Limousin 340kg, £820 (241), C Kennedy, Ballyclare Charolais 340kg, £815 (239), R J Kane, Ballymena Charolais 330kg, £790 (239), D Knox, Coleraine Limousin 340kg, £795 (233), M Johnston, Toomebridge Simmental 340kg, £790 (232), Andrew Russell, Templepatrick Charolais 330kg, £760 (230), local farmer Charolais 330kg, £760 (230), George Mills, Glenarm Limousin 340kg, £770 (226), Andrew Russell, Limousin 350kg, £760 (217), G Weir, Toomebridge Limousin 310kg, £670 (216), Limousin 310kg, £650 (209), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Limousin 320kg, £670 (209) and Andrew Russell, Limousin 330kg, £690 (209).

351kg and over

P Murray, Aldergrove Shorthorn 370kg, £905 (244), John O’Neill, Ballymena Simmental 400kg, £960 (240), C Kennedy, Ballyclare (2) Charolais 360kg, £835 (231), John O’Neill, Ballymena Simmental 420kg, £960 (228), Mick McKeown, Cushendall Limousin 370kg, £840 (227), George Mills, Glenarm Limousin 370kg, £840 (227), C Kennedy (2) Charolais 400kg, £900 (225), J McMichael, Armoy Limousin 380kg, £840 (221), John O’Neill, Ballymena Simmental 450kg, £990 (220), R Calwell, Ballycarry (2) Limousin 360kg, £790 (219), John Calwell, Ballycarry Limousin 360kg, £790 (219), John O’Neill, Ballyeman Simmental 440kg, £965 (219) and Robert Chambers, Bushmills Limousin 370kg, £810 (218).

100 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday (June 11) resulted in a steady trade.

Bullocks sold to £525 over for an Aberdeen Angus 550kg at £1,075 offered by W Holland, Doagh.

Heifers sold to £410 over for an Aberdeen Angus 540kg at £950 presented by R and S McMullan, Broughshane.

Bulls/bullocks sold to: W and J Gardiner, Ballyclare Belgian Blue 380kg, £825 (217), E Kelly, Randalstown Aberdeen Angus 440kg, £930 (211), Aberdeen Angus 450kg, £950 (211), W Holland, Doagh Aberdeen Angus 430kg, £895 (208), E Kelly, Limousin 420kg, £860 (204), David Carlisle, Templepatrick Limousin 390kg, £785 (201), W H Knox, Ballynure Limousin 380kg, £760 (200), J C McMillan, Portglenone Limousin 390kg, £780 (200), David Carlisle, Limousin 420kg, £835 (198), Limousin 420kg, £830 (197), J C McMillan, Portglenone Limousin 370kg, £730 (197), W Holland, Aberdeen Angus 550kg, £1,075 (195), W H Knox, Ballynure Limousin 430kg, £840 (195), E Kelly, Limousin 350kg, £680 (194), Thomas Catherwood, Portglenone Simmental 160kg, £310 (193) and J C McMillan, Limousin 460kg, £890 (193).

Heifers sold to: Bonnar Farms, Ballymena Charolais 360kg, £715 (198), Andrew McKnight, Limousin 410kg, £790 (192), Bonnar Farms, Charolais 380kg, £730 (192), Andrew McKnight, Limousin 420kg, £795 (189), Limousin 450kg, £850 (188), Bonnar Farms, Charolais 400kg, £750 (187), S Greer, Ballyclare Limousin 470kg, £855 (181), Andrew Bradley, Kilrea Charolais 460kg, £830 (180), Thomas Catherwood, Portglenone Charolais 380kg, £685 (180) and R and S McMullan, Broughshane Belgian Blue 500kg, £900 (180).

An entry of 1,080 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday, June 12 resulted in a sharper trade.

Fat lambs sold to 461p for a pen of Texels 21kg at £97 offered by G Martin, Broughshane and to a top per head of £98 for a pen of 25kg Texels from J K Currie, Ballymena.

Fat ewes sold to £103.

Fat lambs (901)

Top prices per kg: Graeme Martin, Broughshane 11 Texel 21kg, £97 (461), K Dobbin, Ballycastle 5 Texel 21kg, £92.80 (441), W J Shaw, Cloughmills 2 Texel 21.5kg, £94.50 (439), Sidney Rea, Straid 5 Texel 20.5kg, £90 (439), M Warnock, Limavady 3 Texel 22kg, £96.50 (438), I Morrison, Dunloy 72 Texel 22kg, £95 (431), A and D McAfee, Bushmills 16 Texel 22kg, £94.80 (430), J McNeill, Coleraine 13 Texel 22kg, £94.50 (429), J R Loughery, Limavady 40 crossbred 20.5kg, £88 (429), A Dempsey, Aghadowey 13 Texel 20kg, £85.80 (429), George Fleck, Ballymena 5 Charollais 21kg, £90 (428), Walter G Hoy, Templepatrick 14 Texel 21.5kg, £92 (427), N Milliken, Ballymoney 6 Texel 21.5kg, £92 (427), Fraser Tweed, Glenarm 4 Texel 22kg, £94 (427), R Hoy, Doagh 9 Texel 22kg, £93.50 (425), J French 5 Charollais 21kg, £89 (423), Ranaghan Poultry, Randalstown 33 Charollais 21kg, £89 (423), Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter 9 Suffolk 22kg, £93.20 (423), W J Shaw, Cloughmills 8 Texel 22kg, £93 (422), P J Kane, Ballycastle 10 Texel 22kg, £93 (422), local farmer 19 crossbred 22kg, £92.50 (420), R McMullan, Ballygally 11 Charollais 20kg, £84 (420) and Donal McKay, Martinstown 12 Texel 20.5kg, £86 (419).

Top prices per head: J K Currie, Ballymena 4 Texel 25kg, £98, E Clyde, Muckamore 9 Texel 24kg, £97, Graeme Martin, Broughshane 1 Texel 21kg, £97, Raymond Gingles, Kilwaughter 6 Texel 24kg, £96.50, M Warnock, Limavady 3 Texel 22kg, £96.50, M Sloan, Moneymore 21 Texel 24.5kg, £96.20, J Irvine, Carrickfergus 41 Texel 23.5kg, £96, J and J Rea, Kilwaughter 8 Charollais 23kg, £96, A Smyth, Moorfields 8 Texel 24kg, £95.80, J K Currie, Ballymena 2 Dorset 25.5kg, £95.50, Bryan Gardiner, Ballymena 4 Texel 25kg, £95.50, K Dobbin, Ballycastle 1 Suffolk 26kg, £95.20, Roy Carlisle, Newtownabbey 10 Texel 23.5kg, £95.20, I Morrison, Dunloy 72 Texel 22kg, £95, Philip Lamont, Kells 2 Suffolk 32.5kg, £95, Ian Dodds, Glenwherry 20 Suffolk 24kg, £95, John Walker, Ballymena 5 Charollais 25kg, £95, A Fleming, Ballymoney 3 Dorset 24.5kg, £95, J Knox, Broughshane 17 Texel 23kg, £95, A and D McAfee, Bushmills 16 Texel 22kg, £94.80 and T McNabney, Broughshane 7 Texel 24kg, £94.80.

Fat ewes (179)

First quality

Suffolk - £80-£98

Texel - £80-£103

Crossbred - £65-£88

Blackface - £56-£70