Good entry of 330 beef cattle results in steady trade at Ballymena

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A good entry of 330 beef cattle resulted in a steady trade. Beef cows sold to 158p for a Lim 720kg at £1137, Fr cows to 114p 580kg at £661, beef bullocks to 189p, 620kg at £1171, heifers to 200p 540kg at £1080.

Beef cows sold to: Local farmer Lim 720kg £1137 (158), Kelly Bros, Ballymena Lim 690kg £1076 (156), D Leathem, Lisburn Sim 610kg £945 (155), A and J McClelland, Doagh Lim 670kg £991 (148), Norman McBurney, Moorfields Lim 530kg £784 (148), Char 760kg £1124 (148), Nugent Estates, Portaferry Lim 570kg £837 (147), Norman McBurney Lim 660kg £970 (147), Jeffrey Alexander, Broughshane Lim 630kg £919 (146), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Lim 680kg £992 (146), Norman McBurney Lim 650kg £949 (146), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 580kg £835 (144), Danny Duffin, Toomebridge Lim 710kg £1022 (144), M McDonald, Randalstown Lim 670kg £958 (143), Nugent Estate Lim 590kg £831 (141), RGA Ashcroft, Coagh Lim 710kg £994 (140), WR Arrell, Randalstown BB 630kg £882 (140), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun Lim 560kg £778 (139), Kelly Bros, Ballymena Lim 630kg £875 (139), W McKendry, Cullybackey Lim 710kg £986 (139), Nugent Estates Lim 600kg £828 (138).

Friesian cows sold to: A and W McMaster, Broughshane 580kg £661 (114), D Leathem, Lisburn 610kg £664 (109), A Connolly, Portglenone 690kg £724 (105), RJ Gordon, Cloughmills 530kg £551 (104), Brian McAfee, Aghadowey 770kg £793 (103), R Baird, Carrick 640kg £659 (103), G Smyth, Ballycastle 760kg £775 (102), D Maybin, Broughshane 650kg £656 (101), RJ Gordon, Cloughmills 650kg £656 (101), D Leathem, Lisburn 690kg £696 (101), R McCormick, Armoy 480kg £480 (100), John Caldwell, Antrim 680kg £680 (100), J McKeeman, Bushmills 740kg £732 (99), K Wilkinson, Ballycastle 500kg £495 (99), D McAuley, Toomebridge 720kg £712 (99), W Weatherup, Carrick 790kg £774 (98), Alastair McBurney, Clough 680kg £659 (97), RF Saunderson, Glenwherry 640kg £614 (96), P McGowan, Toomebridge 690kg £662 (96), James Wallace, Dunloy 670kg £643 (96), J and M Wilson, Broughshane 740kg £710 (96).

Beef heifers sold to: RJ Arrell, Randalstown Lim 540kg £1080 (200), Oliver McKeown, Ballynahinch Lim 510kg £989 (194), RJ Arrell Lim 500kg £960 (192), D Gilliland, Ballymena Lim 520kg £988 (190), J Collins, Ballymena Lim 570kg £1071 (188), A Smyth, Ballymena Lim 570kg £1037 (182), RW Saunderson, Glenwherry Char 620kg £1116 (180), John Graham, Lisburn Lim 640kg £1152 (180), SR Gray, Antrim Lim 520kg £930 (179), John Graham Char 550kg £962 (175), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 530kg £922 (174), Oliver McKeown, Ballynahinch Lim 500kg £855 (171), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Char 610kg £1043 (171), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 540kg £918 (170), Oliver McKeown Lim 550kg £929 (169), J Collins, Ballymoney Char 610kg £1030 (169), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Char 560kg £946 (169), D Gilliland, Ballymena Lim 490kg £823 (168), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Char 640kg £1068 (167), J Collins, Ballymena Lim 530kg £879 (166), A Smyth Lim 540kg £896 (166), J Collins Lim 570kg £940 (165), E Leathem, Lisburn Here 530kg £874 (165), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter Lim 510kg £841 (165).

Beef bullocks sold to: John Blair, Cullybackey Char 620kg £1171 (189), S and I McClean, Ballymoney BB 690kg £1297 (188), DA McDonald, Cullybackey Sim 590kg £1079 (183), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 560kg £1019 (182), John Blair Char 620kg £1122 (181), A and T Lagan, Portglenone Char 590kg £1062 (180), E Logan Lim 590kg £1062 (180), S and I McClean Lim 710kg £1278 (180), John Blair Char 630kg £1115 (177), E Logan Lim 610kg £1079 (177), Robert Linton, Ahoghill Lim 690kg £1221 (177), Wm McDonald, Portglenone Char 580kg £1020 (176), Robert Linton Lim 670kg £1172 (175), E Logan Lim 600kg £1044 (174), John Davidson, Moorfields Lim 720kg £1245 (173), Robert Linton Lim 670kg £1159 (173), John Blair Char 650kg £1118 (172), S and I McClean Char 750kg £1272 (172), Lim 740kg £1272 (172), A and T Lagan Char 650kg £1111 (171), A Smyth, Randalstown Lim 700kg £1190 (170), T McErlaine, Rasharkin AA 680kg £1149 (169), Lim 650kg £1098 (169), A McDonald, Portglenone Char 610kg £1030 (169).

38 dairy cows and heifers sold readily to £1380 for a calved heifer from Bolton Bros, Maghera, calved cows to £1320 for a third calver.

Ruling prices: Bolton Bros, Maghera calved hfr £1380, A and AM Redmond calved cow £1320, David S Dickey, Randalstown calved hfr £1310, Joseph Adams, Ballymena calved hfr £1210, calved cow £1170, J Clements, Ballyronan calved hfr £1120, JC Barkley, Ballymena calved hfr £1080, R Simpson, Ballymena calved hfr £1060, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £980, calved hfr £950, A and AM Redmond calved hfr £940, J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £940, WJ Thompson, Glenwherry calved cow £900.

29 lots of sucklers sold well to £1420 for an in calf heifer. Ruling prices: J McNeilly, Muckamore Lim in calf hfr £1420, Sim in calf hfr £1420, Lim in calf hfr £1400, John Lavery, Portadown Lim in calf hfr £1360, J McNeilly Lim in calf hfr £1300, W and N Martin, Broughshane Lim in calf hfr £1300, John Lavery, Portadown Lim in calf hfr £1280, J McNeilly Lim in calf hfr £1270, S Heffron, Randalstown BB in calf hfr £1180, D Allen, Moneymore BB hfr and bull calf £1160, Lim hfr and bull calf £1120, J McNeilly Lim in calf hfr £1110, T Weatherup, Carrick Lim hfr and bull calf £1100, J McNeilly Lim in calf hfr £1100, J McNeilly Lim in calf hfr £1100, Lim in calf hfr £1100.

140 lots in the calf ring sold to £480 for a Lim bull (2 month), dropped calves to £365 for a Lim bull (3 weeks), heifer calves to £325 for a Lim (6 weeks). Friesian bull calves to £155.

Bull calves sold to: D McKay, Broughshane Lim £480, BB £445, P Connolly, Armoy BB £375, Thomas Johnston, Glenavy Lim £365, Heather Martin, Newtownards BB £360, P Connolly, Armoy BB £355, BB £335, Heather Martin BB £328, DS Wharry, Glenarm AA £320, Andrew Abraham, Antrim BB £320, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Lim £302, M McAllister, Crumlin (2) Here £285, Thomas Martin BB £285, P Connolly AA £270, Andrew Abraham Here £260.

Heifer calves sold to: A Magill, Carnlough Lim £325, Thomas Martin BB £320, Heather Martin Newtownards (2) BB £320, WA Woodside, Islandmagee BB £320, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Char £315, Thomas Johnston, Glenavy Lim £290, Andrew Abraham, Antrim Here £280, H Mulholland, Glenavy Lim £255, G Orr, Ballywalter Here £255, Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee BB £245, Andrew Abraham Here £245, local producer AA £230, Andrew Abraham Here £220, P Connolly AA £210, Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee BB £205.

Friesian bull calves sold to: B Compton, Glarryford £155, £150, Dean McAllister, Armoy £115, (2) £100, S Wilson, Ballymena £85, SJ and RJ McLean, Straid £80, £80, Dean McAllister £70, £70, Thomas Dunloy, Glenarm £60, £60, AR McFarlane, Holywood £60, W McCullough, Glenarm £58, AR McFarlane £55, RI McLaughlin, Cloughmills £50.

An entry of 400 weanlings in Ballymena on Friday resulted in a terrific trade. Bullock calves sold to £495 over for a Char 410kg at £905 offered by M McCurdy, Broughshane. Heifers sold to £570 over for a Char 390kg at £960 presented by W McCurdy, Broughshane.

Heifers 0-250kgs

W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 250kg £640 (256), J McCormick, Hannahstown Lim 180kg £450 (250), W McCurdy Char 240kg £600 (250), M McCurdy, Broughshane Char 250kg £600 (240), JP Kelly, Newtowncrommelin BB 240kg £525 (218), A Stevenson, Armoy Char 230kg £500 (217), Lim 220kg £460 (209), J McCormick, Lim 230kg £475 (206), T and TN McClintock, Glenwherry (2) Lim 250kg £510 (204), A Stevenson Lim 210kg £425 (202), Mary Semple, Carnlough Lim 240kg £475 (197), JP Kelly, Newtowncrommelin BB 230kg £420 (182).

251-300kgs

W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 260kg £650 (250), P McKay, Armoy Lim 290kg £700 (241), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Char 270kg £620 (229), WJ and RJ Cuthbert, Ballycarry (2) Blonde 300kg £680 (226), David Boyd, Monkstown (2) Char 290kg £650 (224), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 290kg £645 (222), W McCurdy, Char 280kg £620 (221), David Boyd, Monkstown (2) Char 290kg £640 (220), W McCurdy Char 300kg £650 (216), David Boyd (2) Char 290kg £625 (215), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 280kg £600 (214), P McKay, Armoy Char 280kg £595 (212).

301-350kgs

K Minford, Crumlin Lim 310kg £710 (229), WJ and RJ Cuthbert, Ballycarry (3) Blonde 720kg £725 (226), WJ and RJ Cuthbert (2) Blonde 310kg £700 (225), W McCurdy, Char 320kg £700 (218), S McIlhatton, Aughafatten Blonde 330kg £720 (218), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun Char 320kg £690 (215), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 320kg £690 (215), Paul Smyth, Broughshane Lim 330kg £710 (215), RJ McNeill Char 330kg £700 (212), John Buick, Kells Lim 340kg £720 (211), James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 310kg £650 (209), Eileen Hamilton, Moorfields Lim 330kg £690 (209), RJ McNeill, Glenarm BB 310kg £640 (206).

351kg and over:

W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 390kg £960 (246), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun Char 400kg £875 (218), John Buick, Fernisky Lim 400kg £865 (216), K Minford, Tully Lim 360kg £765 (212), George Crothers, Kells Sim 460kg £945 (205), DJ and R White, Broughshane Char 370kg £755 (204), P McKay, Armoy Lim 360kg £730 (202), K Minford Lim 380kg £770 (202), Lim 380kg £765 (201), HV McCambridge, Carnlough Lim 360kg £720 (200), J and R McKeown, Aughafatten Char 360kg £720 (200), M McCurdy, Broughshane Lim 380kg £760 (200), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun Char 360kg £720 (200), Eileen Hamilton, Moorfields Lim 370kg £725 (196), Patrick McSparron Char 360kg £695 (193), S McIlhatton, Aughafatten Blonde 370kg £710 (191).

Bulls/blks sold to 0-250kgs:

A Stevenson, Armoy Char 230kg £665 (289), Will Stevenson Lim 250kg £620 (248), W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 250kg £610 (244), Char 230kg £540 (234), J McCormick, Hannahstown Lim 220kg £500 (227), G Wilson, Glenarm Lim 210kg £465 (221), J McCormick Lim 250kg £535 (214), JP Kelly, Newtowncrommelin (3) BB 250kg £520 (208), W McKee, Larne SHB 210kg £435 (207), G Wilson, Glenarm (2) Char 240kg £480 (200), W McKee SHB 210kg £355 (169), (2) SHB 160kg £255 (159).

251-300kgs

W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 280kg £770 (275), A Stevenson, Armoy BB 260kg £675 (259), George Barr, Larne Sim 260kg £670 (257), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 280kg £700 (250), M Ramsey, Ballyclare Lim 290kg £700 (241), G Wilson, Ballyboley Char 270kg £650 (240), A Stevenson Char 270kg £650 (240), James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 300kg £720 (240), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter (2) Lim 290kg £690 (237), James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 280kg £650 (232), Char 300kg £695 (231), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 290kg £655 (225), George Barr, Larne Sim 290kg £640 (220), T Stewart, Cairncastle St 270kg £590 (218), G Wilson, Char 280kg £610 (217).

301-350kgs

W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 330kg £820 (248), M Ramsey, Ballyclare Lim 330kg £800 (242), W McCurdy Char 310kg £750 (241), SD Anderson, Kilwaugter Lim 310kg £740 (238), W McCurdy Char 310kg £740 (238), G Wilson, Ballyboley Char 310kg £725 (233), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 340kg £790 (2323), Sim 340kg £780 (229), W McCurdy, Broughshane Char 310kg £710 (229), Char 320kg £730 (228), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Char 340kg £770 (226), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter Lim 310kg £700 (225), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter Lim 310kg £700 (225), P McConnell, Ligoniel Char 340kg £760 (223), John Buick, Kells Lim 350kg £780 (222), P McConnell Char 330kg £730 (221).

351kg and over

W McCurdy, Broughshane Lim 360kg £835 (231), David Boyd, Monkstown Char 380kg £880 (231), Char 380kg £865 (227), M McCurdy, Broughshane Lim 410kg £905 (220), James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 370kg £815 (220), DJ and R White, Broughshane Char 360kg £790 (219), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 360kg £790 (219), AS Millar, Antrim Char 370kg £810 (218), Char 400kg £870 (217), T Wray, Carnlough Char 380kg £825 (217), Ian Gibson, Broughshane Char 360kg £780 (216), M Ramsey, Ballyclare Lim 400kg £860 (215), David Boyd, Monkstown Char 400kg £860 (215), Char 410kg £880 (214), Paul Smyth, Moorfields Lim 360kg £770 (213), AS Millar, Antrim Char 390kg £830 (212).

A great entry of breeding sheep in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade. Ewes with lambs sold to £186, springers to £135, store lambs to £60 and pet lambs to £28.

Ewes and lambs:

Wm Bonnar, Broughshane 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £186, local producer 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £186, K Craig, Ballyclare 3 Suff ewes and 5 lambs £180, local farmer 2 Tex ewes and 4 lambs £170, Wm Bonnar, Broughshane 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £170, B Cannon, Antrim 2 Suff ewes and 3 lambs £169, Martin Campbell, Carnlough 2 Suff ewes and 4 lambs £166, J Stewart, Nutts Corner 3 Suff ewes and 6 lambs £164, DM Crawford, Larne 1 Tex ewes 2 lambs £158, local producer 1 Tex ewes and 2 lambs £156, M O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £155, W Mitchell, Kells 1 Suff ewe and 2 lambs £150, 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £150, Kenneth McCrea, Nutts Corner 1 CB ewe and 1 lamb £150, H McCloy, Cullybackey 5 CB ewes and 10 lambs £150, B Cannon, Antrim 7 Suff ewes and 10 lambs £148, N McClure, Ballymoney 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £145, P Scott, Templepatrick 4 Suff ewes and 7 lambs £144, Martin Campbell, Carnlough 2 Suff ewes and 3 lambs £144, H McCloy, Cullybackey 2 Suff ewes and 3 lambs £144, W Mitchell, Kells 2 Suff ewes and 3 lambs £140, N McClure, Ballymoney 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £139, 2 CB ewes and 4 lambs £138, Gareth Hayes, Ballymena 1 Tex ewe and 2 lambs £138, N McClure, 2 Tex ewes and 4 lambs £136.

Springers sold to:

Ian Millar, Ballyclare 1 Tex in lamb ewe £135, M O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin 1 Tex in lamb ewe £114, WH McB Lowry, Comber 9 Suff in lamb ewes £108, S Wilson, Ballymena 7 Tex in lamb ewes £106, WH McB Lowry 7 Tex in lamb ewes £106, James Ross, Crossgar 4 Tex in lamb ewes £105, PJ Boylan, Garvagh 7 Tex in lamb ewes £105, WH McB Lowry 8 CB in lamb ewes £103, S Wilson, Ballymena 8 Tex in lamb ewes £102, WH McB Lowry 8 Suff in lamb ewes £102, 7 Tex in lamb ewes £102, S Wilson, Ballymena 12 Tex in lamb ewes £99, Millar Meats, Ballyclare 7 CB in lamb ewes £99, W Witherow, Coleraine 11 Suff in lamb ewes £98, S Wilson 10 Tex in lamb ewes £96, James Ross, Crossgar 5 Tex in lamb ewes £96, 4 Tex in lamb ewes £95, PJ Boylan, Garvagh 6 Tex in lamb ewe £95.

An entry of 60 store cattle in Ballymena resulted in an improved trade. Bullocks sold to £570 over for a Lim 600kg at £1170 offered by R Wilson, Templepatrick. Heifers sold to £660 over for a Lim 610kg at £1270 presented by B McAllister, Kells.

Bullocks sold to:

M Johnston, Toomebridge Lim 540kg £1100 (203), R Wilson, Templepatrick Lim 510kg £1020 (200), Lim 500kg £995 (199), Lim 550kg £1090 (198), John Gribben, Randalstown Lim 510kg £995 (195), R Wilson Lim 600kg £1170 (195), David H Fleming, Templepatrick Char 550kg £1070 (194), John Blair, Cullybackey Char 550kg £1060 (192), WH Knox, Ballynure Lim 550kg £1055 (191), John Gribben, Lim 460kg £880 (191), R Wilson Lim 510kg £970 (190), John Blair Char 580kg £1100 (189), T Cubitt, Cullybackey Par 510kg £965 (189), David Fleming, Templepatrick Char 580kg £1090 (187), R Wilson Lim 570kg £1070 (187), M Johnston, BB 510kg £950 (186), WH Knox, Ballynure Lim 590kg £1095 (185), John Blair, Char 590kg £1095 (185), David Fleming Char 620kg £1150 (185), R Wilson Lim 510kg £945 (185), Lim 570kg £1050 (184), Char 530kg £975 (184), T Cubitt, Cullybackey Par 490kg £900 (183), John Gribben, Randalstown Lim 540kg £990 (183), R Wilson Lim 530kg £965 (182).

Heifers sold to:

B McAllister, Kells Lim 610kg £1270 (208), J McComb, Aldergrove SH 400kg £830 (207), Lim 460kg £940 (204), RJ McFetridge, Cushendall Char 450kg £900 (200), Char 450kg £890 (197), J McComb Lim 470kg £920 (195), Lim 450kg £880 (195), M Johnston Char 590kg £1150 (194), J McComb Lim 430kg £830 (193), T McKillop, Glenarm Lim 490kg £890 (181), RJ McFetridge, Glenarm Char 530kg £960 (181), M Johnston, Char 500kg £900 (180), B McAllister, Kells Char 610kg £1080 (177), J McComb Char 530kg £895 (168), W Adams, Ballymena Lim 550kg £925 (168), J McComb Char 420kg £685 (163), Andrew Adams, Ballymena BB 550kg £880 (160).

An entry of 1815 sheep in Ballymena resulted in another great trade. Fat hoggets sold to 417p for a pen of 20 Texels 22.5kg at £94 from I Montgomery, Glenwherry. Hoggets sold to a top of £100 for a pen of heavy sheep from N Boyd, Broughshane. Fat ewes to £90.

Fat hoggets (1542)

Top prices per kg:

I Montgomery, Glenwherry 20 Tex 22.5kg £94 (417), Michael Patton, Ballymoney 1 Dor 23kg £95 (413), James Sheppard, Raloo CB 23kg £94 (408), A Smyth, Ballymoney 23 Tex 23kg £93.20 (405), Wm Marshall, Portglenone 2 Suff 19.5kg £79 (405), W Dodds, Glenwherry 1 Tex 21kg £85 (404), I Montgomery, 18 Suff 22kg £88 (400), Ronnie McIlroy, Carrick 18 Tex 22kg £87.80 (399), H Blaney, Ahoghill 5 KH 19kg £74.50 (392), S Gregg, Glarryford 2 Tex 23kg £90 (391), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 17 CB 23kg £90 (391), 1 CB 23kg £90 (391), S Craig, Ballycastle 16 Tex 22kg £86 (390), J Auld, Ballynure 14 Tex 24kg £93.50 (389), H Carson, Dundrod 11 Suff 23kg £89 (387), Sam Agnew, Ballyclare 2 Tex 22.5kg £87 (386), A McIlveen, Kells 4 Dor 24.5kg £94.50 (385), Mrs S White, Cloughmills 22 Tex 20.5kg £79 (385), Wm Rea, Crumlin 2 Tex 20.5kg £79 (385), J McAleece, Moneymore 29 Tex 23.5kg £90.50 (385), P McCrea, Stewartstown 34 Suff 21.5kg £82.50 (383), David Magill, Ballymena 34 Tex 22.5kg £86.20 (383), A Hoey 2 Char 23.5kg £90 (383), Patrick O’Boyle, Glenariffe 12 BF 17kg £65 (382), S Caldwell, Portglenone 8 Suff 22.5kg £86 (382).

Top prices per head:

N Boyd, Broughshane 2 CB 39.5kg £100, James Alexander, Glenarm 1 Tex 32kg £98, AM Fulton, Cullybackey 3 Tex 26kg £96, Wm Steele, Ballyclare 8 Tex 29kg £96, David Alexander, Clough 4 Tex 29.5kg £95, Fred Reid, Cullybackey 10 Tex 25kg £95, S Heffron, Randalstown 3 Tex 28.5kg £95, Joseph Gregg, Glarryford 1 Suff 27kg £95, D Carson, Dundrod 11 Suff 29kg £95, JK Adams, Broughshane 5 Tex 27.5kg £95, N Boyd, Broughshane 26 CB 27kg £95, J Black, Ballycastle 22 Suff 27.5kg £95, Michael Patton, Ballymoney 1 Dor 23kg £95, I McNaugher, Aghadowey 11 Tex 25.5kg £95, 8 Tex 27.5kg £95, J McKinley, Bushmills 22 Suff 29.5kg £95, Robert Boville, Toome 30 Tex 27.5kg £95, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare 24 Char 28kg £95, Wm Marshall, Portglenone 7 Suff 29.5kg £95, T Rea, Larne 44 Tex 25.5kg £94.80, D Boreland, Bushmills 24 Tex 27kg £94.50, A McIlveen, Kells 4 Dor 24.5kg £94.50, J Weatherup, Ballyclare 19 Tex 26kg £94, R and J Wylie, Clough 24 CB 27kg £94, JF Leslie, Ballymoney 34 Cbar 26kg £94.

Fat ewes (273)

1st quality

Suff - £70-£90

Tex - £70-£90

CB - £60-£78

BF - £45-65