An entry of 355 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a steady trade. Beef cows sold to 150p for a Lim 760kg at £1140, Fr cows to 109p for 630kg at £686, beef heifers to 208p for a Lim 530kg at £1102, beef bullocks to 199p for BB 620kg at £1233, Fr bullocks to 136p for 640kg at £870.

Fat cows sold to: JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 760kg £1140 (150), AA 650kg £968 (149), MP McElhinney, Co Londonderry Lim 530kg £763 (144), JC Martin Lim 780kg £1107 (142), Char 640kg £902 (141), Alan Wishart, Ballywalter Lim 760kg £1056 (139), JC Martin Lim 820kg £1131 (138), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Lim 730kg £1007 (138), Kelly Bros, Ballymena Lim 550kg £759 (138), Lim 660kg £877 (133), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 730kg £963 (132), AE Nutt, Lisburn Lim 790kg £1027 (130), Colin Newell, Ballymoney Lim 700kg £903 (129), Timothy Wray Lim 680kg £877 (129), Hugh O’Neill, Glenarm Sim 730kg £941 (129), Owen Miskelly BB 660kg £838 (127), MP McElhinney Sim 660kg £838 (127), J and S Bailey, Ballycastle Lim 660kg £756 (126), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Sim 670kg £844 (126), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne Lim 690kg £869 (126), John Gribben, Randalstown Lim 660kg £831 (126), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Blonde 630kg £787 (125), W and N Martin, Broughshane Lim 700kg £868 (124), Timothy Wray Sim 760kg £942 (124).

Fr cows sold to: A Gaston, Glarryford 630kg £686 (109), James Gaston, Ballinaloob 700kg £763 (109), J Blair, Larne 670kg £710 (106), B Gribben, Dunloy 710kg £745 (105), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 690kg £717 (104), James Stirling, Ballymena 680kg £700 (103), A Gaston, Glarryford 660kg £673 (102), CFG and JC Adams, Dungonnell 740kg £747 (101), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 630kg £630 (100), H Park, Crumlin 690kg £683 (99), Ian Thompson, Templepatrick 730kg £715 (98), Alastair Harkness, Cookstown 780kg £756 (97), Gary McCammond, Larne 610kg £591 (97), C Moody, Bushmills 770kg £746 (97), J Blair, Larne 660kg £640 (97), R and M Kidd, Aughafatten 700kg £672 (96), James Gaston 690kg £662 (96), SH Adams, Cloughmills 770kg £731 (95), MP McEhinney 780kg £741 (95), B Gribben, Dunloy 650kg £617 (95), Desmond McKee, Randalstown 720kg £669 (93), local farmer 660kg £600 (91), 600kg £546 (91), MP McElhinney, Co Londonderry 610kg £555 (91).

Beef heifers sold to: E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 530kg £1102 (208), JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 510kg £1014 (199), E Logan Lim 540kg £1004 (186), W and N Martin, Broughshane Lim 600kg £1080 (180), Michael McCusker, Lim 650kg £1163 (179), H Crawford, Moneyrea Char 640kg £1139 (178), Char 700kg £1218 (174), JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 570kg £991 (174), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 570kg £969 (170), Michael McCusker, Magheramourne Char 620kg £1047 (169), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Char 620kg £1041 (168), Robert Robinson, Ballycarry AA 540kg £907 (168), David Clarke, Downpatrick Here 630kg £1052 (167), JC Martin, Greyabbey Lim 540kg £885 (164), Michael McCusker, Maghera Sim 680kg £1115 (164), JC Martin Lim 570kg £917 (161), S Gilmore, Kilrea Lim 590kg £944 (160), JC Martin Lim 630kg £1008 (160).

Beef bullocks sold to: Mark McGoldrick, Pomeroy (2) BB 620kg £1233 (199), BB 640kg £1267 (198), Robert Linton, Ahoghill Lim 660kg £1306 (198), Mark McGoldrick BB 610kg £1183 (194), James Dougan, Ahoghill Char 660kg £1201 (182), Robert Robinson, Ballycarry AA 620kg £1103 (178), Trevor Mitchell, Ballymoney St 550kg £968 (176), Ivan Wallace, Doagh Lim 570kg £997 (175), Robert Linton, Ballymoney Blonde 690kg £1186 (172), James Dougan, Ahoghill Char 730kg £1241 (170), Ivan Wallace, Doagh Lim 630kg £1071 (170), Trevor Mitchell, Ballymoney Lim 540kg £912 (169), Robert Robinson, Ballycarry AA 610kg £1024 (168), AA 620kg £1041 (168), J Scullion, Toomebridge Char 740kg £1213 (164), Trevor Mitchell, St 500kg £820 (164), WA Weatherup, Comber Sim 540kg £885 (164), J Scullin, Toomebridge Char 720kg £1152 (160), J Logan, Antrim BB 580kg £928 (160), Robert Robinson, Ballycarry AA 600kg £960 (160), Trevor Mitchell Sal 510kg £816 (160), Sal 530kg £848 (160).

Fr bullocks sold to: R and T Skelton, Ballymoney 640kg £870 (136), R & J Park, Ballymena 620kg £837 (135), 560kg £756 (135), 600kg £810 (135), John Carey, Dunloy 600kg £780 (130), R and J Park 490kg £617 (126), Martin McKillop, Loughgiel 610kg £732 (120), John Carey, Dunloy 770kg £924 (120), 570kg £684 (120).

45 dairy cows and heifers met a brighter trade selling to £1630 for a calved heifer from Drogal farm, Aghalee. Ayrshires sold to 1480gns for a second calver from John Hunter, Crumlin.

Ruling prices: Drogal farms, Aghalee calved hfr £1630, W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1580, calved cow £1400, calved hfr £1350, Ivan Jackson, Ballynure calved cow £1350, Drogan farm calved hfr £1300, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved hfr £1300, N McNaugher, Aghadowey calved hfr £1280, Ivan Jackson, Ballynure calved hfr £1280, David Strange, Ballyclare calved hfr £1270, D Blelock, Muckamore calved cow £1230, David McNeilly, Randalstown calved cow £1210, Oswald Nicholl, Randalstown calved cow £1200, David Wallace, Antrim calved hfr £1180, local producer calved cow £1180, David Strange calved hfr £1180, Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough calved cow £1160, George Forsythe, Cloughmills calved hfr £1150, RR Cupples, Rathkenny calved hfr £1130, WJ McBride, Magherafelt calved hfr £1120, Robert McCluggage, Larne calved cow £1110, Ivan Jackson calved hfr £1070.

Ayrshires sold to: John Hunter, Crumlin 1480gns, 1350gns, R Irwin, Portstewart 1250gns, JW Suffern, Crumlin 1190gns, (2) 1150gns, John Hunter 1120gns, R Irwin 1100gns, TJ Gordon, Ballyclare 1050gns, John Hunter 1050gns, 1020gns, R Irwin 1020gns, JW Suffern 1000gns.

47 lots in the suckler ring sold to £300 for a Lim heifer with bull calf. Ruling prices: E Lyttle, Comber Lim hfr and bull calf £1300, AA hfr and bull calf £1280, R Beattie, Ballymena Sal cow and hfr calf £1280, Lim cow and hfr calf £1260, S Wallace, Ballymena Lim in calf hfr £1260, R Beattie SH cow and hfr calf £1220, EJ Beattie Sal cow and bull calf £1220, Liam Devlin, Armoy Char hfr and bull calf £1210, EJ Beattie Blonde cow and hfr calf £1100, R Beattie AA cow and hfr calf £1100, EJ Beattie SH cow and bull calf £1090, AA cow and bull calf £1085, local farmer FKV hfr and bull calf £1040, R Beattie Lim cow and bull calf £1030, Blonde cow and bull calf £1020, Sal in calf hfr £1000.

The annual autumn sale of beef bulls attracted a catalogued entry of 44 lots and a large attendance of buyers.

Ruling prices: JH McArthur, Limavady Char 2120gns, A Mitchell, Donacloney AA 2100gns, Moses Irwin, Fintona AA 2050gns, Robert Shaw, Randalstown Here 2050gns, Matthews Bros, Glenarm Lim 2050gns, R Savage, Co Londonderry Lim 1850gns, David Thompson, Ahoghill Sim 1820gns, J Gallagher, Newtownstewart Char 1700gns, R Savage Lim 1650gns, WJ Kissock, Ballymena AA 1600gns, Ian Barr, Kells Lim 1500gns, Simon Moore, Aldergrove Lim 1450gns, Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 1450gns, David Thompson, Ahoghill Sim 1450gns, W McVey, Carnlough Char 1420gns, JD Rainey, Coleraine Lim 1400gns, David Thompson, Ahoghill Sim 1400gns.

200 dropped calves again saold in a slightly brighter trade with Lim bull calves topping at £455 each. BB heifer calves to £330 each and young Fr bull calves to £160 each.

Highest prices for young bull calves were: Nigel McMaster, Ballynure Lim £455, A Cairns, Aghalee Here £360, WA Woodside, Islandmagee BB £360, B Mawhinney, Doagh Char £345, WA Woodside BB £345, B Mawhinney Here £322, BB £320, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £310, J Walker, Randalstown Here £305, J Buchanan, Strabane Here £305, WJ and FC Patterson AA £300, B Mawhinney Here £300, Here £295, WG Johnston, Ligoniel Lim £295, B O’Kane, Maghera Lim £280, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Sim £280.

Young heifer calves sold to: WA Woodside, Islandmagee BB £330, James Alexander, Glenarm Lim £310, David McClintock, Moorfields Lim £300, J Drummond, Bangor Here £300, Mrs Olive Bell, Dundrod Lim £298, Brian Mawhinney, Doagh BB £290, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare Lim £290, local producer Lim £285, WG Johnston, Ligoniel Here £272, Hugh Hall (2) AA £270, (2) Lim £270, WJ and JC Patterson AA £265, B O’Kane AA £255, James Buchanan, Strabane Here £248.

Young Friesian bull calves sold to: S Bell, Dundrod £160, J Walker, Randalstown £140, GA & CR Crawford, Cloughmills £130, J and J Huey, Armoy £125, John Graham, Glenwherry £108, Alex Magee, Larne (2) £105, A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter £105, GA & CR Crawford, £100, J King, Ballymena (2) £90, J and D Watt, Ballymoney £85, R Morrow, Glenarm £78, S Bell £70.

An entry of 240 weanlings resulted in a sharp trade. Bullocks sold to £520 over for a Lim 320kg at £840 offered by T McCallion, Ballymena. Heifers sold to £505 over for a Blue 340kg at £845 presented by D Barker, Stoneyford.

Heifers 0-250kgs: Sandra Hunter, Bushmills Char 150kg £380 (253), J McKay, Carnlough (2) Sim 250kg £630 (252), John Reid, Carnlough Char 240kg £600 (250), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter Sim 200kg £500 (250), Cleggan Estate, Ballymena Char 200kg £490 (245), Victor Erskine, Ballyclare Lim 230kg £535 (232), Michael McAuley, Newtowncrommelin Lim 160kg £370 (231), Cleggan Lodge Char 250kg £575 (230), R Topping, Kilwaughter Sal 190kg £435 (229), Ian McClelland, Ballymoney Par 200kg £445 (222), J Dickson, Armoy Lim 250kg £540 (216), Wm Smyth, Ballymena Lim 210kg £450 (214), Ed Stirling, Sim 220kg £470 (213), J McKay, Ballymena Sim 240kg £500 (208), J McFerran, Glarryford AA 250kg £515 (206).

251-300kgs: K Magorrian, Downpatrick Char 260kg £670 (257), T McCallion Lim 260kg £660 (253), K Magorrian Char 280kg £670 (239), Sandra Hunter, Bushmills Char 280kg £650 (232), J Morrison, Ballymoney Lim 260kg £600 (230), Robert Wilson, Belfast Ir 260kg £600 (230), D Barker, Stoneyford Lim 280kg £630 (225), R Alexander, Broughshane Char 300kg £675 (225), C Bell, Belfast Char 300kg £660 (220), D Barker Lim 270kg £580 (214), C Bell, Char 300kg £625 (208), T Wray, Carnlough Char 280kg £580 (207), Char 260kg £530 (203), Drew Clements, Kilwaughter Lim 290kg £590 (203), J Morrison, Ballymoney Lim 280kg £560 (200), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 300kg £590 (196).

301-350kgs: John Reid, Carnlough Char 310kg £800 (258), D Barker, Stoneyford BB 340kg £845 (248), J Morrison, Ballymoney Char 330kg £770 (233), D Barker BB 350kg £750 (214), R Alexander, Broughshane Char 310kg £650 (209), J Morrison Lim 320kg £660 (206), Char 350kg £690 (197), Drew Clements, Kilwaughter Lim 320kg £625 (195), J Kyle, Portglenone Here 310kg £600 (193), R Montgomery, Parkgate AA 350kg £655 (187), J Morrison BB 310kg £560 (180), Andrew Bellingham, Ballymoney Lim 310kg £555 (179), C Christie, Ballymoney BB 350kg £575 (164).

351kg and over: TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 400kg £760 (190), Lim 470kg £875 (186), Lim 390kg £715 (183), Robert Montgomery, Parkgate AA 410kg £740 (180), F Curragh, Donaghadee AA 520kg £930 (178), RF Dawson, Stoneyford Lim 440kg £780 (177), Blonde 360kg £620 (172).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 240kg £695 (289), Michael McAuley, Newtowncrommelin Lim 160kg £440 (275), T Wray, Carnlough Lim 240kg £660 (275), C Bell, Belfast Char 250kg £685 (174), Char 240kg £655 (272), E Stirling, Kilwaughter Sim 180kg £490 (272), John Reid, Carnlough Char 250kg £670 (268), T Wray, Carnlough Char 250kg £670 (268), J McKay, Ballymena Sim 220kg £555 (252), Wm Smyth, Ballymena Lim 220kg £530 (240), Lim 250kg £590 (236), R Dawson, Stoneyford Lim 230kg £540 (234), R Topping, Kilwaughter Sal 180kg £405 (225), Patrick McAuley, Glenariffe Lim 240kg £540 (225), D O’Loan Sim 230kg £515 (223), Sim 220kg £490 (222).

251-300kgs: J Morrison, Ballymoney (2) Lim 290kg £740 (255), C Bell, Belfast Char 260kg £660 (253), D Barker, Stoneyford BB 280kg £685 (244), J Morrison Lim 290kg £6902 (237), D McCallion Lim 300kg £710 (236), D O’Loan Sim 270kg £635 (235), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 260kg £595 (228), R Alexander, Broughshane Char 290kg £660 (227), S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 290kg £630 (217), T McCallion Lim 300kg £650 (216), Victor Erskine, Ballyclare Lim 280kg £600 (214), J Dickson, Armoy Lim 280kg £580 (207), J McKay, Cushendun Lim 290kg £600 (206), Drew Clements, Kilwaughter Lim 290kg £590 (203), R Topping, Islandmagee Here 260kg £525 (201).

301-350kgs: T McCallion Lim 320kg £840 (262), Lim 320kg £830 (259), J Murray, Aghalee Lim 340kg £850 (250), J Morrison Lim 320kg £780 (243), Colin Newell, Ballymoney Char 340kg £815 (239), J Murray, Aghalee Lim 350kg £835 (238), Sim 350kg £785 (224), N Donaghy, Char 330kg £740 (224), J Kyle, Portglenone Here 340kg £760 (223), J Murray Lim 340kg £760 (223), C Bell, Belfast Char 310kg £685 (221), D Barker, Stoneyford BB 330kg £720 (218), N Donaghy Sim 350kg £760 (217), C Bell, Belfast Char 310kg £665 (214), John Healey, Belfast Lim 320kg £675 (210), J Dickson, Armoy Lim 340kg £710 (208).

351kgs and over: J Murray, Aghalee Sim 380kg £850 (223), J Morrison, Ballymoney Char 360kg £800 (222), Lim 400kg £870 (217), J Murray Sim 370kg £800 (216), Blackburn Bros, Lim 400kg £860 (215), C Bell, Belfast Char 360kg £750 (208), Blackburn Bros Char 420kg £865 (206), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 420kg £855 (203), Sandra Hunter, Bushmills Char 440kg £895 (203), Drew Clements, Kilwaughter Lim 380kg £770 (202), Blackburn Bros Lim 470kg £935 (198), Robert Wilson, Belfast Sal 360kg £710 (197), D Barker Lim 420kg £805 (191), Mrs F Curragh, Donaghadee AA 370kg £700 (189), AA 370kg £690 (186), N Donaghy, Lissan sim 370kg £680 (183).

Ballymena livestock mart held their annual Christmas beef show and sale on Monday 30th November 2015. A total of 70 cattle were forward for sale and swiftly cleared in an extremely good trade considering the current price of beef.

Mr William Livesey, Leicester, England judged all the beef cattle in a very capable fashion and awarded Butchers best to a Blonde heifer belonging to Martin Johnston, Toomebridge. This was the second year in a row Martin won this award. Supreme champion was awarded to Paul Faulkner, Ringsend for a Lim heifer and Reserve supreme champion was awarded to Louise Conn, Limavady for a Lim heifer, also YFC champion. Robert Workman, Kilwaughter received champion Char, Ian McCaughern, Rasharkin champion Bel Blue. Crawford Wilson, Islandmagee won champion Blonde and champion any other breed. Martin Johnston won champion native breed. After the judging of cattle was completed, Laura Ervine, Newtownabbey judged the young handlers and awarded the Matchett family Perpetual cup to Victoria Workman, Kilwaughter who was awarded the overall champion after winning to 13 year old and younger class. Kelly O’Kane, Carnlough was second and Shannon O’Kane third. In the 14-16 year old class Jack O’Bryan, Newtownards won first and Hazel Nicholson, Newtownabbey second.

Prices and placings for beef heifers: P Faulkner, Ringsend Lim (supreme champ) £2000, M Johnston, Toomebridge (butchers best) Blonde £2000, O Loughran, Cookstown Lim 740kg £1591, I McCaughern, Rasharkin (reserve champ breed) SH 550kg £1540, L Conn, Limavady (res supreme champ and first YFC) Lim £1500, Crawford Wilson, Islandmagee (champion Blonde) Blonde 640kg £1472, Sidney Rea, Straid (third Lim) Lim 630kg £1436, Char (third Char) 690kg £1435, C Collier, Dundrod Char 690kg £1421, Laura Ervine, Newtownabbey Lim 580kg £1392, Crawford Wilson, Islandmagee Lim 600kg £1380, Reps R Workman, Larne (res champ Blonde) Blonde 620kg £1376, Robert Workman (champ Char) Char 640kg £1376, M Johnston, Toomebridge Lim 700kg £1365, I McCaughern, Rasharkin (champ Bel Blue) BB 540kg £1360, G Corrie, Newtownards Spk 600kg £1350, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown (third Lim) Lim 630kg £1335, B Johnston, Toomebridge BB 640kg £1331, Robin Nicholson BB 580kg £1305, Lim 560kg £1299, J Jenkins, Ballyclare Lim 640kg £1292, G Corrie, Lim 620kg £1289, Robin Nicholson Char 580kg £1252, A and D McAfee, Busmills (reserve champ) Char 570kg £1242, G Corrie Lim 560kg £1220.

Prices and placings for beef bullocks were: O Loughran, Cookstown Char 720kg £1512, W Herdman, Dromore (second Lim) Lim 610kg £1329, Crawford Wilson, Islandmagee (champ any other breed) Sim 620kg £1314, Henry McGrath, Katesbridge Char 610kg £1293, M Johnston, Toomebridge (second Bel Blue) BB 620kg £1289, J Neill, Crossgar BB 610kg £1250, Laura Ervine, Newtownabbey (third Lim) Lim 540kg £1161, H O’Kane, Carnlough (1st Char) Lim 550kg £1144, R Powell, Keady Lim 520kg £1133, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown Lim 450kg £909, John Stewart, Portglenone BB 490kg £1030.

An entry of 38 pairs of fat lambs were presented for a show and sale at the annual Christmas Fatstock event at Ballymena mart. Nigel Logan of Hillstown farm shop had the difficult job of judging the sheep this year finding his champion pair with the first prize Texels from William McAllister, Kells. Weighing 22.5kg, later selling for £200 each Nigel backed his judging purchasing these lambs for his own shop. Reserve champion also went to William McAllister for the first prize Charollais weighing 24kg selling to Terence Doherty on behalf of Doherty & Gray. 1st prize Suff was awarded to E and J Gould, Ringsend, 23.5kg at £85 to Jacksons butchers, Ballynure. First prize Dorsets to W and K Carson, Ballymena, 21kg at £80 to Steven McGookin on behalf of Jenkins butchers, Ballyclare. First prize Beltex William McAllister 23kg at £100 to McMasters butchers, Whitehead. 1st prize Mules Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter 25kg at £70, first prize BF Sam Adams, Broughshane 28kg at £80 to McKees Maghera. Many thanks to judge Nigel Logan, Hillstown farm shop, all sponsors, respective breed societies, URBA, Fane Valley stores, Jacksons butchers, Ballynure for sponsoring championship prizes and all butchers who purchased the lambs: Jacksons butchers, McKees meats Maghera, Jenkins, Ballyclare, Hillstown farm shop, Doherty and Gray, McMasters Whitehead and Ian Millar Ballyclare.

Ruling prices: B McAllister, Kells (first and champ) 2 Tex 22.5kg £200, Ian McCaughern, Rasharkin (second ) 2 Bel 22kg £130, B McAllister (first and res) 2 Char 24kg £120, Ian McCaughern 2 Bel 19.5kg £100, B McAllister (first) 2 Bel 23kg £100, P Woodside, Carrick 2 Tex 26.5kg £90, (third) 2 Tex 25kg £85, 2 Tex 27kg £85, E and J Gould, Ringsend (first) 2 Suff 23.5kg £85, B McAllister 2 Suff 23kg £85, P Brolly, Claudy 2 Bel 21.5kg £82, P Woodside (second) 2 Tex 21.5kg £80, P Woodside 2 Tex 26.5kg £80, S and W Carson (first) 2 Dor 21kg £80, Graeme Martin, Broughshane 2 Char 27kg £80, E and J Gould (second) 2 Char 23.5kg £80, TA Fenton, Rasharkin (third) 2 Char 24kg £80, Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter 2 Char 28kg £80, S Adams, Broughshane (first) 2 BF 28kg £80.

A smaller entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade. Store lambs sold to £66.50, leading prices as follows: DM Crawford, Larne 4 Tex £66.50, Wm McBurney, Moorfields 4 Tex £64, J Kerr, Coleraine 34 Tex £62, Alan Forsythe, Carrick 49 Tex £59.50, K Kidd, Broughshane 34 Tex £59, AM O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin 13 Tex £59,W Wright, Antrim 12 Tex £58, Paul Butler, Rathkenny 27 Tex £56, 17 Suff £56, Roy Hunter, Broughshane 7 Tex £56, J Lynd, Ballyclare 4 Suff £56, S Bonnar, Broughshane 17 Cv £55, G Gillan, Glenarm 18 CB £54, W Wright, Antrim 7 Tex £54, Freemanstown farms, Templepatrick 22 Tex £51, Howard McNabney, Clough 26 CB £51, local producer 12 KH £50, Roy Hunter, Broughshane 8 Tex £50.

A small sale of cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £520 over for an AA 600kg at £1120 from James O’Neill, Portglenone. Heifers sold to £425 over for an AA 500kg at £925 offered by F and R Auld, Newtownabbey.

Bulls/blks 401-500kgs: F and R Auld, Newtownabbey AA 450kg £900 (200), AA 470kg £900 (191), Robert Irvine, Carrick Sim 440kg £800 (181), A McAteer, Portgleonone Char 490kg £860 (175), JS Johnson, Clough Lim 440kg £755 (171), D and S Fulton, Randalstown Here 430kg £735 (170), Here 450kg £745 (165), Gary McFarland, Templepatrick Sim 500kg £825 (165), JS Johnston Lim 480kg £745 (155), B and A O’Kane, Martinstown Fr 470kg £520 (110).

501kg and over: JS O’Neill, Portglenone AA 600kg £1120 (186), G McMaster, Broughshane Char 590kg £1100 (186), Char 590kg £1090 (184), Char 560kg £1030 (183), JS O’Neill, Char 540kg £990 (183), G McMaster Char 580kg £1060 (182), Char 600kg £1090 (181), JS O’Neill (2) Lim 600kg £1070 (178), Hall Kennedy, Monkstown Lim 680kg £1195 (175), Gary McFarland, Templepatrick Sim 550kg £950 (172), J and R Roundtree, Templepatrick Char 610kg £1020 (167), Char 670kg £1040 (155).

Heifers 301-400kgs: R Irvine, Carrick Char 380kg £610 (160), IB and HJ Marsden, Islandmagee Blonde 340kg £500 (147), WJ Kissack, Ballymena AA 400kg £535 (133).

401-500kgs: F and R Auld, Newtownabbey AA 500kg £925 (185), J and G Hamilton, Broughshane AA 500kg £865 (173), IB and H J Marsden, Islandmagee Blonde 430kg £740 (172), Blonde 420kg £710 (169), Blonde 450kg £750 (166), Blonde 480kg £795 (165), Blonde 490kg £805 (164), Blonde 500kg £820 (164), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel AA 450kg £735 (163), WJ Kissack, Ballymena AA 460kg £735 (159), IB and HJ Marsden Blonde 410kg £655 (159), Robert Irvine, Carrick Char 470kg £750 (159), Gary McFarland, Templepatrick Sim 490kg £780 (159), Robert Irvine Blonde 420kg £655 (156), IB and HJ Marsden Blonde 460kg £715 (155), J and G Hamilton, Broughshane AA 480kg £740 154).

501kg and over: J and G Hamilton, Broughshane AA 540kg £945 (175), A McAteer, Portglenone Char 540kg £840 (155), Robert Irvine, Carricck Char 550kg £840 (152), IB and HJ Marsden, Islandmagee AA 510kg £700 (137).

An entry of 1864 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 332p per kg for a pen of three Texels 23kg at £76.50 offered by K and L Beacom, Ballywalter and to a top per head of £80 for a 36kg Tex from the same seller. Fat ewes sold to £91.

Fat lambs (1802): Top prices per kg: K and L Beacom, Ballywalter 3 Tex 23kg £76.50 (332), Alan McNair, Ballyclare 3 Tex 16kg £50 (312), John McFall, Broughshane 5 Tex 23kg £70.50 (306), S and B Jamieson, Ballycastle 8 Tex 17kg £52 (305), Rodney McCann, Ballynure 70 Tex 23kg £70.20 (305), D Mills, Glenarm 3 CB 24kg £73 (304), JA Morrow, Glenarm 16 Tex 21.5kg £65 (302), J Ellis, Ballymena 8 Lleyn 21.5kg £65 (302), George Crothers, Kells 25 Tex 22.5kg £68 (302), B Alexander, Glarryford 7 Tex 23kg £69 (300), Darren Beggs, Ballyclare 7 Tex 24.5kg £73.50 (300), R Boyle, Larne 11 Tex 24kg £72 (300), Alan McNair, Ballyclare 16 Tex 21kg £63 (300), R Davison, Broughshane 34 Tex 21kg £63 (300), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne 55 Tex 24kg £71.50 (297), J Hamilton, Ballymena 24 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), James Allen, Broughshane 11 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), J Lennox, Kilrea 8 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), W Holland, Doagh 8 Tex 23kg £68.50 (297), HV McCambridge, Carnlough 61 Suff 23kg £68.50 (297), W Craig, Larne 8 Tex 22.5kg £67 (297), local farmer 18 Tex 19.5kg £58 (297), S Wilson, Ballymena 19 Suff 23.5kg £69.50 (295), Martin McCormick, Carnlough 7 Char 23kg £68 (295), L Weatherup, Ballyclare 20 Tex 23kg £68 (295).

Top prices per head: K and L Beacom, Ballywalter 1 Tex 36kg £80, J Boyd, Doagh 1 Tex 33kg £77, K and L Beacom 3 Tex 23kg £76.50, Lucy Calderwood, Dunloy 7 Tex 28.5kg £75.50, Robert Gault, Ballyclare 10 Suff 29kg £75, Lucy Calderwood 18 Tex 27.5kg £74.20, K McAuley, Broughshane 30 Tex 26kg £74, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 60 Suff 27kg £73.80, Darren Beggs, Ballyclare 7 Tex 24.5kg £73.50, WJ McWhirter, Cullybackey 11 Suff 27kg £73, Kim Harley, Lisburn 4 Suff 27kg £73, D Mills, Glenarm 3 CB 24kg £73, R Simpson, Broughshane 6 Tex 25kg £72.50, Thomas Madden, Carnlough 6 Dor 27.5kg £72.50, James Lamont, Ahoghill 29 Mule 27kg £72, E Gillan, Deerfin 40 Tex 25.5kg £72, Raymond Moore, Broughshane 22 CB 27kg £72, W Jamieson, Ballymoney 23 Tex 25kg £72, G and B Taylor, Ballymoney 36 Suff 27kg £72, R Boyle, Larne 11 Tex 24kg £72, L and J Armstrong, Broughshane 29 Mule 27.5kg £71.50, Richard Cowan, Magheramourne 55 Tex 24kg £71.50, Tony Greer, Cullybackey 12 Suff 25.5kg £71.50, Wm Adams, Ballymena 7 Blu 28kg £71.50, W McQuigg, Aghadowey 20 Suff 25.5kg £71.20.

Fat ewes (62)

1st quality

Tex - £70-£91

Suff -£60-£80

CB - £40-£62

BF - £35-£49