A great entry of 440 cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in a steady trade.

Beef bullocks sold to 201p 640kg at £1286, beef heifers to 210p 520kg at £1092, beef cows to 180p, 740kg at £1332. Fr cows to 119p, 640kg at £761, fat bulls to 134p, 790kg at £1058 and Fr bullocks 145p, 600kg at £870.

Beef bullocks sold to: CB Wilkinson, Randalstown AA 640kg £1286 (201), J White, Antrim Lim 670kg £1340 (200), Char 740kg £1480 (200), CB Wilkinson, Randalstown AA 620kg £1233 (199), J White, Antrim (2) Lim 640kg £1273 (199), WJ Simpson, Killyleagh, Lim 660kg £1313 (199), Lim 670kg £1313 (196), G McWilliams, Gracehill Lim 630kg £1234 (196), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 590kg £1150 (195), local farmer Lim 680kg £1312 (193), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 500kg £955 (191), local farmer Char 710kg £1349 (190), P Higgins, Martinstown Char 680kg £1292 (190), local farmer Char 620kg £1178 (190), CB Wilkinson, Randalstown AA 640kg £1216 (190), JM Morrison & Sons, Armoy BB 650kg £1228 (189), WJ Simpson Lim 680kg £1278 (188), local farmer Char 660kg £1240 (188), 680kg £1271 (187), J Rainey, Kilrea Lim 720kg £1339 (186), James Dougan, Ahoghill Char 670kg £1239 (185), P Higgins, Martinstown Char 700kg £1288 (184), WJ Simpson Lim 610kg £1122 (184).

Beef heifers sold to: Patrick McWilliams, Moneyglass Char 520kg £1092 (210), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 610kg £1281 (210), Lim 590kg £1215 (206), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 580kg £1142 (197), W McClenaghan, Limavady BB 580kg £1125 (194), Jennifer McCurdy, Bushmills Lim 620kg £1184 (191), B & R Spence, Crumlin Lim 580kg £1102 (190), Oliver Duffin, Cargan AA 630kg £1197 (190), Patrick McWilliams Char 530kg £996 (188), Char 540kg £999 (185), A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 620kg £1140 (184), Mrs Hazel McConkey, Antrim Lim 560kg £1030 (184), Patrick McWilliams Char 550kg £1006 (183), Lim 530kg £964 (182), Coleraine producer Lim 680kg £1237 (182), W McClenaghan, Limavady Char 590kg £1062 (180), Coleraine producer Blonde 680kg £1217 (179), JM Morrison & Sons, Armoy BB 570kg £1008 (177), Jennifer McCurdy, Bushmills Lim 620kg £1097 (177), W McClenaghan, Limavady Char 510kg £897 (176), John Crawford, Gracehill Lim 440kg £774 (176), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 490kg £857 (175), B Paisley, Ballynure BB 500kg £870 (174), Robert McIlveen Char 530kg £922 (174).

Fr bullocks sold to: John Carey, Dunloy 600kg £870 (145), GA & I Sheppard, Magheramourne 590kg £831 (141), John Carey 650kg £884 (136), GA & I Sheppard 600kg £810 (135), W McConnell, Ballyclare 620kg £837 (135), R Waide, Cloughmills 600kg £792 (132), Raymond Walsh, Toomebridge 760kg £995 (131), E Hall, Ballyclare 570kg £746 (131), James Currie, Larne 510kg £663 (130), E Hall 540kg £702 (130), 660kg £858 (130), John Carey, Dunloy 670kg £857 (128), GA & I Sheppard 630kg £800 (127), J Hutchinson, Ballyclare 600kg £762 (127), 580kg £730 (126), GA & I Sheppard 480kg £590 (123), J Hutchinson 630kg £774 (123), C McKenna, Swatragh 480kg £585 (122), Raymond Walsh 740kg £902 (122), Mervyn Smyth, Cloughmills 740kg £902 (122), R Waide, Cloughmills 590kg £708 (120), John Carey 650kg £780 (120), Raymond Walsh 750kg £900 (120), James Currie 430kg £516 (120).

Beef cows sold to: H Crawford, Moneyrea BB 740kg £1332 (180), BB 830kg £1435 (173), Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 700kg £1197 (171), S Huey, Armoy Lim 560kg £935 (167), Gladys Johnston, Stewartstown Lim 550kg £913 (166), S Huey Char 560kg £924 (165), Patrick McWilliams, Moneyglass AA 520kg £800 (154), Char 730kg £1124 (154), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch BB 570kg £877 (154), Robert Clyde, Templepatrick Lim 720kg £1094 (152), Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Lim 620kg £930 (150), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch Lim 680kg £1006 (148), James Black, Ballycastle Lim 660kg £976 (148), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 590kg £873 (148), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch BB 580kg £846 (146), M Henning, Jerrettspass Lim 810kg £1174 (145), H Crawford, Moneyrea Lim 760kg £1102 (145), James McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 700kg £1008 (144), Owen Miskelly Lim 620kg £886 (143), Jean Craig, Larne Lim 750kg £1072 (143), J & R McKeown, Aughafatten Sim 590kg £837 (142), Adrian Marks, Portglenone Lim 640kg £902 (141), Patrick McWilliams, Moneyglass Char 850kg £1190 (140), Robert McIlveen, Connor Char 990kg £1386 (140).

Fr cows sold to: TG Brown, Knockloughrim 640kg £761 (119), G Connon, Aldergrove 730kg £846 (116), R & J Wylie, Clough 710kg £795 (112), R Waide, Cloughmills 700kg £784 (112), 670kg £750 (112), D & A Sampson, Castledawson 640kg £710 (111), IB & J Marsden, Islandmagee 690kg £765 (111), D McNeill, Rathkenny 720kg £792 (110), IB & J Marsden 720kg £792 (110), S Wallace, Ballymena 770kg £839 (109), D McNeill, Rathkenny 730kg £788 (108), S McNaughton, Loughgiel 720kg £777 (108), D McNeill, Rathkenny 620kg £663 (107), James Chestnutt, Portrush 640kg £684 (107), RA McKelvey, Strabane 660kg £706 (107), Joseph Adams, Ballymena 770kg £808 (105), D McNeill, Rathkenny 570kg £598 (105), S Wilson, Ballymena 780kg £819 (105), James Chestnutt 740kg £777 (105), IB & J Marsden 720kg £748 (104), 760kg £790 (104), James Chestnutt 530kg £545 (103), IB & J Marsden 640kg £659 (103), RA McKelvey, Strabane 710kg £731 (103).

Fat bulls sold to: S Wallace, Ballymena Lim 790kg £1058 (134), W McConnell, Ballyclare Lim 890kg £1130 (127), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 980kg £1215 (124), N & S Wilson, Rathkenny Char 1040kg £1279 (123), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 1010kg £1151 (114), Wilbert Mills, Glenarm Char 1170kg £1333 (114), Jennifer McCurdy, Bushmills Sal 950kg £1083 (114), W & D McClure, Dundrod Char 1120kg £1276 (114), James McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 740kg £836 (113), Ian Hunter, Straid Sal 980kg £1087 (111), A Reid, Glenarm Fr 800kg £880 (110), S McAllister, Glenarm Lim 870kg £922 (106), A Lamont, Portglenone AA 500kg £530 (106), A & W McIlwaine, Ballyclare Hol 940kg £968 (103), R Waide, Cloughmills Fr 540kg £540 (100), IW & AT McCaughey, Broughshande Fr 1000kg £1000 (100).

A small entry of dairy stock on Friday, 7th August sold to £1160 for a calved heifer from David A Strange, Ballyclare. Ruling prices: David A Strange, Ballyclare calved hfr £1160, calved hfr £1060, E Buchanan, Castlederg calved hfr £980, Bryan Gardiner, Ballymena calved cow £940, D McLaughlin, Portglenone calved hfr £920, E Buchanan calved hfr £900.

60 lots in the suckler ring sold to £1920 for a Lim cow with Char bull calf at foot. Springing heifers to £1390.

Ruling prices: Carrigeen farms, Templepatrick Lim cow & bull calf £1920, Mrs E Kerridge, Parkgate Here cow & bull calf £1900, P & E McElwood, Crossgar AA cow & bull calf £1800, Carrigeen farms Char cow & bull calf £1680, J McErlean, Portglenone Lim cow & bull calf £1610, P & E McElwood Blonde cow & bull calf £1600, Carrigeen farms Lim cow & bull calf £1410, Vincent Connon, Aldergrove BB in calf hfr £1390, S Wallace, Ballymena Lim hfr & bull calf £1380, Vincent Connon Lim in calf hfr £1370, S Wallace Lim hfr & bull calf £1350, Vincent Connon Lim in calf hfr £1310, S Wallace AA hfr & hfr calf £1310, RA & RAJ McDowell, Gleno Lim in calf hfr £1300, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim cow & hfr calf £1300, D Allen, Moneymore Lim cow & hfr calf £1300, Vincent Connon Lim in calf hfr £1280, J Armstrong, Broughshane BB hfr & bull calf £1250, Colin Harper, Crumlin Lim cow & hfr calf £1240, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Blonde hfr & bull calf £1240, Vincent Connon Lim in calf hfr £1240, J McErlean, Portglenone AA cow & hfr calf £1220, Brian Stirling, Ballymena Lim hfr & hfr calf £1220, RAJ & McDowell, Gleno Lim in calf hfr £1200, Vincent Connon Char in calf hfr £1200, Lim in calf hfr £1200.

Another very sharp trade for 255 dropped calves saw £490 paid for a Here bull, £450 for a Sim heifer and strong Fr bulls sold to £340 each.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: Desmond Minford, Crumlin Here £490, B Alexander, Ahoghill BB £475, George Crothers, Kells Sim £435, WJ & FC Patterson, Broughshane AA £405, GL Porter, Crumlin Sim £400, WJ & FC Patterson AA £390, James Gaston, Ballinaloob AA £380, H Mulvenna, Glenarm Lim £370, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £365, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £350, J Ferguson, Coagh Here £350, D Huey, Armoy Here £345.

Heifer calves sold to: George Crothers, Kells Sim £450, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £425, Denis Minford, Crumlin Here £390, Norman McBurney, Moorfields AA £380, D Huey, Armoy Here £365, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £355, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £355, D Huey, Armoy Here £350, GL Porter, Crumlin Sim £350, WJ & JC Patterson, Broughshane AA £345, D & A Sampson, Castledawson Here £335, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £335, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £330, HM McCracken, Greyabbey Here £320, N McClure, Ballymoney AA £315, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £310, Ian Millar, Ballymena Here £310, G Ferguson, Stewartstown Lim £310, G Black, Ballycastle BB £305, Wm Warwick, Moorfields BB £300.

Fr bull calves sold to: DH Jackson, Bangor (2) (strong) £340, £290, local farmer £285, RJ White, Liscolman £278, DH Jackson, Bangor £250, RJ White £250, Leslie Wilson, Doagh £250, RJ White £245, S Pinkerton, Nutts Corner £235, A & E Cochrane, Bushmills (2) £230, RJ White, Liscolman (2) £225, Joe Maybin, Kells (young) £195, local farmer £195, Mervyn Smyth, Cloughmills £195, S Pinkerton £190, RJ White £180, A & E Cochrane, Bushmills £175.

An entry of 250 weanlings resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £485 over for a Blue 360kg at £845 offered by A Warwick, Templepatrick. Heifers sold to £580 over for a Lim 400kg at £980 presented by Wm Jones, Templepatrick.

Heifers 0-250kgs: R McKinless, Coagh Lim 250kg £565 (226), Ian Hunter, Straid Sal 230kg £515 (223), JJ Mawhinney, Kells Blonde 230kg £510 (221), Hugh McNeill, Ballygally (3) AA 230kg £490 (213), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 250kg £525 (210), JJ Mawhinney Blonde 200kg £405 (202), Hugh McNeill, Char 210kg £420 (200), AA 200kg £385 (192), G Ferguson, Stewartstown Lim 220kg £380 (172).

251-300kgs: Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 280kg £655 (233), A & D McAfee, Bushmills Char 280kg £650 (232), David Carlisle, Templepatrick (2) Char 290kg £630 (217), Robert Carlisle, Templepatrick Char 290kg £630 (217), James A Ross, Islandmagee Lim 290kg £620 (213), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Blonde 260kg £545 (209), James A Ross Lim 280kg £580 (207), Lim 290kg £595 (205), Lim 260kg £520 (200).

301-350kgs: A Warwick, Templepatrick Lim 350kg £850 (242), D Matthews, Ballycastle Lim 310kg £700 (225), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 330kg £740 (224), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 350kg £770 (220), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 320kg £680 (212), J & M Millar, Rasharkin Lim 320kg £680 (212), Lim 350kg £725 (207), Lim 330kg £680 (206), Robert Workman Char 340kg £700 (205), R McKinless, Coagh Char 340kg £700 (205), A Smyth, Moorfields Here 330kg £670 (203), James A Ross, Islandmagee Lim 350kg £710 (202), George Crothers, Kells Char 350kg £700 (200).

351kg and over: Wm Jones Snr, Templepatrick Lim 400kg £980 (245), P McConnell, Ligoniel Lim 360kg £870 (241), GM Graham, Bellaghy Char 360kg £805 (223), Char 390kg £870 (223), Char 380kg £820 (215), Char 400kg £855 (213), P McConnell Lim 410kg £870 (212), GN Graham Char 420kg £800 (190), David Carlisle, Templepatrick (2) Char 360kg £685 (190), RB & WR Moore, Larne Lim 440kg £835 (189), Wm Jones Snr, AA 370kg £700 (189), J & M Millar, Rasharkin Lim 370kg £700 (189).

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs: A & D McAfee, Bushmills Lim 220kg £625 (284), L Hamill, Templepatrick AA 220kg £525 (238), Hugh McNeill, Ballygally (3) AA 250kg £595 (238), Mrs C Annett, Hillsborough (2) AA 250kg £585 (234).

251-300kg: James A Ross, Islandmagee Lim 270kg £740 (274), Wm Jones Jnr, Templepatrick Lim 300kg £775 (258), J McCarroll, Ballymena Char 290kg £700 (241), J Ferguson, Comber Lim 300kg £720 (240), David Carlisle Lim 300kg £705 (235), T & TN McClintock, Glenwherry Lim 290kg £680 (234), David Carlisle Char 290kg £670 (231), Malcolm Rankin, Priestland Lim 280kg £630 (225).

301-350kgs: A & D McAfee, Bushmills Lim 320kg £780 (243), J Ferguson, Comber Lim 350kg £815 (232), James A Ross, Islandmagee Lim 330kg £760 (230), H Esler, Islandmagee Lim 330kg £750 (227), J McCarroll, Ballymena Char 350kg £770 (220), A Kennedy, Ardglass Lim 330kg £725 (219), Malcolm Rankin, Priestland AA 310kg £680 (219), AA 350kg £760 (217), H Esler, Lim 330kg £710 (215), A Smyth, Moorfields Here 310kg £655 (211), James A Ross Lim 340kg £705 (207), G Gault, Doagh Char 340kg £705 (207).

351kg and over: A Warwick, Templepatrick BB 360kg £845 (234), D & JE Platt, Newtownards Lim 380kg £830 (218), J McCarroll, Ballymena Char 360kg £780 (216), Char 390kg £845 (216), S Taylor, Macosquin Lim 360kg £775 (215), D & JE Platt Lim 390kg £825 (211), Robert Shaw, Randalstown Lim 390kg £820 (210), A Warwick, Templepatrick Sim 400kg £840 (210), A Kennedy, Ardglass AA 360kg £755 (209), J McCarroll, Ballymena Char 370kg £775 (209), H Esler, Islandmagee Lim 420kg £865 (206), H Esler, Islandmagee Lim 420kg £865 (206), A Warwick, Templepatrick Here 390kg £800 (205), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Char 430kg £880 (204), H Esler, Lim 360kg £735 (204).

The annual show and sale of Mule, Greyface hoggets and Suffolk Cheviot ewe lambs at Ballymena Mart on Saturday 8th August attracted a massive entry of 3600 sheep and while prices were back on last year the trade recorded was better than expected. Good quality sheep were very much in demand with a 95% clearance. 2979 hoggets sold to a top of £160 per head paid on two occasions to Victor Anderson and Packie Donnelly and averaged £121.30 – a drop of £19 per head on 2014. In the ewe lamb ring top price of £140 per head was paid to Jas Alexander and the entry of 556 lambs recorded and excellent average of £99.30 – only £5 down on 2014. In the morning a show of hoggets was held – the Greyface were judged by J Crawford Parkmore and sponsored by the Danske Bank with 1st place going to Ian McCluggage while the Mules were judged by J Murphy Shanes Castle and sponsored by the NI Bluefaced Leicester Club with first place taken by John Gray.

Leading prices and averages in each section were as follows:

Hoggets: V Anderson Cloughmills 12 Mule @ £160, P Donnelly Rathkenny 10 Mule @ £160, 11 @ £158 (2nd), 12 @ £157, Wm Crawford Newtownstewart 12 Mule @ £155, 12 @ £155, J Gray Limavady 15 Mule @ £155 (1st) , Wm Crawford 15 @ £152, V Anderson 12 @ £152 (4th), P Donnelly 12 @ £152, 6 @ £152, I Lawrence Tobermore 15 Mule @ £150, Wm Crawford 12 @ £150, V Anderson 13 @ £150 and Diane Gibson Mallusk 10 Mule @ £150. Leading averages – P Donnelly 135 ave £146.05, V Anderson 143 ave £144.55, W Crawford 113 ave £143.22, D Gibson 192 ave £137.11, I Lawrence 128 ave £134, J Gray 90 ave £132.66. Ewe Lambs J Alexander Toome 10 S/C @ £140, 10 @ £135, R Workman K’waughter 12 S/C @ £125, 11 @ £122, R Thompson Glenarm 15 S/C @ £117, 15 @ £116, 15 @ £115, D Robinson Glenarm 12 S/C @ £111, R Thompson 15 @ £108, R Workman 12 @ £106, 12 @ £106, 12 @ £106, L Anderson K’waughter 12S/C @ £105.

A good entry of sheep on Monday evening resulted in a steady trade. Ewe lambs sold to £80, breeders to £130 and store lambs to £55.

Breeders sold to: I Montgomery, Glenwherry 8 Suff £130, Neill Rouston, Killylea 8 Suff £124, Stephen Cargill, Ballyclare 6 Mule £122, W Blackburn, Clogher 14 Tex £120, Stephen Cargill 8 Mule £120, Paul Sheridan, Roselea 6 Suff £120, J Walker, Randalstown 8 Tex £115, A & W Gregg, Cloughmills 8 Suff £112, John McIlwaine, Ballynure 2 CB £112, H Park, Ballymena 5 Tex £110, 4 Tex £110, A & W Gregg, Cloughmills 11 Suff £110, Thomas McIlroy, Raloo 12 Suff £110, A & W Gregg 11 Suff £108, Brian Thompson, Lisburn 12 CB £102, David Magill, Ballymena 12 Tex £100, Derek Martindale, Donaghadee 12 Suff £100, John McIlwaine, Ballynure 1 Tex £100.

Ewe lambs sold to: AM McFarlane, Dungiven 14 Tex £80, JT Mullan, Limavady 9 Tex £79, AM McFarlane, 14 Tex £78, 14 Tex £74, 14 Tex £74, 14 Tex £70, JT Mullan, Limavady 7 Tex £69, Donal Kane, Cushendall 13 Suff £68, 13 Suff £68, Bernard McKay, Cushendun 11 Suff £66, AM McFarlane, 14 Tex £66, Donal Kane 6 Suff £65, Patrick McSparron, Cushendun 12 Suff £63.50, Patrick Kelly, Ballycastle 12 Suff £62.50 Patrick McSparron 14 Suff £61.50.

Store lambs sold to: D Christie, Comber 1 Char £55, P & C Connon, Ballymena 12 Tex £55, Robin Kennedy, Dundrod 53 Tex £54, S Topping, Kilwaughter 20 Suff £54, Ian Gibson, Broughshane 30 Tex £53.50, K Hunter, Larne 26 Suff £53, Aiden Hamilton, Ballycastle 15 Suff £52.50, I Montgomery 40 Tex £52, Matthew Magill, Glenarm 21 Suff £51.50, Aiden Hamilton, Ballycastle 15 Suff £51, AV Magill 53 Suff £51, Wm Magee, Kilwaughter 30 CB £51, C Fry, Ballymena 24 Tex £50.50, John Holden, Larne 135 CB £50, Robin Christie, Cloughmills 43 CB £50, John Byrne, Antrim 34 Char £50, AV Magill, Carnlough 50 Suff £49.80.

An entry of 220 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a steady trade. Bullocks sold to £680 over for a Char 660kg at £1340 presented by Carrigeen farms, Parkgate. Heifers sold to £515 over for a Lim 480kg at £995 offered by A & M & V Armstrong, Straid.

Bulls/Blks 301-400kgs: Local farmer (2) Char 390kg £900 (230), G Wilson, Ballyboley Lim 310kg £700 (225), Lim 320kg £715 (223), David Parks, Moira Lim 370kg £775 (209), Alastair Martin, Kells Blonde 320kg £670 (209), V & C Petticrew, Ballygally Lim 380kg £770 (202), G Wilson, Ballyboley AA 360kg £720 (200), J Bannon, Larne Sim 400kg £800 (200), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 380kg £760 (200), local farmer Char 390kg £780 (200), J Bannon, Larne Lim 360kg £705 (195), Wm & M Orr, Ballycastle Char 400kg £780 (195), Alastair Martin, Kells Blonde 370kg £700 (189), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 370kg £680 (183), D Mooney, Upper Ballinderry AA 400kg £720 (180).

401-500kgs: W & M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 420kg £950 (226), Gary Simpson, Cullybackey Char 500kg £1110 (222), local farmer (2) Lim 420kg £925 (220), Julie Armstrong, Straid Lim 420kg £925 (220), Lim 480kg £1050 (218), A Caldwell, Clough Char 460kg £1005 (218), RJ McNeill, Glenarm Char 460kg £995 (216), Char 500kg £1080 (216), W & M Orr, Char 430kg £925 (215), RJ McNeill Char 500kg £1060 (212), A Scott, Glarryford Char 460kg £970 (210), W Ward & Sons, Crumlin Char 470kg £990 (210), W & M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 420kg £880 (209), W Ward & Sons Char 430kg £900 (209), Julie Armstrong Lim 480kg £1000 (208).

501kg and over: Andrew McKnight, Antrim Lim 510kg £1090 (213), Gary Simpson, Cullybackey Lim 540kg £1150 (213), Carrigeen farms, Parkgate (2) Char 570kg £1200 (210), Julie Armstrong Lim 520kg £1080 (207), Gary Simpson Char 570kg £1170 (205), J Smyth, Randalstown Char 510kg £1040 (203), Carrigeen farms (3) Char 560kg £1140 (203), (2) Lim 580kg £1180 (203), Andrew McKnight Lim 550kg £1100 (200), Gary Simpson Char 620kg £1240 (200), W McQuigg, Aghadowey Lim 570kg £1140 (200).

Heifers 301-400kgs: W & M Orr, Ballycastle Char 370kg £750 (202), Char 390kg £775 (198), A & M & V Armstrong, Straid Lim 350kg £680 (194), V & C Petticrew, Ballygally Lim 360kg £695 (193), Kenneth Craig, Magheramourne Char 330kg £615 (186), A & M & V Armstrong Lim 400kg £745 (186), Kenneth Craig, Char 380kg £700 (184), Lim 360kg £660 (183), Lim 360kg £630 (175), Ian Martin, Ballyclare Lim 390kg £680 (174), Kenneth Craig Lim 330kg £570 (172), Ian Martin Lim 310kg £430 (138).

401-500kgs: A & M & V Armstrong, Straid Lim 480kg £995 (207), John McIlrath, Ballymena Char 480kg £880 (183), James Houston, Randalstown Lim 430kg £770 (179), Lim 480kg £805 (167), A Caldwell, Clough Lim 480kg £800 (166), R & J Gibson, Cullybackey Here 450kg £750 (166), J & G Hamilton, Broughshane AA 450kg £705 (156), Ian Martin, Ballyclare Lim 460kg £700 (152).

501kg and over: John McIlrath, Ballymena Char 530kg £1035 (195), Char 510kg £955 (187), Char 510kg £950 (186), local farmer Sim 570kg £1000 (175), John McIlrath Char 570kg £935 (164), R & J Gibson, Cullybackey Here 540kg £880 (163), Ian Martin, Ballyclare Lim 530kg £840 (158), R & J Gibson, Cullybackey (2) Here 510kg £800 (156), M Garrett, Ballygowan (2) AA 520kg £800 (153), AA 530kg £810 (152), (2) AA 510kg £775 (152).

An entry of 2053 sheep in Ballymena on August 12th resulted in a sharper trade. Fat lambs sold to 295p for a pen of 5 Texels 22kg at £65 offered by D Wilson, Newtownabbey and to a top per head of £79 for a pen of heavy Texels from A Gault, Newtownabbey. Fat ewes sold to £80.

Fat lambs (1624)

(Top prices per kg)

D Wilson, Newtownabbey 5 Tex 22kg £65 (295), T Jackson, Broughshane 22 Tex 22kg £65 (295), 6 Tex 22kg £65 (295), Alex Magee, Ballyrickard 14 Tex 19.5kg £57 (292), Martin King, Ballymena 16 Char 19.5kg £57 (292), M Warnock, Limavady 4 Tex 24.5kg £71 (289), C Donnelly, Rathkenny 10 Tex 21.5kg £61.80 (287), A Caldwell, Clough 13 Tex 21kg £60.20 (286), Kerry Simpson 5 Tex 22kg £63 (286), H Park, Ballymena 7 Tex 22kg £63 (286), J Knox, Broughshane 15 Tex 22kg £63 (286), 1 Tex 22kg £63 (286), Ryan ODornan, Aughafatten 5 Tex 21kg £60 (285), JK Currie, Ballymena 1 Tex 21kg £60 (285), M Ellis, Ballymena 6 Tex 21kg £60 (285), A Hall, Antrim 11 Char 21kg £60 (285), W Craig, Larne 12 Tex 21.5kg £61 (283), P Martin, Dunloy 44 Suff 21.5kg £61 (283), T Stewart, Cairncastle 24 Tex 21kg £59.50 (283), N Rea, Larne 11 Tex 20.5kg £58 (282), James Magee, Kilwaughter 3 Tex 20.5kg £58 (282), Robert Magee, Kilwaughter 5 Tex 20.5kg £58 (282), Wm Rea, Crumlin 5 Tex 22kg £62 (282), A Smyth, Moorfields 4 Tex 23kg £65 (282), Norman McBurney, Moorfields 30 Tex 23kg £65 (282), Wm Magee, Kilwaughter 3 Tex 22kg £62 (281).

Top prices per head: Al Gault, Newtownabbey 2 Tex 30kg £79, M Warnock, Limavady 4 Tex 24.5kg £71, PJ O’Kane, Ballycastle 5 Suff 29kg £70, M Buckley, Carrickfergus 3 Tex 28kg £69, J McCollum, Carnlough 10 Tex 27kg £68.80, Matthew Murphy, Moorfields 11 Tex 26.5kg £68.20, RC Reid, Glarryford 23 Tex 24.5kg £68.20, Wm H Magee, Kilwaughter 25 Tex 25kg £68.00, R Hoy, Doagh 17 Tex 25kg £68, M & R Simpson, Broughshane 12 Tex 25.5kg £68, 10 Tex 25.5kg £68, Lucy Calderwood, Dunloy 9 Tex 25kg £68, 17 Tex 26kg £68, D Wilson, Newtownabbey 5 Tex 25.5kg £67.80, B & A McCammon, Magheramourne 7 Tex 25kg £67.50, Matt Workman, Kilwaughter 32 Suff 25.5kg £67.50, S Bonnar, Broughshane 28 Tex 25.5kg £67.50, Seamus Kane, Doagh 44 Tex 25kg £67.50, JK Currie, Ballymena 3 Tex 25kg £67.50, J Mills, Kilwaughter 15 Cb 24.5kg £67.20, J Alexander, Randalstown 44 Suff 25.5kg £67, T Montgomery, Broughshane 18 Tex 26kg £67, JH Craig, Carnlough 17 Suff 25kg £67, James Carey, Cloughmills 10 Tex 25kg £67, Montgomery farms, Broughshane 5 Suff 25kg £67, M McKeown, Aughafatten 14 Tex 26kg £67.

Fat ewes (429)

1st Quality

Suff £60-£79

Tex £60-£80

CB - £50-£70

BF - £35-£50