MARTS: Ballymena

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An entry of 250 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday resulted in another better trade. Beef bullocks sold to 214p, beef heifers to 208p, Fr bullocks to 141p, Beef cows to 192p, Fr cows to 132p.

Leading prices: Beef bullocks sold to: JF & PJ Savage, Ballywalter Lim 560kg £1198 (214), Lim 570kg £1214 (213), Lim 590kg £1250 (212), Lim 540kg £1144 (212), Lim 540kg £1139 (211), Lim 540kg £1134 (210), Lim 550kg £1155 (210), Lim 590kg £1233 (209), (2) Lim 590kg £1227 (208), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 500kg £1040 (208), JF & PJ Savage, Lim 540kg £1112 (206), E Ferguson Lim 540kg £1112 (206), JK Hanna, Glarrford Char 550kg £1127 (205), Lim 510kg £1040 (204), JF & PJ Savage Lim 510kg £1040 (204), Lim 660kg £1326 (201), Lim 610kg £1220 (200), Lim 470kg £935 (199), J White, Antrim Lim 680kg £1346 (198), JJ O’Kane, Kilrea Par 670kg £1326 (198), JF & PJ Savage Lim 610kg £1207 (198), E Ferguson, Magherafelt Lim 600kg £1182 (197), J White, Antrim Char 630kg £1234 (196).

Beef heifers sold to: JJ O’Kane, Kilrea Par 560kg £1164 (208), R Gilliland, Antrim Sim 530kg £1091 (206), JJ O’Kane Par 470kg £963 (205), Par 460kg £938 (204), JK Hanna, Glarryford Sim 510kg £1025 (201), JJ O’Kane Par 540kg £1085 (201), R Gilliland, Antrim Sim 600kg £1188 (198), Thomas Strange, Straid Blonde 600kg £1176 (196), JJ O’Kane, Par 560kg £1097 (196), Thomas Strange Blonde 690kg £1331 (193), David Parks, Moira Sim 480kg £912 (190), JJ O’Kane Par 600kg £1134 (189), P McEldowney, Swatragh Char 580kg £1096 (189), David Parks, Moira Sim 520kg £972 (187), Sam McNabney, Clough AA 540kg £1004 (186), P Doherty, Articlave Lim 510kg £948 (186), D Stevenson, Ahoghill Lim 600kg £1104 (184), F McEldowney, Swatragh Char 660kg £1214 (184), Char 590kg £1067 (181), Char 640kg £1132 (177), R Gilliland, Antrim Lim 730kg £1262 (173), Sam McNabney, Clough Lim 560kg £952 (170), Martin Carey, Dunloy AA 650kg £1105 (170), R Gilliland, Antrim Sim 580kg £986 (170).

Fr bullocks sold to: W & G Rowney, Ballynure 540kg £761 (141), C Hamill, Crumlin 570kg £763 (134), 590kg £708 (120).

Beef cows sold to: Kieran Graham, Portglenone Par 660kg £1267 (192), Alexander Ross, Newtownards BB 610kg £988 (162), Brian A Mullan, Coleraine Lim 670kg £1065 (159), Kelly Bros, Ballymena Lim 710kg £1093 (154), Alexander Ross Lim 620kg £942 (152), Brian Mullan Char 600kg £906 (151), BB 720kg £1087 (151), Mrs Diana Kennedy, Larne Lim 670kg £998 (149), Alexander Ross, Newtownards Lim 620kg £917 (148), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 560kg £828 (148), Kelly Bros Lim 810kg £1182 (146), John McNeill, Cushendun Lim 680kg £992 (146), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 610kg £884 (145), L Ballantine, Moorfields Lim 620kg £892 (144), James McConnell, Ligoniel BB 600kg £858 (143), Hunter Kane, Ballycastle Lim 630kg £900 (143), Patrick McCann, Portglenone Lim 680kg £965 (142), B Scullion, Portglenone Par 560kg £789 (141), Mrs Diana Kennedy, Larne Lim 680kg £945 (139), R Weatherup, Newtownabbey Lim 490kg £676 (138), Hunter Kane, Ballycastle Char 640kg £883 (138), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 740kg £1013 (137), B McQuillan, Antrim AA 730kg £1000 (137), C Kane Lim 640kg £870 (136).

Fr cows sold to: J McGahie, Stewartstown 770kg £1016 (132), 670kg £837 (125), local producer 720kg £856 (119), H & D Geddis, Moira 630kg £743 (118), local producer 710kg £837 (118), AJ Hartley, Moneymore 530kg £625 (118), Thomas Carlisle 530kg £625 (118), J McGahie 700kg £819 (117), AJ Hartley 490kg £573 (117), H & D Geddis 660kg £759 (115), 710kg £809 (114), J & A McAteer, Randalstown 730kg £832 (114), J McGahie 520kg £582 (112), Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod 630kg £705 (112), H & D Geddis 640kg £710 (111), Thomas Carlisle 660kg £732 (111), local farmer 630kg £693 (110), AJ Hartley 650kg £708 (109), J McCloskey, Dungiven 600kg £648 (108), JV & RJ Moore, Larne 650kg £702 (108), Hubert Stewart, Ballyclare 560kg £599 (107), J McGahie, Stewartstown 500kg £525 (105), Hubert Stewart 490kg £509 (104), J McCloskey, Dungiven 680kg £707 (104).

Bulls sold to: Co Tyrone producer Lim 620kg £899 (145), R Weatherup, Newtownabbey Lim 650kg £903 (139), J Adams, Bellaghy BB 960kg £1238 (129), Co Tyrone producer Here 580kg £742 (128), J Adams, Lim 840kg £1008 (120), W Irvine, Dundrod Lim 820kg £934 (114), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 1060kg £1208 (114), T Nelson, Cookstown SH 610kg £658 (108), Fr 640kg £672 (105).

Dairy stock met a slightly better demand selling to £1250 for a calved heifer from Droghal Farm, Aghalee, calved cows to £1080 for a second calver. Ruling prices: Droghal Farm, Aghalee calved hfr £1250, J Mackey, Ballynure calved hfr £1230, JP McLaughlin, Portglenone calved cow £1080, RR Cupples, Broughshane calved hfr £960, A Anderson, Cookstown spg hfr £950, RR Cupples calved hfr £930, ME Craig, Toomebridge calved hfr £860, JP McLaughlin, Portglenone calved hfr £850, HJ Convery, Portglenone calved cow £850.

Suckler stock sold to £1360 for a Sim heifer with heifer calf at foot. Ruling prices: JA McKillop, Cushendall Sim hfr & hfr calf £1360, Ian Ruddock, Craigavon BB cow & bull calf £1190, S McAleese, Cullybackey AA hfr & hfr calf £1170, James Murphy, Toomebridge Lim hfr & bull calf £1160, W Irvine, Dundrod Lim cow & hfr calf £1100, D Bristow, Portglenone Lim cow & bull calf £1090, W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod Lim hfr & hfr calf £1070, S Millar, Ballymena AA cow & hfr calf £1060, Mrs Mary McAuley, Cushendall Here cow & hfr calf £1000.

A smaller entry of 120 dropped calves again sharply sold to £425 each for a Blonde bull. A Lim heifer realised £395 and Fr bulls sold to £260 each.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: W Adamson, Ballynure Blonde £425, S & A Saunderson, Glenwherry Lim £390, A Boyle, Millisle Here £360, M & R Park, Ballymena Lim £350, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £345, A Boyle, Here £342, Denis Minford, Crumlin Here £340, R McCormick, Armoy (2) Sim £340, S & A Saunderson Lim £340, Denis Minford, Crumlin Here £330, G Kelly, Magherafelt Here £330, Denis Minford Here £320, A Boyle Here £315, Denis Minford (2) Here £310.

Heifer calves sold to: J Black, Ballycastle Lim £395, Donal Kane, Cushendall Char £392, RJ Gage, Clough Lim £350, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £342, H Mulvenna, Glenarm Lim £305, R McCormick Sim £305, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £300, RJ Gage, Lim £300, A Boyle, Millisle FKV £300, Graeme Martin, Broughshane BB £285, D Huey, Armoy Here £280, A & Miss A Redmond, Portavogie Here £255, R McCormick, Armoy Sim £250, A & Miss A Redmond Here £245, £240, H McCracken, Greyabbey Ea £235.

Fr bull calves sold to: E & J Arthur, Templepatrick £260, George Forsythe, Cloughmills £255, EP O’Flynn, Kircubbin (2) £250, R McCormick, Armoy £220, George Forsythe, Cloughmills (2) £210, (2) £205, (2) £200, R McCormick, Armoy (2) £190, C Ruddell, Lurgan £190, E & J Arthur, Templepatrick (2) £180.

An entry of 130 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a super trade. Bullocks sold to £640 over for an AA 380kg at £1020 offered by A Scott, Templepatrick. Heifers sold to £455 over for a Char 370kg at £825 presented by S Graham, Nutts Corner.

Heifers 0-250kgs

LB Quinn, Coagh Lim 250kg £650 (260), P & C Connon, Ballymena Char 210kg £545 (259) local farmer Lim 240kg £620 (258), local farmer Lim 240kg £620 (258), P & C Connon, Ballymena Char 250kg £635 (254), MP Jordan, Stoneyford (2) Lim 250kg £600 (240), LB Quinn, Coagh Lim 210kg £500 (238), W McBride, Ballycastle Lim 250kg £595 (238), LB Quinn, Coagh Lim 190kg £440 (231), Samuel Minn, Moorfields Lim 240kg £555 (231), Samuel Minn, Moorfields Lim 240kg £555 (231), Mervyn Harper, Macosquin AA 220kg £455 (206), W Warwick Snr, Moorfields Char 230kg £450 (195).

251-300kgs

SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 270kg £690 (255), Char 280kg £695 (248), P & C Connon, Ballymena Char 260kg £630 (242), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 270kg £645 (238), P & C Connon Char 290kg £670 (231), SG Lowry, Char 300kg £690 (230), L McKeever, Ballymoney Lim 260kg £590 (226), SG Lowry Char 300kg £680 (226), Mervyn Harper, Macosquin (3) AA 260kg £585 (225), P & C Connon Char 300kg £670 (223), Ian Ruddock, Craigavan Lim 280kg £622 (222), L McKeever, Ballymoney Lim 260kg £575 (221), W Warwick Snr, Moorfields Lim 280kg £615 (219), L McKeever Blonde 300kg £645 (215).

301-350kgs

LB Quinn, Coagh Lim 310kg £750 (241), SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 320kg £740 (231), Wharry & McCurdy, Carnlough Char 320kg £740 (231), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 350kg £785 (224), Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Char 350kg £780 (222), Timothy Wray Char 350kg £775 (221), Char 350kg £770 (220), Stuart Graham Char 350kg £750 (214), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 320kg £685 (214), Char 330kg £695 (210), Ian Ruddock, Craigavan Lim 320kg £670 (209), MP Jordan, Stoneyford (2) Lim 330kg £680 (206), Timothy Wray Lim 310kg £635 (204), L McKeever, Ballymoney Blonde 310kg £635 (204), P & C Connon Char 330kg £670 (203).

351kg and over

Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Char 360kg £805 (223), Char 370kg £825 (223), Char 360kg £790 (219), Char 360kg £775 (215), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Char 360kg £775 (215), Stuart Graham Char 410kg £880 (214), Char 370kg £790 (213), Hanna Healey, Belfast Lim 370kg £790 (213), LB Quinn, Coagh Lim 380kg £800 (210), Stuart Graham Char 370kg £760 (205), Char 380kg £755 (198), Timothy Wray Char 380kg £750 (197), Stuart Graham Char 390kg £760 (194), Char 370kg £720 (194), Bruce Matthews AA 380kg £700 (184), AA 480kg £760 (158).

Bulls/blks 251-300kgs

SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 300kg £890 (296), AJ Wilson, Ballymena Char 300kg £870 (290), Wharry & McCurdy, Carnlough Char 300kg £865 (288), W McBride, Ballycastle Lim 260kg £740 (284), Lim 280kg £750 (267), Lim 290kg £755 (260), Char 270kg £690 (255), Mervyn Harper, Macosquin (2) AA 280kg £660 (235), (3) AA 290kg £665 (229), W Warwick Snr Lim 290kg £630 (217), W McBride, Ballycastle AA 270kg £460 (170).

301-350kgs

SG Lowry, Glenavy Char 320kg £870 (271), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 350kg £930 (265), local farmer Lim 320kg £840 (262), Wm Hamilton, Broughshane SH (2) SH 310kg £800 (258), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 330kg £850 (257), Timothy Wray Lim 310kg £790 (254), David Woodburn, Broughshane Char 330kg £810 (245), Lim 310kg £760 (245), Hannah Healey, Belfast Lim 340kg £830 (244), local farmer Sal 320kg £740 (231), Mervyn Harper, Macosquin (2) AA 350kg £735 (210), J Heslip, Newtownards Sim 340kg £700 (205).

351kg and over

A Scott, Templepatrick AA 380kg £1020 (268), AA 450kg £1070 (237), B Millar, Randalstown Lim 390kg £890 (228), Eamon McGarry, Broughshane Char 430kg £970 (225), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 380kg £855 (225), J G O’Connor, Limavady Lim 420kg £910 (216), James Wilson, Holywood Saler 410kg £870 (212), A Scott, Templepatrick AA 390kg £810 (207), John McLaughlin, Bushmills Par 410kg £850 (207), Eamon McGarry, Broughshane Char 460kg £950 (206), John McLoughlin Par 390kg £800 (205), Par 390kg £790 (202), J Heslip, Newtownards Sim 390kg £760 (194), E O’Donnell, Toomebridge Char 380kg £740 (194), L McKeever, Ballymoney AA 360kg £680 (188), John McLaughlin Par 440kg £830 (188).

An entry of 75 stores in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a great trade. Heifers sold to £430 over for a Lim 480kg at £910 presented by R Duffin, Glenravel. Bullocks sold to £685 over for a Char 660kg at £1345 offered by J Smyth, Randalstown.

Heifers 301-400kgs

S Gregg, Glarryford Char 380kg £780 (205), Andrew McBride, Ligoniel Sim 350kg £675 (192), F McIntosh, Coleraine SH 350kg £665 (190), Andrew McBride, Sim 310kg £580 (187), C McGuckin, Maghera Lim 330kg £570 (172).

401-500kgs

David Parks, Moira Sw 440kg £840 (190), Richard J Duffin, Glenravel Lim 480kg £910 (189), Lim 460kg £845 (183), S Gregg, Glarryford Lim 410kg £740 (180), local farmer Lim 490kg £870 (177), C McGuckin, Maghera Lim 440kg £780 (177), Andrew McBride, Ligoniel Sim 470kg £810 (172), F McIntosh, Coleraine SH 420kg £690 (164), SH 430kg £690 (160), C McGuckin BB 430kg £690 (160), B O’Kane, Magherafelt Fr 450kg £590 (131).

Bulls/blks 401-500kgs

J Watson, Ballyrobert BB 500kg £1085 (217), Timothy Wray, Carnlough Lim 500kg £1050 (210), Sam McNabney, Clough Par 500kg £1015 (203), WJ Doherty, Moira Lim 440kg £890 (202), A Caldwell, Clough Lim 490kg £990 (202), WJ Doherty Lim 440kg £885 (201), Lim 500kg £1000 (200), Lim 450kg £890 (197), D McMinn, Ballygowan Lim 460kg £890 (193), J & M Farlow, Macosquin BB 500kg £960 (192), A Caldwell, Clough BB 490kg £940 (191), WJ Doherty Lim 450kg £860 (191), D McMinn, Ballygowan Lim 480kg £885 (184), David Parks, Moira Lim 480kg £880 (183), Lim 500kg £890 (178), Lim 460kg £710 (154).

501kg and over

J Smyth, Randalstown Char 530kg £1160 (218), Richard J Duffin, Glenravel Lim 580kg £1250 (215), J Smyth Lim 550kg £1130 (205), Char 660kg £1345 (203), Richard J Duffin, Char 570kg £1160 (203), Sam McNabney Lim 540kg £1080 (200), George Forsythe, Cloughmills Here 540kg £1070 (198), Char 530kg £1050 (198), Richard J Duffin Char 580kg £1140 (196), George Forsythe, Here 550kg £1075 (195), J Smyth, Lim 530kg £1035 (195), George Forsythe Here 570kg £1090 (191), Here 520kg £990 (190), J Smyth BB 560kg £1060 (189), George Forsythe BB 620kg £1170 (188), Here 640kg £1190 (185).

An entry of 1328 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a slower trade. Lambs sold to £84 21.5kg at 390p for a pen of 3 Char from T Fenton, Rahsarkin. Fat lambs sold to £83.

Fat lambs (1053)

TA Fenton, Rasharkin 3 Char 21.5kg £84 (390), A & D McAfee, Bushmills 9 Tex 21.5kg £80 (372), E Farquhar, Moorfields 2 Tex 18.5kg £65 (351), 5 Tex 21.5kg £75 (348), R & M Milliken, Armoy 10 Tex 18.5kg £63 (340), L Kirk, Clough 9 Dor 21.5kg £71 (330), I Morrison, Dunloy 10 Tex 23kg £75.50 (328), T Jackson, Broughshane 23 Tex 22kg £72 (327), T Robinson, Ballymena 13 Tex 21kg £68.50 (326), G Millar, Moneymore 8 Tex 21.5kg £70 (325), I Morrison, Dunloy 27 Tex 22.5kg £73 (324), A & D McAfee, Bushmills 4 Tex 22kg £71 (322), John Reid, Carnlough 13 Tex 21.5kg £69 (320), JK Currie, Ballymena 1 Tex 21.5kg £69 (320), Richard Currie, Ballymena 3 Tex 26kg £83 (319), R Hunter, Larne 6 Tex 20.5kg £64.50 (314).

Fat ewes (275)

1st Quality

Suff - £60-£82

Tex - £60-£83

CB - £50-£70

BF - £40-£60