MARTS: Ballymena

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An entry of 270 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a much sharper trade.

Beef bullocks sold to 217p, beef heifers sold to 221p, beef cows to 172p, Fr cows to 135p and Fr bullocks to 179p.

Leading prices:

Beef bullocks sold to: N McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 580kg £1258 (217), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Lim 600kg £1284 (214), Lim 560kg £1181 (211), Noel Collins, Aghadowey BB 640kg £1331 (208), Kevin McErlain Lim 600kg £1242 (207), Felix McKendry, Broughshane Char 640kg £1324 (207), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 540kg £1112 (206), Samuel Dobbin, Ballycastle Lim 640kg £1318 (206), Char 600kg £1236 (206), P Graffin, Portglenone BB 630kg £1297 (206), Noel Collins, Aghadowey AA 620kg £1264 (204), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Lim 520kg £1055 (203), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 610kg £1220 (200), J White, Antrim Lim 620kg £1240 (200), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Lim 680kg £1353 (199), NJ Diamond, Bellaghy Lim 500kg £980 (196), James McFadden, Kells Lim 630kg £1228 (195), Robert McIlveen, Lim 630kg £1209 (192), P Graffin, Portglenone Char 700kg £1344 (192), Robert McIlveen Lim 550kg £1045 (190), Noel Collins, Aghadowey BB 660kg £1254 (190), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 560kg £1052 (188), Bonnar farms, Ballymena Char 720kg £1346 (187), Ballymena producer Lim 730kg £1357 (186).

Beef heifers sold to: J Donnelly, Moneymore Lim 590kg £1303 (221), Lim 540kg £1166 (216), Char 610kg £1311 (215), Lim 600kg £1290 (215), Wm Carlisle, Lisburn Lim 530kg £1134 (214), local farmer Lim 500kg £1065 (213), J Donnelly Lim 520kg £1102 (212), local farmer Lim 520kg £1097 (211), J & J Rea, Kilwaughter Char 540kg £1139 (211), Thomas Strange, Ballyclare Blonde 630kg £1323 (210), J Donnelly, Lim 550kg £1155 (210), P McEldowney, Swatragh Char 580kg £1218 (210), Logan Anderson, Kilwaughter Lim 590kg £1227 (208), local farmer Lim 490kg £1004 (205), J & J Rea Char 550kg £1122 (204), J Scullin, Toomebridge Char 590kg £1191 (202), J Donnelly Lim 600kg £1212 (202), Char 630kg £1272 (202), Char 580kg £1148 (198), P McEldowney, Swatragh Lim 570kg £1117 (196), local farmer Lim 590kg £1138 (193), J Donnelly Lim 550kg £1056 (192), WB Greer, Lisburn BB 490kg £935 (191), J Donnelly Lim 470kg £883 (188).

Fr bullocks sold to: JH Hegarty 610kg £1091 (179), TJ Grahme, Maghera 590kg £1044 (177), JH Hegarty 600kg £1032 (172), H Simms, Carrick 660kg £1082 (164), 630kg £982 (156), JH Hegarty 640kg £979 (153), H Simms 610kg £915 (150), J & C Kane, Ballycastle 620kg £868 (140), 570kg £746 (131).

Beef cows sold to: Local farmer Lim 700kg £1204 (172), Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch BB 630kg £1064 (169), S McCambridge, Ballycastle Lim 690kg £1166 (169), Owen Miskelly BB 550kg £924 (168), local farmer Lim 690kg £1159 (168), JA Frew, Randalstown Lim 670kg £1118 (167), Owen Miskelly (2) Lim 600kg £996 (166), Stephen Hall, Monkstown Lim 690kg £1138 (165), Owen Miskelly BB 670kg £1098 (164), BB 640kg £1036 (162), JA Frew, Randalstown Lim 630kg £1014 (161), FJ Devlin, Cookstown Lim 770kg £1224 (159), Owen Miskelly (2) BB 660kg £1036 (157), S Taylor, Ligoniel Lim 690kg £1076 (156), Owen Miskelly BB 560kg £868 (155), BB 610kg £945 (155), BB 680kg £893 (154), TJ McLornan, Nutts Corner Lim 730kg £1124 (154), Stephen Hall BB 660kg £1016 (154), S McCambridge, Lim 600kg £924 (154), local farmer BB 740kg £1132 (153), Stephen Hall Lim 640kg £979 (153).

Fr cows sold to: J McCloskey, Dungiven 690kg £931 (135), John Hunter, Crumlin 600kg £792 (132), S & SD Belshaw, Tullyrusk 520kg £644 (124), D Scott, Coleraine 580kg £713 (123), D Mallon, Toomebridge 740kg £910 (123), M McAllister, Crumlin 550kg £660 (120), GM Kernohan, Broughshane 660kg £785 (119), R Baird, Carrick 800kg £944 (118), J McCloskey, Dungiven 670kg £790 (118), CK & R McCullough, Ballymena 490kg £578 (118), T Davis, Magherafelt 530kg £620 (117), Robert Logan, Rasharkin 700kg £819 (117), J King, Ballymena 610kg £695 (114), 710kg £809 (114), GM Kernohan 660kg £745 (113), Paul Watson, Cullybackey 620kg £700 (113), T Davis, Magherafelt 610kg £683 (112), D Mallon, Toomebridge 610kg £683 (112), local farmer 530kg £588 (111), Joe Adams, Ballymena 640kg £704 (110), B & SR Stewart, Castledawson 550kg £605 (110), D Mallon, Toomebridge 690kg £759 (110), J King, Ballymena 580kg £626 (108), T Davis, Magherafelt 510kg £550 (108).

Beef bulls sold to: Felix McKendry Lim 670kg £1252 (187), A Workman, Ballymoney Char 640kg £1024 (160), R Baird, Carrick Char 870kg £1070 (123), D Huey, Armoy Here 1180kg £1298 (110).

33 dairy cows and heifers met improved demand selling to £1460 for a second calver from T & J Mackey, Ballynure. Ruling prices: T & J Mackey, Ballynure calved cow £1460, calved hfr £1370, calved cow £1340, J McCann, Lurgan calved hfr £1270, J Prentice, Saintfield spg hfr £1250, WR, JE & DH Graham, Moorfields calved cow £1200, WS Gregg, Cloughmills calved cow £1200, B O’Kane, Magherafelt calved cow £1180, calved cow £1180, J Prentice, Saintfield spg hfr £1150, calved cow £1100, Wm Rea, Crumlin calved cow £1080, J Prentice calved hfr £1060, Wm Rea calved cow £1050, J Prentice calved hfr £1010, calved hfr £1000, WS Gregg, Cloughmills calved hfr £1000.

27 lots in the suckler ring sold well to £1700 for a 2 year old Lim bull from J Prentice, Saintfield. J & S McElnay sold at 5 year old Char for £1620, J O’Neill, Ballymena pure bred Sim £1500. Cows and calves sold to £1550. Ruling prices: Ian McCollum, Nutts Corner Sim cow & bull calf £1550, T Weatherup, Carrick Sim hfr & bull calf £1550, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim hfr & hfr calf £1520, S Taylor, Ligoniel BB cow & bull calf £1450, Alan Rea, Mallusk Lim cow & bull calf £1420, A & E Davison, Broughshane St cow & bull calf £1380, D Allen, Moneymore AA hfr & bull calf £1380, BB hfr & bull calf £1370, J & S McElnay, Bushmills Lim hfr & bull calf £1350, Alan Rea, Mallusk Lim cow & hfr calf £1340, Lim cow & hfr calf £1330, Lim cow & bull calf £1310, Lim cow & bull calf £1310, Ian McCollum, Nutts Corner Sim cow & bull calf £1300, A & E Davison, Broughshane St cow & hfr calf

£1300, Alan Rea Lim cow & bull calf £1250, D Allen BB hfr & hfr calf £1250.

220 dropped calves again briskly cleared to £485 for a Lim bull. £395 was paid for a Char heifer and £335 for a strong Fr bull.

Beef bred bull calves sold to: C Liddie, Ballymena Lim £485, J Small, Randalstown BB £465, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £375, D Allen, Moneymore Lim £370, local producer Char £370, Char £365, C Liddie AA £360, AA Ferguson, Stewartstown BB £360, AR McFarlane, Holywood Here £355, Robin Bingham, Nutts Corner Char £345, Hamiton Alexander, Glenarm Lim £335, A McAuley, Glenarm AA £320, AR McFarlane, Here £320.

Heifer calves sold to: C Liddie, Ballymena Char £395, AA Ferguson, Stewartstown (2) £385, local producer Char £378, J Mitchell, Ballymoney BB £370, G Neely, Limavady Lim £370, WR McIntyre, Cloughmills (2) £365, Leslie Wilson, Doagh BB £340, AA Ferguson BB £340, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare BB £330, M Gribbin, Desertmartin BB £330, G Neely, Limavady Lim £330, C Liddie, Ballymena Lim £325, Leslie Wilson, Doagh BB £325, Hugh Hall, Ballyclare AA £320.

Strong Fr bull calves sold to: Leslie Wilson, Doagh (3) £335, Ian Millar, Ballymena £250, Brian Wharry, Glenarm £225, Ian Millar (3) £200, P Allen, Moneymore £195, J Lawrence, £182, Samuel Kennedy, Doagh (2) £170, James Gibson, Aughafatten £170, Thomas Fullerton, Maghera £170, Ian Millar, Ballymena (2) £155.

An entry of 190 weanlings resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £525 over for a Lim 300kg at £825 offered by P McLaughlin, Carnlough. Heifers sold to £480 over for a Char 400kg at £880 from Ballymena producer.

Bullocks 0-250kg

S McAllister, Glenarm Char 240kg £690 (287), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 250kg £715 (286), R French, Randalstown BB 250kg £660 (264), Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Lim 230kg £580 (252), Mary Semple, Carnlough Lim 240kg £550 (229), R French, BB 250kg £570 (228).

251-300kgs

John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 270kg £755 (279), P McLaughlin Lim 300kg £825 (275), K Minford, Tully Lim 290kg £790 (272), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 290kg £770 (265), John Thompson, Donacloney Sim 300kg £785 (261), R French, Randalstown BB 260kg £670 (257), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 280kg £710 (253), Dermot McDonnell Char 290kg £725 (250), SW Clyde Lim 280kg £680 (242), R French Lim 300kg £720 (240), P McConnell, Nutts Corner Lim 280kg £665 (237), Lim 270kg £630 (233), W Campbell, Carnlough BB 300kg £550 (183), Mary B Semple, Carnlough Lim 280kg £500 (178), S McAllister, Glenarm Dr 290kg £450 (155), P McLaughlin Char 290kg £450 (155).

301-350kgs

Dermot McDonnell, Glenariffe Lim 310kg £795 (256), local producer Char 330kg £840 (254), A Lowry, Glenavy BB 310kg £780 (251), Patrick Delargy Lim 330kg £830 (251), S McCloskey Lim 340kg £845 (248), M Pollock, Castlerock Lim 350kg £860 (245), S McCloskey Lim 330kg £805 (243), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 310kg £755 (243), Dermot McDonnell Char 310kg £750 (241), Lim 310kg £750 (241), G Weir, Lim 350kg £845 (241), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 350kg £845 (241), R French, Randalstown Lim 310kg £745 (240), G Weir, Lim 340kg £810 (238), J & R McKeown, Aughafatten Par 350kg £820 (234), S McAllister, Glenarm Char 340kg £785 (230).

351kg and over

G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 360kg £850 (236), P McLauglin Char 380kg £890 (234), S Scullion, Cargan Char 380kg £890 (234), K Minford, Tully Lim 370kg £865 (233), A Lowry, Glenavy Char 380kg £875 (230), S Scullion Lim 380kg £870 (229), M Pollock, Castlerock Lim 360kg £820 (227), S Scullion Lim 360kg £810 (225), G Weir, Toomebridge Lim 370kg £825 (223), Hugh Gibson, Glenarm Lim 360kg £800 (222), G Weir, Lim 410kg £910 (222), S Scullion Char 390kg £860 (220), A McIlveen, Kells Sim 380kg £830 (218), K Minford, Tully Lim 370kg £800 (216), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Lim 400kg £860 (215), S Scullion Char 410kg £880 (214).

Heifers 0-250kgs

SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 250kg £585 (234), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 240kg £545 (227), R French, Randalsown BB 240kg £520 (216), Martin McKillop, Loughgiel Lim 250kg £510 (204), Sim 240kg £440 (183).

251-300kgs

S Hall, Monkstown Lim 270kg £680 (251), local producer Char 290kg £720 (248), S McAllister, Glenarm Lim 260kg £640 (246), Lim 260kg £640 (246), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 270kg £655 (242), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 260kg £620 (238), D Hall, Monkstown Lim 270kg £640 (237), A & J McClelland, Doagh Lim 260kg £600 (230), D Hall Lim 300kg £690 (230), Stephen Hall Lim 300kg £690 (230), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 270kg £620 (229), R French BB 280kg £640 (228), A Lowry, Glenavy Char 280kg £640 (228), Stephen Hall Lim 280kg £640 (228), S McCloskey, Kilrea Lim 280kg £635 (226), local farmer Lim 280kg £630 (225).

301-350kgs

Paul Campbell, Carnlough Lim 340kg £800 (235), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Lim 350kg £810 (231), Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Char 330kg £750 (227), Char 340kg £770 (226), M Pollock, Castlerock Lim 320kg £720 (225), Lim 350kg £785 (224), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 340kg £750 (220), Stuart Graham Char 340kg £740 (217), Thomas O’Kane, Newtowncrommelin Char 320kg £695 (217), A Lowry, Glenavy Char 320kg £685 (214), Stuart Graham Char 350kg £745 (212), S Taylor, Char 350kg £740 (211), Char 310kg £640 (206), Char 330kg £675 (204), M Pollock, Lim 330kg £650 (197), S Taylor Lim 340kg £640 (188).

350kg and over

Local producer Char 400kg £880 (220), Stuart Graham, Nutts Corner Char 380kg £825 (217), Karen McIlroy, Carrick BB 380kg £825 (217), Stuart Graham Char 360kg £780 (216), Karen McIlroy BB 380kg £810 (213), Stuart Graham Char 360kg £755 (209), Lim 400kg £830 (207), Char 430kg £880 (204), John White, Larne Sim 360kg £730 (202), Stuart Graham Char 370kg £750 (202), Char 420kg £850 (202), Char 490kg £990 (202), Brendan McLoguhlin, Glenariffe Lim 360kg £720 (200), Stuart Graham Lim 360kg £720 (200), Lim 370kg £740 (200), Lim 420kg £835 (198).

An entry of 70 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £680 over for a 620kg Lim at £1300 presented by J Wilson, Larne. Heifers sold to £510 over for a Lim 490kg at £1000 from B McLaughlin, Glenariffe.

Bullocks sold to: David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 320kg £735 (229), Lim 300kg £680 (226), Lim 350kg £775 (221), Lim 370kg £800 (216), Lim 360kg £770 (213), J Wilson, Larne Char 590kg £1255 (212), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 330kg £700 (212), J Wilson Sim 610kg £1280 (209), Lim 620kg £1300 (209), A Caldwell, Clough Here 510kg £1060 (207), J Wilson Sim 620kg £1280 (206), David Andrew, Templepatrick Lim 410kg £830 (202), J Wilson Lim 610kg £1230 (201), BB 610kg £1225 (200), Sim 640kg £1275 (199), A Caldwell, Here 490kg £970 (198), Lim 470kg £930 (197), J Wilson Char 630kg £1235 (196), A Warwick, Templepatrick Here 480kg £930 (193), BE Montgomery, Ballymena Lim 370kg £695 (187).

Heifers sold to: A Warwick, Templepatrick Sim 440kg £920 (209), Brendan McLoughlin Lim 490kg £1000 (204), Bonnar farms, Ballymena Char 490kg £990 (202), Thomas Galloway, Randalstown Blonde 400kg £805 (201), Blonde 430kg £860 (200), Blonde 450kg £900 (200), T Weatherup, Carrick Lim 460kg £915 (198), RW Saunderson, Glenwherry Lim 460kg £900 (195), Edward Kelly, Randalstown Lim 450kg £880 (195), local farmer St 470kg £900 (191), Thomas Galloway Blonde 530kg £1000 (188), Bonnar farmer Lim 540kg £1000 (185), WJ Steele, Bushmills Sim 490kg £905 (184), T Weatherup, Carrick (2) BB 500kg £890 (178), WJ Steele Sim 430kg £765 (177), WJ Steele, Sim 430kg £765 (177), T Weatherup Lim 470kg £825 (175), W McCullough, Glenarm Here 390kg £670 (171), J Stewart, Templepatrick Lim 510kg £875 (171), WJ Steele, Bushmills Sim 470kg £790 (168), J Stewart Lim 470kg £790 (168), Lim 490kg £820 (167), WJ Steele Sim 480kg £795 (165), Sim 500kg £810 (162).

An entry of 817 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a lesser trade. Fat lambs sold to 322p for 2 pen of Texels 22kg at £71 offered by A & D McAfee, Bushmlls and W Kennedy, Ballyclare. Fat ewes sold to £90.

Fat lambs (709)

A & D McAfee, Bushmills 8 Tex 22kg £71 (322), W Kennedy, Ballyclare 2 Tex 22kg £71 (322), R McCurdy, Gleno 6 Tex 22kg £68 (309), K & L Beacom, Ballywalter 10 Tex 23kg £70 (304), B McMillan, Cullybackey 14 Tex 20kg £60.50 (302), Alex Wilson, Glenarm 7 Tex 21kg £63.50 (302), B Gingles, Larne 10 Tex 21.5kg £64.50 (300), E Clyde, Muckamore 9 Tex 23.5kg £70 (297), Frank McAuley, Toomebridge 15 Tex 22kg £65.50 (297), J McNeill, Coleraine 20 Tex 22kg £65 (295), R McWhinney, Portaferry 23 Suff 22kg £64 (294), I Morrison, Dunloy 14 Tex 22.5kg £66 (293), J Murray, Aghalee 7 Tex 22kg £64.50 (293), Wm Smyth, Moorfields 18 Tex 22kg £64.50 (293), S Warwick, Moorfields 10 Tex 21.5kg £63 (293), A Dempsey, Aghadowey 8 Suff 21kg £61.50 (292), James Owens, Broughshane 2 Tex 20.5kg £60 (292), 15 Tex 19.5kg £57 (292), J Murray, Ballymoney 16 Tex 23.5kg £68.50 (291), I Morrison, Dunloy 10 Tex 23kg £67 (291), JJ Thompson, Bushmills 12 CB 22kg £64 (290), N Hamill, Aughafatten 8 Tex 21.5kg £62.50 (290), MJ King, Ballymena 10 Tex 21kg £61 (290), I Morrison, Dunloy 10 Tex 22.5kg £65 (288), I Marcus, Ahoghill 3 Tex 22.5kg £65 (288).

Fat ewes (108)

1st Quality

Suff - £70-£86

Tex - £70-£90

CB - £50-£65

BF - £35-£55