MARTS: Ballymena

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An entry of 350 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade. Beef bullocks sold to 210p for 560kg at £1176, beef heifers to 215p for 590kg at £1268, Fr bullocks to 182p for 690kg at £1255, beef cows to 193p for 790kg at £1524. Fr cows to 126p for 880kg at £1108.

Beef bullocks sold to: Owen Park, Antrim Char 560kg £1176 (210), Drumahilla farms, Newtownards Lim 670kg £1386 (207), Owen Park Lim 570kg £1174 (206), Mrs J Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 650kg £1332 (205), Char 630kg £1291 (205), Drumahilla farms Lim 760kg £1512 (199), SJ Cleland, Downpatrick BB 570kg £1134 (199), Brian McAfee, Aghadowey BB 520kg £1008 (194), Damien McCloskey, Loughgiel Lim 690kg £1331 (193), Owen Park Sim 570kg £1094 (192), Char 620kg £1190 (192), S McGowan, Ballymoney Char 710kg £1356 (191), Derek Jack, Donemana Here 610kg £1159 (190), R and J Wylie, Clough AA 660kg £1247 (189), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 690kg £1304 (189), Owen Park Char 550kg £1034 (188), J McKinley AA 630kg £1178 (187), W Donaldson, Holywood Char 770kg £1439 (187), W Donaldson, Holywood Char 770kg £1439 (187), Owen Park Lim 600kg £1104 (184), Brian McAfee, Aghadowey BB 610kg £1122 (184), W Donaldson Lim 680kg £1251 (184), Lim 730kg £1343 (184), M Gardner, Doagh Spk 670kg £1219 (182).

Beef heifers sold to: B Gillan, Dunloy Blonde 590kg £1268 (215), Trevor Wallace, Dunloy Char 660kg £1399 (212), Drumahilla farms, Newtownards Lim 680kg £1441 (212), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 570kg £1197 (210), B Gillan, Dunloy Lim 540kg £1134 (210), I McCaughern, Rasharkin Lim 540kg £1128 (209), A Macauley, Crumlin Lim 580kg £1206 (208), I McCaughern, Rasharkin BB 640kg £1318 (206), S McGowan, Ballymoney Lim 580kg £1177 (203), SJ Cleland, Downpatrick BB 590kg £1180 (200), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 580kg £1142 (197), B Gillan, Dunloy Lim 520kg £1014 (195), I McCaughern, Rasharkin Blonde 590kg £1150 (195), B Gillan Char 620kg £1202 (194), Jeffrey Alexander, Broughshane Lim 580kg £1125 (194), B Gillan Lim 520kg £1003 (193), B McConaghy, Bushmills Char 610kg £1171 (192), D Hanna, Ballymoney Char 630kg £1197 (190), A Macauley, Crumlin Char 600kg £1140 (190), E Logan, Ahoghill Lim 560kg £1064 (190), A Macauley Char 560kg £1058 (189), Trevor Wallace, Dromore Char 570kg £1065 (187), Mrs A Stewart, Ballymena Lim 590kg £1103 (187), Mrs J Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 580kg £1084 (187).

Fr bullocks sold to: Derek Jack, Donemana 690kg £1255 (182), D and G McVicker, Ballymoney 550kg £869 (158), 520kg £800 (154), 530kg £795 (150), 550kg £781 (142), W McCartney, Ballymena 690kg £966 (140), S Fullerton, Bushmills 660kg £897 (136), S Wilson, Ballymena 570kg £763 (134), Damien McCloskey, Loughgiel 580kg £777 (134), J Walker, Randalstown 640kg £844 (132), 510kg £663 (130), Damien McCloskey 520kg £655 (126), S Wilson, Ballymena 620kg £768 (124), Derek Jack 610kg £756 (124).

Beef cows sold to: DJ Russell, Muckamore BB 790kg £1524 (193), E Gregg, Ahoghill BB 820kg £1435 (175), Steven Millar, Ballymena Lim 650kg £1046 (161), Craig Murphy, Dromore Char 650kg £1014 (156), Drumhilla farms Lim 780kg £1162 (149), S Kerr, Newtownabbey Lim 580kg £858 (148), R Shaw, Rasharkin Char 520kg £759 (146), B Buchanan, Hillsborough Char 920kg £1315 (143), Paul Brankin, Aghalee Lim 650kg £923 (142), RJ McNeill, Rasharkin Char 780kg £1092 (140), Mrs J Hutchinson, Ballyclare Char 590kg £826 (140), JH McDowell, Kells Sal 750kg £1035 (138), D Bristow, Portglenone Par 610kg £841 (138), Craig Murphy, Dromore AA 730kg £992 (136), B Buchanan Char 890kg £1210 (136), Patrick McWilliams, Moneyglass AA 580kg £771 (133), D Knox, Coleraine AA 690kg £917 (133), Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim 560kg £744 (133), L Mullan, Garvagh Char 660kg £871 (132), B Buchanan, Hillsborough Char 900kg £1179 (131), Ian McCollum, Nutts Corner Sim 630kg £819 (130), DJ Russell, Muckamore Here 630kg £819 (130).

Fr cows sold to: Ivan Jackson, Ballynure 880kg £1108 (126), O Magill, Crumlin 620kg £706 (114), R Millar, Broughshane 610kg £689 (113), T McKillop, Glenarm 700kg £791 (113), D McKay, Broughshane 650kg £721 (111), H and A Speedy, Randalstown 710kg £766 (108), R Millar, 520kg £556 (107), J McKeeman, Bushmills 710kg £759 (107), R Millar 600kg £636 (106), CFG and J C Adams, Dungonnell 650kg £676 (104), Brian McConnell, Doagh 650kg £669 (103), A Bell, Nutts Corner 610kg £616 (101).

Bulls sold to: W and E Fulton, Strabane Sim 730kg £1226 (168), WJ Boyd, Larne SHB 680kg £1074 (158), Sim 630kg £976 (155), John Crawford, Gracehill Lim 580kg £881 (152), Crawford McIlwaine, Kilwaughter Lim 800kg £1192 (149), Char 850kg £1198 (141), Char 890kg £1254 (141), Derek Jack, Donemana 680kg £843 (124), R Shaw, Rasharkin Lim 860kg £963 (112), D Knox, Coleraine AA 810kg £874 (108), C Scott, Newtownbreda Lim 1120kg £1176 (105), Robert Irvine, Carrick Char 970kg £999 (103).

1320 pounds was reached 3 times in the dairy ring for a calved heifer, a second and a third calver. Ruling prices: M McGimpsey, Newtownards calved hfr £1320, WG Johnston, Ligoniel calved cow £1320, Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod calved cow £1320, M McGimpsey, Newtownards calved hfr £1260, WG Johnston calved hfr £1260, Alan McNair, Ballyclare calved hfr £1220, M McGimpsey calved hfr £1160, T and J Mackey, Ballyclare calved cow £1100, DS Dickey, Randalstown calved hfr £1060.

A large entry of suckler stock sold to £1800 for a Lim heifer with bull calf, in calf heifers to £1610. Ruling prices: S Boyle, Millisle Lim hfr and bull calf £1800, BB hfr and hfr calf £1780, Lim hfr and hfr calf £1760, Derek Hood, Claudy Sim hfr and bull calf £1760, Hugh Gibson, Glenarm Blonde hfr and bull calf £1700, S Boyle Lim hfr and hfr calf £1640, Char in calf hfr £1610, BB in calf hfr £1570, Lim in calf hfr £1550, Ballymena producer Sal cow and bull calf £1500, S Boyle Lim in calf hfr £1500, Lim in calf hfr £1480, IM cow and hfr calf £1450, Char hfr and hfr calf £1440, Lim in calf hfr £1410, local farmer BB cow and bull calf £1400, S Boyle Sim in calf hfr £1400, (2) Lim hfr and bull calf £1370, PJ McKillop, Loughgiel Lim hfr and bull calf £1350, S Boyle Char in calf hfr £1340, J Moore, Dunloy Lim cow and bull calf £1300, Ballymena farmer Sal cow and hfr calf £1300, S Boyle Lim in calf hfr £1300, Char in calf hfr £1300, Sim in calf hfr £1210, James Wilson, Glenarm Ban in calf hfr £1200.

263 lots in the calf ring sold to £465 for a strong Char bull, baby calves to £450 for a Char bull, strong heifers to £450 for a Lim, young heifers to £400 also for a Lim. Friesian bulls to £310.

Continental bred bull calves sold to: A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char £465, Steven Millar, Ballymena Char £450, J Watson, Stoneyford Lim £450, RJT Fleming, Templepatrick Sim £400, Joseph Gregg, Glarryford Char £400, Ian Semple, Dungiven Here £400, Here £400, Leslie Wilson, Doagh BB £392, RJT Fleming Sim £390, E and T Andrew, Groomsport Lim £390, WJ and FC Patterson, Broughshane AA £390, P McGowan, Toomebridge AA £390, J O’Donnell, Randalstown AA £385, R Morrow, Glenarm Lim £380, WJ and JC Patterson AA £380, Leslie Wilson Sim £390.

Continental heifer calves sold to: Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Lim £450, A and D McAfee, Bushmills Char £450, Char £445, Leslie Wilson, Doagh Sim £412, Ian Semple, Dungiven BB £410, Hugh McNeill, Ballygally Char £400, Steven Millar, Ballymena Lim £400, Ian Semple, Dungiven Hol £400, Steven Millar BB £395, Andrew Abraham, Antrim (2) Here £395, Leslie Wilson BB £388, Ian Semple, Dungiven Hol £370, N Alexander, Gracehill AA £360, Ian Semple, Dungiven Hol £360, Here £355.

Fr bull calves sold to: S and SD Belshaw, Tullyrusk £310, George Hunter, Armoy £265, Thomas Fullerton, Maghera £192, Ian Semple, Dungiven £190, R Dunlop, Broughshane £188, Ian Semple £170, £165, J Walker, Randalstown £150, D Borland, Bushmills £140, Ian Semple £140, R Dunlop £140, Thomas Fullerton (2) £130, T and J Mackey, Ballynure £105, D Borland £100.

An entry of 200 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade. Bullocks sold to £570 over for a BB 340kg at £910 offered by Ian Martin, Ballyclare. Heifers sold to £510 over for a Lim 390kg at £900 presented by S Weatherup, Ballyclare.

Heifers 0-250kgs: J and M Farlow, Macosquin Sim 220kg £495 (225), Ian Semple, Dungiven (4) Here 210kg £460 (219), Wm Warwick, Templepatrick Lim 200kg £430 (215), R Hunter, Larne Lim 170kg £350 (205), Ian Semple (3) AA 180kg £365 (202), Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 250kg £470 (188).

251-300kgs: Andy Spence, Nutts Corner Lim 260kg £550 (211), JA Bonnar, Glenarm Char 260kg £530 (203), Andy Spence Lim 300kg £590 (196), JA Bonnar Lim 290kg £570 (196), Gary McCammond, Larne Lim 260kg £490 (188), Wm Warwick, Templepatrick Lim 300kg £565 (188), N Alexander, Gracehill Lim 300kg £560 (186), Lim 300kg £550 (183).

301-350kgs: Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Char 330kg £735 (222), Char 330kg £715 (216), A Mitchell, Donacloney AA 330kg £690 (209), Mrs E McCabe, Char 340kg £710 (208), Char 330kg £675 (204), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Here 350kg £685 (195), Mrs E McCabe Char 350kg £675 (192), KW Dickey, Ballyclare Lim 330kg £630 (190).

351kg and over: S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 390kg £900 (230), Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Char 380kg £855 (225), Char 370kg £815 (220), KW Dickey, Ballyclare Lim 420kg £880 (209), JA Bonnar, Glenarm Lim 380kg £750 (197), A Mitchell, Donacloney AA 380kg £745 (196), Ian McCollum, Nutts Corner Lim 390kg £755 (193), Lim 360kg £695 (193), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 400kg £770 (192), KW Dickey, Ballyclare Lim 370kg £700 (189).

Bulls/blks 251-300kgs: E Gregg, Ahoghill BB 280kg £700 (250), JA Bonnar, Glenarm Char 290kg £700 (241), Andy Spence, Nutts Corner Lim 260kg £610 (234), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 290kg £680 (234), A Magee Snr, Kilwaughter (4) AA 260kg £600 (230).

301-350kgs: Mrs S Davidson, Ligoniel Char 330kg £895 (271), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 340kg £910 (267), J and M Farlow, Macosquin Char 320kg £840 (262), H Crawford, Carnalbana Char 330kg £845 (256), S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 350kg £880 (251), S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 330kg £785 (237), H Crawford, Sal 320kg £750 (234), Ian Martin BB 330kg £730 (221), W Thompson, Crumlin Lim 350kg £760 (217), Ian Martin, BB 330kg £700 (212), A Mitchell, Donacloney BB 350kg £735 (210).

351kg and over: S Taylor, Ligoniel Char 390kg £970 (248), Char 380kg £930 (244), P Beatty, Nutts Corner Lim 370kg £870 (235), S Weatherup, Ballyclare Lim 400kg £920 (230), S Taylor Char 390kg £890 (228), Char 400kg £910 (227), A Mitchell, Donacloney Char 390kg £885 (226), Mrs E McCabe, Nutts Corner Char 410kg £930 (226), Ian Martin, Ballyclare BB 390kg £880 (225), S Taylor Char 370kg £830 (224), Mrs E McCabe Char 400kg £890 (222), Ian Martin BB 360kg £800 (222), G Gault, Doagh Lim 440kg £965 (219), S Weatherup, Lim 410kg £890 (217), Ian Martin BB 420kg £880 (209).

Another great sale of over 4000 sheep in Ballymena on Monday evening. Breeding sheep sold to £255, ewe lambs to £90, store lambs to £65 and rams to £750.

Breeding sheep sold to: Jonathan Kerr, Coleraine 10 Cv £255, M McGuigan, Pomeroy 10 Cv £248, 10 Cv £205, 10 Cv £192, 10 Cv £182, 10 Cv £160, Jonathan Kerr 20 Cv £158, M McGuigan 10 Cv £155, 10 Cv £154, John McFall, Brougshane 3 Tex £152, M McGuigan 10 Cv £150, 10 Cv £150, Jonathan Kerr 10 Cv £150, local farmer 7 Suff £145, M McGuigan 10 Cv £145, Ian McCluggage, Glarryford 10 Suff £140, local farmer 6 Tex £138, Ian McCluggage 10 Suff £133, P Rafferty, Pomeroy 10 Suff £131, local farmer 2 Suff £130, P Rafferty 8 Suff £128, G and M McGuckian, Dunloy 11 CB £128, P Rafferty 6 Suff £127, 6 Suff £126.

Store lambs sold to: JE O’Kane, Cushendall 15 CB £70, 16 CB £65, 16 CB £65, G Crawford, Glenariffe 4 Dor £64.50, Frank McCormick, Martinstown 15 Suff £63, RJ Cupples, Broughshane 22 Mule £62, C McAllister, Moorfields 14 Tex £61, J Hurl, Carnlough 5 Suff £60, R McCaughern, Rasharkin 8 Suff £60, JP McAuley, Parkmore 12 Tex £59, D Hunter, Ballynure 8 CB £59, HF McKay, Carnlough 15 Suff £58, M McGalliard, Carnlough 10 BF £58, C O’Hara, Rasharkin 16 Tex £58, Kevin O’Loan, Martinstown 12 Tex £57.50, JP McAuley 12 Tex £57, Roger Crawford, Parkmore 80 Tex £57, A Clements, Muckamore 12 Tex £56.50, G Crawford, Glenariffe 15 BF £56.50, A Clements 12 Tex £55, John O’Boyle, Cushendall 15 Suff £55, Kevin O’Loan, Martinstown 1 Tex £55, Roger Crawford 18 Tex £54.50, Roy McKeown, Broughshane 12 Tex £54.

Ewe lambs sold to: Miss J Gilliland, Muckamore 10 Suff £90, M McGlinchy, Omagh 12 Suff £90, 10 Suff £84, D Robinson, Carnalbana 8 Suff £82, James O’Rawe, Gracehill 10 Mule £82, M McGlinchy 10 Suff £82, Miss J Gilliland 10 Suff £80, J Goudy, Carrowdore 6 Suff £79, F McBride, Dundrod 1 BF £78, M McGlinchy 9 Suff £78, 11 Suff £77, Miss J Gilliland 10 Suff £76, D McLean, Larne 10 Suff £76, J Goudy 6 Suff £75, Alex Knox, Broughshane 14 Tex £75, Brendan McLoughlin, Glenariffe 14 Suff £74, James McLoughlin, Carnlough 12 Suff £73, M McGlinchy 12 Suff £73, Brendan McLoughlin 10 Suff £72, James O’Rawe, Gracehill 8 Mule £72, 1 Mule £72, D McLean 10 Suff £72, A Clements, Muckamore 12 Suff £71, T McNabney, Broughshane 11 Mule £71, James McLoughlin, Carnlough 7 Suff £71.

Almost 300 store cattle sold in another good firm trade with a 410kg Char heifer selling to £900 (219.5p per kg). A 420kg Char bullock sold at £1000 (238p per kg).

66 store heifers sold to: 301-400kgs: Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char 390kg £840 (215), Char 380kg £815 (214), Matt Workman, Kilwaughter Char 380kg £770 (202), Francis Craig, Antrim Lim 370kg £730 (197).

401-500kgs: Reps R Workman, Kilwaughter Char 410kg £900 (219), Matt Workman, Kilwaughter Char 440kg £925 (210), Francis Craig, Antrim Lim 470kg £980 (208), B Black, Carnlough Char 460kg £955 (207), Ian Craig, Antrim Lim 480kg £995 (207), B Black Char 450kg £920 (204), R McAllister, Bushmills Char 460kg £940 (204), Char 460kg £930 (202), Trevor Wallace, Dromore Char 480kg £970 (202), B Black Char 490kg £990 (202), Reps R Workman Char 410kg £825 (201), Francis Craig, Antrim Lim 440kg £885 (201), Robert Workman Char 470kg £940 (200).

501kg and over: B Black, Carnlough Char 530kg £1070 (201), Mark Pentland, Lisburn Lim 560kg £1100 (196), Trevor Wallace Char 520kg £1015 (195).

228 store bullocks sold to: 301-400kgs: TP Crawford, Kircubbin Lim 370kg £870 (235), N Boyd, Broughshane Lim 370kg £860 (232), local farmer Lim 380kg £880 (231), N Boyd Lim 390kg £895 (229), local farmer Sim 380kg £870 (229), Hugh McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 400kg £900 (225), James Graham, Crumlin (2) Char 370kg £820 (221), Hugh McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 400kg £880 (220), N Boyd Lim 350kg £760 (217), JP McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 400kg £865 (216), A Park, Ballynure (2) Lim 360kg £740 (205), James Graham Lim 370kg £720 (194).

401-500kgs: James O’Rawe, Gracehill Char 420kg £1000 (238), N Boyd, Broughshane Lim 420kg £985 (234), TP Crawford, Kircubbin (2) Lim 410kg £955 (232), JP McAlister, Aghadowey Lim 430kg £970 (225), Francis Craig, Antrim Lim 500kg £1100 (220), TP Crawford (2) Lim 440kg £955 (217), R Henry, Kilwaughter Lim 470kg £1015 (216), TP Crawford Char 470kg £1005 (213), James Graham, Crumlin Lim 440kg £940 (213), TP Crawford BB 460kg £980 (213), local farmer Lim 460kg £980 (213), A Clements, Muckamore (2) Lim 420kg £890 (211), JP McAlister Lim 450kg £950 (211).

501kg and over: K Craig, Ballyclare AA 590kg £1275 (216), Norman Parker, Crumlin Char 540kg £1150 (213), local farmer Char 510kg £1080 (211), K Craig AA 610kg £1255 (205), Wm Hamilton, Doagh AA 510kg £1040 (203), local farmer BB 520kg £1060 (203), Ian Craig, Antrim Lim 540kg £1100 (203), W Montgomery, Broughshane Lim 540kg £1100 (203), Norman Parker, Crumlin Sim 600kg £1220 (203), Char 620kg £12558 (202), D McNeilly, Ahoghill Lim 510kg £1030 (202), A Hunter, Antrim Char 510kg £1030 (202), Pauline Hamill, Crumlin Lim 550kg £1110 (201), Lim 520kg £1045 (201), James Graham, Crumlin Lim 540kg £1085 (200), A Hunter Char 560kg £1120 (200), R Henry, Kilwaughter Char 670kg £1300 (194), J Blair, Cullybackey Char 700kg £1310 (187).

2675 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday. The Annual Char prime lamb competition was sponsored by Reas of Finvoy and the Char society. David Brady placed JA Carten, Limavady 1st 21.5kg at £92, second Graeme Martin, Broughshane, 3rd JA Carten 22.5kg at £84, both lots bought by Colin Woodside for Jacksons butchers, Ballynure. G Martin also sold 7 Texels 23.5kg at £77 (328p). Heavier lots to £79.

Lambs (2004): JA Carten, Limavady 3 Char 21kg £92 (438), 3 Char 22.5kg £84 (373), Graeme Martin, Broughshane 3 Char 24.5kg £84 (342), J Anderson, Bushmills 3 Char 23.5kg £77 (327), Graeme Martin 7 Tex 23.5kg £77 (327), James Sheppard, Raloo 3 Char 23.5kg £76 (323), JS Coleman, Glarryford 3 Char 26.5kg £85 (320), Wm McAllister, Kells 9 Tex 24kg £76 (316), J Cubbitt, Rasharkin 10 Tex 23kg £70 (304), K and L Beacom, Ballywalter 3 Tex 22.5kg £68 (302), TA Fenton, Rasharkin 3 Char 22.5kg £67 (297), Dr J Moss, Antrim 9 Tex 19.5kg £58 (297), S McKeegan, Cushendall 23 Tex 22.5kg £66 (293), A Caldwell, Clough 5 Tex 19.5kg £57 (292), J McFerran, Glarryford 8 Suff 19kg £55.50 (292), J Anderson, Bushmills 3 Char 24kg £70 (291), S McGowan, Ballymoney 31 Tex 24kg £70 (291), Andrew Wright, Cullybackey 8 Tex 23kg £67 (291), Robert McNinch, Larne 44 Tex 23kg £66.80 (290), Richard Cowan, Magheramourne 50 Tex 24kg £69.50 (289), TA Fenton, Rasharkin 11 Char 22.5kg £65.50 (288), Graham Bros, Aughafatten 9 Tex 22.5kg £65 (288), TS McAuley, Larne 7 Tex 21.5kg £62 (288), Norman McBurney, Moorfields 52 Tex 24kg £69 (287), Alan McClintock, Ballymena 10 Tex 24kg £69 (287).

Heavy lambs sold to: John McFall, Broughshane 3 Tex 27.5kg £79, Wm McAllister, Kells 7 Tex 30.5kg £77.50, WJ McWhirter, Cullybackey 1 Char 33kg £74, W McQuitty, Clough 8 Char 27kg £74, 1 Char 27kg £74, WJ Kissock, Ballymena 13 Dor 28.5kg £72.50, Montgomery farms, Broughshane 22 Tex 26kg £72, Miss J Gilliland, Muckamore 34 Suff 26.5kg £71, M Moffett, Broughshane 22 Char 25kg £71, W Knowles, Cloughmills 11 Suff 27.5kg £71, A Lynn, Ballycastle 18 Suff 26kg £71, D McCaughey, Broughshane 5 Tex 26kg £71.

Fat ewes:

Tex to £85

Suff to £76

CB to £62

BF to £50