Steady trade for cattle at Ballymena with beef cows selling to 167 pence for 580kg at £968

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An entry of 240 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in another good steady trade.

Beef cows sold to 167 pence for 580kg at £968, Fr cows to 116p for 680kg at £788, 750kg at £870, beef heifers to 192p for 600kg at £1152, 610kg at £1171, beef bullocks to 205p for 580kg at £1189, Fr bullocks to 148p for 650kg at £962.

Fat cows sold to: J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 580kg £968 (167), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 690kg £1090 (158), Martin Milne, Bellaghy Lim 690kg £1069 (155), Blonde 660kg £1003 (152), J Smyth, Randalstown Lim 680kg £1033 (152), SW Clyde, Randalstown Lim 630kg £951 (151), A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 750kg £1102 (147), Martin Milne, Bellaghy Lim 730kg £1073 (147), SW Clyde Lim 700kg £1015 (145), Ian Graham, Ballyclare Lim 650kg £903 (139), W and M Orr, Ballycastle Lim 760kg £1056 (139), Martin Milne, Bellaghy Lim 650kg £903 (139), George Quinn, Upper Ballinderry Sim 700kg £973 (139), L Knox, Bangor Lim 490kg £676 (138), MP McElhinney, Co Londonderry BB 620kg £855 (138), Noel Henry, Larne Lim 480kg £657 (137), F McKinney, Ballymoney FKV 780kg £1068 (137), A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 690kg £924 (134), G Wilson, Glenarm Lim 600kg £804 (134), J and S Gawn, Kells SH 700kg £938 (134), MP McElhinney AA 740kg £976 (132), Ian Graham, Ballyclare AA 720kg £928 (129), BB 730kg £941 (129), John Christie, Ballymoney Lim 710kg £915 (129).

Friesian cows sold to: Mrs M Currie, Ballymoney 680kg £788 (116), Andrew Abraham, Antrim 750kg £870 (116), Wilbert Craig, Crumlin 730kg £832 (114), Thomas Simpson, Ballymena 670kg £763 (114), 590kg £654 (111), Andrew Abraham 830kg £921 (111), 750kg £825 (110), Wm Wylie, Dunloy 540kg £583 (108), A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare 630kg £667 (106), AM Crawford, Ballynure 750kg £787 (105), James Stirling, Ballymena 650kg £682 (105), Joe Maybin, Kells 600kg £630 (105), Brian Lyttle, Moorfields 680kg £714 (105), H Park, Ballymena 720kg £748 (104), A and W McIlwaine, Ballyclare 570kg £581 (102), J Thompson, Ballycastle 640kg £652 (102), 580kg £591 (102), Andrew Abraham, Antrim 840kg £856 (102), A Harbinson, Rathkenny 660kg £666 (101), Thomas Simpson, Ballymena 590kg £584 (99), J Thompson, Ballycastle 580kg £562 (97), R Aicken, Rathkenny 610kg £585 (96), MP McElhinney, Londonderry 620kg £589 (95), J King, Ballymena 690kg £648 (94),

Beef heifers sold to: R McIntyre, Glarryford Char 600kg £1152 (192), Char 610kg £1171 (192), J McKinley, Bushmills AA 610kg £1159 (190), AA 640kg £1216 (190), A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 630kg £1190 (189), Wm Smyth, Moorfields St 580kg £1078 (186), A Kennedy, Ardglass Char 600kg £1110 (185), J McElheran, Stranocum Hol 510kg £943 (185), R McIntyre, Glarryford Lim 630kg £1159 (184), R and J Park, Ballymena AA 520kg £956 (184), J Hayes, Rasharkin Blonde 590kg £1067 (181), Blonde 640kg £1132 (177), A Kennedy, Lim 530kg £932 (176), W Adamson, Ballynure Blonde 590kg £1026 (174), Lim 610kg £1043 (171), J McKinley AA 490kg £833 (170), W Adamson, Ballynure Blonde 670kg £1118 (167), Wm Smyth, Moorfields St 470kg £780 (166), S Smith, Garvagh Here 560kg £918 (164).

Beef bullocks sold to: W McQuigg, Aghadowey Lim 580kg £1189 (205), Robert McIlveen, Connor Lim 730kg £1401 (192), Char 650kg £1241 (191), James Matchett, Aghalee Lim 690kg £1304 (189), Robert McIlveen Lim 640kg £1209 (189), David Parks, Moira Lim 710kg £1341 (189), Robert McIlveen Lim 620kg £1159 (187), Char 700kg £1302 (186), T Marshall Sal 800kg £1472 (184), E McClintock, Ballymena Sim 720kg £1317 (183), Hunter Kane, Ballycastle Lim 500kg £910 (182), Robert McIlveen, Connor Char 590kg £1067 (181), P Graffin, Portglenone Lim 610kg £1098 (180), James Matchett, Aghalee AA 560kg £991 (177), George Kernohan, Randalstown Lim 660kg £1056 (176), Martin Milne, Bellaghy Sim 690kg £1214 (176), AM Crawford, Ballynure Lim 580kg £1015 (175), P Graffin, Portglenone Lim 670kg £1172 (175), T Marshall Sal 650kg £1131 (174), N Wilson, Ballymena Lim 640kg £1107 (173), James Wilson, Holywood Sal 720kg £1238 (172), W McQuigg, Aghadowey Lim 560kg £963 (172), W Kerr, Glarryford Lim 630kg £1071 (170).

Fr bullocks sold to: Robert Robinson, Carnalbana 650kg £962 (148), Thomas Hamilton, Carrickfergus 600kg £882 (147), Robert Robinson 610kg £878 (144), James Wallace, Dunloy 640kg £883 (138), Robert Robinson, Broughshane 680kg £931 (137), M Wallace, Ballymena 610kg £835 (137), M McDonnell 540kg £734 (136), 600kg £816 (136), Norman Leslie, Castledawson 780kg £1037 (133), James Wallace 560kg £728 (130), M McDonnell 540kg £696 (129), James Wallace 580kg £742 (128), GL Porter, Crumlin 520kg £644 (124), 510kg £627 (123), 540kg £658 (122).

A small entry of dairy stock sold to £1000 for a calved heifer from Wm Black, Aghadowey. Ruling prices: W Black, Aghadowey calved hfr £1000, RR Cupples, Rathkenny calved hfr £960, R McCluggage, Larne calved cow £960, John Hunter, Crumlin calved hfr £940, D McClure, Ballymoney calved cow £880, W Weatherup, Carrickfergus calved cow £850, calved hfr £850.

32 lots in the suckler ring sold to £1570 for a Sim cow with bull calf. Ruling prices: J Mulvenna, Larne Sim cow & bull calf £1570, S Wallace, Ballymena Lim hfr and hfr calf £1430, T Christie, Armoy Lim hfr and bull calf £1420, WR Price, Nutts Corner Char hfr and hfr calf £1400, Lim hfr and bull calf £1400, J Kyle, Portglenone Lim cow and hfr calf £1330, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill BB cow and hfr calf £1300, D Allen, Moneymore Char cow and bull calf £1300, S Wallace, Ballymena Lim hfr and bull calf £1280, T Christie, Armoy BB hfr and bull calf £1240, David Compton, Carninney Char cow and hfr calf £1200, T Christie, Armoy BB hfr and hfr calf £1180, J Mulvenna, Larne Blonde cow and hfr calf £1180, D Allen, Moneymore Char cow and hfr calf £1180, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill Char hfr and bull calf £1160, K Craig, Ballyclare AA hfr and bull calf £1110.

258 lots in the calf ring sold well to £400 for a Hereford bull (three months), bull calves just over 1 month old sold to £350 for a BB, partly reared heifer calves to £350 for a Hereford, young heifer calves to £320 for a Char.

Bull calves sold to: J Walker, Randalstown Here £400, SD Gillespie, Portglenone AA £390, WR McIntyre, Cloughmills Sim £370, G Patton, Stranocum AA £355, AA £350, WA Holden, Larne BB £350, David Steele, Bellaghy AA £340, G Patton AA £330, SD Gillespie, AA £325, G Patton AA £325, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £325, D Montgomery, Glenwherry Lim £325, Thomas McKeating, Cloughey SHB £320, A and E Cochrane, Bushmills Lim £320, Thomas McKeating SHB £315, David Compton, Carninney Sim £310, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £305, A and E Cochrane Lim £305, Irwin Gamble, Articlave Lim £300, WR McIntyre, Cloughmills Sim £300, WA Holden, Larne BB £300, D and M Knowles, Cullybackey Mon £300, Thomas McKeating SHB £300, local farmer BB £300.

Heifer calves sold to: Local farmer Here £350, K McClenaghan, Antrim Char £320, T Martin, Randalstown Lim £320, Lim £310, Thomas McKeating, Cloughey SHB £305, WJ and RJ Cuthbert, Ballycarry Blonde £300, G Patton, Stranocum AA £300, AA £290, A and E Cochrane, Bushmills Lim £290, James Graham, Raloo Sim £280, Samuel Kennedy, Doagh AA £280, GM Kernohan, Broughshane BB £280, Irwin Gamble, Articlave Lim £270, Lim £270, Thomas Johnston, Glenavy Lim £270, Samuel Kennedy, Doagh Here £270, James Graham, Raloo (2) Sim £265, G Patton, Stranocum (2) AA £265, Smiddie Hill farms, Newtownards BB £265, J Collins, Ballymoney Sim £250, AP Redmond, Portavogie (2) Here £250.

Friesian bull calves sold to: D and M Knowles, Cullybackey £270, £215, W Weatherup, Carrick £185, local farmer (4) £185, W Weatherup, Carrick £180, D and M Knowles (3) £150, John Cameron, Broughshane £110 (young), Derek Lyttle, Kells £105 (young), W and F Hill, Randalstown £105 (young).

An entry of 150 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade. Bull calves sold to £550 over for a Lim 340kg at £890 offered by Wm Jones, Templepatrick. Heifers sold to £440 over for a Spk 360kg at £800 offered by E Gillan, Ballymena.

Bulls/blks 0-250kgs

TJ Magee, Ballyclare (3) Char 250kg £635 (254), Wm McIlroy, Magheramourne Lim 230kg £555 (241), James Magee, Ballyclare Char 250kg £490 (196), TJ Magee Char 250kg £490 (196), James Magee Char 250kg £490 (196).

251-300kgs

R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 290kg £710 (244), Stewart Anderson, Ballymoney Lim 280kg £670 (239), A Kennedy, Ardglass Lim 290kg £680 (234), W McLaughlin, Dunloy Char 280kg £590 (210), R Caldwell, Ballycarry Lim 290kg £595 (205), Blonde 290kg £590 (203), R McAuley Char 280kg £530 (189).

301-350kgs

Wm Jones Snr, Templepatrick Lim 340kg £890 (261), Lim 320kg £810 (253), Lim 350kg £855 (244), Lim 340kg £820 (241), Lim 320kg £730 (228), Stewart Anderson, Ballymoney Lim 320kg £720 (225), R Caldwell, Ballycarry Blonde 330kg £735 (222), Stewart Anderson Lim 310kg £690 (222), Lim 330kg £730 (221), local farmer Sim 310kg £685 (221), Stewart Anderson Lim 350kg £765 (218), J Cunningham, Broughshane Lim 320kg £645 (201).

351kg and over

Wm Jones Snr, Templepatrick Lim 380kg £900 (236), Lim 390kg £890 (228), Lim 380kg £855 (225), L McKeever, Ballymoney Blonde 380kg £820 (215), local farmer Char 360kg £775 (215), Patrick Rowan, Aughafatten Lim 450kg £955 (212), Lim 450kg £950 (211), A and E Wylie, Martinstown Here 380kg £785 (206), Here 460kg £860 (187).

Heifers 0-250kgs

W McLaughlin, Dunloy Char 220kg £535 (243), R McAuley, Ballyclare Char 230kg £500 (217), Victor Campbell, Magheragall Sim 240kg £520 (216), Wm McIlroy, Magheramourne Lim 180kg £385 (213), J and M Farlow, Macosquin Char 250kg £520 (208).

251-300kgs

R Caldwell, Ballycarry Lim 300kg £705 (235), J and M Farlow, Macosquin Sim 260kg £605 (232), David Woodburn, Broughshane Char 290kg £635 (219), R Caldwell, Ballycarry Lim 300kg £650 (216), local farmer Char 260kg £560 (215), K Craig, Ballyclare AA 260kg £500 (192), R McAuley, Ballyclare Lim 260kg £480 (184).

301-350kgs

David Woodburn, Broughshane Char 320kg £730 (228), A Kennedy, Ardglass Lim 310kg £690 (222), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 320kg £700 (218), Wm Jones Snr, Templepatrick Lim 320kg £700 (218), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 310kg £670 (216), Lim 320kg £675 (210), L McKeever, Ballymoney Blonde 320kg £675 (210), R Caldwell, Ballycarry Blonde 330kg £680 (206), Stewart Anderson, Ballymoney Lim 310kg £635 (204), K Minford, Lim 310kg £630 (203), Stewart Anderson Lim 350kg £695 (198), C Liddie, Ballymena Blonde 320kg £635 (198), David Woodburn, Carrick Char 350kg £685 (195), John Calwell, Ballycarry Lim 310kg £605 (195), A Kennedy, Ardglass Lim 350kg £670 (191), L McKeever Blonde 350kg £670 (191).

351kg and over

E Gillan, Ballymena Spk 360kg £800 (222), Sim 360kg £720 (200), Patrick Rowan, Aughafatten Lim 410kg £815 (198), S Scullion, Glenarm Char 370kg £730 (197), K Minford, Crumlin Lim 400kg £775 (193), H Dickson, Moneyrea Ea 440kg £820 (186), David Woodburn, Broughshane Char 360kg £670 (186), Ian Davidson, Larne (2) Lim 430kg £800 (186), David Woodburn Char 370kg £685 (185), Norman Farquhar, Ballymena BB 410kg £745 (181), H Dickson, Moneyrea Ea 450kg £815 (181), WJ Wilson, Rasharkin AA 370kg £670 (181).

A smaller show of store cattle on Tuesday at Ballymena seen a better trade with bullocks selling to £575 over for a Limousin 480kg £1055 from J Alexander, Randalstown. Heifers sold to £330 over for a Charolais 330kg £660 from J McHenry, Mosside.

Store bullocks: J Alexander, Randalstown, Lim 480kg £1055 (219), Lim 360kg £740 (205), J Smyth, Randalstown, Char 570kg £1170 (205), J Alexander, Randalstown, Lim 580kg £1190 (205), R McNabney, Broughshane, Lim 390kg £795 (203), Lim 370kg £750 (202), J Smyth, Randalstown, Char 570kg £1155 (202), J Mcloughlin, Carnlough, Sim 380kg £765 (201), S Black, Ballymena, Lim 530kg £1060 (200), J Alexander, Randalstown, Lim 460kg £910 (197), B McAllister, Kells, Lim 450kg £890 (197), A Thompson, Ballyclare, Char 450kg £885 (196), J Smyth, Randalstown, Lim 510kg £1000 (196), J Alexander, Randalstown, Lim 450kg £880 (195), A Thompson, Char 500kg £970 (194), Sho 490kg £950 (193), S Black, Ballymena, Lim 540kg £1040 (192), Lim 520kg £1000 (192), A Thompson, Ballyclare, Lim 480kg £920 (191), A McAllister, Glenarm, Shb, 460kg £880 (191), S Black, Ballymena, Lim 440kg £840 (190), J Alexander, Randalstown, Lim 400kg £760 (190), J Smyth, Randalstown, Char 570kg £1080 (189), P McCashin, Ballykinlar, Char 520kg £975 (187), A Thompson, Ballyclare, Lim 460kg £860 (187).

Store heifers: J McHenry, Mosside, Char 330kg £660 (200), E O’Donnell, Toomebridge, Char 470kg £920 (195), A Scott, Glarryford, Char 400kg £780 (195), W Mills, Glenarm, Lim 350kg £675 (192), S Gowdy, Ballyclare, Lim 560kg £1080 (192), J McHenry, Mosside, Char 400kg £770 (192), C McGuicken, Maghera, Lim 470kg £850 (180), J McHenry, Mosside, Char 430kg £775 (180), R McNabney, Broughshane, Lim 480kg £860 (179), S Gowdy, Ballyclare, Lim 600kg £1065 (177), J McHenry, Mosside, Char 390kg £685 (175), A Russell, Templepatrick, Char 420kg £730 (173), W Mills, Glenarm, Lim 360kg £620 (172), R Gowdy, Ballyclare, Char 490kg £840 (171), E O’Donnell, Toomebridge, Char 450kg £765 (170), C McGuicken, Maghera, Lim 400kg £680 (170), P McKay, Martinstown, Lim 490kg £830 (169), E O’Donnell, Toomebridge, Char 490kg £820 (167), P McKay, Martinstown, Lim 460kg £700 (152), A and E Wylie, Martinstown, Her 530kg £800 (150), P McKay, Martinstown, AA 490kg £720 (146), A Scott, Glarryford, Char 390kg £565 (144), P McKay, Martinstown, Lim 430kg £620 (144), G Connon, Aldergrove, Her 430kg £615 (143), A Lamont, Portglenone, AA 430kg £610 (141).

An entry of 2362 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a lesser trade. A show and sale of Fat lambs was organised by the Rouge Society, Sam Carmichael judged the event awarding first prize to WJ Cubitt, Rasharkin, 22.5kg £100 purchased by the judge for McKee’s of Maghera, second place also went to the same seller 22.5kg £90, third place went to J Graham, Crumlin, 22.5kg £80. Fat ewes sold to £109.

Fat Lambs (1740)

(Top price per kilo)

W J Cubitt, Rasharkin, 3 Rou 22.5kg £100 (444), 3 Rou 22.5kg £90 (400), J Gardiner, Ballyclare, 4 Tex 21kg £80 (381), J Currie, Ballymena, 3 Tex 21.5kg £80 (372), W J Cubitt, Rasharkin, 4 Rou 22.5kg £80 (355), J Graham, Crumlin, 3 Rou 22.5kg £80 (355), W J Hamilton, Londonderry, 3 Rou 22kg £78 (354), R and M Coulter, Doagh, 4 Dor 20.5kg £72 (351), W McQuitty, Clough, 1 Char 23.5kg £80 (340), W J Hamilton, Londonderry, 3 Rou 26kg £87 (334), 3 Rou 24kg £80 (333), I Morrison, Dunloy, 86 Tex 22.5kg £75 (333), Simpson and Calvin, Ballymoney, 5 Tex 23kg £76 (330), 3 Rou 22.5kg £74 (328), C Millar, Kilrea, 12 Tex 23.5kg £77 (327), J Hamilton, Broughshane, 5 Tex 22kg £72 (327), J McCollum, Carnlough, 6 Tex 22kg £72 (327), R Reid, Glarryford, 28 Tex 22kg £72 (327), 2 Tex 22kg £72 (327), R Logan, Broughshane, 4 Tex 19kg £62 (326), W Holland, Doagh, 31 Tex 23kg £75 (326).

(Top price per head)

W J Cubitt, Rasharkin, 3 Rou 22.5kg £100, 3 Rou 22.5kg £90, C Millar, Kilrea, 1 Tex 37kg £88, W J Hamilton, Londonderry, 3 Rou 26kg £87, L Calderwood, Dunloy, 13 Tex 27.5kg £84, 2 Tex 31kg £84, D Hanna, Ballymoney, 9 Tex 27.5kg £82, M & R Simpson, Broughshane, 16 Tex 26kg £82, C Jamieson, Larne, 7 Tex 26.5kg £81, J Gardiner, Ballyclare, 4 Tex 21kg £80, W J Cubitt, Rasharkin, 4 Rou 22.5kg £80, J Currie, Ballymena, 3 Tex 21.5kg £80, A Hoey, Glenwherry, 4 Char 26kg £80, W McQuitty, Clough, 1 Char 23.5kg £80, J Graham, Crumlin, 3 Rou 22.5kg £80, W J Hamilton, Londonderry, 3 Rou 24kg £80, A Bonnar, Glenwherry, 8 Dor 25kg £79, M Wallace, Dunloy, 40 Tex 24.5kg £79, W Hagan, Ballyclare, 10 Tex 24.5kg £78.