Ballymena Livestock mart held their annual Christmas beef show and sale with Gleno Valley YFC on Monday, 1st December.
An entry of 63 beef cattle was judged by Jim Gibbs, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland who complimented on the high quality of the animals on show in his speech before the sale.
An extremely large attendance of customers and spectators witnessed a tremendous trade for all the cattle in the auction ring resulting in £3,000 being paid for the supreme champion (a Lim heifer) sold by Drumhilla farms, Newtownards and purchased by local butchers Ivan and John Jackson, Ballynure. Jacksons butchers also purchased the butchers best, a BB heifer presented by Martin and B Johnston, Toomebridge which sold at £2,000.
The YFC champion presented by Wilson Crawford, Islandmagee also sold for £2,000 to Tom McMaster butchers in Whitehead. Although Jacksons butchers Ballynure bought 13 top quality beef heifers, other butchers purchasing were T McMaster, Whitehead, S McGookin trading as E Jenkins, Ballyclare, Sam Carmichael for McKees butchers, Maghera, D and A Lamont, Cullybackey, Linden foods, Granville, Jim Dillon, Coleraine, Paul Sloan, Rasharkin, Derek Frew, Randalstown, Barry Hutton, Cookstown and Trevor Wallace, Dromara.
Ballymena mart would like to thank the main sponsors of the show: Newport Collection, Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland for their generous support.
The young handlers then strutted their stuff to be judged by Mrs Margaret McQuiston, Brigadoon who awarded Adam McGookin, Gleno Valley YFC the senior championship with Amy Wilson, Gleno Valley YFC reserve champion.
Adam McIvor, Dungannon won junior champion with Victoria Workman reserve champion. The Matchett family perpetual cup was presented to Adam McGookin, Ballynure being overall champion young handler of the show.
Highest prices and placings: Drumhilla farms, Newtownards Lim £3,000 (Lim champ), David Spiers, Katesbridge Char £2,075, Crawford Wilson, Islandmagee Lim £2,000 (YFC champ), M Johnston, Toomebridge BB £2,000 (butchers best), Lim £1,975, BB £1,909, WP Keenan, Crossgar Lim £1,764, M Johnston, Toomebridge Lim £1,753, Crawford Wilson Par £1,750 (AOB champ), WP Keenan Lim £1725, Eric and Norman Cousley, Moneymore Char 780kg £1700, Crawford Wilson Blonde £1700 (Blonde reserve champ), M Johnston Char £1696, I McCaughern, Rasharkin Lim £1669 (Lim reserve champion), M Johnston BB £1620 (BB champ), A and M and V Armstrong, Straid BB £1618, Robert Workman, Kilwaughter Char £1616 (Char champ), O Loughran, Cookstown £1612, WP Keenan, Crossgar BB £1598 (BB reserve champ), Partrick Turner Char £1560, J Neill, Crossgar Lim £1555, George McIvor, Dungannon £1536, M Johnston £1519, C Collier, Dundrod BB £1500 (YFC reserve champ), M Johnston, Blonde £1400 (Blonde champ), Ken Buchanan, Larne Lim £1431 (1st YFC blk), Robin Nicholson, Monkstown BB £1325, M Johnston Blonde £1351, WJ Ervine, Newtownabbey Lim £1441, IM McCracken, Greyabbey Lim £1352, Sidney Rea, Straid Char £1352, WJ Ervine BB £1456, Robin Nicholson BB £1419, WJ Ervine £1264, Ken Buchanan £1275, Robin Nicholson £1377, £1479.
CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE OF LAMBS:
An entry of 28 pairs of fat lambs were presented at the annual Christmas fat stock show and sale in Ballymena. Alfie Murray of A Murray family butchers, Killyleagh kindly judged the event awarding champion pair of lambs to Patrick Brolly, Claudy with his 1st prize Beltex weighing 21.5kg and selling to Jacksons Butchers, Ballynure for £180 each.
Elizabeth and James Gould, Ringsend were awarded reserve champion for their 1st prize Charollais selling for £150 to McKees, Maghera.
1st prize Dorset T Wright, Ballymoney selling to Jenkins butchers, Ballyclare for £110.
Jenkins also purchased 1st prize Suffs at £130 from E and J Gould, Ringsend. Graham Martin, Broughshane received 1st for Texels selling to McKees Maghera for £90.
McKees, Maghera also purchased 1st prize Mules from S Wilson, Ballymena at £90 and the 1st prize BF from John Hamilton, Cushendun at £80.
Many thanks goes to all purchasers, respective breed societies and Fane Valley for their kind sponsorship of class winners and Jacksons Ballynure for sponsoring championship prizes.
Ruling prices: P Brolly, Claudy 2 Bel 21.5kg £180 (1st and champ), E and J Gould, Ringsend 2 Char 26.5kg £150 (1st Char ), 2 Suff 27kg £130 (1st Suff), Ian McCaughern, Rasharkin 2 Bel 25.5kg £120, P Brolly 2 Bel 23.5kg £112 (2nd), T Wright, Ballymoney 2 Dor 21kg £110 (1st), Ian McCaughern, Rasharkin 2 Bel 22kg £105, Paul Woodside, Carrick 2 Tex 24kg £100 (2nd), T Wright, Ballymoney 2 Dor 21kg £98, M Moffett, Broughshane 2 Char 25kg £95 (2nd), P Brolly 2 Bel 24.5kg £95 (3rd), Sidney Rea, Straid 2 Char 25kg £90 (3rd), TA Fenton, Rasharkin 2 Char 23.5kg £90, S Wilson, Ballymena 2 Mule 24.5kg £90 (1st), Graeme Martin, Broughshane 2 Tex 27.5kg £90 (1st), SF Carson, Ballee 2 Tex 29.5kg £88, Paul Woodside, Carrick 2 Tex 25kg £88, M Moffett, Broughshane 2 Dor 26kg £86 (3rd), John Byrne, Antrim 2 Tex 30.5kg £86 (3rd), M Moffett 2 Dor 24kg £85 (2nd), E and P McCormick, Cushendun 2 BF 23.5kg £82 (2nd), F Connon, Ballymena 2 Mea 23kg £82 V Hamilton, Cushendun 2 BF 20kg £80 (1st), S Wilson, Ballymena 2 Mule 24kg £80 (2nd), R Hunter, Larne 2 Bel 21.5kg £80.