Ballymena Mart: Beef cows sell to £1,555

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A good entry of 370 beef cattle in Ballymena on Thursday.

Beef cows sold to 192p for 810kg at £1,555, Friesian cows to 132p for 730kg at £963.

Beef heifers to 218p for Aberdeen Angus 510kg at £1,111, beef bullocks to 208p for Charolais 650kg at £1,352 and Friesian bullocks to 152p for 760kg at £1,155.

Beef cows sold to: H McCracken, Ballywalter, Limousin 810kg, £1,555 (192), Limousin 700kg, £1,316 (188), Timothy Wray, Carnlough, Limousin 660kg, £1,221 (185), Mrs A Henry, Antrim, Limousin 840kg, £1,528 (182), G Knowles, Gracehill, Limousin 530kg, £938 (177), David Andrew, Templepatrick, Limousin 530kg, £938 (177), local farmer Charolais 580kg, £1,003 (173), Bernard McKenna, Bellaghy, Limousin 820kg, £1,418 (173), Ian Davidson, Larne, Limousin 660kg, £1,135 (172), Aiden Hamilton, Ballycastle, Limousin 620kg, £1,054 (170), J A Ross, Islandmagee, Limousin 500kg, £850 (170), John McKeague, Dunloy, Blonde 670kg, £1,139 (170), local farmer Limousin 650kg, £1,092 (168), R Shaw, Rasharkin, Charolais 570kg, £940 (165), C McGuckin, Maghera, Limousin 630kg, £1,039 (165), Ivor Hyndman, Maghera, Limousin 670kg, £1,085 (162), William Jones, Templepatrick, Limousin 760kg, £1,223 (161), local farmer Limousin 620kg, £998 (161), Aiden Hamilton, Limousin 610kg, £951 (156), Robert Workman, Kilwaughter, Belgian Blue 690kg, £1,069 (155).

Friesian cows sold to: McGookin Farming 730kg, £963 (132), R and C Steede, Cullybackey, 810kg, £1,061 (131), H Snodgrass 640kg, £800 (125), Brian McConnell, Doagh, 710kg, £880 (124), S Wilson, Ballymena, 680kg, £809 (119), Forsythe Bros, Loughgiel, 660kg, £759 (115), Stephen McCammond, Randalstown, 690kg, £793 (115), Lyle Bryson, Dunadry, 750kg, £855 (114), E and R J Bredin, Co Londonderry, 770kg, £877 (114), J Ferguson Snr, Straid, 510kg, £581 (114), John Hunter, Crumlin, 720kg, £813 (113), W R McIntyre, Cloughmills, 720kg, £813 (113), I Suffern, Crumlin, 700kg, £784 (112), H Snodgrass 730kg, £817 (112), J Blair, Larne, 690kg, £765 (111), I W and A T McCaughey, Broughshane 620kg, £682 (110).

Beef heifers sold to: W H Harkness, Crumlin, Aberdeen Angus 510kg, £1,111 (218), E Logan, Ahoghill, Limousin 550kg, £1,188 (216), W H Harkness, Limousin 520kg, £1,107 (213), Limousin 510kg, £1,060 (208), Sam McNabney, Clough, Aberdeen Angus 560kg, £1,164 (208), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter, Charolais 590kg, £1,228 (208), E Logan, Ahoghill, Limousin 520kg, £1,066 (205), Limousin 530kg, £1,081 (204), Adrian Marks, Portglenone, Limousin 620kg, £1,190 (192), Sam McNabney, Clough, Limousin 620kg, £1,184 (191), Mrs A Stewart, Ballymena, Charolais 580kg, £1,102 (190), Charolais 520kg, £988 (190), W and D McClure, Dundrod, Limousin 630kg, £1,197 (190), Mrs A Stewart, Ballymena, Charolais 580kg, £1,090 (188), J and J Rea, Kilwaughter, Charolais 640kg, £1,203 (188), Sam McNabney Belgian Blue 710kg, £1,320 (186), Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick, Charolais 620kg, £1,147 (185), Colm McLoughlin, Carnlough, Blonde 450kg, £828 (184), R Gilliland, Antrim, Simmental 590kg, £1,085 (184), A Dobbs, Carrick, Aberdeen Angus 620kg, £1,128 (182).

Beef bullocks sold to: John McKeague, Dunloy, Charolais 650kg, £1,352 (208), Charolais 690kg, £1,407 (204), Charolais 670kg, £1,340 (200), H McCracken, Ballywalter, Limousin 540kg, £1,080 (200), G and S Carey, Dunloy, Charolais 620kg, £1,233 (199), R Gilliland, Antrim, Simmental 640kg, £1,267 (198), R Gilliland, Antrim, Simmental 640kg, £1,267 (198), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod, Charolais 690kg, £1,352 (196), R Gilliland, Antrim, Simmental 670kg, £1,313 (196), local farmer Simmental 710kg, £1,384 (195), Gareth Bell, Nutts Corner, Limousin 740kg, £1,435 (194), local farmer Simmental 660kg, £1,254 (190), R Gilliland, Simmental 610kg, £1,146 (188), P Graffin, Portglenone, Charolais 700kg, £1,309 (187), P and S Kelly, Kells, Belgian Blue 780kg, £1443 (185), R Gilliland, Antrim, Simmental 620kg, £1,147 (185), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod, Charolais 640kg, £1,177 (184), R Gilliland, Simmental 680kg, £1,251 (184), Simmental 640kg, £1,177 (184), W Kirkpatrick, Charolais 570kg, £1,037 (182).

Friesian bullocks sold to: James Gaston, Ballinaloob, 760kg, £1,155 (152), R Kennedy, Ballyclare, 550kg, £814 (148), M Matthews, Ballycastle, 710kg, £1,036 (146), Colm McLoughlin, Carnlough, 620kg, £892 (144), R Kennedy 580kg, £829 (143), 550kg, £781 (142), 520kg, £728 (140), William Moore, Dervock 610kg, £793 (130).

A smaller entry of 28 dairy cattle sold well to a top of £1,950 for a calved heifer from Matthew Bruce, Bellaghy, calved cows sold to £1,800 for a third calver.

Ruling prices: Matthew Bruce, Bellaghy, £1,950, Thomas Carlisle, Dundrod, £1,800, local farmer £1,770, Joseph Adams, Ballymena, £1,760, R Thompson, Ligoniel, £1,750, local farmer £1,720, J Ferguson, Straid, £1,720, Joseph Adams £1,690, D W Graham, Clough, £1,680, John Hunter, Crumlin, £1,650, local farmer £1,610, David Donnan, Donaghadee, £1,600, Trevor Brown, Crumlin, £1,600, Broughshane producer £1,600, J Ferguson Snr £1,600, Beattie Lilburn £1,580, Broughshane producer £1,580, David Wilson, Ballycraigy, £1,570, £1,510, J Ferguson Snr £1,480, John Hunter, Crumlin, £1,450, David Donnan, Donaghadee, £1,400, Matthew Bruce, Bellaghy, £1,380, C Casey, Cloughmills, £1,320, Mr and Mrs McCord, Cookstown, £1,200.

In the suckler ring, £1,850 was paid for a young Hereford bull, while a Limousin cow with heifer calf fetched £1,630.

Ruling prices: Timothy Wray, Carnlough, Limousin cow and heifer calf £1,630, A Shaw, Ballymena, Limousin cow and bull calf £1,510, Hugh McMullan, Glenarm, Limousin cow and heifer calf £1,450, Gary Crowe, Ballyclare, Blonde heifer and bull calf £1,400, M Byrne, Randalstown, Simmental cow and bull calf £1,350, T J McLornan, Nutts Corner, Charolais cow and heifer calf £1,200, W Donaghy, Rasharkin, Limousin in calf heifer £1,000.

181 lots in ring three sold well to £470 for a five month old Charolais bull, while a five week old Charolais heifer realised £385.

Beef bred bull calf sold to: A and D McAfee, Bushmills, Charolais £470, Charolais £425, R F Saunderson, Glenwherry, Belgian Blue £420, Belgian Blue £400. E Andrews, Groomsport, Aberdeen Angus £385, Norman Scott, Nutts Corner, Belgian Blue £380, B Alexander, Ahoghill, Belgian Blue £380, H Mulvenna, Glenarm, Limousin £370, Sean McIlroy, Ballycastle, Charolais £370, T Herbinson, Randalstown, Aberdeen Angus £365, Oliver Bradley, Magherafelt, Charolais £360, James Graham, Raloo, Simmental £360, D Blelock, Crumlin, Belgian Blue £360, Patrick Logan, Ahoghill, Limousin £355, Brian Foster, Whitehead, Belgian Blue £355, T J Johnston, Glenavy, Limousin £350.

Heifer calves sold to: A and D McAfee, Bushmills, Charolais £385, local farmer Belgian Blue £370, A G Smyth, Dungiven, Hereford £345, Mick McKeown, Cushendall, (2) Limousin £340, D Blelock, Crumlin, Belgian Blue £340, Mick McKeown, Cushendall, (2) Limousin £355, Belgian Blue £330, B Alexander, Ahoghill, £320, E Andrews, Groomsport, Belgian Blue £320, Mick McKeown, Limousin £315, A G Smyth, Dungiven, Mon £310, Mick McKeown, Limousin £300, A and T Knox, Bushmills, Belgian Blue £300.

Friesian bull calves sold to: F O’Boyle, Randalstown, (2) £260, James Adair, Kells, (2) £150, Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee, (2) £145, Ian Fleming, Newtownabbey, £115, Stephen Stewart, Newtownabbey, £100, Mrs M Wilkin, Islandmagee, £100.

250 weanlings presented at Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade.

Bullocks sold to £510 over for a Charolais 310kg at £820 from H Morrell, Coleraine and a Limousin 310kg at £810 offered by David White, Broughshane.

Heifers sold to £440 over for a Charolais 260kg at £700 presented by Timothy Wray, Carnlough.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

A Shaw, Ballymena, Charolais 170kg, £490 (288), Gary Davidson, Ligoniel, (2) Charolais 240kg, £670 (279), Colin Harper, Crumlin, Charolais 250kg, £675 (270), Timothy Wray, Carnlough, Charolais 240kg, £640 (266), Limousin 210kg, £550 (261), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter, Blonde 180kg, £470 (261), Michael McAuley, Newtowncrommelin, Limousin 150kg, £385 (256), H McCormick, Larne, Belgian Blue 230kg, £590 (256), Timothy Wray, Limousin 240kg, £615 (256), Gary Davidson, Ligoniel, Charolais 260kg, £665 (255), Timothy Wray, Charolais 290kg, £740 (255), Palmer Johnston, Lisburn, (2) Charolais 260kg, £660 (253), Richard McGinley, Ballymoney, Limousin 270kg, £680 (251), Michael McAuley, Newtowncrommelin, Limousin 230kg, £570 (247).

301-350kgs

H Morrell, Macosquin, Charolais 310kg, £820 (264), David White, Broughshane, Limousin 310kg, £820 (264), J A McKillop, Cushendall, Charolais 310kg, £810 (261), T and R McFerran, Ballyhalbert, Limousin 310kg, £800 (258), David Andrew, Templepatrick, Limousin 330kg, £830 (251), J McCracken, Randalstown, Charolais 330kg, £800 (242), David Andrew, Limousin 320kg, £765 (239), David White, Limousin 310kg, £730 (235), Colin Harper, Crumlin, Charolais 340kg, £800 (235), David Andrew, Templepatrick, Limousin 310kg, £725 (233), R Shaw, Rasharkin, Charolais 350kg, £805 (230), J McAuley, Ballyclare, Charolais 320kg, £730 (228), H Kennedy, Ballynure, Limousin 310kg, £700 (225), W J McMullan, Ballycastle, Charolais 350kg, £775 (221), local farmer Limousin 340kg, £750 (220), David White, Limousin 330kg, £725 (219).

351kg and over: T and R McFerran, Ballyhalbert, Limousin 360kg, £815 (226), D and W Hume, Randalstown, Limousin 380kg, £860 (226), R Shaw, Rasharkin, (2) Limousin 370kg, £830 (224), T and R McFerran, Ballyhalbert, Limousin 380kg, £825 (217), J McCracken, Randalstown, Charolais 410kg, £865 (211), James O’Rawe, Gracehill, (3) Aberdeen Angus 360kg, £745 (206), Aberdeen Angus 390kg, £805 (206), Colin Harper, Crumlin, Charolais 410kg, £845 (206), David Andrew, Templepatrick, Limousin 420kg, £865 (206), Richard McGinley, Ballymoney, Charolais 390kg, £800 (205), R Shaw, Rasharkin, Limousin 420kg, £860 (204), James O’Rawe, Gracehill, Aberdeen Angus 390kg, £795 (203), W J McMullan, Ballycastle, Limousin 420kg, £855 (203), Colin Harper, Crumlin, Charolais 360kg, £730 (202).

Heifers 0-300kgs: Timothy Wray, Carnlough, Charolais 260kg, £700 (269), Charolais 270kg, £680 (251), Ed Stirling, Kilwaughter, (3) Blonde 180kg, £430 (238), H Morrell, Macosquin, Limousin 240kg, £570 (237), S Henderson, Ballycastle, Limousin 200kg, £470 (235), Stephen McAuley, Ballymoney, Charolais 290kg, £680 (234), H Morrell, Macosquin, Limousin 240kg, £560 (233), W Brown, Saintfield, Charolais 230kg, £535 (232), Colin Harper, Crumlin, Charolais 300kg, £690 (230), Gary Davidson, Ligoniel, (2) Charolais 290kg, £660 (227), R Calwell, Ballycarry, Limousin 300kg, £680 (226), Stephen A McAuley, Ballymoney, Charolais 240kg, £530 (220), Timothy Wray, Carnlough, Limousin 260kg, £570 (219).

301-350kgs: W Brown, Saintfield, Charolais 310kg, £680 (219), Richard McGinley, Ballymoney, Charolais 320kg, £695 (217), David White, Broughshane, Limousin 330kg, £700 (212), Stephen McAuley, Ballymoney, Charolais 340kg, £715 (210), J McCracken, Randalstown, Charolais 340kg, £685 (201), David White, Broughshane, Limousin 340kg, £680 (200), P McCammond, Larne, Limousin 340kg, £675 (198).

351kg and over: J McCracken, Randalstown, Charolais 360kg, £750 (208), H Kennedy, Ballynure, Limousin 400kg, £740 (185), J McCracken, Randalstown, Charolais 380kg, £685 (180), James O’ Rawe, Gracehill, Aberdeen Angus 410kg, £715 (174), local farmer Simmental 380kg, £660 (173).

A smaller sale of sheep om Monday resulted in a great trade.

Store lambs sold to £78, ewe lambs to £94, breeders to £115 and rams to £180.

Leading prices as follows:

Store lambs sold to: John Robinson, Hollywood, 8 Texel, £78, 3 Texel, £78, D McCammon, Larne, 3 Suffolk, £75, W R Bell, Crumlin, 16 Texel, £70, D Johnston, Macosquin, 5 Texel, £70, William Hamilton, Doagh, 34 Eas, £69, Victor Rodgers, Cushendun, 13 crossbred, £68.50, J J Mawhinney, Kells, 1 Texel, £67.50, W Jones Jnr, Templepatrick, 21 Texel, £67, J McFetridge, Glenarm, 21 Texel, £67, N Park, Larne, 15 Suffolk, £66, D McBride, Kells, 13 Texel £65, I Lindsay, Crumlin, 12 Texel, £63, D McCammon, Larne, 20 Suffolk, £62, S B Donnelly, Cargan, 4 Texel £61, R and M Kidd, Aughfatten, 20 Lleyn, £59, W Jones, Templepatrick, 11 Texel, £56.50, D W McFarland, Aldergrove, 23 Texel, £56.50, J J Mawhinney 5 Texel, £52, Anthony McKeegan, Glenarm, 40 Blackface, £51, Donal McIlwaine, Cushendall, 23 Blackface £50.50.

100 store cattle penned at Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a sharper trade.

Bullocks sold to £655 over for a Charolais 610kg at £1,265 offered by J W Duff, Cookstown.

Heifers sold to £470 over for a Charolais 550kg at £1,020 presented by E O’Donnell, Toomebridge.

Bulls/bullocks sold to: D Thompson, Bushmills, Limousin 380kg, £850 (223), J W Ferris, Ballynure, Limousin 440kg, £960 (218), Tom Moorhead, Aughafatten, Charolais 550kg, £1,190 (216), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod, Limousin 380kg, £815 (214), Limousin 490kg, £1,050 (214), D Thompson, Bushmills, Blonde 440kg, £940 (213), W Millar, Broughshane, Limousin 520kg, £1,110 (213), Tom Moorhead, Aughafatten, Charolais 530kg, £1,130 (213), European Angus 480kg, £1,020 (212), W Kirkpatrick, Aberdeen Angus 440kg, £930 (211), W Millar, Broughshane, Limousin 570kg, £1,200 (210), John Gribben, Randalstown, Limousin 540kg, £1,130 (209), C Tinsdale, Carnlough, Charolais 570kg, £1,190 (208), W Kirkpatrick, Dundrod, Limousin 490kg, £1,020 (208), T Boyd, Larne, Limousin 450kg, £935 (207), J W Duff, Cookstown, Charolais 610kg, £1,265 (207), Hugh Doherty, Randalstown, Limousin 460kg, £950 (206), C Tinsdale, Carnlough, Charolais 560kg, £1,155 (206), W Millar, Broughshane, Limousin 540kg, £1,105 (204), Tom Moorehead, Aughafatten, Charolais 520kg, £1,060 (203), Charolais 560kg, £1,140 (203), Hugh Doherty, Limousin 500kg, £1,015 (203), J W Duff, Coagh, Charolais 570kg, £1,155 (202), J W Ferris, Ballynure, Limousin 430kg, £870 (202), J Smyth, Randalstown, Charolais 490kg, £990 (202).

Heifers sold to: David Andrew, Templepatrick, Limousin 380kg, £865 (227), Limousin 400kg, £860 (207), Limousin 400kg, £780 (195), D Thompson, Bushmills, Charolais 460kg, £890 (193), David Andrew, Limousin 430kg, £820 (190), E O’Donnell, Toomebridge, Charolais 550kg, £1,020 (185), D Thompson, Blonde 410kg, £750 (182), David Andrew, Limousin 290kg, £525 (181), Limousin 360kg, £650 (180), J W Duff, Coagh, Charolais 560kg, £1,000 (178), Charolais 580kg, £1,020 (175), E O’Donnell, Charolais 510kg, £880 (172).

An entry of 2,055 sheep in Ballymena resulted in a sharper trade.

Fat lambs sold to 373p for a pen of 13 Texels 22.5kg at £84 offered by R and M Milliken, Armoy and to a top per head of £91 for a pen of heavy Texels from A Rocke, Larne.

Fat ewes sold to £80.

Fat lambs (1,901)

(Top prices per kg)

R and M Milliken, Armoy 13 Texel 22kg, £84 (373), Matt Millar, Carrick 9 Texel 20.5kg, £75.80 (369), Anne Brown, Saintfield 1 Texel, 15kg £55 (366), S Bonnar, Broughshane 20 Charolais, 20kg £73 (365), Etta Stirling, Parkgate 5 Suffolk 22kg, £80 (363), Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 4 Texel 24kg, £87 (362), Alan Paul, Maghera 42 Texel 23.5kg, £85 (361), Yvonne Gregg, Broughshane 17 Texel 20kg, £72 (360), Matt Millar, Carrickfergus 5 Texel 20kg, £72 (360), Gordon Francey, Ballymena 5 Texel 23kg, £82.50 (358), I Montgomery, Ballymena 18 Texel 24kg, £86 (358), A and J Currie, Ballyclare 7 Texel 24kg, £86 (358), Andrew Wright, Cullybackey 12 Texel 22kg, £78.80 (358), Bonnar Farms, Ballymena 53 crossbred 16.5kg, £59 (357), R McCormick, Armoy 22 Texel 22.5kg, £84 (357), J Hamilton, Ballymena 18 Texel 23.5kg, £84 (357), Antrim Estates, Glenarm 19 Texel 23.5kg, £84 (357), John Thompson, Bushmills 1 Texel 21kg, £75 (357), Dr J Moss, Antrim 14 Texel 21kg, £75 (357).

Top prices per head: Alfie Rocke, Larne 20 Texel 32kg, £91, S Agnew, Ballyclare 5 Texel 27kg, £90, W J Hanna, Ballyclare 23 Texel 27kg, £90, Alfie Rocke, Larne 13 Texel 28.5kg, £89, K McAuley, Broughshane 28 Texel 27.5kg, £88, Alan McNair, Ballyclare 22 Texel 26.5kg, £88, David Law, Kells 17 Texel 28kg, £87.50, E Drummond, Ballynure 10 Texel 26kg, £87.20, William McCroary, Broughshane 18 crossbred 25.5kg, £87, P J Kane, Ballycastle 18 Texel 26kg, £87, J Boyd, Larne 23 Charollais 26.5kg, £87, Jennifer Martin, Broughshane 4 Texel 24kg, £87, John McFall, Broughshane 18 Texel 25.5kg, £87, G Rowney, Ballynure 14 Texel 26.5kg, £87, Carrigeen Farms, Parkgate 35 Texel 24.5kg, £87, A Dobbs, Carrick 11 Texel 26kg, £87, J Thompson, Kells 9 Texel 25kg, £87, J Bonnar, Broughshane 20 crossbred 27kg, £87, H McCracken, Ballywalter 20 Texel 24.5kg, £87.

Fat ewes (154)

First quality

Suffolk- £60-£80

Texel - £60-£80

Crossbred - £55-£70

Blackface - £35-£50