Friesian cows sell to £1,348 at Ballymena Mart

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A smaller entry of 250 beef cattle in Ballymena resulted in a terrific trade.

Fat cows sold to 178p for 790kg at £1,406 and 800kg at £1,424.

Friesian cows sold to 132p for 840kg at £1,108, beef heifers to 206p for 580kg at £1,194, beef bullocks to 214p for 630kg at £1,348 and 520kg at £1,112.

Friesian bullocks to 172p for 590kg at £1,014.

Fat cows sold to: Trevor Aicken, Ballymena, Blonde 790kg, £1,406 (178), J Hayes, Rasharkin, Blonde 800kg, £1,424 (178), J and S Bailey, Ballycastle Limousin 650kg, £1,150 (177), Limousin 630kg, £1,089 (173), D Rainey, Finvoy Charolais 900kg, £1,503 (167), C McNaughton, Ballymoney Limousin 650kg, £1,066 (164), J Luney, Newtownabbey Limousin 720kg, £1,152 (160), Vera Ferguson, Dungannon Charolais 750kg, £1,162 (155), R Patton, Ballycarry Blonde 710kg, £1,072 (151), J and S Bailey, Ballycastle Limousin 550kg, £825 (150), K McAuley, Broughshane Simmental 750kg, £1,117 (149), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Limousin 680kg, £1,006 (148), Limousin 700kg, £1036 (148), A Auld, Portstewart, Charolais 690kg, £1,021 (148), Parthenais 730kg, £1,080 (148), J and S Bailey, Ballycastle Limousin 590kg, £873 (148), George Barr, Larne Limousin 650kg, £955 (147), D A Mawhinney, Castledawson Limousin 630kg, £919 (146), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Limousin 610kg, £884 (145), J Luney, Newtownabbey Limousin 550kg, £797 (145), J McCloskey, Dungiven Limousin 610kg, £884 (145), J McKinley, Bushmills Aberdeen Angus 680kg, £965 (142), Aberdeen Angus 630kg, £888 (141), F and R Auld, Newtownabbey Aberdeen Angus 770kg, £1,085 (141).

Friesian cows sold to: Mrs P McAufield, Lisburn 840kg, £1,108 (132), S McClure, Coleraine 510kg, £663 (130), 480kg, £604 (126), Brian McConnell 720kg, £820 (114), James Gibson, Aughafatten 770kg, £877 (114), O R and R H Gault, Limavady 660kg, £726 (110), W L Mackey, Muckamore 620kg, £675 (109), H A Wilson, Newtowncrommelin 620kg, £663 (107), A Harbinson, Rathkenny 640kg, £684 (107), O R and H A Gault, Limavady 610kg, £634 (104), D McAuley, Toomebridge 650kg, £676 (104), D and S Kennedy, Broughshane 650kg, £663 (102), Gary McCammond, Larne 520kg, £520 (100).

Beef heifers sold to: Matthew Workman, Kilwaughter Charolais 580kg, £1,194 (206), Robert Hood, Broughshane Charolais 500kg, £1,010 (202), K McAuley, Broughshane Limousin 530kg, £1,038 (196), J S Dunn, Ballyclare Limousin 390kg, £752 (193), Robert Hood, Limousin 560kg, £1,064 (190), T Saunderson, Glenwherry Limousin 570kg, £1,065 (187), J M Morrison, Armoy Limousin 470kg, £864 (184), Robert Hood, Charolais 570kg, £1,048 (184), Vera Ferguson, Dungannon Charolais 770kg, £1,416 (184), S Gilmore and Co, Kilrea Charolais 650kg, £1,189 (183), S Fullerton, Bushmills Hereford 670kg, £1,219 (182), Robert Hood, Broughshane Limousin 530kg, £964 (182), J M Morrison, Belgian Blue 470kg, £850 (181), T McCullough, Broughshane Limousin 470kg, £850 (181).

Beef bullocks sold to: J McKinley, Bushmills Aberdeen Angus 630kg, £1,348 (214), J M Morrison, Armoy Belgian Blue 520kg, £1,112 (214), J McKinley, Aberdeen Angus 580kg, £1,229 (212), Joe Adams, Glarryford Limousin 760kg, £1,611 (212), P and S Kelly, Kells Belgian BLue 790kg, £1,651 (209), Kevin McErlain, Armoy Charolais 650kg, £1,352 (208), J M Morrison, Belgian Blue 550kg, £1,138 (207), Kevin McErlain, Limousin 590kg, £1,215 (206), Charolais 740kg, £1,480 (200), R Gilliland, Antrim Simmental 640kg, £1,235 (193), Tom Moorehead, Aughafatten European Angus 650kg, £1,248 (192), K O’Neill, Broughshane Belgian Blue 640kg, £1,216 (190), John McKeague, Dunloy Charolais 620kg, £1,178 (190), B Diamond, Bellaghy Limousin 660kg, £1,254 (190), Joe Adams, Glarryford Charolais 660kg, £1,254 (190), R Gilliland, Antrim Simmental 620kg, £1,171 (189), John McKeague, Dunloy Charolais 620kg, £1,165 (188), R Gilliland, Simmental 630kg, £1,184 (188), Simmental 590kg, £1,109 (188), Simmental 600kg, £1,128 (188), Simmental 650kg, £1,209 (186).

Friesian bullocks sold to: K O’Neill, Broughshane 590kg, £1,014 (172), 670kg, £1,125 (168), J V Ramsey, Coleraine 540kg, £864 (160), T R Lilburn 590kg, £932 (158), D Winter, Randalstown 610kg, £902 (148), J V Ramsey 470kg, £686 (146), D and N Hamill, Crumlin 500kg, £700 (140), J V Ramsey 440kg, £616 (140).

Forty nine dairy cows and heifers were presented.

Top price of £2,010 went to Trevor Brown, Crumlin for an Ayrshire second calver.

Leading prices as follows: Trevor Brown, Crumlin £2,010, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,960, Matthew Bruce, Bellaghy £1,760, Joseph Adams, Ballymena £1,750, J Ferguson, Straid £1,750, Matthew Bruce, Bellaghy £1,720, D Blelock, Ballymena £1,720, J Ferguson, Straid £1,680, A Bell, Crumlin £1,670, Bolton Brothers, Maghera £1,660, D W Graham, Ballymena £1,660, J R and P J Tinsley, Dromore £1,660, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,620, J Adams, Ballymena £1,600, D Blelock, Ballymena £1,600, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,500, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,500, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,480, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,480, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,480, J and M Wilson, Broughshane £1,420, J R and P J Tinsley, Dromore £1,410, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,350, local farmer £1,320, J R and P J Tinsley, Dromore £1,300, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,280, J Surgenor, Ballymoney £1,280, J Ferguson, Straid £1,270, J B McLean, Bushmills £1,250, D Wallace, Antrim £1,200, H McNabney, Clough £1,200.

Suckler stock sold to £1,350 for a Limousin heifer with heifer calf at foot, from Mrs M E Johnston, Glenanne.

Two hundred and twenty one calves in ring three sold to £410 for a Limousin bull (two months), younger bull calves to £385 for a fortnight old Charolais. Heifer calves sold to £360 for a Blonde D’Aquitaine (five weeks).

Top prices for bull calves follows: R Robinson, Broughshane Limousin £410, D McKay, Broughshane Limousin £400, R Martin, Ballymena Charolais £385, R Robinson, Broughshane Limousin £370, H Hall, Ballyclare Fleckvieh £360, S Pinkerton, Nutts Corner Charolais £360, J Huey, Armoy Limousin £345, R McConnell, Glenwherry Aberdeen Angus £345, I Millar, Ballymena Belgian Blue £340, S Pinkerton, Nutts Corner Belgian Blue £335, S McClenaghan, Antrim Limousin £335, P McGowan, Toomebridge Limousin £330, D S Wharry, Glenarm Aberdeen Angus £330, E Steele, Portglenone Charolais £330, S McClenaghan, Antrim Limousin £325, S McClenaghan, Antrim Limousin £320.

Top prices for heifer calves follows: T Aicken, Ballymena Blonde £360, D McKay, Broughshane Limousin £350, S Kennedy, Ballyclare Belgian Blue £320, C Kelly, Draperstown Aberdeen Angus £310, S Pinkerton, Nutts Corner Charolais £310, H Hall, Ballyclare Aberdeen Angus £295, S McClenaghan, Antrim Belgian Blue £280, D Jones, Moneymore Friesian £280, I Millar, Ballymena Belgian Blue £280, I Millar, Ballymena Belgian Blue £280, S Cargill, Parkgate Hereford £275, D S Wharry, Glenarm Blonde £270, A Beggs, Larne Aberdeen Angus £270, R McConnell, Glenwherry Belgian Blue £270, D W Wharry, Glenarm Blonde £265, McGookin Farm, Ballymena, Belgian Blue £265.

Top prices for Friesian bull calves follows: McGookin Farms, Ballymena £180, A Beggs, Larne £165, A Beggs, Larne £150, P McGowan, Toomebridge £140, S Kennedy, Doagh £130, S Cargill, Parkgate £95, S Cargill, Parkgate £90, T Taylor, Doagh £80, W Hamilton, Broughshane £70.

An entry of 240 weanlings in Ballymena resulted in a steady trade.

Bullocks sold to £520 over for a Limousin at 350kg at £870 offered by G Gault, Doagh.

Heifers sold to £570 over for a Belgian Blue 350kg at £920 presented by C Fleck, Clough.

Bulls/bullocks 0-300kgs

Derek Millan, Ballymoney Blonde 180kg, £470 (261), Blonde 190kg, £495 (260), Gary Davidson, Ligoniel Charolais 280kg, £710 (253), P McAleese, Loughgiel Charolais 260kg, £655 (251), Gary Davidson Charolais 260kg, £640 (246), local farmer Limousin 280kg, £685 (244), Noel Henry, Larne Charolais 270kg, £660 (244), Ivan Wallace, Doagh Limousin 230kg, £560 (243), Noel Henry Charolais 280kg, £670, 239, Gary Davidson Charolais 270kg, £640 (237).

301-350kgs

G Gault, Ballyclare, Limousin 350kg, £870 (248), Limousin 330kg, £820 (248), Ivan Wallace, Doagh Limousin 340kg, £825 (242), Limousin 345kg, £790 (232), L G Marron, Portglenone Limousin 320kg, £740 (231), P McAleese, Loughgiel Charolais 340kg, £780 (229), Ivan Wallace, Limousin 350kg, £790 (225), Noel Henry, Larne Charolais 320kg £720 (225), E and P McCormick, Cushendun Limousin 330kg, £740 (224), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Charolais 350kg, £780 (222), local farmer Simmental 310kg, £690 (222).

351kg and over

Stewart Anderson, Ballymoney Limousin 360kg, £865 (240), Kyle Molyneaux, Charolais 360kg, £825 (229), Charolais 380kg, £865 (227), Stewart Anderson, Limousin 390kg, £880 (225), Kyle Molyneaux, Charolais 400kg, £885 (221), Stewart Anderson, Limousin 390kg, £850 (218), I A Sherrard, Ballyclare, Charolais 400kg, £865 (216), Stewart Anderson, Limousin 420kg, £895 (213), Limousin 440kg, £930 (211), James Murtland, Antrim Limousin 400kg, £835 (208).

Heifers 0-300kgs

Wm Hopes, Ballywalter Blonde 270kg, £765 (283), E J Hopes, Ballywalter Blonde 290kg, £715 (246), Gary Davidson, Ligoniel Charolais 240kg, £590 (245), William Hopes, Blonde 300kg, £735 (245), Paul Downey, Portglenone Charolais 300kg, £700 (233), S Duff, Kells, Limousin 260kg, £590 (226), H Morrell, Macosquin Charolais 300kg, £675 (225), Charolais 290kg, £650 (224), E and P McCormick, Cushendun, Limousin 220kg, £490 (222), Paul Downey, Portglenone, Charolais 270kg, £600 (222).

301-350kgs

Colin Fleck, Clough Belgian Blue 350kg, £920 (262), W R Wilson, Ballymena Charolais 310kg, £705 (227), H Morrell, Macsoquin Charolais 310kg, £690 (222), E J Hopes, Ballywalter Belgian Blue 320kg, £680 (212), Kyle Molyneaux, Charolais 340kg, £720 (211), local farmer Charolais 340kg, £710 (208), Noel Henry, Larne, Charolais 340kg, £685 (201), R J Rea, Moneymore, Simmental 340kg, £680 (200), E J Hopes, Limousin 320kg, £635 (198), Belgian Blue 320kg, £615 (192).

351kg and over

Stewart Anderson, Ballymoney, Limousin 400kg, £885 (221), Limousin 410kg, £850 (207), James Murtland, Antrim Limousin 390kg, £780 (200), W R Wilson, Ballymena Charolais 380kg, £715 (198), Kyle Molyneaux, Dundrod Charolais 360kg, £700 (194), S Scullion, Glenarm Charolais 460kg, £880 (191), Gary Hood, Claudy Belgian Blue 500kg, £940 (188), A Beggs, Kilwaughter Belgian Blue 360kg, £660 (183), J Luney, Newtownabbey Limousin 380kg £690 (181), Sam Cameron, Randalstown, Charolais 705 (180).

A smaller entry of sheep in Ballymena on Monday night resulted in a steady trade.

Leading store lamb prices: W Boyle, Larne, 8 Texel £71, H Wilson, Newtowncrommelin, 42 Texel £68, 14 Texel £68, J McCurdy, Broughshane, 21 Suffolk £68, A Magee, Larne, Suffolk £66, Freemanstown Farms, Templepatrick, 20 Texel £66, M McKay, 17 Blackface £66, J Kirkpatrick, Larne, 16 Texel £65.50, P Campbell, Carnlough, 19 Charollais £64, W Campbell, Carnlough, 6 Charollais £64, G Rowney, Ballynure, 21 Suffolk £63.50, W Hamilton, Broughshane, 10 Texel £61.50, D McBride, Kells, 16 Texel £60.50, K Kidd, Broughshane, 1 Texel £60.50, A O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin, 16 Texel £60.50, D Bell, Antrim, 26 Texel £60.

An entry of 100 store cattle in Ballymena on Tuesday resulted in a great trade. Bullocks sold to £725 over for an Aberdeen Angus 600kg £1,325 offered by D Christie, Ballymoney, and heifers sold to £550 over for a Charolais 550kg, £1,100 presented by A Henry, Kilwaughter.

Leading bullock prices: A Henry, Ballymoney, Limousin 530kg, £1,200 (226), D Christie, Ballymoney, Aberdeen Angus 600kg, £1,325 (220), J McDevitt, Limavady, Charolais 440kg, £970 (220), Limousin 480kg, £1,050 (218), J Smyth, Randalstown, Charolais 460kg, £995 (216), D Christie, Ballymoney, Simmental 560kg, £1,210 (216), J Murtland, Antrim, Limousin 530kg, £1,145 (216), D Christie, Ballymoney, Limousin 530kg, £1,140 (215), J Smyth, Randalstown, Limousin 490kg, £1,045 (213), J McDevitt, Limavady, Limousin 490kg, £1,040 (212), A Henry, Ballymoney, Limousin 510kg, £1,065 (208), J Smyth, Randalstown, Charolais 470kg, £980 (208), local farmer, Limousin 540kg, £1,120 (207), R Henry, Kilwaughter, Charolais 550kg, £1,140 (207), D Christie, Ballymoney, Limousin 570kg, £1,180 (207), R Dawson, Stoneyford, Limousin 510kg, £1,050 (205), Blonde 520kg, £1,045 (201), local farmer, Charolais 600kg, £1,200 (200), S Taylor, Belfast, Charolais 540kg, £1,080 (200), J Duff, Kells, Limousin 500kg, £1,000 (200), J Murtland, Antrim, Limousin 530kg, £1,055 (199).

Leading heifer prices: E Kirkpatrick, Crumlin, Charolais 460kg, £945 (206), Limousin 390kg, £800 (205), Limousin 450kg, £920 (204), Charolais 500kg, £1,020 (204), R Henry, Larne, Charolais 550kg, £1,100 (200), Charolais 550kg, £1,090 (198), R Dawson, Stoneyford, Blonde 520kg, £1,025 (197), W Kirkpatrick, Charolais 500kg, £980 (196), R Dawson, Stoneyford, Blonde 530kg, £1,020 (192), Limousin 490kg, £940 (191), Limousin 460kg, £870 (189), W Kirkpatrick, Crumlin, Charolais 390kg, £730 (187), R Cupples, Broughshane, Belgian Blue 620kg, £1,160 (187), J Murtland, Antrim, Limousin 490kg, £910 (185), Limousin 500kg, £910 (182), R M Lyons, Coleraine, Limousin 500kg, £910 (182), R Dawson, Lisburn, Limousin 520kg, £940 (180),

A great entry of 2,671 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat lambs sold to 365p per kilo for a pen of Texels 23kg £84 and a pen of Charollais 23kg £84. Fat ewes sold to £75.

Fat lambs 2,520 (top price per kilo): C Fleming, Crumlin, 10 Texel 23kg, £84 (365), T Fenton, Rasharkin, 4 Charollais 23kg, £84 (365), D Bell, Antrim, 95 Texel 18.5kg, £67.50 (364), M Workman, Kilwaughter, 11 Suffolk 23kg, £83 (360), S Davison, Broughshane, 4 Texel 23kg, £83 (360), P Smyth, Broughshane, 1 Texel 25kg, £90 (360), Shaws Hill Farm, Kells, 62 Texel 22kg, £79 (359), G Martin, Broughshane, 16 Texel 24kg, £86 (358), K McElheron, Stranocum, 27kg, £85.80 (357), R Campbell, Templepatrick, 7 Texel 23kg, £82 (356), W Hagan, Ballyclare, 44 Texel 20.5kg, £73 (356), S Davison, Broughshane, 15 Texel 21.5kg, £76.50 (355), J McQuiston, Ballymoney, 46 Texel 21.5kg, £76.50 (355), G Arthurs, Broughshane, 13 Texel 23kg, £81.80 (355), D Hanna, Ballymoney, 14 Texel 22.5kg, £80 (355), J McNeill, Rasharkin, 21 Texel 22.5kg, £80 (355), J McFaul, Broughshane, 9 Texel 22kg, £78 (354).

Top price per head: D McClelland, Limavady, Texel 32kg, £92, P Smyth, Broughshane, Texel 25kg, £90, T Jackson, Broughshane, Suffolk 31kg, £90, D McClelland, Limavady, 3 Texel 27kg, £88, K McAuley, Broughshane, 30 Texel 26.5kg, £87, F McNeilly, Glarryford, 7 Suffolk 27kg, £87, S Hunter, Bushmills, 15 Suffolk 26kg, £87, J McElheron, Stranocum, 15 Suffolk 25.5kg, £87, Carrigeen Farms, Templepatrick, 40 crossbred 25.5kg, £86.80, G Stirling, Parkgate, 30 Suffolk 26kg, £86.50, D Law, Kells, 22 Texel 26kg, £86.50, A Crawford, Ballynure, 49 crossbred 26.5kg, £86, N McBurney, Moorfields, 27 Charollais 25.5kg, £86, G Martin, Broughshane, 16 Texel, 24kg, £86, M Moffett, Broughshane, 23 Charollais 24.5kg, £86, A Paul, Maghera, 41 Texel 24.5kg, £86, J Thompson, Bushmills, 19 Texel 25kg, £86, W McCurdy, Broughshane, 45 Texel 26kg, £86.

Fat ewes (151)

First quality

Suffolk - £58 - £75

Texel - £60 - £75

Crossbred - £40 - £60

Blackface - £35 - £58