Ballymena Sale 2020

Lleyn Sheep Trade on Fire!

There had been a lot of interest shown before the sale with the Northern Ireland Club having a very successful open day.  This led to demand out stripping the supply on the day.  100% of the female sold with shearling ewe averages £62 up on the year and ewe lambs £33 up. 

The shearling ewes saw 14 pens, many with more than five in the pen hit the £200 mark and above.  The top priced shearling ewes came from A McConville, Newry with his best pen of five selling for £275/head to A Calwell, Ballymena.  The same buyer bought Mr McConville’s next pen at £260/head.  J Coulter, Newtownard had a very good day selling his best pen of ten at £245/head to JJ McCambridge & Son, Ballycastle.  The same buyer bought a further two pens from Mr Coulter at £235/head.  Mr Coulter sold a third pen at £235/head to D Mason, Downpatrick.  Mr Coulter sold a further three pens at £230 and £225 x 2.  C & A Kennedy, Ballyclare sold at pen at £230/head to R Paynter, Hockley.

The ewe lamb section was topped by A Trainer, Newry selling five ewe lambs at £190/head to W Oliver, Dundalk.  Mr Trainer sold a second pen at £170/head also to W Oliver.  B & E Latimer, Trillick sold a pen of six for £185/head to P Browne, Lifford.  Mr Latimer sold a pen of eight to W Grey, Ballinamallard for £170/head.  S Killen, Newry sold his pen at £182/head to S Ward, Magherafelt.  Over 16 pens sold for £140 or more with the odd pen at £102 and most selling £120 and over.

With 23 rams forward, 19 found new homes today.  The highlight came from the pen of B & E Latimer, Trillick.  They sold Girgadis Indiana Jones (01690/1903788) sired by Woodfoot Geezer, a Linda Jenkinson ram and out of a L Organ ewe.  He was purchased for 1800gns by breeder J McKavanagh, Lurgan.  Giggadis Ice Cool (01694/1903699), out of a homebred ewe he is sired by Netherton Eddy, a John Blakey ram.  He was taken home by another breeder who had a successful shearling ewe trade earlier, J Coulter who gave 1300gns.  R Millen, Coleraine sold Knockmult Ignatius (02153/1902314) sired by a Lluest ram for 1100gns to D Neill, Downpatrick.  D Mullen sold the first ram into the ring Knockmult Hunter (02153/1802090) sired by a Steen ram for 1000gns to J Bradley, Maghera. 


Shearling Ewes to £275 av. £230 (+62)

Ewe Lambs to £190 av. £142 (+33)

Rams to 1800 gns av. £664 (+135)


Top Prices

Shearling Ewes

A McConville £275

A McConville £260

J Coulter £245J Coulter £235 (x3)

C & A Kennedy £230

J Coulter £230

J Coulter £225 (x2)

D Mullen £220

J & C Kennedy £220

D Mullen £215

J Coulter £205

D Mullen £180

Ewe Lambs

A Trainor £190

B & E Latimer £185

S Killen £182

B & E Latimer £170

A Trainer £170

J Coulter £168

B & E Latimer £165

CB Quigley £160

J Coulter £160

A Adair £155 (x2)

J Coulter £155

B & E Latimer £150 (x2)

CB Quigley £140

C & A Kennedy £140


B & E Latimer (91) 1800gns

B & E Latimer (92) 1300gns

R Millen (84) 1100gns

D Mullen (77) 1000gns

B & E Latimer (93) 950gns

J Coulter (99) 850gns

J & C Kennedy (95) 650gns

CB Quigley (107) 550gns

W McKane (88) 450gns

J Coulter (100) 450gns


Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Market

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