A bid of 190 guineas for a second prize gilt, Ballynahinch Belle 8th, shown by Dickson Bros, Ballynahinch, was the top price of the pig auction at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s spring show and sale at Balmoral.
The buyers were Messrs J Campbell and Son, Ballymoney.
The Large White champion, Mr Robert Emerson’s Greenhill farm King David 78th, was knocked down to Mr P Magee, Warrenpoint, for 115 guineas, while the champion Landrace, Tullylagan Kathleen 55th, from the farm of Mr Stewart Hammond, Cookstown, was sold for 130 guineas to Mr Cyril Millar, Coleraine.
Animals from Accredited herds were the best sellers and one leading Large White exhibitor said that pigs sold solely on “visual appearance” met a slower trade.
Despite this, prices paid at the auction totalled £12,271 7s – £1,453 more than last year – but 200 animals were sold compared with 177 at the 1968 auction.
The average for the Large White gilts jumped by £3 4s 9d to £66 13s 3d while the average for Large White boars was £60 1s 4d compared with £59-0-3d last year.
Thirty Landrace gilts were sold at an average of £63 14s – down £5 19s – while 51 boars gave an average of £59 15s compared with an average of £60 7s 3d recorded for 37 sold last year.