THE bad weather didn’t deter the bidders from the 4th Blackface In-Lamb Sale and with a packed ringside on Monday evening in Ballymena Livestock Mart, spirited bidding came from start to finish. 36 females sold to average £724 which was up £102 with two less being sold on the previous year.
Brothers O & S Brannigan, Glenbeg Blackies, Dungannon, received the two top prices of the night, 1800gns for a 3-crop by Jacko scanned twins to 52K Crossflatt and 1700gns for a 2-crop by 15K Midlock scanned single to Tornado.
The Rock (Loughash) received 1600gns for a 2-crop by 3.5K Auldhouseburn scanned twins to 35K Auldhouseburn. C & C Phillips, Draperstown, sold a gimmer by Elmscleugh bred son of 160K Dalchirla, scanned twins to 20K Nunnerie, for 1300gns.
M & R Smyth, Coleraine, received 1200gns for a 3-crop by 1.8K Eastmill scanned twins to 7.5K Auchnacloich. Glenbuck Blackface, Karl O’Mullan, Dunloy, sold a gimmer by 24K Crossflatt scanned triplets to 5K High Stuward for 1150gns.
G & W Watson, Coleraine received 1050gns for a gimmer by 5.5K Adams scanned single to 3.5K Haughton.
Other leading prices – 980gns M&R Smyth; 900gns AB Carson; 820gns, 800gns P McEvoy; 800gns The Rock; 750gns H McKeegan; 700gns G Crawford; 650gns Glenbuck Blackface; 650gns J Kerr.