BALLYMENA mart hosted the annual Bluefaced Leicester sheep sale, resulting in another successful event.
Buyers from the Republic of Ireland were again out in force due to it being an export sale. Shearling ram averages were slightly down, ram lambs up and, due to the enthusiasm for the breed, females were up 88gns.
Topping the prices at 7500gns was the pre-sale champion awarded by Craig Thornborrow, Dawyck to J Adams & Sons, Holmview, with their first prize ram lamb, a full brother to last year’s 7K by J1 Carryhouse, selling to Lee Beacom, Lakeview.
J Adams & Sons were awarded top pen of the sale, with further sales at 3200gns for a L1 Firth son and two more at 2600gns for another L1 son & J1 Carryhouse son.
Declan McKillop, Giants Causeway, had also a sale to remember with second top price of the day, receiving 5000gns for a son of Fardens Popeye selling to Jonathan Loughery, Limavady. Declan had further sales of 4000gns for another Popeye son and 3800gns for one by K1 Tievebuiale Farm.
L1 Fardens Popeye offspring were very popular on the day, with Steven Duncan, Hillvale, selling one by Popeye late in the sale for 4000gns to Michelle Wright, Mullaghwee, and Kieran McGrath.
The final 4000gns sale was received by Ian Montgomery, Misty Burn, for his first prize ram lamb from Balmoral Show, another Popeye son, selling to Martyn Archer, Carryhouse, and Neil Marsden, Highberries.
Ian Montgomery was also awarded Champion female for a very smart ewe lamb, again by Popeye selling at 2200gns to Paul Sammon, Tipperary.
Craig Thornborrow awarded Graham & Julie Loughery, Temain, first prize in the shearling rams and reserve overall, bred by J7 Hamildean, selling for 3200gns to Seamus McLaughlin, Garvagh. Robert Gault, Carnlea, received 2900gns for a second prize shearling, sold to Michael Hunter, Ardmore.
145 shearling rams av 796gns, down 55gns;
141 Ram Lambs av 998gns, up 47gns; 41 females av 580gns, up 88gns.