FEMALES were in demand at the URBA Border Leicester 105th Sale on Monday, September 28, in Ballymena Livestock Market with four out of the five top prices being paid for gimmers.
James Aiken, ‘Carnew’, Dromore, sold the top price of the night, a gimmer sired by Muirmouth Ringleader for 800gns to Tullyvallen Flock of Jack Graham and Pauline Gibson, Dromore.
This was followed by Stephen Wallace, ‘Slatehill’, Ballyclare, selling his ram lamb sired by Kininmonth Thunder for 750gns. James Aiken received the next top price for another gimmer sired by Muirmouth Ringleader reaching 650gns with Harold Dickey, ‘Rosenga’, Ballymena, selling his gimmer sired by Ditton Dodger for 600gns and James Aiken selling another gimmer sired by Muirmouth Ringleader
The sale had a 100 per cent clearance with 21 more sheep sold compared to last year. Averages were up for ewes, ewe lambs and ram lambs and although the average was down slightly for the shearling rams there were more sold.
Other leading prices: 500gns, 400gns, 360gns J Adams & Sons; 420gns J Aiken; 420gns J Graham & P Gibson; 400gns H Dickey; 400gns, 320gns x2 S Wallace; 400gns x3, 320gns x2 D & L Mawhinney; 380gns, 320gns S McLaughlin; 340gns C Rainey.
The association would
like to thank Alan Carson, Farm Services, for sponsoring the sale, to Fane Valley Stores for sponsoring its Virtual Show earlier in the year and to Danske Bank and J Thompson & Sons for their sponsorship over the years.