GLENO Valley YFC and Ballymena Livestock Mar-
ket held their Annual Christmas Beef and Sh-eep Show and Sale on Thursday, November 30.
The Christmas lambs show and sale started the evening off with the beef following on swiftly behind. Many thanks must go to Sam Carmichael from McKee’s Butchers of Maghera for judging the sheep event. Main sponsor for this show was Ivan Jackson Butchers, Ballynure, along with the breed clubs and societies.
Champion this year went to a pair of Texel lambs from Graham Martin, Broughshane, selling to £140 for 23.5kg bought by Jackson Butchers, Ballynure, and the Reserve Champ-ion went to I McCaughern with a pair of Beltex 26kg £190 bought again by Ivan Jackson Butchers.
Other top prices: I McCaughern, Rasharkin Beltex 25kg £170, E & J Gould, Ringsend, Char 27kg £138, J Anderson, Bushmills, Beltex 25kg £130, G Martin, Broughshane, Char 24kg £125,
J Anderson, Bushmills, Char 23.5kg £122, J Harbinson, Limavady Beltex 20.5kg £115, E & J Gould, Ringsend, Suff 29.5kg £112, D Mullan, Ringsend, Beltex 30kg £108, S Adams, Broughshane, BF £105, D Mullan, Ringsend, Char 25kg £98, T A Fenton, Rasharkin, Char 23kg £92,
S Adams, Broughshane, BF 29.5kg £90, L Anderson, Kilwaughter, J Bristow, Portglenone, Texel 24.5kg £88, 24.5kg £88, M Moffett, Broughshane, Dor 25.5kg £85, D Johnston, Glenarm, Mule, 23.5kg £83, A Blaney, Cushendun, BF 24kg £82, L & M Blaney, Cushendun, BF 23kg £81.
As the sheep judging took place in one part of the yard the annual beef show show kicked off in another part and with an impressive entry of over 40 outstanding show cattle the event was a huge success.
Many thanks to judges Steven and Keith Williamson, Benburb, along with the sponsors who once again were more than generous. These sponsors included Newport Collection, Clare Vet Group, Danske Bank, Bank of Ireland, Moore Concretes, Ballinaskeagh Grains, DJ McKee & Sons, Agri Lloyd and Jacksons Butchers.
Judging kicked off with the Butchers Best Champion sponsored by Clare Vet Group. Judge Steven Williamson awarded Champion to M & B Johnston, Toomebridge, with a Belgian Blue heifer weighing 580kg. This was later sold for £2,600 to John Jackson of Jackson’s Butchers, Ballynure.
Supreme Champion sponsored by Newport Collection was later judged by Keith Williamson. The shortlisted cattle consisting of breed champions were judged in front of a full house in the main sale ring. Champion was awarded to the Conn family, Limavady, with a Belgian Blue heifer selling to £2,400 to Sam Carmichael, McKee’s Butchers, Maghera.
Reserve Champion sponsored by Newport Collection went to another Belgian Blue heifer. This was again shown by the Conn family, Limavady, and sold for £3,000 to James Alexander, Jalex.
Breed Champion Awards and Sponsors:
CHAROLAIS (Bank of Ireland): Champion – M Reid, Dungannon; Reserve – A Purcell, Castlerock.
LIMOUSIN (Bank of Ireland): Champion – R Millar, Moneymore; Reserve – JCB Commercial, Newtownards.
BRITISH BLUE (Moore Concrete): Champion – Conn Family, Limavady (Supreme Champion); Reserve – A & K Rea, Straid.
BRITISH BLONDE (Ballinaskeagh Grains): Champion – I Wilson, Islandmagee; Reserve – M & B Johnston, Toomebridge.
NATIVE BREED (DJ McKee & Sons): Champion – M & B Johnston, Toomebridge (Shorthorn)
ANY OTHER BREED (Agri Lloyd): Champion – I Wilson, Islandmagee (Parthenaise)
YFC CLASS (Danske Bank): Champion – Conn Family, Limavady; Reserve – I Wilson, Islandmagee.
After the cattle judging was completed, Laura Ervine took centre stage and judged the young handlers. A great turnout in the 12 years and younger class led the way and showed great experience for their tender years with the youngest competitor, Kile Diamond, winning first in the junior class. This was followed by the 13/16 year old class with Ryan Erskine, a member of Gleno Valley Young Farmers’ Club, winning senior handler. The overall champion Young Handler went to the Junior Handler Kile Diamond.
A very successful sale of cattle followed and saw furious bidding from regional butchers and buyers resulting in high prices throughout as follows:
R Powell Keady Sim Hfr 1800, this animal was kindly donated to the charity and was bought by C McAllister, Lakeview Meats, Crumlin,
I J & A Wilson Larne, BB Hfr 580kg £1595 (275); M Johnston Toomebridge Sho Hfr 620kg £1705 (275); B McAllister Kells Lim Hfr 510kg £1387 (272); I J & A Wilson Larne Daq Hfr 580kg £1519 (262); M Johnston Toomebridge Daq Hfr 630kg £1638 (260);
WJ Ervine Newtownabbey BB Hfr 710kg £1824 (257); G Corrie Newtownards Lim Hfr 580kg £1479 (255); M Johnston Toomebridge Lim Hfr 650kg £1657 (255); M Johnston Toomebridge BB Hfr 640kg £1632 (255); I McCaughern Rasharkin Char Hfr 580kg £1450 (250);
H Hall Dungannon Char Hfr 650kg £1625 (250); E Loughran Cookstown Lim Hfr 580kg £1450 (250); WJ Ervine Newtownabbey Lim Hfr 540kg £1350 (250); L Conn Limavady BB Hfr 630kg £1575 (250); L Ervine Newtownabbey Lim Hfr 580kg £1403 (242);
I J & A Wilson Larne Par Hfr 540kg £1306 (242); WJ Ervine Newtownabbey Lim Bul 540kg £1301 (241); L Ervine Newtwonabbey Lim Hfr 580kg £1392 (240); M Johnston Toomebridge BB Hfr £1368 (240); J M Morrison Armoy Lim Bul 480kg £1128 (235); M Johnston Toomebridge Lim Bul 600kg £1410 (235); R Workman Larne Cha Bul 580kg £1357 (234).
After the cattle and sheep were all sold Ballymena Livestock and Gleno Valley Young Farmers held their annual Charity Christmas Show and Sale. Along with Markethill Livestock Market, the money raised from the night was donated to Children’s Heartbeat Trust to purchase a new echocardiogram machine dedicated for children at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
This machine will help in treatment with children with heart problems throughout Northern Ireland.
The inspiration for the charity came from customer Richard Powell whose family had received fantastic support from the charity during one of his children’s heart illness.
At the most recent count the total money raised is £31,450 which includes all sale entry fees, sale commission, staff wages and charity auction proceeds.
Ballymena Livestock Market would like to thank everyone who donated auction and raffle prizes and everyone who donated and bid so generously for auction items.