SUFFOLKS were in high demand at the recent Ballymena sale organised by the Suffolk Sheep Society NI Branch, generously sponsored by Animax Veterinary Technology.
Commercial breeders from near and far filled the socially distanced ringside looking to source Suffolk rams for the forthcoming breeding season.
Sale prices peaked twice at 1600gns when Triplek flock owner Philip Lamont from County Antrim and The Views flock owner Michael Smyth, Limavady, both topped the sale. Nigel Walsh, Rathfriland, snapped up both top priced ram lambs.
Ram lambs saw a 99 per cent clearance averaging 616gns.
Shearlings were also in strong demand with Stephanie & William Tait’s Burnview Hitman sired shearling taking the top price of 1200gns.
The Burnview flock also went on to sell to 1100gns. Shearlings saw a 75 per cent clearance averaging 690gns.
Further NI Branch Sales take place at Newtownstewart on Friday, September 18, at 7pm and Omagh on Saturday, October 3, at noon. For further information contact Branch Secretary Orla Butler, telephone 07841 117252.
Leading priced shearlings Stephanie & William Tait sold for 1200gns to Andrew McCreery, Co Fermanagh; Stephanie & William Tait, 1100gns to Brian Taylor, Belfast;
Keith & Gordon McAdoo, 850gns to F&R McAteer, Castlederg; Elizabeth & James Gould, 850gns to P Murphy, Draperstown; Keith & Gordon McAdoo, 750gns to AC Houston, Co Tyrone;
Philip Savage, 750gns to Lander; Brian McVicker, 750gns to M McNeill, Cushendall; Elizabeth & James Gould, 700gns to PV O’Neill, Plumbridge;
Philip Savage, 700gns to JE Lyness, Magheralin; Brian McVicker, 650gns to J Semple, Dungiven.
Leading priced ram lambs Philip Lamont sold for 1600gns to Nigel Walsh, Rathfriland; Michael Smyth, 1600gns to Nigel Walsh, Rathfriland; Joan Gilliland & Kim Steele-Nichols, 1400gns to Joel Lamont, Ballymena;
Jack Smyth, 1400gns to Nigel Walsh, Rathfriland; Joan Gilliland & Kim Steele-Nichols, 1100gns to James Managh, Co Tyrone; Jack Smyth, 1100gns to Peter McFarland, Newtownstewart;
Jack Smyth, 1100gns to Geoffrey Rankin, Bready; Joan Gilliland & Kim Steele-Nichols, 1100gns to Ross Weatherup, Larne; Elizabeth & James Gould, 1000gns to Andrew MCreery, Co Fermanagh;
Jack Smyth, 1000gns to M Doyle, Mayobridge; Jack Smyth, 1000gns to S Gault, Larne; Robin McAdoo, 900gns to R McDonnell, Ballycastle;
Alastair Gault, 900gns to A Monfillo, Spain; Jason & Campbell Watson, 850gns to P Quinn, Cushendall; Philip Lamont , 800gns to Andrew McCreery, Co Fermanagh; Joan Gilliland & Kim Steele-Nichols, 750gns to Shanes Castle, Antrim; Philip Lamont, 750gns to Fergal McAneaney, Omagh; WB Johnston, 750gns to Andrew McCreery, Co Fermanagh;
Elizabeth & James Gould, 750gns to James McAuley, Cushendall; Robin McAdoo, 750gns to H Small, Ballymena; Fred Smyth, 750gns to HG Bowles, Rathfriland; Jack Smyth, 750gns to Albert Irwin, Drumquin; Brian McVicker, 700gns to Amanda Bonnar, Ballymena; Wb Johnson, 700gns to Andrew McCreery, Co Fermanagh; Elizabeth & James Gould, 700gns to J MCauley, Bushmills.