Lleyn sheep trade on fire

n Aidan McConville’s pen of shearling ewes sold for the top price of £275.

THERE had been a lot of interest shown before the Lleyn sale in Ballymena with the Northern Ireland Club having a very successful open day. This led to demand out-stripping the supply on the day. One hundrred per cent of the females sold with the shearling ewe average £62 up on the year and ewe lambs £33 up.

The shearling ewes saw 14 pens, many with more than five in the pen, hit the £200 mark and above.

The top priced shearling ewes came from A McConville, Newry, with his best pen of five selling for £275/head to A Calwell, Ballymena. The same buyer bought Mr McConville’s next pen at £260/head.

J Coulter, Newtownards, had a very good day, selling his best pen of 10 at £245/head to JJ McCambridge & Son, Ballycastle. The same buyer bought a further two pens from Mr Coulter at £235/head. Mr Coulter sold a third pen at £235/head to D Mason, Downpatrick.

Mr Coulter sold a further three pens at £230 and £225 x 2. C & A Kennedy, Ballyclare, sold a pen at £230/head to R Paynter, Hockley.

The ewe lamb section was topped by A Trainer, Newry, selling five ewe lambs at £190/head to W Oliver, Dundalk. Mr Trainer sold a second pen at £170/head also to W Oliver.

B & E Latimer, Trillick, sold a pen of six for £185/head to P Browne, Lifford. Mr Latimer sold a pen of eight to W Grey, Ballinamallard, for £170/head. S Killen, Newry, sold his pen at £182/head to S Ward, Magherafelt.

Over 16 pens sold for £140 or more with the odd pen at £102 and most selling £120 and over.

With 23 rams forward, 19 found new homes. The highlight came from the pen of B & E Latimer, Trillick. They sold Girgadis Indiana Jones, sired by Woodfoot Geezer, a Linda Jenkinson ram and out of a L Organ ewe. He was purchased for 1800gns by breeder J McKavanagh, Lurgan.

Giggadis Ice Cool, out of a homebred ewe, is sired by Netherton Eddy, a John Blakey ram. He was taken home by another breeder who had a successful shearling ewe trade earlier, J Coulter, who gave 1300gns.

R Millen, Coleraine, sold Knockmult Ignatius, sired by a Lluest ram for 1100gns, to D Neill, Downpatrick. D Mullen sold the first ram into the ring, Mullamore Hinter, sired by a Steen ram, for 1000gns to J Bradley, Maghera.


Shearling Ewes to £275 av £230 (+62)

Ewe Lambs to £190 av £142 (+33)

Rams to 1800 gns av £664 (+135)

Top Prices

Shearling Ewes – A McConville £275; A McConville £260; J Coulter £245J Coulter £235 (x3); C & A Kennedy £230; J Coulter £230; J Coulter £225 (x2); D Mullen £220; J & C Kennedy £220; D Mullen £215; J Coulter £205; D Mullen £180.

Ewe Lambs – A Trainor £190; B & E Latimer £185; S Killen £182; B & E Latimer £170; A Trainer £170; J Coulter £168; B & E Latimer £165; CB Quigley £160; J Coulter £160; A Adair £155 (x2); J Coulter £155; B & E Latimer £150 (x2); CB Quigley £140; C & A Kennedy £140.

Rams – B & E Latimer (91) 1800gns; B & E Latimer (92) 1300gns; R Millen (84) 1100gns; D Mullen (77) 1000gns; B & E Latimer (93) 950gns; J Coulter

(99) 850gns; J & C Kennedy (95) 650gns; CB Quigley (107) 550gns; W McKane (88) 450gns; J Coulter (100) 450gns.

Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Market


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