THERE was a solid sale at the Lleyn Sheep Society sale at Ballymena with a positive trade for the females.
The shearling ewes saw only one pen without a new home at the end of the day. A handful of smaller ewe lambs did not find new homes. Ram buyers were selective but chosen rams saw a demand.
The shearling ewe section saw RA Johnston, Portrush, sell for the top price through the ring with the second prize pen which sold for £240/head to D Mullen, Coleraine. Mr Mullen sold the top priced pen which were passed through the ring but later found a bidder, C & H Long, Lifford at £250/head. The first prize pen from C & A Kennedy, Ballyclare, sold for £200/head to A Caldwell, Clough. A Bothwell, Maguiresbridge, and J Coulter, Newtownards, both sold pens at £195/head.
The ewe lambs saw a strong trade for tupping type lambs with over 20 pens selling for the £100 plus mark. A Bothwell topped with his third prize pen selling for £155/head to S Ward, Magherafelt. Next, B & E Latimer, Trillick, sold the second prize pen for £140/head to D Mullen. C B Quigley, Strabane, sold the first prize pen at £130/head to W McKane, Strabane.
The rams were topped by B & E Latimer, with the third prize ram Girgadis Goliath, sired by Netherton Eddy. He sold for 1350gns to J McKavanagh, Lurgan. Next J & C Kennedy, Ballyclare, sold the Champion Ram, Skilganaban Goliath, sired by Preenbank Evan, for 1000gns to W McKane, Strabane. R Millen, Coleraine, sold the first ram into the ring, Knockmult Lleyns Glacier, sired by a Derek Steen ram for 900gns to S Murnagan, Kilkeel.
AVERAGES – Ewes to £112; Shearling Ewes to £250 av. £156; Ewe Lambs to £155 av. £94; Rams to 1350gns av. £621.
Shearling Ewes – D Mullen £250, RA Johnston £240, C & A Kennedy £200, A Bothwell £195, J Coulter £195, A Bothwell £190, RA Johnston £190, J Coulter £188, A Bothwell £185, RJ Johnston £185.
Ewe Lambs – A Bothwell £155, B Latimer £140, CB Quigley £130, J Coulter £120, B Latimer £118, J Coulter £118, J Coulter £115, J & C Kennedy £115, B Latimer £115.
Rams – B Latimer 1350gns, J & C Kennedy 1000gns, R Millen 900gns, S Killen 880gns, S Killen 800gns, CB Quigley 800gns, R Millen 700gns, D Mullen 700gns, C & A Kennedy 550gns.
Judge: Ifor Jones
Pen of 5 Shearling Ewes – 1, C & A Kennedy; 2, R. A. Johnston; 3, R. Manson; 4, J. Coulter.
Pen of 5 Ewe Lambs – 1, C. B. Quigley; 2, B & E Latimer; 3, A. Bothwell; 4, J. Coulter.
Aged Ram – 1, J. Coulter; 2, A. Bothwell.
Shearling Ram – 1, J & C Kennedy; 2, C & A Kennedy; 3, B & E Latimer; 4, D. Mullan.