DESPITE the wintry weather and the uncertain forecast, many breeders from the Republic pulled out all the stops to get to Ballymena mart for the annual Bluefaced Leicester sale. The sale was an export sale and they certainly made their presence felt by purchasing over half the sheep presented.
Eamon Keegan, Glenane, judged the event and found his overall champion from the Holmview Flock of J Adams & Sons, having taken first prize in the ewe lamb class. This J1 Carryhouse daughter out of a F7 Firth ewe sold to regional chairman Hugh Henry, Starbog, for a new NI region female record of 3000gns.
J Adams & Sons were also awarded reserve champion for their first prize ewe out of F7 Firth, sold carrying a single to K7 Holmview for 540gns.
Next in the prices was an 800gns sale for G&J Loughery, Temain, a ewe lamb by G1 Cottage. D McCrystal, Drummuck, received 640gns for a ewe lamb by H32 Firth.
Eamon Harkin received 600gns for a gimmer by F1 Duhonw Goldenballs carrying twins to K11 Old Hemley. Dominic McCrystal also received 520gns for another ewe lamb by H32 Firth.
Michelle Wright, Mullaghwee, received 500gns for a J2 Dawyck daughter.