Suffolk females in strong demand at Ballymena

SOLD: Top priced gimmer from Nicky Lowry sold for 2,100gns to C&M Mullan, Limavady.

THE recent export sale of in-lamb ewes and ewe lambs organised by the Northern Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society at Ballymena Livestock Mart saw an excellent trade with a 96 per cent clearance.

County Antrim breeder Nicky Lowry topped the sale with two of his Lakeview No Limits sired gimmers, both in lamb to Pyeston Pumba and selling to 2100gns and 1900gns respectively to C&M Mullan, Limavady. His Duncan’s Fox sired aged ewe in lamb to Fourscore First One sold to William Lennox, Cookstown, for 1400gns.

Andrew Moses took the top price ewe lamb selling to fellow breeder Philip Kennedy of the Cavanagrove flock for 1600gns.

Republic of Ireland breeders were dominant at the sale with a total of 11 ewes being sold to Southern breeders, with two ewes selling to France and two to Scotland.

n Gimmers averaged £898;

n Aged ewes averaged £683;

n Ewe lambs averaged £1,195.

Leading prices:

Gimmers – 2,100 Nicky Lowry sold to C&M Mullan, Limavady; 1,900 Nicky Lowry sold to C&M Mullan, Limavady; 1,800 Michael Smyth sold to R Carmichael, Dungiven; 1,700 William Montgomery sold to I Montgomery, Ballymena;

1,300 Patrick Donnelly sold to D Graham, Ballymena; 1,200 William Montgomery sold to M Jennings, Co. Mayo; 1,100 Patrick McVerry sold to M Jennings, Co. Mayo;

1,100 x3, William Montgomery sold to A Moses, Crumlin, M Rooney, Co. Leitrim & J McKay, Ballymoney; 1,000 x3 William Montgomery sold to S Burns, Rathfriland, S Bingham, Co. Tyrone & J Anderson Bushmills.

Aged Ewes – 1,400 Nicky Lowry sold to W Lennox, Cookstown; 900 Patrick Donnelly sold to R Blair, Ballymoney; 850 Patrick Donnelly sold to D McConnell, Newry; 700 twice, Andrew McNeilly sold to J Higgins, Cullybackey & J McConaghie, Ballymena.

Ewe Lambs – 1600 Andrew Moses sold to P Kennedy, Armagh; 1000 Andrew Moses sold to E Wilkie, Lockerbie, Scotland; 700 Andrew Moses sold to E Wilkie, Lockerbie, Scotland.

The NI Suffolk Branch wishes to thank everyone involved in the organising of the sale – Ballymena Mart for its efficient running of the sale, Fraser Tweed, veterinarian, Jason Watson, inspector, and Michael Smyth, ultrasconic testing.

The NI Suffolk Branch wishes to acknowledge and thank Uniblock for its continued sponsorship of the ewe sale.


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