Ballymena Sale 2018
Once again Bluefaced Leicester Sheep in Ballymena were in great demand. Averages fell slightly on the year, but with 70 more sheep forward, a good crowd, and plenty of buyers, this resulted in a tremendous clearance rate.
Topping the day's trade was a cracking April born tup lamb from the Holmview flock of J Adams & Sons. This lamb was 1st prize in the presale show and reserve overall, judged by Tom Willoughby, Penhill. The lamb by J1 Carryhouse sold in a three way split to Hugh Henry, Starbog, William & Michael Smyth, Foyleview and G & J Loughery, Temain at 7000 gns. The Holmview flock enjoyed a fantastic day also receiving 3800 gns for another Carryhouse son, selling to Graham Cooke, Gortin and R & S Hayes, Castledamph, and another 3200 gns to Kieran McGrath, Donegal. Joe Adams & Sons were also awarded the Kerr Memorial Cup for the best pen of sheep, with an average just short of 2000 gns for 12 lambs. Michelle Wright also had a day to remember selling two ram lambs at 3000 gns - 1st being a J2 Dawyck son, selling to Craig Thornborrow buying back some of his own blood, and a K17 Drummuck son to Paul Samon, Tipperary. Next in the lamb section, Mistyburn received 2800 gns for his G1 Highberries son finding a new home with Brendan Blaney, Tievebuaile Farm.
The shearling section was topped by Graham & Julie Loughery, Temain selling their 1st shearling at 3600 gns to Robert Loughery, Gortnarney and following that their second shearling selling at 3000 gns to Arnold Douglas, Ballyhanna. C Magill, Slaneburn followed at 2800 gns to Sandra Hunter, Bushmills. Lee Beacom Lakeview was awarded overall champion with his 1st prize shearling a G4 Parkgatestone son, selling at 2500 gns to Patrick Gallon, Castlederg.
The female section was topped by G & J Loughery with a K5 Hegwill daughter selling across the water to Tom Willoughby, Penhill for 1200 gns. Declan McKillop, Giants Causeway received 1100 gns twice and 1000 gns for three females.
195 shearlings sold to average 851 gns.
132 ram lambs sold to average 951 gns
38 females sold to average 492 gns.