Ballymena Ram & Females Sale Sale Reports

Ballymena Ram & Females Sale

21st September 2019


Craig Thornborrow, Dawyck

Once again Ballymena mart hosted the annual Bluefaced Leicester sheep sale, resulting in another successful event. Southern Irish buyers were again out in force due to the export sale. Shearling ram averages were slightly down, ram lambs up and due to the enthusiasm for the breed females were up 88 gns.

Topping the day’s sale was the presale champion awarded by Craig Thornborrow, Dawyck to J Adams & Sons, Holmview, with their 1st prize ram lamb, a full brother to last year’s 7K by J1 Carryhouse selling to Lee Beacom, Lakeview and Shaun Procter, Spurrigg. J Adams & Sons were awarded top pen of the sale, with further sales at 3200 gns for a L1 Firth son and two more at 2600 gns, for another L1 son & J1 Carryhouse son.

Declan McKillop, Giants Causeway had also a sale to remember with 2nd top price of the day receiving 5000 gns for a son of Farden Popeye selling to Jonathan Loughery, Limavady, Declan had further sales of 4000 gns for another Popeye son and 3800 gns for one by K1 Tievebuaile Farm. L1 Farden Popeye’s offspring were very popular on the day, with Steven Duncan, Hillvale selling one by Popeye late in the sale for 4000 gns to Michelle Wright, Mullaghwee and Kieran McGrath.

The final 4000 gns sale was received by Ian Montgomery, Misty Burn for his 1st prize ram lamb from Balmoral Show, another Popeye son, selling to Martyn Archer, Carryhouse and Neil Marston, Highberries. Ian Montgomery was also awarded Champion female for a very smart ewe lamb again by Popeye selling at 2200 gns to Paul Sammon, Tipperary. Craig Thornborrow awarded Graham and Julie Loughery Temain, 1st prize in the shearling rams and reserve over all bred by J7 Hamildean, selling for 3200gns to Seamus McLaughlin, Garvagh. Robert Gault, Carnlea 2900 gns for 2nd prize shearling to Michael Hunter, Ardmore.

145 shearling rams av 796 gns down 55 gns
141 Ram Lambs av 998 gns up 47 gns
41 females av 580 up 88 gns


Aged / Shearling Rams

Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name Lot Number
1st Aged / Shearling Rams G & J Loughery Temain 135
2nd Aged / Shearling Rams R Gault Carnlea 105
3rd Aged / Shearling Rams G & J Loughery Temain 137
4th Aged / Shearling Rams L Beacom Lakeview Farm 94

Ram Lambs

Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name Lot Number
1st Ram Lambs J Adams & Sons Holmview 291
2nd Ram Lambs A Christie The Fields 265
3rd Ram Lambs I Montgomery Mistyburn 331
4th Ram Lambs I Montgomery Mistyburn 330


Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name Lot Number
1st Females I Montgomery Mistyburn (ewe lamb) 448
2nd Females J Adams & Sons Holmview (ewe lamb) 406
3rd Females L Beacom Lakeview Farm (Gimmer) 457
4th Females L Beacom Lakeview Farm (Gimmer) 459

Bluefaced Champions

Category Exhibitor Type
Overall Champion J Adams & Sons Ram Lamb
Reserve Overall Champion G & J Loughery Aged/Shearling Ram
Best Run of Sheep J Adams & Sons


M3 Holmview 7500gns Champion

M16 Mistyburn 2200gns

Champion Ram Lamb, Reserve Champion Shearling and Champion Female, Judge Craig Thornborrow & Sponsor Glen farm Supplies

L1 Temain 3200gns Reserve Champion

L5 Garsube sold by T Wray 2400 gns

L7 Carnlea 2900gns

M1 Giants Causeway 3800gns

M1 Hillvale 4000gns

M1 Mistyburn 4000gns

M2 Giants Causeway 5000gns

M6 Giants Causeway 4000gns

Judging Ram Lamb Class final Eight

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