An entry of 2506 sheep in Ballymena on Wednesday resulted in a steady trade. Fat hoggets sold to 425p for a pen of 22 Tex at £93.50 offered by RR Cupples, Broughshane and to a top per head of £97 for a pen of heavy Texels presented by K Bell, Broughshane. Fat ewes sold to £89.

__Fat hoggets (2205) (top price per kg):-__

RR Cupples, Rathkenny 11 Tex 22kg £93.50 (425), I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 22kg £92.50 (420), S Davison, Broughshane 5 Tex 23.5kg £93 (395), WA Hagan, Ballyclare 8 Tex 18.5kg £71.50 (386), 3 Tex 17kg £65 (382), S Davison 5 Tex 21.5kg £81 (376), WJ McClintock, Broughshane 2 Tex 23.5kg £88.50 (376), David Boyd, Monkstown 18 Tex 23kg £86 (373), James Newell, Ballymoney 27 Tex 23kg £85.50 (371), David Campbell, Templepatrick 11 Tex 24.5kg £90.80 (370), M Moffett, Broughshane 23 CB 23kg £85.20 (370), A Dobbs, Carrick 23 Tex 23.5kg £87 (370), J & M Farlow, Macosquin 5 Tex 20kg £74 (370), James Sheppard, Raloo 6 Suff 24kg £88.50 (368), J Hamilton, Ballymena 23 Tex 24kg £88.50 (368), C Gribben, Dunloy 22 Suff 24.5kg £90.20 (368), Robert Buchanan, Kells 8 Dor 23.5kg £86.50 (368), AM O’Neill, Newtowncrommelin 9 Tex 20kg £73.50 (367), H Mulvenna, Glenarm 11 BF 23kg £84.50 (367), Samuel Craig, Ballycastle 22 Tex 23kg £84.50 (367), Patrick McSparron, Cushendun 25 Suff 22.5kg £82.50 (366), S Davison, Broughshane 2 Tex 18kg £66 (366), R Dunlop, Portglenone 1 Tex 23.5kg £86 (366), 6 Tex 23.5kg £86 (366), H Hunter, Bushmills 35 Tex 22.5kg £82.20 (365), 35 Tex 22.5kg £82.20 (365), Matt Gingles, Kilwaughter 6 Suff 21.5kg £78.50 (365), SD Anderson, Kilwaughter 27 Suff 21.5kg £78.50 (365), A McAuley, Glenarm 19 Suff 22kg £80.20 (364), Aidan Hunter, Carnlough 10 CB 22.5kg £82 (364).

__Top prices per head:-__

Kenneth Bell, Broughshane 1 Tex 31kg £97, David Coulter, Doagh 2 Dor 33kg £97, Wesley Crawford, Broughshane 3 Tex 28.5kg £94, RR Cupples, Rathkenny 1 Tex 22kg £93.50, Louise Hamilton 25 Tex 26kg £93.50, A Dobbs, Carrick 5 Tex 27kg £93.50, S Davidson, Broughshane 5 Tex 23.5kg £93, I Montgomery, Glenwherry 6 Tex 22kg £92.50, A Montgomery 14 Tex 26kg £92, WJ & FC Patterson, Broughshane 30 Tex 27.5kg £92, W Park, Antrim 68 Tex 27kg £92, N Hamill, Aughafatten 3 Tex 26.5kg £91.50, Adrian Lowry, Loughgiel 2 Tex 26.5kg £91.50, 11 Tex 26.5kg £91.50, Ian Semple, Dungiven 28 Tex 26.5kg £91, R Brown, Ballymena 19 Tex 29kg £91, J Murray, Ballymoney 9 Tex 26kg £91, 1 CB 31kg £91, B Gribben, Dunloy 18 CB 26kg £90.80, David Campbell, Templepatrick 11 Tex 24.5kg £90.80, K McAuley, Broughshane 31 Suff 25kg £90.20, C Gribben, Dunloy 22 Suff 24.5kg £90.20, R Campbell, Templepatrick 8 Tex 25kg £90.20, local farmer 22 Tex 26kg £90, Sam McNabney, Clough 1 Tex 27kg £90, G & B Taylor, Ballymoney 44 Suff 26kg £90, John Clarke, Gracehill 13 Dor 27.5kg £90, Robin Nicholson, Monkstown 47 CB 26.5kg £90, JF Leslie, Ballymoney 30 Tex 25.5kg £90, Denis Boyd, Straid 5 Tex 27kg £90.

__Fat ewes (301) (1st Quality)__

Suff – £75-£88

Tex- £75-£89

CB – £55-£78

BF – £30-£50