Ballymena Female Sale 2018
Despite the wintry weather and the uncertain forecast, many Southern Irish breeders 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 - 1st prize in the ewe lamb class. A J1 Carryhouse daughter out of a F7 Firth ewe sold to regional chairman Hugh Henry, Starbog for a new Nothern Ireland region female record of 3000 gns. J Adams & Sons were also awarded reserve champion for their 1st prize ewe out of F7 Firth which was sold carrying a single to K7 Holmview for 540 gns. Next in the prices was an 800 gns sale for G & J Loughery, Temain for a ewe lamb by G1 Cottage. D McCrystal, Drummuck received 640 gns for a ewe lamb by H32 Firth, and Eamon Harkin received 600 gns for a gimmer by F1 Duhonw Goldenballs carrying twins to K11 Old Hemley. Dominic McCrystal also received 520 gns for another ewe lamb by H32 Firth, and Michelle Wright Mullaghwee received 500gns for a J2 Dawyck daughter.