A positive and stable trade was maintained throughout the sale of females at Ballymena Mart. There was a strong crowd of people around the ring all day.

It was regular victor Aubrey Bothwell, Maguiresbridge who came out on top when selling his first prize pen of shearling ewes for £240/head.Ballymena 2013 - 1st prize shearling ewes and top price from Aubrey Bothwell £240

The third prize pen from Alex Hegan, Comber was next to top at £188/head. RJ Johnston, Portrush had £172/head with the second prize pen.

In the ewe lambs again it was a sale stalwart Seamus Killen, Rostrevor who topped with his first prize pen selling for ££160/head. From the same home was a pen at £140/head. The second prize pen of B & E Latimer, Trillick sold for £130/head.

Earlier in the day, the aged ewes had set off well with Fiona Cunningham selling her pen of two year olds for £120/head.

The ram buyers were more choosey. The top price went to B & E Latimer with ‘Girgadis Barracuda’ a Seamus Killen sired shearling ram out of a homebred ewe. He sold for 640gns. The first ram into the ring ‘Skilganaban Belmont’ sold for 600gns for J & C Kennedy. This was a N Johnston sired ram from a homebred ewe. At 550gns, Seamus Killen sold ‘Balintur Bert’ a Debbie McGowan sired shearling ram out of a homebred ewe.