Special sales of suckler-bred calves kicked off with an exceptional trade in Ballymena Mart on Saturday 24 September.
Topping the sale was an eight-month-old Belgian Blue cross show heifer weighing 314kg. Forwarded by Stephen Gowdy, Newtownabbey, bidding opened at £2,000 and quickly surged to a final price of £9,000, or a staggering £29/kg.
Other headline prices saw a 310kg Limousin heifer from Nugent Estates, Portaferry make £4,000 with McAfee Bros, Bushmills receiving £3,400 for a 260kg Charolais heifer. The same breeders topped the bullock trade at £1,700 for a 490kg Charolais.
Bull weanlings hit a top price of 381p/kg at £1,370 for a 360kg Charolais from Vincent McErlain, Armoy.
The general run of prices saw good-quality bull weanlings under 300kg making 300p to 370p/kg, with 300kg to 350kg lots at 300p to 340p/kg. Heavier lots between 350kg and 400kg sold to 380p/kg with those over 400kg topping at 347p/kg.
Heifer weanlings below 300kg sold to 380p/kg with animals between 350kg and 400kg making up to 400p/kg for animals with show potential.
Kilrea held its first weanling sale on Friday past and again, there was an exceptionally strong trade across heifers and bull calves.
Prices topped at £1,240 for a 400kg (310p/kg) Limousin bull with heifers peaking at £1,210 for a 400kg Limousin (295p/kg).
The highest price per kg was the 352p/kg paid for a 250kg Limousin which made £880.