A special entry of almost 100 in-calf heifers from Will and Gareth Corrie, Newtownards, Co Down, were forwarded for sale in Ballymena Mart on Wednesday evening.

The 'Leading Ladies' sale from the Drumhilla herd is now firmly established as an annual event. With the mart packed to capacity, buying competition was fierce.

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Prices peaked at £3,350, with all lots sold to an average just shy of £2,000.

All heifers are in-calf to Limousin bulls and due to calve in early 2020.

Listed below are some of the animals which went under the hammer.

Under the hammer

This January 2017-born heifer, calving in January, sold for £2,000.

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This March 2017-born heifer, calving in February, sold for £2,050.

This April 2017-born heifer, calving in January, sold for £2,400.

This June 2016-born heifer, calving in February, sold for £1,750.

This March 2017-born heifer, calving in January, sold for £2,050.

This September 2017-born heifer with a bull calf at foot sold for £1,800.

This April 2017-born heifer, calving in February, sold for £2,250.

This January 2017-born heifer, calving in February, sold for £2,250.

This December 2016-born heifer, calving in January, sold for £1,900.

This March 2017-born heifer, calving in January, sold for £1,950.

This November 2016-born heifer, calving in February, sold for £2,000.

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