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Top 6 – Jalex Heifer Hub: ROI-bred females among best-sellers with top call of £8,000

Females skyrocketed to £8,000 at the Jalex Select Sale, on Friday night (August 18th, 2023), which James Alexander hosted on-farm in conjunction with MartEye.

Leading the charge in the female section was lot 12 (main image), by the name of Weapon, an August 2020-born entry weighing 800kgs.

The ROI-bred heifer is out of Orme De Somme and a BZZ-sired daughter and is due to Ampertaine Lance on 21-10-2023 with a heifer calf.


On her heels at £7,500 was lot 13, a 752kg UK-bred British Blue, bred in Lanark by A&C S Comrie, Stonebyres Mains.

Out of Stonebyres Minstrel, the commercial heifer was born in March 2021 and is due on 31-12-2023 to Brookland Poet, who carries two copies of the ‘profit’ gene and has a 2.8% calving difficulty figure.



At the same money was lot 16, a ¾-bred Belgian Blue-cross-Simmental-cross-Montbéliarde heifer, born in March 2020.

The ROI-bred heifer, which crossed the scales at 770kgs, is out of S533 and her dam is a JKS daughter.

She is due on 11-12-2023 to The Grove Farm – P381, a 5-star Limousin sire with two copies of the profit gene and a 2.6% calving difficulty figure.



Notching up the same price tag was lot 25, by the name of Thunder Thighs, a Plumtree Fantastic daughter, born in July 2020.

She was bred by the Marston family, in the UK, and is a former show heifer, weighing 870kgs.

She is due to calf on 26-10-2023 with a The Grove Farm – P381 son.

According to the sales catalogue, “she is one of the best beasts we ever exhibited at Balmoral Show but was too heavy on the day”.

“We flushed her, but unfortunately, none of the eggs held. She is a real shapey heifer with a beautiful head.”

“This was one of my favourite heifers that I ever had on a halter, and I was very excited to have the chance to own/show and sell her.”

“Unfortunately, her back right leg is not as good as I would like. I am not sure if it has gotten hurt this summer at grass or maybe it just could not carry the weight/muscling she carries.”

“She is mobile and is in the field with 30 heifers all year and doing her no harm but I would rather say for full disclosure for any online buyers.”



At £6,500 was the sale’s lot number 26, by the name of Star, an Elite Ice Cream ET show heifer, out of a BB2145-sired daughter, born in April 2021.

She was bred by Clive Stevenson and family, Donegal, and was the reserve champion at Stranorlar Mart’s fatstock sale in December.

The ROI-bred heifer weighed in at 860kgs and is due on 11-12-2023 to the aforementioned P381 with a heifer calf expected.


Next on the price table at £6,000 was another ROI-bred former show heifer, out of Fury Action and an Imperial-sired daughter, weighing 840kgs, lot number 24.

She was born in March 2019 and is due to Ampertaine Prescott, on 18-01-2024, with the calf sex unconfirmed at the time of sale.


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