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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Over 1,000 ‘sharp-headed hoggets’ for Jalex breeding sale

Over 1,000 breeding sheep are set for the Jalex on-farm breeding sale, which promises to be “the biggest and best yet” later this month.

James Alexander will host his annual on-farm sheep sale at 88 Gloverstown Road, Randalstown on Saturday, July 31st, 2021.

Jalex on-farm breeding sale

Alexander considers this year’s catalogue of 500 Suffolk-x-Cheviot mules, 100 Suffolk-x half-breds, 300 Cheviot mules and a selection of Beltex-x-Cheviot mules to be the best he has ever had to offer, showing “tremendous power and character”.

“We have over 1,000 sharp-headed hoggets with tight skins, plenty of character and bred to have plenty of lambs and milk, that we know will go on and be an asset to any flock. They are naturally grass-fed and will mature into super ewes.”

“All will be on Heptavac P system, ENZO and TOXO vaccinated, dipped, and dosed ready for work. MV Accredited and can be exported to mainland UK.”

Richard Beattie and his team are conducting the sale which will welcome ringside bidding and online via

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Last year’s sale

A Suffolk shearling ram led Jalex’s on-farm breeding sale at 6,100 guineas last year.

The sale leader came in the form of a Strathbogie-bred tup sired by Scrogton Jack the Lad.

According to James Alexander and family, almost 1,000 entries were sold in a swift trade, levelling at £245. They reported that averages were well up for the large entry of gimmers.

For the first time, buyers were able to bid online as well as bid in person at the sale. A number of lots in the sale were purchased for export to the UK.

Cattle sale

In April of this year, the family held a heifer sale, where some 200 lots went under the hammer.

While the Jalex herd of commercial cattle is well-known for being the ideal venue for securing top-end heifers, it has earned its reputation as a consistent source for quality springers that blend into every farm enterprise.

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