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Photos: ROI-bred BBs among highest-priced lots at Jalex’s sale

ROI-bred females with Belgian Blue influence were among some of the highest-priced cattle at Jalex’s Winter Wonders Sale on Wednesday, December 28th, 2022.

Over 125 in-calf Simmental, Blue, Charolais, Angus and Limousin-crosses came under the hammer at the sale, alongside a selection of hybrid bulls.

In this news article, That’s Farming previews some of the highest-priced lots on the day.

Angus heifer – Lot 10 – 6,800gns

At 6,800gns was this Gaskbeg Royal Producer R234 daughter out of a Limousin-cross-Belgian Blue dam.

The 880kg heifer is due on 23-04-2023 with a heifer calf out of Clonguish Ronald, the herd’s newest stockbull.

Ahead of the sale, James described her as a “very special heifer, as good of an Angus as I have seen, with the conformation and muscle of any continental”.

She was the champion native in Thainstone the day the herd purchased her, and Blair Duffton described her as “one of the best animals” he had ever brought to Thainstone.

Lot 10 Heifer

Belgian Blue-cross heifer – Lot 12 – 6,800gns

This former show heifer was tapped out as the senior heifer champion at Carrick Winter Fair 2021.

The Jalex herd purchased her when shown in Donegal last December.

The May-2020-born 800kg entry is out of AZL and a Belgian-Blue-cross-Limousin dam and is due to calf on 29-05-2023 to the herd’s new stockbull, Clonguish Ronald, with a heifer calf.

Lot 11 Heifer

Belgian-Blue-cross heifer – Lot 61 – 5,000gns

At 5,000gns was this 740kg February-2020-born DBZ daughter out of an HCA dam, which the catalogue states is “definitely one well capable of breeding a show-quality calf one day”.

She is due on 11-03-2023 to the herd’s new stockbull and is carrying a bull calf.

She is also ROI-bred, like the previous lot, and was “a real one from the day we saw and bought her in the field last year”, James commented.

Lot61 Heifer

Belgian-Blue-cross heifer – Lot 47 – 5,200gns

Hitting the 5,200gns mark was a Boroside Jagerbomb (AI BB bull) daughter out of an NHL dam.

The December-2019-born heifer is a half-bred Blue, with 25% LM and 25% Simmental blood, the catalogue states.

Another ROI-bred heifer, the Jalex herd purchased her when she was 290kgs and she now crosses the scales at 830kgs.

She is due to calf to Corcamore Romeo on 16-03-2023 and is carrying a bull calf.

Lot 47 Heifer

British Blue heifer – Lot 56 – 4,800gns

Bred by the Dunlops from Holehouse Farm, this March-2020-born ¾-bred British Blue heifer is out of Bedgebury Kent and Netherhall Extra Special.

She is carrying a heifer calf to the herd’s new EBY son, Corcamore Romeo, and is due to calf on 31-03-2022.

Lot 56

Belgian-Blue-cross – Lot 64 – 4,500gns

Changing hands at 4,500gns was a TFH daughter out of a Charolais-cross-Belgian Blue-dam, which is due on 16-03-2023 with a heifer calf by Corcamore Romeo.

She was born in June 2019, weighed 740kgs, was also bred in the ROI and is a female to “breed both quality and colour”.

Lot 64 Heifer

Roan bull – Lot 59 – 4,400gns

At this four-figure sum was a roan hybrid bull by the easy-calving Lodge Hamlet out of a Ballyfin Borat ET dam.

The ROI-bred Limousin-cross-Belgian Blue weighed in at 780kgs and is ideal to produce nicely coloured, sellable calves, the catalogue states.

Lot 59

Belgian-Blue-cross – Lot 105 – 4,000gns

And lastly, at 4,000gns was a Boroside Jagerbomb ET daughter out of a Charolais-cross-Angus cow due on 14-03-2023 to Brookland Poet with a heifer calf.

Another ROI heifer, she was born in March 2020 and crossed the scales at 700kgs at this week’s sale.

Lot 105

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