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Catherina Cunnane
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Jalex: Prices to £10,000 with £2,500 average

Jalex Select Sale Report: Prices to £10,000

199 heifers levelled at £2504.50 at the first on-farm Jalex Select sale of in-calf heifers on James Alexander’s farm in Randalstown, Northern Ireland.

78 people from all reaches of Ireland and the UK purchased stock at the hybrid sale on Saturday, April 30th, 2022.

According to Harrison and Hetherington, 25% of heifers sold to the UK mainland, while virtual bidders snapped up 43% of lots.

They noted that the “best quality” heifers sold to “extreme” rates.

However, they noted that “good” commercial types were “readily available” for between £1700-£2200, respectively.

Top of the town £10,000, a new record for this sale was Lot 10. Alexander described her as a “truly outstanding” British Blue-cross heifer by Sheehill Fearless, an Empire D O Chain son out of a Wilodge Topgun cow.

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She is carrying a heifer calf by Brookland Poet, and the hammer fell to Sean O’ Kane on behalf of a client based in Scotland.

Limousin-cross heifers sold to £6700 – a price the farm recorded for a ¾ bred heifer by Ampertaine Commander.

Carrying a heifer calf to a Grove Farm bull by Ewdenvale Ivor, Ivan Llynn, Armoy, and Antrim was the successful purchaser here.

Messrs Llynn also forked out  £4100 for the leading Charolais heifer. The Fury Action daughter, a champion when purchased, sold in-calf to a Limousin bull. In terms of Simmentals, entries reached £3,000, which was recorded for lot 91.

The pedigree unregistered heifer sold scanned with a heifer calf. The largest buyer by volume on the day Jim Heery, Co Cavan, snapped up this lot.

Furthermore, a handful of cow-heifer and calf units sold for £3300 on two occasions, both for British Blue cow-heifers with Limousin calves at foot. They are joining the herd of Johnny Crowther, West Yorkshire and Lee Hopwood, Rochdale.

James also offered two bulls for sale, and prices peaked at £4000 for Jalex Power, A & M O’ Neill’s Armagh, newest addition.

Heifer prices:
  • Cow-heifers with calves at foot: British Blue £3300 (x2) Limousin: £2,900;
  • In-calf cow: Limousin: £2, 400
  • Beef breeding bulls: British Blue £4000 and £3000.
  • In-calf heifers:
  • British Blue: £10,000, £5000, £3950, £3300, £3000 (x3), £2800 (x2);
  • Simmental: £3000, £2700, £2650, £2600, £2550 (x2), £2450, £2050, £1900;
  • Beef Shorthorn: £2700, £2200;
  • Limousin: £6700, £6500, £4700, £3800, £3700, £3400 (x2), £3300, £3100 (x2);
  • Charolais: £4100, £3900, £3300, £2500, £2400, £2300, £2200 (x3);
  • Aberdeen Angus: £2000.
Brisk trade

Following the sale, a spokesperson for H&H said:

“The Jalex Select sale has a long-standing reputation for producing top quality stores which breed exceptionally well for the purchasers.”

“A wide variety of breeds is also a key feature of this sale which saw 480 approved online bidders joined by a packed ringside. This ensured a brisk trade throughout,” the spokesperson concluded.

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