Yesterday’s (Wednesday, December 28) Jalex choose breeding heifer and bull sale noticed 140 animals make a complete of £413,000 within the ring. Bidding was brisk all through.
The occasion took roughly 2.5 hours to finish. This works out a ‘turnover’ determine of round £2,750 per minute.
The sale was held on the Jalex farm, close to Randalstown in Co. Antrim.
In accordance with James Alexander, the person answerable for the Jalex operation, 136 in-calf heifers averaged £2,983; the 4 breeding bulls on provide averaged £3,280.
A prime value of £6,800 was paid twice for 2 elite in-calf heifers; one was beforehand bought by the Jalex crew final spring in Aberdeen.
The opposite was purchased in Stranorlar mart earlier final yr and was bred on a Co. Donegal farm.
James Alexander commented to Agriland: “I’m delighted with the outcomes of the sale. Numerous the animals have been bought by consumers within the Republic of Eire with many others now heading for farms in different elements of the UK.
“All of the heifers entered for the sale had been particularly bought and subsequently put in-calf right here at Jalex.
“I’ve labored very laborious over latest years to develop a marketplace for elite breeding inventory, able to successful prime fats inventory courses all through Eire and the UK. It’s very satisfying to see the funding made within the enterprise now coming to fruition.”
So why would anybody wish to make investments £6,800 in a industrial beef heifer?
“It has all to do with their breeding potential,” confused Alexander.
“These prime animals will produce calves with the standard to win prime fats inventory prizes anyplace. The potential to provide embryos from prime breeding females can be immense.
“Farmers shopping for Jalex inventory clearly wish to have prime quality animals on their farms. However in addition they see their buy as an funding.”
The on-farm sale concluded a really profitable yr for James Alexander and his Jalex crew.
Within the pedigree present rings, the connections had an incredible 12 months with a bunch of high quality pedigree Limousin heifers.
A living proof was Alexander’s successful of the supreme beef interbreed championship on the 2022 Castlewellan Present with a younger heifer: Jalex Riri.
James Little, from Carlisle, judged the champion of champions class on the occasion. He described the successful heifer as having great size, nice legs and distinctive hindquarters.