JAMES Alexander has earned the reputation of being a trend setter in the farming world with the ability to produce and manage one of the most impressive beef and sheep farms in Northern Ireland, in partnership with his father Nelson.
When plans were annoucnced to hold the “Jalex Select” heifer sale with 54 hand-picked in-calf commercial heifers, there was fierce interest as one thing was assured, quality was going to be of the very highest order.
Pre sale viewing days were very busy and the online sale, which was ran in tandem with registered ringside buyers, surpassed all expectations with sale prices topping at £9,000. This was paid for the former show winner “Queen Bea,” who James had secured at the Welsh Winter Fair. Bidding was brisk for this lady with the hammer falling to leading showman Robert Millar, Moneymore.
For those that had studied the interactive sale catalogue, featuring both photos and videos, without doubt the most impressive feature of the select listings was the uniform quality right from start to finish. This was reflected in the tremendous average of £3,092 for 54 lots.
In total, 41 heifers were snapped up for export to UK and Ireland. These included a number purchased by Ben Whiting, Essex, who had some eye-catching heifers on his shopping list, including lots at £5,500, £5,000 and £3,900.
Such was the interest in the days leading up top the sale that a further batch of 23 heifers was added, and were further added to on sale day by request from buyers in attendance. These 44 heifers returned an average of £2,111.
The Alexander family would like to thank all those who bid and purchased cattle, and wishes them well with their stock. Thanks also goes to Richard Beattie and all those who assisted in any way in preparing for the sale.
Sale stats at a glance:
n Top price of £9,000;
n 54 Select heifers averaged £3,092;
n 44 additional heifers averaged £2,111;
n entire sale averaged £2,668;
n 24,000 watched sale online;
n 185 unique bidders online;
n 41 cattle purchased for export to UK and Ireland.
£9,000 Robert Millar, £5,500 Ben Whiting, £5,000 Ben Whiting, £5,000 James Douglas, £4,600 Raymond Boyd, £4,250 (bull) Connel McMullan, £3,950 M McKenna, £3,900 Ben Whiting, £3,900 P Donnelly.
£3,750 R Boyd, £3,700 Ben Whiting, £3,650 R Cassidy, £3,600 C McMullan, £3,550 D McSorley, £3,400 R Sproule, £3,350 P Donnelly, £3,150 K Mines, £3,100 White Kirley Farms, £3,100 D&G Magee, £3,050 P Donnelly,
£3,000 C Richardson, £3,000 G Jennings.
£2,950 J Gallagher, £2,950 White Kirkley Farms, £2,850 R Boyd, £2,850 J Gilchrist, £2,850 R Sproule, £2,800 P & S Trainor, £2,750 P Donnelly, £2,750 F Stewart, £2,750 C Richardson, £2,750 C&M Gillespie, £2,750 P Ward, £2,700 F Stewart.
£2,600 A Abbott, £2,600 D Wallace, £2,600 T Lyon, £2,550 N Rodgers, £2,550 M Johnston, £2,500 B Kiernan, £2,500 C McMullan, £2,500 T Jackson, £2,500 P&S Trainor, £2,450 R McKeown, £2,450 S Sloan, £2,450 C McMullan.
£2,400 G Jennings, £2,400 R Donnan, £2,400 P&S Trainor, £2,350 T Lyons, £2,350 A Bryson, £2,350 White Kirkley Farms, £2,350 D&G Magee, £2,300 D Mullen, £2,300 I Johnston, £2,300
C Williamson, £2,250 Knox,
£2,250 B McCullough, £2,250 B
£2,200 A Abbott, £2,200 D Rodgers, £2,200 R Sproule, £2,200, £2,200 White Kikley Farms, £2,200 P Donnelly, £2,150 N McMullan, £2,150 J Quinn, £2,150 B Knox, £2,100 N Rodgers, £2,100 White Kirkley Farms, £2,100 White Kirkley Farms, £2,100 K Hopkins, £2,100 White Kirkley Farms.
£2,050 I Johnston, £2,050 G McGorry, £2,050 P Donnelly, £2,000 B Knox, £2,000 C Richardson, £2,000 P Donnelly, £2,000 G Hayes, £1,950 B Knox, £1,950 PJ Carroll, £1,950 N Nolan, £1,900 G McGorry, £1900 P Donnelly, £1900 M Johnston, £1900 P Donnelly, £1900 S McGuckian, £1850 P Murray, £1850 C Quinn.
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