Jalex cows top at £4,100 at Ballymena

The crowded ring at the Jalex sale
The crowded ring at the Jalex sale

One of the biggest sales of suckler cows for many years attracted buyers from right across the UK and Ireland at the weekend, as Nelson & James Alexander dispersed their spring/summer calving herd.

Quality was in abundance resulting in spirited bidding right from the word go with prices topping at £4,100.

This was paid for the greatly admired mother of Eddie Rocket who won Allams in 2013.

This massive all black cow has been a consistent performer in the Jalex herd and was highly sought after in the auction ring. Auctioneer Graham Loughery finally closed the bidding at £4,100 with the hammer falling to Lloyd Fowlie, Aberdeenshire. The same purchaser also bought a super Black N Blue Diesel sired cow carrying in calf to Swarland Eddie at £2,450.

There were more than 50 lots purchased for export to the mainland with the largest consignment heading to CDC Farm & Machinery, Lincolnshire who bought 26 lots.

John Smith-Jackson, Northumberland paid £3,800 for a Blue cow sired by Bassingfield Hobama. This has been a prominent breeder for the Alexanders. Another well muscled Blue cow caught the eye of J & R Owen, Anglesey who paid £3000 to secure her. This 2006 born cow sold in calf to Swarland Eddie who has bred many high priced stock to date.

Potential show calves were in fierce demand with a lead call of £3100. This was paid for a smashing roan daughter of Swarland Eddie. She was snapped up by Richard Duffy, Westport, Co Mayo.

Cows with calves at foot topped at £3250 paid for a Blonde bred cow and her Charolais bull calf. Stock bulls reached £3,000 forked out by Nugent Estates for a British Blue.

The Alexanders would like to wish all their purchasers well, and thank all those who assisted them in the run up to the sale.

Bidding was brisk throughout with 228 cows levelling at £1758.

Auctioneers JA McClelland, Ballymena Mart.