This was our first time exhibiting at Lurgan Show and we were delighted to go home with Reserve Commercial Champion with Super Trouper.
Jalex Bred Stock Feature at Agri Expo 2011.
With over 10,000 visitors Borderway Agri Expo has firmly established itself as one of the main events of its kind on the mainland since it was created in 2007.
Superbly organised by the team at Harrison & Hetherington, it attracted over 800 head of livestock which competed for a total prize fund of a staggering £10,000. There were also trade stands in abundance with 160 firms and 18 breed societies setting up shop for the day.
With the cream of the UK’s livestock making a beeline to attend it was very rewarding to see a number of local commercial producers breeding cattle that featured in the prize list.
Randalstown based James Alexander bred the Tullygarley Alibaba sired Charolais steer “Golden Delicious” which took first prize for new owners Ewan & Donald MacPherson, Oban under well known judge Archie MacGregor.
Also securing a red ticket was “Bootylicious” again bred at the Jalex stable of James Alexander. Owned by David Hicks, England this super Black N Blue Diesel heifer stood top of the line in a very large calf class. Her team mate “Dirty Bit” secured a fourth prize in the steer class which had a very large entry of all breeds judged by John Robertson, Pitlochry.
“Pippa” bred at Jalex notched up a fourth prize award for show man Craig Hendry. The sire this time is Derek Frew’s Limousin stock bull “Carmorn Cantona” bred by Francis McAuley, Carmorn Limousins.
The Overall Cattle Championship was awarded to the simply outstanding “Jager Bomb” presented by Welsh exhibitor Tecwyn Jones. This 15 month Limousin steer is having a terrific year on the show circuit and has been described by many as faultless.
Jalex Bred Stock Excel At Angus Calf Show
Nigel Matchett was one of the leading buyers at our Annual Sale of In Calf Heifers in the Spring and we are delighted with how our stock has performed with him.
The Matchett family showed “Choccy Bear” – an Aberdeen Angus bull calf sired by Ballyshannon Warner at the prestigious “Classic Calf Show” held at Dungannon Farmers Mart. He was placed Reserve Champion in the Commercial Section which is a terrific result for this youngster who is out of a simmental x blue heifer. “Choccy Bear” had his first outing at the NI Commercial Club’s “Summer Spectacular” held at Balmoral showgrounds in August when he was just a baby – however he turned heads on the day and has a great future ahead of him for the 2012 show season.
We now have Semen Available Ballyshannon Warner.
Choccy Bear was recently Res Champ Commercial and class winner at the N.I. Aberdeen Angus Calf Show.
He is sired by Ballyshannon Warner out of a heifer purchased by the Matchetts at our Annual In Calf Heifer Sale on the 16th of March Last year.
English and Scottish Winter Fairs
There was 2 Jalex Bred Cattle at the English Winter Fair this year which coincidentally is the 1st Fat Stock show i had ever attended on the mainland back in 2006 which was our 1st year ever to show an animal. Phil and Sharon Sellers won their class with our BB Steer Smooth Operator that later went on to be Res. Champ British Blue. Andrew Dickinson showed Shakira, our Hightown Cassius sired heifer and got placed 2nd behind the Supreme Champion of the day owned again by the Seller’s family.
We also had a decent day at at the Scottish Winter Fair as well where our Alibaba steer was 2nd in his class and went onto become Reserve Light Weight Steer Champion for new owner E. Macpherson and sons.
Smooth Operator Head Shot
A Cold But Successful day for Jalex in Allams 2011.
Our Aberdeen Angus heifer caused a stir at the illustrious Allams Christmas Show and Sale held at Balmoral showgrounds this week. She is sired by our Cruz stock bull, Ballyshannon Warner, she tipped the scales at 560 kilos and sold for one of the highest prices on the night. Forking out £2800 a whopping £5/kilo to secure her was Seamus McAllister who runs the hugely successful Morning Star Bar & Restaurant in Belfast.
We recommend that you pay a visit to the Morning Star in late Decemeber to try a tasty Aberdeen Angus Fillet of Dark Desires and show some support for the much needed customers and supporters of our Fat Stock Shows and Sales..
This is the fourth time in five years that the Jalex team has won this championship, all with home bred stock.
Dark Desire was slaughtered the day after Allams and died a perfect E3 grade with a 376kg Carcass killing out a whopping 67%. Nice going for an Angus Heifer.
“Dark Desire” bred by James Alexander secured the Aberdeen Angus Championship at Allams held this week at Balmoral Showgrounds. Tipping the scales at 550 kilos she sold for £2800 to the Morning Star Restaurant, Belfast owned by Seamus McAllister.
Photo Alfie Shaw
James Alexander keeps an eye of judge Billy Glazebrook during the Overall Championship at Allams Christmas Show, Belfast.
Photo Alfie Shaw
Best Ever Smithfield For Jalex Bred Stock
Rockafella Notches Up Reserve Supreme Male Championship at Smithfield
2011 will go down as a year to remember for Jalex with a strong track record in both the show and sale rings. It was a recent trip to the world famous “Smithfield” which has made us happiest of all, when the Jalex bred “Rockafella” secured the Reserve Supreme Male Championship for Ewan McPherson & Sons, Oban.
This is the third time that we have bred stock that has been shown at Smithfield, and we were delighted with how our cattle looked and performed. We couldn’t have been happier for the McPherson family when their purebred Charolais heifer went on to win the Overall Supreme Championship. It was great to see Ewan Snr, Donald, Ewan and Ewan Jnr all in the show ring – and a credit to them to own two out of the four competing for best in show.
David Hicks travelled to Smithfield with the two British Blues bred at Jalex. “Dirty Bit” and “Bootylicious” have had a great year on the show circuit before being sold for export to the Hicks Show Team. They both secured a second prize ticket in strong classes at Smithfield and were a credit to their sire “Black N Blue Diesel”.
“Golden Delicious” was shown by the McPherson Family, Oban to chalk up a third placing in a good class of steers. Sired by Tullygarley Alibaba this bullock has great potential for 2012.