Air Ambulance NI Agribusiness group are launching a brand-new competition to win a Jalex roan heifer.  The animal will be won by one lucky winner on 30th October 2021 at a live draw to take place at Jalex farm, Randalstown.  The charity has partnered with Culchie Comps, an agricultural company who are providing the online competition platform and managing all competition entries. 

The beautiful heifer is a Limousin X and weighs in at approximately 570 kilos. Jalex Livestock is noted for being at the top of their game for both pedigree and commercial sheep and cattle.   

Libby Clarke who has championed the competition on behalf of Air Ambulance NI’s Agribusiness group said, “The brand name Jalex has become synonymous with quality so we know this will be an attractive prize for the farming community and the air ambulance charity is a cause that people want and need to support given the service is called upon for farming or agricultural incidents on average once every week. 

We have named this beautiful animal ‘Hope’ which is fitting in so many ways:  it follows on from our agribusiness group’s ‘Auction of Hope’ held in April of this year and this fundraiser gives ‘hope’ to future patients. With entries at just £10 each or six for £50 we ‘hope’, excuse the pun, people will dig deep to be in with a chance and keep the helicopter flying.”

Net proceeds from the sale of each ticket will be donated to Air Ambulance NI, the charity that works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, to provide the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, 365 days of the year. 

Libby continued, “We’ve been delighted to have received support from Jalex Livestock, Culchie Comps and HVS Liquid Gold by way of sponsorship, meaning that we have a golden opportunity to raise substantial funds for this vital service. Thanks also to Alfie Shaw, Agriimages for his super photos of Hope.”

Pictured at the launch are sponsors Niall and Megan Turley (right) from Culchie Comps, James Alexander Jalex Herd (second left), Paul Elwood Liquid Gold with AANI representatives Kerry Anderson and Barclay Bel

Niall Turley from Culchie Comps said, “We are delighted to be doing our bit for Air Ambulance NI and looking forward to four days of entries at Balmoral Show next week.  It’s a great opportunity for people to see the animal that they have a chance of winning.”

Paul Elwood added from sponsor Liquid Gold “This is a super commercial heifer that has the potential to be a fantastic cow maker. I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in this fundraising initiative as I greatly admire the service that the AANI provides.!”

You can enter the competition now at Make sure you pop by and see the heifer in the Logan Hall at Balmoral Show from Wednesday 22 September – Saturday 25 September 2021.

Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2million each year to maintain this service so public donations are crucial.

This competition is being delivered by a group of farming representatives in aid of Air Ambulance NI. A requirement of the competition rules mean that for Hope to be transferred, a herd number is needed, the owner of this will be approved from the Department of Agriculture, which is required by law to ensure animal care and welfare. The farming and agri community are very supportive of the air ambulance service and the competition allows an opportunity for one of them to be the proud owner of this heifer that may not be possible otherwise and generate much needed income. Air Ambulance NI is there to serve our whole community and we are grateful to all of our supporters.

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