Quality heifers met rising averages of £167 on the previous month at September’s Border and Lakeland Club pedigree Holstein dairy sale.

Despite the recent down turn in milk and dairy markets, demand for freshly calved cows and heifers remained strong, peaking at £1,950 twice.

The first was reserve champion heifer, Carhall Sensation Sonia. This seven days calved heifer was bred by Ian and Mark Mallinson from six generations of Excellent or Very Good cows going back to the Deslacs herd in Quebec, Canada. Sired by Carhall Sensation, she was exhibited by Steven Carruthers, Towcett, Penrith, who purchased her at the Mallinson’s dispersal in 2013, she went home to Knockshiffnock, Ayrshire with Mr A McCamley.

Champion and reserve heifers from the pedigree dairy day sale

Champion and reserve heifers from the pedigree dairy day sale

The second came from the Errolston herd of Brain and Craig Davidson, Gretna, Dumfriesshire. Heifer, Errolston Deann Lilian, is a daughter of England-Schill Deann and bred from seven generations of Excellent or Very Good cows.  She was purchased again by Mr A McCamley.

Skirwith Hall Farms sold two young heifers typical of what buyers have come to expect from this top herd for 1,900gns. Stowbeck Durham Mavis Red 2, sired by Durham Red, went home with W Schug, Appleby-In-Westmorland, Cumbria. Stowbeck Endstory Mavis 2, sired by O-Man End-Story, joined Fauld Farm, Carlisle, Cumbria.

The overall Champion, Cunswick Lionheart Belle was knocked down to the Woodcatt herd for 1,850gns. Consigned by JW Graves, Tallentire, Cumbria, she was sired by Denmire Bridge End Lionheart and bred from two Very Good dams.

Averages: One cow in-milk or in-calf; £1,806; 10 heifers in-milk or in-calf, £1,890.

 (Harrison and Hetherington)