6 December 1996

B&Ws in Carlisle were quality in quantity

THE Borderway Black and White sale last weekend at Carlisle saw a top price of 10,000gns and the 4000gns-mark topped 29 times.

The catalogued entry of 179 head in no way diluted the "elite" stature of the 10th anniversary of this fixture. Heifer averages – £3275 for 33 senior maidens and £3255 for 56 junior maidens – were testament to breeders decision to enter quality in quantity.

Paul Ekstein of the famous Quality herd in Canada flew in on Saturday for the sale and saw his October 1995-bred Quality Raider F Ladgie, bred from the Plushanski Valiant Fran family, top the day. Buyers were Cramar Holsteins, Kettering.

John and Doreen Loftus had a great day levelling their five smart heifers at just over £5000 and achieving the highest price for a UK-bred entry when they sold Weeton Astre Jane for 9000gns.

This 12-month heifer is out of McAcres Inspiration Jane that made 22,000gns at the 1994 Weeton sale. Buyer was Alan Bristow who bought 11 animals for his Atlanta herd in Surrey.

F R Lawson and Son and P and G A Rawcliffe, Preston, Lancs, sold their Almondene B C Anna, an April-born calf, at 8500gns. With a Pedigree Index of 837 and PIN £55, this Boulet Charles daughter went to the Tardoes herd of Scottish breeder Mat Simpson, Muirkirk.

Cheshire breeder R J Barnett paid 6600gns for Miss K Edwards served heifer Hemble Counselor Honey. She is in-calf to Ked Juror. At 6200gns Messrs Woodliffe, York, secured fellow Yorkshire breeders R D Carter and Sons February-born heifer Bricknell Clover Mandel Peachy.

AVERAGES: Six mature females £4095; nine served heifers £3010; 33 senior maiden heifers £3275; 56 junior maidens £3255 and 22bulls £1911. (Harrison and Hetherington)