5 April 2002

Chance to buy US B&W genes

BLACK-AND-WHITE cattle breeders, who were deprived of one of the Holstein breeds most prestigious sales last year, will now have the chance to buy top North American genetics at a rescheduled date later this month.

The 15th Borderway Black-and-White sale, to be held in Carlisle on Apr 19, has drawn an entry of 130 top ranking cattle from leading UK herds as well as a consignment of 40 from the Indianhead herd in North America.

"We have not altered the format of the rescheduled sale and it will resume its traditional time in December this year," said Harrison and Hetherington auctioneer Edward Brown.

"But we felt it was important to hold this event, especially when herds are being re-established after foot-and-mouth."

It also gives breeders a rare chance to buy into the Delicate family, the worlds first family to have seven generations classified as Excellent, and each cow has now given over 18,000kg milk.

The Indianhead consignment, described as "glittering" by Mr Brown, includes cattle ranging from six months to freshly-calved heifers and several young bulls. Cow families represented include Blackrose, Dellia, August, Gina, Ballerina-Betty, Spotty and Karen.

And among the imported lots will be entries from US herds not previously offered to UK breeders, including Jerland and Mohrfield. The Jerland females include entries from the Alabama and Daisy families as well as exciting genetics from the Delicates. The Mohrfield stock include Dinahs and Orlandos.

Daughters of sires not available in the UK will also come under the hammer including progeny of Encore, Fred, Durham and Romancer. &#42