22 December 2000

Dairy values on the up

A COMPLETE sell-out and an average price of £1001 for 29 milking heifers reflected below-quota-driven increase in dairy cow values at the latest show and sale of the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club at Carlisle.

Buyers from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland competed strongly to push prices to 1400gns for the champion from Messrs Metcalfe and Sons Edenfauld herd at Armathwaite, near Carlisle.

Their Edenfauld Lee Hope, by Comestar Lee, is out of a 10,400kg dam by Thonyma Secret. She was giving 34kg on the day and was bought by Andrew Ewing for a Northern Ireland client.

Collecting the reserve female ticket was local breeders Messrs Hodgsons Wormanby Dombinator Anita 24th. She also went to Mr Ewing at 1350gns.

Mr Ewing was in again at 1250gns to take Mark Wilsons Hailstone Lieutenant Flechette from his herd at Appleby, Cumbria. This heifer is by Snow Lieutenant and had already enjoyed some local show successes.

Equalling the bid was Messrs Williamsons Ingleden Edward Roberta, a Cogent Edward calved heifer bought by HB Innes and Son, Auldearn, Nairnshire.

Following the club sale there was a consignment of freshly calved heifers from the Broadlea herd owned by Ian Duncan of Annan. His best was 920gns paid by HB Innes and Son, who claimed several others.

There was also a selection of fresh and near calving cows from the Fenlea herd of HS Thompson, Carlisle, which sold to 880gns for a young cow by Startmore Supreme.

Averages Broadlea – 10 in-milk heifers £831. Fenlea – 43 cows and heifers in-milk and/or in-calf £529 (Harrison and Hetherington). &#42