16 November 2001

First successful Ayr cattle event since F&M start

By Jeremy Hunt

North-west correspondent

AYRSHIRE and Holstein breeders paid up to 5000gns for youngstock from the noted Bankend and Sandyford herds at Ayr market last Saturday.

The first opportunity to buy outstanding dairy cattle at a live auction since foot-and-mouth, meant bidders were in top gear from the start with notable prices running to 4200gns for an October-born Holstein calf, and 3000gns for young Ayrshire bulls.

Although the Bankend Ayrshire youngstock sold on a fast trade to level 99 head at £1025, it was the Holsteins that nudged ahead on price.

Top call came from the Scottish borders. T Hodge of Rulemains, Duns, paid 5000gns for the Oct 2000-bred heifer Sandyford Rubens Glow Red. She is by STBVQ Rubens and out of a Horizon Harry sired cow that topped 9000kg in her first three lactations and gave over 10,300kg in her fourth.

Clapham, North Yorks, buyers A &#42 Price and Son snapped up the three-week old ET-bred heifer calf by STBVQ Rubens out of the 14,000kg Sandyford Mascot Kimo. They paid 4200gns for her after two forays into other baby calf purchases paying 2400gns for Sandyford Rubens Glow and 2000gns for Sandyford Leduc Jenny.

Glow is full sister to the top priced heifer and Jenny is out of a 10,600kg Prelude dam.

James Howie and Son, Dumfries, has bought the entire Bankend milking portion. But they still purchased stock from both herds paying 2600gns for the yearling Holstein heifer Sandyford Sea Storm Bubbles – a daughter of a home-bred bull by Maughlin Storm and out of a Comestar Leader dam.

Bankend families

Several of the great Bankend families were in demand none more so than the Wrens. And it was Bankend Wren 173rd, a daughter of Horizon Harry, that topped the Ayrshires with a 3400gns bid from G Lawrie, Monkton, Ayrshire.

The nine-month-old bull Bankend Pure Magic, another by Horizon Harry and out of a 10,000kg Wren dam by A Sir Browndale Fire Red, realised 3000gns to T R Logan and Sons, Kilburnie, Ayrshire.

Andrew Arden of the Green Lane herd near Chester partnered Shropshire breeder Andrew Gough to pay 2800gns for Bankend Myrtle 29th. This daughter of Brooknook Milestone Red is out of a 9700kg dam by Brocklehill Juryman.

Bankend Wren 154th, a Stanford C S Ayr Link heifer, made 2700gns to S Oultram, Deeside, North Wales, while the Howies invested 2400gns in Bankend Myrtle 24th, another heifer by Horizon Harry and a further 2200gns in the Bankend Milestone sired heifer Bankend Miss Barbour.

Andrew Gough also paid 2100gns for the Bankend Brown Bomber sired Bankend Wren 170th bred out of a twice 10,000kg dam while an equal bid secured the young bull Bankend Double Cross. Buyer was J Jones, Shrewsbury.

Another young bull, the Meikle Laught Triple Crown Bankend Last Stand, was taken by Mr Barbour, Mull of Kyntire, at 2100gns. He is out of the sixth lactation 10,500kg cow Wren 58th who is by Des Peupliers Rebel. (James Craig and Son). &#42

Trade was fast and furious for Holsteins and Ayshires at the Bankend and Sandyford youngstock sale last weekend. Bankend Myrtle 29th with the late Murray Stevenson and herdsman Jim Aitken sold for 2800gns.