Border Holsteins off to a strong start

The Border and Lakeland Holstein Club saw strong demand at Carlisle for its first fixture of the year.

Bidding peaked twice at 2300gns and 2250gns, levelling cows and heifers at 1139.

Judge William Fleming of the Hillhead Holstein herd sorted out some good classes, with stock presented in top form given the time of year.

Ringsiders endorsed his choice for the championship when she came under the hammer.

Collecting the top ticket was the Harrison family’s newly calved heifer Crossrigg Atttention Lucy from their herd at Penrith.

This Weeton Attention daughter is out of a 10,300kg dam by Progress bred from the Ewefields Lucy family.

With an impressive sire stack, including Charles and Raider and some high yielding dams deep into the pedigree, she presented a valuable breeding package and led the trade at 2300gns, heading home with the Fleming family to join their Hillhead herd.

A smart entry from the Stowbeck herd of Penrith-based Skirwith Hall Farms included reserve champion.

Stowbeck Paymaster Davis, a stylish freshly-calved heifer by Crackholm Comestar Paymaster combined production and type and a pedigree of long-lasting dams.

Three weeks calved and giving 37kg on the day, she made 2250gns to Messrs Morgan and Hughes, Cumnock, Ayrshire.

There were six other bids over 1500gns.

Averages: 16 cows and heifers 988 and 46 heifers in-milk and in-calf 1192.

(Harrison & Hetherington)