Four-figure bids to fore at Border event

There was no shortage of four-figure bids at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club’s show and sale at Carlisle, with two calls of 2200gns.

First was Fred Harrison and sons’ Crossrigg Dimple 27th from their herd near Penrith.

By Silky Gibson and out of a 12,600kg Ewefields dam by Formation, this freshly calved heifer heads for Newton Stewart with Tom Forsyth after taking the championship under Brian Davidson of the Erolston herd.

Sharing top billing was a calved heifer from the noted Kentville Tina Lea Red family.

Bred in Alan and Christine Watson’s Lillyhall herd, but shown by owner Willie Greenshields of Thankerton, Biggar, Lillyhall Len Tina was giving 30.6kg on the day.

She is by Lentini and out of a Storm dam with Overside Prelude Tina as second dam, a cow with three 14,000kg-plus lactations.

Buyer was north-east dairy farmer A Innes-Smith of Heddon-on-the-Wall.

Every animal on offer was sold, with 12 freshly calved cows and heifers making over 1400gns.

Messrs Harrison’s consignment was in demand and earned them another good price when Messrs Sanderson, Lanercost, Carlisle, called 1950gns to secure Crossrigg Dimple 26th.

Also bred out of a milky Ewefields dam, this one was by Outside with longevity and production behind her through cows by Wicketthorn Fair Play and Hanoverhill Roxy.

Two entries from the Morley family’s Petteril herd at nearby Southwaite fared well, making 1900gns and 1800gns for daughters of Igniter and Stormatic.

Averages: 16 cows £870 and 50 heifers £1258. (Harrison & Hetherington)