3,300gns top at Borderway Holstein sale

The first sale of the year started with a bang for the Border and Lakeland Holstein Show and Sale at Borderway, Carlisle, with cows and heifers averaging £2,230 and a top price of 3,300gns.

Buyers were impressed with the quality on offer – classy udders on wide powerful heifers came one after the other with some very impressive pedigrees to attract the top breeders, says auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington.

The top call went to the champion, Espland Pagewire Naomi consigned by D I and F M Cannon, Espland Hill, Appleby. She was a daughter of Braedale Pagewire from a twelve thousand kilo dam and went to to Messrs H Thompson of Springfield Farm, Egremont.

One of the more impressive pedigrees in the sale was consigned by Warnelview Holsteins. This one is a daughter of their Goldwyn son Warnelview Bingo and bred from an Excellent 94 Boulet Charles with over one ton of milk lifetime. In the first three generations of this pedigree no less than thirty three lactations were recorded. This top class heifer sold for 2,900gns and now joins the herd of Messrs H Thompson of Springfield Farm, Egremont.

R-E-W Buckeye sired the next highest price of 2,600gns, this time consigned by Skirwith Hall Farms, Penrith. Bred from a line of high component dams and displaying a marvellous udder she now joins the herd of Messrs N and S J Sanderson of Burtholme Farm, Lanercost.

Attracting interest from across the Irish Sea was a tall, stylish daughter of Wilcoxview Jasper consigned by Ruth Watson from the Lillyhall herd near Cockermouth. Her grand dam was the All Canadian Dreane Astre Inksou EX96, Lillyhall Jasper Inksou sold for 2,450gns and now joins the Printshop herd of Gaston and John Wallace, Templepatrick, N. Ireland.

The reserve champion Warnelview Loader Debby consigned by the Wilson family from Wood Farm, Carlisle then went for 2,400gns. This daughter of Cogent Loader was bred from two VG87 dams and went to Messrs W McWhirter and Co of Burnockstone Farm, Ayrshire.

Averages: 2 cows in milk; £1,365, 28 heifers in milk; £2,292.75 (Harrison and Hetherington)