5,000gns top for Ayrshire cow at National Show

Record entry numbers and a record sale price of 5,000gns was achieved for one of the Ayrshire breed’s top young show cows at the third Northern National Ayrshire Sale and Show held at Harrison and  Hetherington’s Borderway Sale Centre, Carlisle.

The show and sale included 79 entries comprising heifer calves, milking heifers and cows as well as an impressive entry of 11 young bulls. Topping the sale at 5,000gns was Halmyre Urr Jinks VG88, 3rd Junior Cow at The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, 2011 and 1st Junior Cow, Champion Ayrshire and Reserve Champion Dairy Interbreed, Dumfries Show 2011.

Bred and owned by L Davidson and Sons, Castle Douglas, and fresh since May 2011, Jinks was 1st place in the Almins Cow in Milk class and was Reserve Champion overall. Judge Geraint Thomas’s admiration for the three-year-old was evident in the pursuing sale with the final bid taking Jinks to his renowned Gwynnog herd, Carmarthen, Wales

Cuthill Towers Kyles Lady took 1st place in the Red and White Heifer In-milk class and was awarded Champion overall.  Bred and owned by A and S Lawrie, Cuthill Towers, Kinross, Scotland and fresh since September 2011, the stylish two-year old exhibited a superb udder and cleanness throughout.   

Sired by Morwick Kyle Red, Lady’s second dam carries more Morwick bloodlines being sired by the famous Morwick Sand Ranger Red; she sold for 2,400gns to Messrs Galbraith, Sunny Bank.  Commenting on his placement reasons Judge Geraint Thomas said: “The Champion is a lovely balanced young cow with a little more dairy character owing to her stage of lactation.”   

A and S Lawrie received an additional bonus as Cuthill Towers Pammy took 1st place in the Maiden Heifer class. The owners of the winning animal in this class received an additional sponsorship prize of 250kgs of Almins Calf Vantage Starter range.  Sired by Hunnington BBK Easlad, her dam is Cuthill Towers Pammy 5 EX90. 

The 13 month old Gwynnog Remington Sailor Girl 2, consigned by Judge Geraint Thomas, sold for 2,600gns to Mr Gordon, Northern Ireland. Sired by high type Canadian sire Mapleburn Remington, her dam is sired by Morwick Sand Ranger Red, and is the Royal Welsh Breed Champion 2011 and All Breeds Ayrshire Champion, Gwynnog Sand Ranger Sailor Girl.


Cuthill Towers Ellie 13, fresh since September and sired by Morwick Kyle Red, sold for 2,400gns  to Messrs Galbraith, Sunny Bank, Kendal, England.  Bloodlines from D A Howie and Sons, Morwick, Acklington, Northumberland, were further in demand at 2,350gns as two-year-old Morwick Gwen 12, sold a few days fresh to the Galbraith family. 

A strong contingent of extremely well bred bulls resulted in 13 month old West Mossgiel Modern Reality ET make a top price of 4,200gns. Bred and owned by the Cunningham family, Mauchline, Ayrshire, his dam is West Mossgiel Miss Modern 5 EX93 and sold to leading breeder Willie Stevenson, Stranraer, Scotland.

Averages 4 Cows in Milk, £2512.13; 47 Heifers in Milk, £1876.60; 2 Maiden Heifers , £1890.00; 9 Bulls, £1983.33 (Harrison and Hetherington)