Despite a downturn in the dairy market, prices at last week’s Border and Lakeland Show and Sale at Carlisle (10 June) saw many lots selling about the £2,000 mark, with an average of £1505 for the 94 lots on offer.
Leading trade at 2,300gns was Boclair Wizard Camilla from the Brewster family, Glasgow. This is the fifth Boclair Wizard daughter to sell in as many months and all have impressed giving close to 40kgs and all with welded on udders. Camilla joins the herd of Mr Robinson, West Cocklaw Farm, Hexham.
The Brewster family had a successful day’s trading taking the next top spot with their overall Champion Boclair BG Echo. This close to perfect uddered heifer was sired by Boclair Goldwyn and bred from two VG dams. She sold for 2,200gns to the judge Willy Bryson from the Carnduff herd, South Lanarkshire.
Mr Bryson’s reserve champion went to Wormanby Destry Sandra consigned by HM and D Hodgson, Carlisle. This silky black daughter of Destry was bred from an exceptional line of cows and sold for 2,100gns to Newtonrigg College.
Wormanby sold another black silky heifer for 2,100gns to A and B Bargh, Wood Close, Skelton. She was sired by Bassingthope Bossman.
The Brough family from Buckabank Farm, purchased a number of heifers including Hillhead Toyota Margaret consigned by RD Fleming, Kirkpatrick Fleming. She was sired by Alta Toyota and bred from an Outside dam with over 115 ton lifetime. This sblack heifer sold for 2,200gns.
The Bell family, owners of the famous Holmland herd sold five heifers. Topping this was Holmland Lavanguard Ivy selling for 2,000gns to Buckabank Farms.
Averages Two cows in milk, £1,533; 68 heifers in milk, £1506.75; 10 British Friesians, £1445.71; Three Fleckvieh, £1300; 11 Holstein Friesians, £1240
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