A quality display of freshly calved pedigree cows and heifers from Holstein, Ayrshire and the Jersey breeds dominated proceedings at Borderway Mart.
Trade reflected the current shortage of milking animals within the UK with a record average of £2238.
Top price went to the reserve champion, selling for 3800gns to the Logan herd owned by the Yates family. Kellywell Outside Doll consigned by David Robinson descends from the famous Doll family developed at Crudwell. She came from four generations of high scoring Ex cows.
Judge for the day was Richard Baynes from the Marleycote herd, who found his champion in the form of a heifer in milk from the Davidson family. Errolston Fordson Sheilah was sired by Bilsrow Fordson a young sire from Cogent and sold for 2800gns going to A and B Bargh, Woodclose, Skelton, Penrith.
The Davidson’s consigned another three exceptional heifers all having the Errolston stamp. Selling for 2700gns was a heifer from a VG-86 dam with over 5% butterfat. Errolston heifers averaged £2670 well above the overall average.
Steven and Ann Morley from the Petteril herd sold eight heifers with a combination of strength power and milk. Top price was for a Canyon Breeze Allen Daughter bred from six generations of Ex or VG cows going back to Aitkenbrae Warden Roxy. She sold for 2500gns to S and J McCreery, Newton Stewart.
Brian Yates from the Logan herd sold three well grown heifers and topped with a Juror Gordon daughter giving 34kg. She sold for 2500gns to an undisclosed buyer in Scotland.
Also included in the sale was a small number of Ayrshire’s which saw bidding heat up when they graced the sale ring. Top price in the Ayrshire section was for a Carnell High Class daughter from John Adamson’s Swaites herd. She sold giving 40kg for 2200gns to W C Copland, Ecclefechan.