By Jeremy Hunt
Kepculloch Summit, a 2014-bred son of De-Su Gillsepy from Robert Steel, Glasgow, made the top price of 6000gns at the annual Holstein Friesian bull sale at Carlisle.
Out of the 2005 Royal Highland Champion Altona Lea Rudolph Summer EX95, he goes to Calum and Steven Innes, Aberdeen.
The importance of breeding outcross sires saw bulls with no Goldwyn, Shottle, Oman or Planet bloodlines selling at a premium.
Making 5,800gns was Townlaw Asset consigned by the Sloan family. He boasted one of the best pedigrees in the sale with his four dams averaging 94 points on classification.
His third dam was the All Canadian and All American winner Shoremar S Alicia EX97 regarded as Skychief’s all-time best daughter. By Numero Uno, he was purchased by Messrs Wilson, Brechin, Angus.
The prize winning Annandale herd consigned 10 bulls. Among the highlights were Annandale Kryptonite bred from the Brynfryd Raider Kim cow family. Kryptonite is bred from three generations of cows all producing over 60t of milk. He realised 5,700gns to A D and A Richardson, Appleby.
The supreme champion, Annandale Lynton, made 5,600gns and is potentially the 12th generation of animals to classify Excellent or Very Good. His dam was an Excellent Lheros daughter with high production and constituent figures. Buyer was A Sanderson, Cockermouth.
Standing reserve champion and production champion under judge Andrew Wilson from Northshields was Berryholme Dynamic from the Wright family’s herd at Kendal.
He is out of the National Holstein Show Champion Berryholme Shottle Flo and by the high type sire Dude. At 5,700gns he goes to Steven and Anne Morley for their Petteril herd at Southwaite, Carlisle.
Average: 56 bulls £3167.18
(Harrison and Hetherington)