Ayrshire cow average up £347 at Northern National sale

Leading pedigree Ayrshire genetics were keenly sought after at Borderway on Wednesday (25 October) as trade topped at 3,000gns overall and cows in milk were in particular demand.

Overall trade was up £111 on the year despite last year boasting two lots at 3,200gns. Cows giving up to 40kg averaged £1,752 and in-milk heifers made £1,432.50.

Topping the Northern National Show and Sale at 3,000gns was West Mossgiel Miss Modern 28 (Ex91) from Stuart Gilliland, Caste Douglas, which was knocked down to GG Baynes and Son, Marleycote, Hexham.

West Mossgiel Miss Modern 28

West Mossgiel Miss Modern 28

She is a seven-year-old by West Mossgiel Aramis and sold in calf to Sandyford Elvis. She gave 12,633kg in her third lactation at 5.77% fat and 3.21% protein.

Miss Modern 28’s son sold in the spring sale for 2,900gns. She is 50% Ayrshire and boasts a PLI of +£243.

Next in the money at 2,800gns was the lead bull in a very selective bull trade that saw just over 50% clearance.

Cuthill Towers Raptor from A and S Lawrie, Cuthill Towers, Kinross, was sold to S Allen, Caddy Road, Northern Ireland.

See also: Trade tops 3,200gns twice at National Ayrshire sale

Raptor is by Forever Schoon Predator and is out of the munch-admired show cow Cuthill Towers Radar Ray (Ex94), which has produced two lactations over 11,000kg. He is 81.25% Ayrshire and brings a PLI of +£85.

Next best at 2,150gns was 100% Ayrshire Horseclose Bess 32 from JA McGarva, Annan. She is a very milky four-year-old from a dam with close to 5% butterfat and caught the eye of PA and JM Astley, Cefn Farm, Powys.

Red and whites topped at 1,850gns with a milking heifer from John Adamson, Lanark, which was knocked down to J McCulloch and Sons, Ardwell, Stranraer.

Swaites Bridemaid 11 was giving 31kg and is out of a GP84 cow that gave 9,000kg in her fist lactation.

Averages: eight cows in milk, £1,752.18 (+£347.8); 20 heifers in milk, £1,432.50 (+£34.42); one in-calf heifer, £2,205; seven heifer calves, £775.50; 7 bulls, £1.735.50 (£-£658.50) (Harrison and Hetherington)