The 2014 Black and White Sale at Borderway attracted buyers from every corner of the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, for what many breeders described as the “best” in the events 28 year history. With a 95% clearance, the top call was for a black and white heifer at 14,000gns, while a Jersey matched the previous breed record price of 8,500gns and Holstein yearlings averaged £4,403.
Topping the trade at 14,000gns was Denmire Doorman Marie Anne 8, consigned by the Dennison family, Aldingham, Cumbria. This November 2013-born heifer was the second highest GTPI heifer in the sale, at +2336. Also with a PLI of £410, she sold with multiple bull and embryo contracts. She was sired by Doorman and bred from the former number one GTPI cow in Europe Denmire Goldwyn Marie 102 VG87 2yr. She was purchased by Hugh Dwyer, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland.
The highest index heifer in the sale was Churchvale Balisto Ambrosia 2 consigned by Richard Thomas, Kidwelly, Dyfed. She had a GLPI+3422 and a GTPI+2485 making her the number one GLPI and number four GTPI heifer in the UK. She sold with multiple bull and embryo contracts to many leading genetic companies around the globe. With a PLI of +£530, this July 2014-born heifer was sired by Balisto and bred from the All American Tri-Day Ashlyn family. She now joins the herd of S. Dibble, Tiverton, Devon for 10,500gns.
Equalling the Jersey breed record price set back in 2006 at the Ex Factor sale was TLC Vintage Tequila consigned by Tom Lomas, High Peak, Derbyshire. Unbeaten in the show ring, this June 2013-born heifer was sired by Tequila and bred from the most prolific cow family in Jersey history, known simply as the Veronicas. She was knocked down for 8,500gns to Elite Street Jerseys, Co Cork, Republic of Ireland.
Auctioneer Glyn Lucas said: “This is the best Jersey to ever sell outside North America and her new owners will now play an important role in further development of the Jersey breed.”
The highest ever gPLI animal to sell in the UK was Fabrick Shotglass Bacardi with a gPLI+£602, currently number three on the UK index charts. This February 2014-born heifer was consigned by the Fabrick Partnership, Ramsey, Isle of Man and sold for 7,500gns to D. Gordon, Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. She was sired by Shotglass and was bred from the Mattie G family from Eastview Holsteins in the USA.
Holmland Holsteins have sold at almost every black and white sale since 1987 and this year sold six females to average £5,000. Topping the Holmland group was an amazing show heifer, Holmland Atwood Marie, bred from four Ex 94 dams with over 400t of milk. The Yates family from the Logan herd in Castle Douglas paid 7,200gns for this one.
Topping the red and white trade was Lillyhall Mahogany Rox Red, consigned by Matthew and Ruth Harper, Maryport, Cumbria. This October 2013-born heifer sold for 7,000gns to new comer Ally Cook, Ruthwell, Dumfries. Rox Red was sired by Hylite Barbwire Red and a daughter of last year’s Agriscot Champion Tegan Advent Mahogany Ex90 who sold for 11,000gns in the 2009 Black and White Sale.
Averages: Five Holstein heifers in milk, £3,675; seven Holstein in-calf heifers, £3,570; 17 Holstein yearling heifers, £4,403.82; 47 Holstein heifer calves, £3,596.25; six Jersey heifers, £3,535; two Brown Swiss heifers, £2,467.50; one Viking Red 1st Choice heifer, £1,890; 22 embryo lots, £417.90; Braedale Goldwyn semen, £357.