Borderway black-and-whites hit 12,500gns

One of the highest-quality entries in the Black and White Sale’s 32-year history topped at 12,500gns, averaged £3,600 and saw more than one-quarter of lots make more than £4,000 on Saturday (1 December).  

A top of 12,500gns was hit by the amazing young heifer Whinchat Atwood Savoire Fare from Andrew Birkle, Leicestershire. She went home with James McNeil, Stranraer.

She is by Atwood and bred from 10 generations of high-scoring Ex cows averaging 94.4 points. Her dam was an Ex 6 Shottle that produced more than 80t in its life, going back to a Ex95 grand dam by Gibson that produced more than 90t.

Cow with family

Trade topped with an Atwood daughter from Andrew Birkle, Leicestershire

Next best at 9,000gns and the pick of a strong lineup of red-and-whites on the day was Logan Diamond B Jodie Red from Brian and Michael Yates, Castle Douglas. She was bought by Crossnacole Holstein, Republic of Ireland.

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Jodie was sired by Diamondback and bred from the unbeaten Logan Integral Jodie Red VG88, which won at UK Dairy Expo and the National Red and White Show this year.

Logan Diamond B Jodie Red

Red and White cow Logan Diamond B Jodie Red from Brian and Michael Yates, Castle Douglas, made 9,000gns © Jane Steel

Also of note at 7,800gns was the first of the Silvermaple Damion Camomile cow family to sell in the UK. Absolute Jacoby Ciao Bella was consigned by Graham Kirby, Absolute Genetics Stud. This one caught the eye of H and M Hodgson and Sarah Sutton.

At 7,500gns was the September-born Davlea Applicable Alicia from Max Davies, Davlea Holstein. She is sister to the national title-winning Davlea Bradnick Alicia and was knocked down to Designer Holsteins, Essex.

At 6,200gns was a Doorman daughter out of Clonpaddin Brokaw Fame from Gary and Izzy Jones. She knocked down to Brian and John O’Connor, Cork, Republic of Ireland.

At 6,000gns came local breeders the Wilson family, Evening Farm, Thursby, Carlisle, with a winning bid from Hefyn Wilson, Tregibby Holstein herd. This was for Evening Beemer Sunrise.

Averages: Seven cows and heifers in milk, £3,360; five in-calf heifers, £3,318; 58 Holstein heifer calves, £3,605.34; five Jersey calves, £3,045; two Brown Swiss heifers, £3,412.50; 23 embryos, £1,207 (Harrison and Hetherington)