Pedigree heifers topped at £2,220 and averaged £1,800 at Gisburn Market’s weekly dairy sale on Thursday, 16 November.
A smaller run of heifers with plenty of buyers ringside led to strong prices for vendors, with two newly calved heifers reaching £2,220.
First up was the 2015-born Newfold Dolmio Pam, consigned by PT and MR Critchley, Wrea Green.
She was sold to BF Blezard, Ribchester. Sired by Relough Dolmio and out of a 10,980kg dam, she is currently giving 26 litres.
The other leading lady at £2,220 was a slightly older heifer from J and M Singleton and Sons, Preston. She was knocked down to William Oldfield.
The Whytil heifer, by Crackholm Fever and out of a 14,502kg home-bred dam, was the day’s reserve champion.
Mr Oldfield also paid £2,100 for the red ticket winner, a mid-October-calved heifer, sired by Apina Altaembassy and consigned by A Bretherton and Sons, Preston.
A two-weeks-calved heifer by Gillette Windbrook, from Feizor vendors WA and A Booth, sold for £2,200. The heifer, giving 32 litres, went home with F and M Graham, Gretna.
Also surpassing the £2,000 mark was the heifer consigned by GD Donkin, Copster Green, Blackburn, which was knocked down to TCR Wrathall, Gisburn for £2,050. The Altaamazing daughter is giving 34 litres.
Averages: Pedigree newly calved heifers, £1,809.50; pedigree in-calf heifers, £1,600; pedigree bulling heifers, £687; non-pedigree newly calved heifers, £1,462.70; cows, £1,515; in-calf heifers £1,350. (Richard Turner and Son)