Trade topped at 3,200gns twice at the eighth National Ayrshire sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week (Wednesday 2 November).
Bulls led the day’s trade.
The first bull to sell for 3,200gns was the champion Priestland Supersonic consigned by the McLean family, Bushmills, Northern Ireland. He was sired by Palmtra Reality Gibbs and bred from Marleycote Sea Lily 14 Ex94 2E, who was undefeated in the show ring in 2016, and gave 12,399kg in her last lactation. He was purchased by D and C Sanderson, Thackthwaite Hall, Wigton.
At the same money was Horseclose Verve consigned by JA McGarva, Horseclose Farm, Annan. Sired by Woodland View Paddy, he is bred from three generations of Excellent cows and was purchased by John Barbour Machribeg Farm, Cambelltown.
The McLean family also led female trade when selling the April 2015-born heifer Priestland Paprika for 2,000gns to WS Millar and Son, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Sired by Mapleburn Woodrow, she is out of the prolific show winner Atley Hill Yellow Pamela Ex93, who gave 11,426kg in her third lactation at 4.41% butterfat and 3.23% protein.
The day’s overall champion went to Cuthill Towers Madison, consigned by A and S Lawrie from Fife, Scotland. She sold giving 29kg for 1,680gns to A and R Paton, Easter Greenhill, Falkirk.
The Lawrie family also scooped the reserve under judge Steve Bailey from the Beeline Ayrshire herd, Cheshire, with Cuthill Towers Elpaso Lady. She was sired by Cuthill Towers Elpaso from their well-known Lady cow family and sold for the top price female on the day for 1,780gns to the same buyer as her stablemate.
Commenting on the sale, auctioneer Glyn Lucas said: “The quality on offer today has been exceptional and a real credit to the Ayrshire breeders from across the UK, who have consigned their very best.”
Averages: four cows in milk, £1,404.38; 20 heifers in milk, £1,398.08; five bulls, £2,394. (Harrison and Hetherington).