Dairy trade has been strong in recent days as well bred cows and heifers coming in to peak milk have been in good demand.
Wednesday’s Border and Lakeland Club sale at Carlisle saw trade peak at 2900gns for fresh calved heifer Wormanby Jeeves Princess from H M and D Hodgson, Wormanby Farm, Carlisle. She was bred from two excellent dams sired by Shottle and Formation respectively and placed second in the junior heifer class in the pre-sale. She sold to C and L Mair, Townhead Farm, Dumfries.
Second best of the day was Littlecoop Breeze 68 the overall champion from S Moor and Son, Littlecoop Hosue Farm, Hawthorn, County Durham. She is sired by Ardross Sterling from a VG Samuelo dam. This one was knocked down at 2700gns to Stuart Braid, Dumfries, for the Murthat herd.
The Boclair herd sold five heifers in total with two selling for 2500gns to N and S J Sanderson of Burtholme Farm, Brampton. First was Boclair Triumphant Gypsy 2 bred from three generation of excellent or VG dams and giving 35kgs. Second was Boclair Shottle Gypsy 2, she had been placed first in the junior heifer class sired by Shottle and again bred from three generation of long lasting excellent or VG dams.
The Gillespie family from High Plouglands, Carlisle, sold three heifers to top at 2400gns for Ploughlands Bonair Joan 2. She is sired by Karona Bonair and sold giving 36kgs and traced back to Lemington TI Joan EX93 4E LP70. She was purchased by J and H Somerville, Larglea Farm, Dumfries.
Another from the Boclair herd, Boclair Triumphant Joan 2, then sold at 2300gns. This one had been reserve champion and is by Boclair Triumphant. She also sold to N and S J Sanderson of Burtholme Farm, Brampton.
Across at Skipton on Monday trade peaked at £2700 for a fresh calved cow from the Swires family, Harrogate. Their sale leader was a home-bred second calver by the Semex sire Penview Icepack. Giving 50 litres, she joined the Kellett dairy farming family, Bishop Thornton.
Selling at £2450 was the day’s pre-sale champion from the Smellows pedigree dairy herd of Jeremy Taylor, Broughton.
This one was a fresh calved heifer, Smellows Reece Viola 2, by the well-known AI sire Askew Reece, out of the home-bred Smellows Decker Viola, who averaged more than 11,100kg at 4% butter fat over two lactations at Small House, with her grand dam, Smellows Outside Viola, herself averaging 12,500kg-plus at 14.3% butter fat over five lactations. Eighteen days calved and giving 31kg, Mr Taylor’s champion sold to Daniel Reed, Bielby, York.
Averages; Carlisle - 12 cows in milk/in-calf £1889.34, 39 heifers in milk/in-calf £2091.07. Skipton – Fresh calved heifers £2143, cows £2233.