The legendary Black and White Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week once again asserted its importance in the world of top Holstein breeding.
The result was a 90% sell-out to average nearly £4,000, with a top of 10,200gns and 12 heifers over 5000gns.
On top of this immensely satisfying sale were buyers from all over the UK and Ireland as well as France, Holland and Germany.
The leading bid of 10,200gns secured for Andrew and Alison Bunting of Newabbey herd near Dumfries a stunning, superbly well bred eight-month-old heifer calf sired by Regancrest S Braxton and from the currently red hot Canadian Missy cow family.
The dam, Morsan Miss Universe VG88 (2yr) is by G St Alexander and the grand dam Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy EX95 was supreme Grand Champion World Dairy Expo and Royal Winter Fair 2011 in North America.
Three young heifers made 8000gns each. Feizor Windbrook J Flo 2, a daughter of Messrs Booths VG88 (2yr) Gillette Jordan heifer, is from the irrepressible Flo family, probably the UK’s hottest female line, the grand dam being by Shottle and the third dam Holmland Storm Flo EX94 herself.
The winning bid of 8000gns came from local noted breeders Messrs Hodgson of Wormanby.
At the same price was Utopian Meridian G Ambrosia, a March-born heifer calf from Northern Irish breeder Mr N Pepper of Dromore, who bought the dam SaharaGoldwyn Ambrosia 4 VG89three years ago from Wales.
This calf now joins the top-quality Designer herd from Essex.
The other 8000gns calf was a Numero Uno May 2013 calf from the top-notch Wiltor herd of Claire Jones & Family, who often feature in the headlines of leading events.
Out of the USA heifer Court-Us-Ms Dom Candice, with 11 VG and EX dams, this heifer sported the highest GTP Index in the sale with a figure of +2389.
This heifer was successfully bought by Drakkar Holsteins of France.
Auctioneer Glyn Lucas, who shared the rostrum with Andrew Templeton and pedigree reader Graham Kirby, was delighted with the sale.
He said: “It was such a satisfying, straightforward sale, typical of what we expect of the Black and White.
“Vendors with very sensible and modest reserves, keen bidding from buyers who have confidence in the integrity of the sale,what more could an auctioneer ask for. It was another greatevent.”