Organisers of the renowned Black & White elite dairy sale at Carlisle say the 2014 event was the best in its 28-year history.
Buyers from every corner of the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe travelled to Borderway Mart for the sale, which saw a number of notable prices, records beaten and impressive averages.
Topping the trade at 14,000gns was Denmire Doorman Marie Anne 8, consigned by the Dennison family and purchased by Hugh Dwyer of Co Kerry, Ireland.
This heifer was the second highest GTPI heifer in the sale and sold with multiple bull and embryo contracts. She was sired by Doorman and bred from the former number 1 GTPI cow in Europe, Denmire Goldwyn Marie 102 VG87 2yr.
Equalling the Jersey breed record price set back in 2006 at the EX Factor sale, meanwhile, was TLC Vintage Tequila, consigned by Tom Lomas and sold for 8,500gns to Elite Street Jerseys of Co Cork, Ireland.
Auctioneer Glyn Lucas, of Harrison & Hetherington, said: “This is the best Jersey to ever sell outside North America and her new owners will now play an important role in further development of the Jersey breed.”
The highest index heifer in the sale was Churchvale Balisto Ambrosia 2, consigned by Richard Thomas of Kidwelly, Dyfed.
She had a GLPI+3422 and a GTPI+2485, making her the number 1 GLPI and number 4 GTPI heifer in the UK.
Churchvale Balisto Ambrosia 2 sold with multiple bull and embryo contracts to many of the leading genetic companies around the globe.
Having sold for 10,500gns she now joins the herd of S. Dibble of Tiverton, Devon.
The highest ever gPLI animal to sell in the UK was Fabrick Shotglass Bacardi with a gPLI+£602, currently number 3 on the UK Index Charts.
She was consigned by the Fabrick Partnership in the Isle of Man and sold for 7,500gns to D. Gordon of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland.
Fabrick Partnership was sired by Shotglass and bred from the Mattie G family of Eastview Holsteins in the USA.
Holmland Holsteins, meanwhile, have sold at almost every Black & White sale since 1987 and organisers say 2014 saw probably their finest offering to date, with six females averaging £5000.
Topping the group was Holmland Atwood Marie, bred from four excellent 94 dams, with over 400 ton of milk.
The Yates family from the Logan herd in Castle Douglas paid 7,200gns for her.
Topping the Red & White trade, finally, was Lillyhall Mahogany Rox Red, consigned by Matthew and Ruth Harper, Maryport, and selling for 7,000gns to newcomer Ally Cook of Ruthwell, Dumfries.
Rox Red is a daughter of last year’s Agriscot Champion, Tegan Advent Mahogany EX90, who sold for 11,000gns in the 2009 Black & White.
Auctioneer Glyn Lucas added: “I would like to thank the consignors and buyers for making the sale such a massive success. The 2014 sale has been the best in Black & White sale history, with a 95% clearance and very healthy average.
“I would like to wish everyone much success with their animals and I’m looking forward to welcoming many of them back in March for our fourth UK Dairy Expo.”