CATTLE from Ireland, France, Germany and Holland, as well as the UK, will be among 90 lots going under the hammer in Carlisle next weekend.
Organisers of this year’s Black and White sale at Borderway Mart say it will feature the creme de la creme of elite dairy genetics.
The event, on Saturday, December 1, is now in its 26th year and will feature a Milking Shorthorn for the first time alongside the usual Holsteins. She is Sunrise Reflection Marcia, from Downpatrick, whose dam was judged first heifer in milk at Balmoral in the spring.
Glyn Lucas, sale organiser Harrison & Hetherington’s head pedigree dairy auctioneer, said: “The industry has progressed to amazing heights with the advent of genomics, in-vitro fertilisation and sexed embryos, and the Black and White sale is the single best stage for breeders in the UK to market their animals.
“Each lot has the ability to be the next great show winner, bull mother, genomic chart topper, embryo donor or brood cow. They will all have an impact on the breed for many years to come.
“The sale catalogue is flush with animals leading the way in terms of genetics and milk production. Sahara Numero Uno Jane is the entry with the highest genomic ranking in the sale, and over half the animals this year have a genomic index, many ranking high for GTPI and on individual traits.
“Over the years this sale has gone from strength to strength and is now a real highlight for pedigree breeders in the UK.
“A sale of this calibre is only possible with the support of those in the industry, and I would like to thank the farmers and breeders for giving us the opportunity to market such remarkable animals. I’m confident that all have the potential to return immediate and impressive returns on your initial investment.”
Eastern European countries are leading the way in increased milk production, accounting for 13.7% of EU production in the year to August.
The Eurostat figures showed supplies were up by 8.3% in Poland – the largest milk producing country in Eastern Europe – compared to last year, and increased by 5.6% in the Czech Republic and by 8.6% in Hungary.
The figures also showed that butter production is up by 49,000 tonnes or 3.8% on last year, while cream was up by 68,000 tonnes or 4.1%.
Liquid milk production was marginally higher – 0.3% – than in 2011 for the first eight months of 2012.