A RECORD number of show entries and a packed sale ring produced a top price of 4,000gns at the 2012 Northern National Ayrshire Sale and Show, held on Wednesday at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Sale Centre in Carlisle.
The sale and show event format, now in its fourth year, included top quality animals across all sections and attracted buyers from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The show and sale included 88 catalogued entries comprising yearling heifers, milking heifers and milking cows as well as, an impressive entry of 15 young bulls.
Topping the sale at 4,000gns was the show’s Junior Champion, Galaxy Durham Lottie Red from A Laird, Blyth Bridge, Peebleshire and purchased by S Reed, Wales. Sired by Durham Red, a son of Dudoc Mr Burns, this stylish 12-month-old calf was awarded first place in the Maiden Heifer Ayrshire Red and White class. Her dam is the renowned Barr Ranger Lottie Red Ex 95 3E, a sixth lactation cow with records to 11,174kgs @ 4.99% fat and winner of no fewer than 13 show titles.
The reserve top price, and leading price in the Bull Class at 3,500gns, was achieved Troutbeck Outlaw, bred by Messrs Mattinson, Wigton, Cumbria, and purchased by J Cameron & Co, Southend, Argyll, Scotland. The 12- month-old son of Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette, is bred from the sixth lactation Myerscough Jess 123, Ex92 2E.
Outlaw’s 100% Ayrshire bloodline is steeped in top show winning quality with his dam being the Champion Calf All Breeds All Britain Calf Show 2004, Royal Highland Show Junior Ayrshire Champion 2006 and 1st Junior Ayrshire Cow-in-Milk, Royal Highland Show 2007.
Judge Robin Barr, Cambelltown, Scotland, awarded first place Red and White Heifer in Milk Class, and the Overall Ayrshire Championship, to Langside Blaeberry 112. Bred by Alex Gray & Son, Lanark, Scotland, the Champion is sired by Humeston Winter Storm, a son of Pursuit September Storm. Fresh since early October, the stylish heifer exhibited a superb udder and cleanness throughout.
Northern Ireland interest also featured with Martin King, Ballymena, purchasing Cuthill Towers Emerald Ivy ET for 3,000gns. Bred by Arthur Lawrie and family, Kinross, Scotland and sired by Ayr-Phoe Ideostar, Ivy sold as an in-calf heifer carrying a sexed pregnancy by Jelyca Oblique.
A strong contingent of extremely well bred Ayrshire bulls attracted the eye of Judge Robin Barr with Dumfries-based A & A Kirkpatrick’s homebred Barr Guardian taking the Champion Bull title. The 14-month-old son of Haresfoot Brazen and bred out of the show winning Barr Willow 3, his second dam is Barr Ranger Lottie Ex95 3E. Guardian was purchased for 2,400gns by G&G Templeton, Auckinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Harrison & Hetherington Auctioneer Andrew Templeton was delighted with the quality and prices achieved at the event.
He said: “We’ve had a tremendous show and sale of quality animals averaging just under £1,800 across all classes. The consignments were truly exceptional and the animals on display today would stand alongside any UK major show line-up. I’d like to thank Almins for its sponsorship.
* 2012 Sale averages: 53 Cows and heifers in Milk = £1,765.19
4 Maiden Heifers = £1,995.00
15 Bulls = £1,760.50