One of the largest UK sales of Holstein and British Friesian bulls for many years will take place in Carlisle next week.
Harrison and Hetherington has announced that 105 pedigree bulls, including 15 British Fresians, will be going under the auctioneer’s hammer at Borderway Mart on Wednesday, October 9.
Consignors will be travelling from 17 different counties in England, Scotland and Wales, and all bulls to feature have been bred from dams with outstanding production, super butterfat and protein, impressive lifetime yields, and excellent functional type.
Glyn Lucas, dairy auctioneer for Harrison & Hetherington, said: “The sale catalogue is packed with dams with outstanding productive lives and incredible lifetime yields.
“A number of the bulls selling have been tested on genomics, all with impressive indexes.
“Herd health is key to the success of all dairy operations.
“All the bulls selling have been tested free of BVD, have been vaccinated and are from herds with excellent herd health records.”
Founded over 140 years ago, Harrison & Hetherington are now the appointed auctioneers for all major beef, dairy and sheep breed societies throughout the UK.
Borderway, one of the company’s seven marts, is the UK’s largest livestock sale centre, handling 800,000 head of cattle and sheep annually, and dealing with buyers and sellers from a wide array of locations, including Europe.
Recent sales there have attracted buyers from across the UK and Ireland, and it is expected the upcoming sale will once again create considerable interest.
Mr Lucas said a number of factors have recently generated increased optimism in the dairy sector, adding: “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to sell bulls of this standard and variety. There are bulls suitable for all markets, so commercial milk producers, breeders, spring milk producers, and farmers who have heifer rearing units will find something to suit their own specific needs.”
Harrison and Hetherington also operate marts at Kirkby Stephen, Lazonby and Broughton-in-Furness in Cumbria; Middleton-in-Teesdale in County Durham; and Lockerbie and Newcastleton in Dumfries and Galloway, and Roxburghshire, respectively.
Specialist livestock sales and on-farm sales are also conducted at various other sites, culminating in 120,000 cattle and 680,000 sheep sold either by auction or private treaty annually.
Harrison and Hetherinton likewise hold auctions for the likes of agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles. For full details on the sale, visit www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk