North East Auction Marts: February

The February edition of the Border and Lakeland Holstein club sale took place in Carlisle, with a quality offering.

Beef cattle
Beef cattle

BORDER AND LAKELANDHOLSTEIN CLUB SALE

The February edition of the Border and Lakeland Holstein club sale took place at Borderway, Carlisle, on February 19 in front of a packed ringside of buyers with a quality offering of freshly calved cows and heifers consigned from some of the UK’s leading dairy herds.

Demand for quality heifers remains strong however there was a noticeable drop in value on some of the higher end pedigrees resulting in the month average being slightly down to £2071.82 for 89 lots sold.

The show was sponsored by Zoetis and Cogent and expertly judged by John Metcalfe from the Crossfell herd near Kirkby Thore. His overall champion went to Logan Atwood Roxy consigned by BG Yates, East Logan Farm, Castle Douglas. Roxy was a granddaughter of their famous Royal Highland Champion Logan Outside Roxy EX94 and sold for 2,600gns to the judge.

The reserve champion was won by Boclair Triumphant Joan consigned by J Brewster, Boclair Farm, Glasgow, she was bred from five generations of Excellent or Very Good dams tracing back to the Royal Show Champion Boclair Joan 66 BFE 100. She sold for 2,900gns to an undisclosed buyer.

The Brewster family sold a number of quality heifers including Boclair Saratoga Elegance who sold for 2,700gns to JT & EM Marrs & Son, Broomhills, Carlilse. She was bred from the famous Elegance cow family from the USA that is now becoming one of the top families at Boclair.

A Waddell & Son, Dewshill Farm, Lanarkshire purchased a number super uddered animals including Wormanby Final Cut Lucy consigned by H,M & D Hodgson, Wormanby Farm, Carlisle. Lucy was bred from three Very Good dams and displayed one of the finest udders in the sale, she sold for 2,400gns.

It is worth mentioning that this is probably the best time for many years to buy dairy cattle with feed prices at their current levels combined with the recent milk prices. Although many commentators have been talking about world production increasing over the next 24 months,demand for milk and milk products will also increase.

In 2013 China’s increased demand alone equalled the increase in production of the USA, EU, Australia and New Zealand.

WIGTON SPRING SHOWCASE

The sale of dairy and beef breeding cattle took place on February 20. A super entry of dairy animals and trade proving yet again the confidence in the dairy sector. Demand for production and type was evident throughout the sale as local producers competed with buyers drawn from Ayrshire to Yorkshire. The top was £2280 paid to Messrs Brown, Seaville Cote for a cracking newly calved Holstein Friesian Heifer.

Top cow price was £1950 achieved twice for both Messrs Hodgson, Midtown, Caldbeck with a stylish 3rd calf cow and also to Livestock Solutions with a Danish import 2nd calf cow giving 45 kgs and a month calved.

Leading prices: Holstein Friesian Heifer in Milk £2280 £1650 Seaville Cote £2180 Midtown Farm (Hodgson) £2000 £1950 1820 High Farm £1880 Calvo (Bowe) £1800 Stone House (Middleton) Holstein Heifer in Milk £2250 £1850 Highfield (Gaitskell) Holstein Friesian Cow in Milk £1950 £1920 High Farm £1950 Midtown Farm (Hodgson)

Swedish Red Heifer in Milk £1880 Moor Park Farm Danish Red Heifer in Milk £1680 High Farm Angler Rotvieh Heifer in Milk £1650 £1580 £1550 High Farm

Jersey Heifer in Milk £1000 High Farm Friesian Heifer In Calf £1620 £1480 Stone House (Middleton) £1400 Oak Tree Farm

Sale of beef breeding cattle - beef breeding cattle a useful trade and set off with a super Limousin Bull from Messrs GL Hutton from Setmabanning Farm which sold for £3400. This son of Cloughhead Umpire had growth and confirmation and was keenly sought.

Beef females also attracting good attention to a top of £1950 from SW Mawson & Son, High Side, Bassenthwaite.

British Blue In calf heifers selling to £1180 from Messrs Donald, Lamonby Hall. Limousin Bull £3400 Setmabanning Farm Limousin Bulling Heifer £1450 Setmabanning Farm Limousin Heifer and Bull Calf £1950 £1900 £1650 £1500 High Side (Mawson) British Blue Heifer In Calf £1180 Lamonby Hall.

CARLISLE

February 24

Harrison and Hetherington held their sale of store and breeding sheep with a good entry of hoggs topping at £81.50 from Mr G Wilson, Reddings, Moffat. More lambs are required to fulfill our buyers’ requirements.

Leading prices: Store lambs: Texel £81.50, £79.50, £76.50, £75 Reddings, £72, £71.50 Smithy Garth, £69 £67 Crosskeys, Charollais £71 Mill Farm, Greyfaced £64 Mill Farm Breeding Sheep: Breeding sheep saw an excellent trade, achieving a top twice of £69 from AJ & ME Saggers, Holme Head, Penrith with Texel ewes with twin lambs at foot.E wes with lambs at foot: Texel £69 (x2) Holme Head

CROP

Round bales of hay to £123 per tonne. Barley Straw in quads £90 per tonne, mini hestons at £82 per tonne and in round bales £26 and £22 per bale. Mini heston bales of wheat straw sold to £78 per tonne and round bales of oat straw made £25 and £16 per bale. Also on offer were round bales of silage which made £25 and £24 per bale. Haylage made £48 per tonbe and £25 per bale

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