PEDIGREE DAIRY DAY
The Border & Lakeland Holstein Club hosted their monthly Pedigree Dairy Day Sale at Borderway, Carlisle.
The catalogue was full of top quality pedigrees many with six or more generations of Excellent or Very Good dams and more importantly cows and heifers that justified their heritage.
It was certainly a buyer’s market with a number of superior animals selling well below their true value and with the beautiful spring weather caressing the countryside some buyers were busy in the fields.
The show was sponsored by Paragon Veterinary Group and Cogent and professionally judged by Mr Andrew Wilson from the Northshields herd in Fife. The overall Champion went to Bowberhill Bluesky Melody consigned by WM Hutchinson & Son, Redgate Farm, Kirkby Stephen.
She was sired by Galastar Bluesky and traced back to the famous Gail family from Startmore. She sold for the top price of the day purchased by Doug Reynolds for an undisclosed buyer in Yorkshire for 2,300gns.
The Reserve Champion went to Boclair BG Gypsy consigned by J Brewster, Boclair Farm, Glasgow. She was sired by Boclair Goldwyn and bred from two Excellent dams, she sold for 2,200gns and now joins the herd of JT & EM Marrs & Son, Broomhills, Carlisle.
The second highest price of the day went to a special Red & White heifer consigned by R. Steel & Son, Kepculloch Farm, Glasgow. Kepculloch Classic August Red was sired by Poos Stadel Classic and bred from the world renowned August cow family. She sold for 2,250gns and was purchased by J Taylor, High Whinnow Farm, Carlisle.
Averages: 5 Cows in milk/calf £2026.50. 32 Heifers in milk/calf £2006.40. 37 Overall average £2009.10.
John Swan Ltd sold 93 clean cattle, 44 OTM cattle,1496 old season hoggs and 472 ewes
Bullocks (34) averaged 218.7p per kg and sold to 255p (+4.8p on week)
Heifers (55) averaged 213.4p per kg and sold to 250p (-4.6p on week)
4 young bulls averaged 180.8p per kg and sold to 185p (+9.8p on the week)
44 beef type OTM cattle averaged 131.3p per kg and sold to 164p (n/c on the week)
Old season SQQ hoggs averaged 218.5p per kg +9.1p on week) and sold to £114 and averaged £92.40 per head.
Ewes averaged £65.64, and sold to £115
Heavy ewes £78, light ewes £56.15.
John Swan Ltd sold 81 clean cattle, 57 OTM cattle, 2473 old season lambs and 602 ewes
Bullocks (38) averaged 213.9p per kg and sold to 244p (-12p on week). Heifers (43) averaged 218p per kg and sold to 252p (+2.2p on week). 2 young bulls averaged171p per kg and sold to 173. 51 beef type OTM cattle averaged 139.6p per kg and sold to 203p (+7.5p on the week).
Old season SQQ Hoggs averaged 209.4p per kg (+1.5p on week) and sold to £120; ewes averaged £59.69, and sold to £91. heavy ewes £76.83, light ewes £47.98.
w/e March 14
Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 172 Prime Cattle including 70 Cast Cows; 1,467 Prime Sheep; 348 Cast Ewes; 245 Store and Breeding Cattle.
Charolais Cross Heifers sold to 387p per kg and £1,277 from New Smailholm Farm, Kelso. Aberdeen Angus Cross Heifers sold to 390per kg to Well Hung & Tender, Berwick upon Tweed.
Cast Cows continue to reach satisfactory levels with numbers well up for this time of year. Leading prices:- Simmental Crosses to 275p per kg and £1,259. Dairy Cows from Kelloe Mains, Duns hit the high spot at £1,208. Other Dairy Cows to £1,136 per head from Edinburgh University Farm, Roslin. Pure Limousin Cows to £1,427 per head. Major consignment of 29 Continental Crosses average £1,051 per head to a top of £1,194.
The Sheep trade finally livened up as numbers begin to dry up. Export Lambs from Great Tosson, Rothbury sold to 440p per kg while light weight Lambs from Barnsley sold to 430p per kg for Pure Swales.
Store Cattle continue to sell extremely well with many lots 40 kgs heavier than the previous year’s Cattle. Quality lots were also dearer per kg in many cases. Luing Cows to £2,000 for 2nd Calvers.