Cream of Jersey heifers goes under the hammer in Carlisle

One of the UK’s finest young Jersey heifers, Syke Shy Dawn, will go under the hammer at the Autumn Show and Sale of Jersey cattle in Carlisle next week

Willy Templeton with Syke Shy Dawn
Willy Templeton with Syke Shy Dawn

One of the UK’s finest young Jersey heifers, Syke Shy Dawn, will go under the hammer at the Autumn Show and Sale of Jersey cattle in Carlisle next week.

Borderway Mart is hosting the sale on behalf of the Lakes Counties Jersey Club on Wednesday, August 21. 

Syke Shy Dawn won second heifer in milk at this year’s Royal Highland Show and was also Reserve Junior Champion at UK Dairy Expo in 2012.

 The Lakes Counties Autumn sale is renowned for offering special Jersey cows and heifers that have gone on to be very successful in the show ring, and this year is certainly no exception. 

In total, there will be more than 200 dairy animals entered for sale, including 80 Jerseys from Cockermouth’s Wellington Farm Herd, 100 freshly-calved Holstein cows and heifers from some of the UK’s leading dairy farms and a very nice selection of high-yielding Ayrshires.

Syke Shy Dawn is being sold by Willy and Jo Templeton from Catrine House, Mauchline, Ayrshire, who specialise in elite bovines that are used as seed stock for the semen and embryo market.

Not content with making a name for themselves with their stock, they also use the milk from their herd to make their famous Ayrshire Farm House Ice Cream.

Dawn is one of many elite animals on this Ayrshire farm and explaining why she is being sold, Mr Templeton said: “We are very proud of the way Dawn has developed into a fine young animal, but we have limited space at Catrine House for our herd and  unfortunately can’t keep them all.

“So in selling her, we are offering someone a special opportunity to own an exceptional young heifer with an outstanding pedigree. Dawn is projected for almost 7000kgs 5.66% butterfat 3.58% protein and she just loves to milk.”

Dawn’s mother was also a special cow. Braymeadow Lends Sophie EX94 2E won First Mature Cow at the Dairy Event 2011, was Reserve All Britain Mature Cow in 2012 and gave 9822kgs 6.23% butterfat 3.87% protein.

 Announcing the details of the sale, Glyn Lucas, dairy auctioneer for Harrison and Hetherington, said:  “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to sell dairy stock of this quality. 

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for milk producers to purchase fresh milking heifers from some of the UK’s highest yielding herds”

The 80 Jerseys being sold from the Wellington Herd are on behalf of J&M Stamper who dispersed  their milking herd earlier in the spring. 

The Wellington herd originated from Denmark in 2002. With the use of top proven sires, the Stampers developed them into a high-producing, long-lasting, healthy herd averaging 5500kgs 5.83% and 4.07%.


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