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Border and Lakeland Holstein Club Bull Sale

The Annual Border & Lakeland Club Spring Bull Sale took place at Borderway, Carlisle on Wednesday 10th April, buyers travelled from the North of Scotland and from the South of England to see one of the best consignment of bulls ever offered at this event.

Many outstanding bulls bred from families renowned for producing high volumes of milk combined with tons of butterfat and protein gave buyers an amazing choice. It is not surprising with the added costs incurred over the past winter and the unbelievable late spring that the average on the year was down, although more bulls were sold to average £2342.14.

Sponsors Coomara (Pete & Charlotte Denston) "Townlaw Lustful" Mr Robert Sloan, Judge Mr David Tomlinson of Bilsrow Herd and Mr Bryce Sloan

Sponsors Coomara (Pete & Charlotte Denston) "Townlaw Lustful" Mr Robert Sloan, Judge Mr David Tomlinson of Bilsrow Herd and Mr Bryce Sloan

The day started with the Show judged by David Tomlinson from the Bilsrow herd in Lancashire and sponsored by Coomara Veterinary Pratice. His overall Champion went to Townlaw Lustful consigned by Firm of Bryce Sloan, Darnlaw Farm, Ayrshire. He was a Wabash-Way Evolve son from a 12,000kilo, Very Good Goldwyn who sold in the Ridgefield Sale for 20,000gns, the next dam was Idee Lustre EX95. This very stylish bull sold for 3,400gns to T. Forsyth, Isle Farm.

The Reserve Champion was a powerful bull consigned by P. Waring, Field House Farm, North Yorkshire selling for 2,900gns to W. Wilson & Sons, Mayfield Farm, Castle Douglas. Winton Inbrook was a son of top type sire Gillette Windbrook and bred from a top line of cows, his third dam was Dreane Astre Inksou EX96-4E 4* who was Nominated All Canadian as a Mature Cow on three occasions.

The popularity of the Flo family continued with three impressive young sires bred from two full sisters and both selling for a joint top price of the day of 3,500gns and consigned by H. Wright & Son, Berryholme, Kendal. First to go for this figure was Berryholme Signify. He had placed first in his class and was sired by Pine-Tree Sid and bred from Berryholme Posh Flo EX94-2E he was purchased by Firthhead Partners, Firthhead, Castle Douglas. His full brother was also offered he had placed 2nd in the class and sold for 3,200gns to Greentower Farms Ltd, New Greentowers, Lanark. The other bull from Berryholme to sell for 3,500gns was Berryholme Jordani a son of Gillette Jordan and bred from Berryholme Shottle Flo EX93-2E who was National Champion in 2010 and full sister to Posh Flo, this super young bull was purchased by C. Innes & Sons, Drumduan Farm, Nairn.

The Errolston herd of B & V Davidson, Errolston, Gretna consigned four top class young sires and topped at 3,400gns for Errolston Kensington. He was a total outcross sire with no Shottle, Goldwyn, Oman or Durham in his pedigree he also had an impressive genomic test with a GTPI+1977 PTAT+1.84 NM 444. He was sired by Niagra and bred from the Klaske family in Holland, he was purchased by M & J Howat, Stevenson Farm, Cumnock

J. Harrison, Wickerfield, Kings Meaburn, Penrith consigned Wickerfield Steady who sold for 3,300gns to Mattocks, Aulby Farm, Laithes, Penrith. He was sired by Stantons Steady and bred from a one hundred ton dam that is still milking at Wickerfield in her twelve lactation. His pedigree was the epitome of longevity with no less than thirty one completed lactations by his first three dams.

The Annandale herd owned by W. Armour, The Milton, Moffat had an impressive line up of seven young bulls and topped at 3,200gns for Annadale Poirot. He was a M.E.Dal Alliance son and bred from one of the Annandale’s top producing young cows he now joins the herd of W. Meredith, Sandwell House, Strichen.

The second highest PLI bull in the sale was Crossrigg Manitoga consigned by F. Harrison & Sons, Crossrigg Farm, Penrith. He was the only son of Long-Langs Oman Oman in the sale and was bred from a special uddered young cow that was Champion Heifer in milk at Northern Dairy Expo in 2010. Manitoga was sold for 3,000gns and now joins the herd of R & D Cathers, Stannock Farm, Newton Stewart.


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