Three Bulls Sell For Six
The 30th Annual show and sale held of Holstein and British Friesian bred bulls on behalf of the Border & Lakeland Holstein club featured 56 outstanding bulls all bred from the best cow families in the breed. A huge crowd of buyers from across the UK watched as trade topped at 6,400gns to average almost £3000 with three bulls selling for more than £6000.
The event was sponsored by Coomara Veterinary Group, Cogent, Dugdale Nutrition and Advanced Nutrition and professionally judged by Hugh Kennedy owner of Carngillan herd in Ayrshire. His Overall Champion bull was Annandale Avatar consigned by the WJ Armour, Milton Farm, Moffat. He was a son of Askew Reece and bred from the Annanbel cow family that traces back to a USA cow family from Autumn-Ridge. This very classy young sire sold for 6,000gns to William Black in N. Ireland. The Annandale herd sold nine world class bulls from their prize winning herd to average almost £3000 with three other bulls selling for 3,000gns.
The Reserve Champion went to Berryholme Peroni, consigned by David & Frances Wright, Berry Holme Farm Kendal. He was a son of Stantons Applicable and bred from Berryholme Posh Flo EX94 a full sister to the 2010 National Champion Berryholme Shottle Flo. He sold for 3,500gns to R&A Agnew, West Dhuloch Farm, Stranraer.
One of the most sought after prizes at this premier event is to be named Production Champion and picking up the 2018 accolade was Warnelview Rand consigned by K&C Wilson, Wood Farm, Thursby. Rand was sired by De-Su AltaSuperstar and had a PLI of +£502 from the Ruby cow family. His genomic proof had big positives for both butterfat and protein and a Type Merit score of +1.5. This was a special opportunity for breeders and he sold for 6,200gns to the Smith Family from Greentower Farm, Lanark. The Warnelview herd sold nine bulls in total to average £3622 including another prize winning bull, Warnelview Rivet by Larcrest Contrast again from the Ruby cow family who sold for 5,500gns to the Telfer family from High Branchal Farm, Bridge of Weir.
The overall top price on the day went to the Nerewater British Friesian herd owned by the Bell family near Wigton in Cumbria. Nerewater Launcher Junction was sired by Nerewater Launcher from an outstanding line of the Juliana cow family originally from Ringswood. His Excellent dam gave over 9000kgs with high butterfat and has already bred a number of high value sons including the 2017 Spring Bull Champion. Nerewater Launcher Junction placed third in the class and sold for 6,400gns to R Neill & Son, Thornington Farm, Northumberland.
The British Friesian breeders had a top quality group of bulls on offer with nine bulls averaging £3348. The Champion British Friesian went to Winnoch Ignitor consigned by IF Brocket, Park of Barnaigh Farm, Renfrewshire. He was sired by Catlane Chad and bred from the famous Penguin cow family. This long bodied, stylish bull sold for a top price of 3,500gns to S&A Adams, Damhouse Farm, Stranraer. The Winnoch herd sold a total of eight bulls to average almost £2900
The Reserve Champion British Friesian bull was Nerewater Regent consigned again by Bell family near Wigton in Cumbria. This super framed bull with close to perfect legs and feet sold for 2,200gns to TMCF Drummond, Low Barbeth Farm, Stranraer. In total the Bells sold three bulls to average £4480 with Nerewater Lawrence selling for 4,200gns. He was a grandson of Blackisle Laura 45 EX96 7E LP100.
41 Holstein Bulls £2650.60
9 British Friesian Bulls £3348.33
Holstein Leading prices
15 Messrs Smith, Lanark 6200gns
12 Messrs Black, Coleraine, Northern Ireland 6000gns
36 Messrs Telfer, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire 5500gns
44 Messrs Davidson, Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire 4000gns
3 Messrs Jamieson & Son, Stranraer 3500gns
31 Messrs Agnew, Stranraer 3500gns
British Friesian Leading prices
24 Messrs Neill, Mindrum, Northumberland 6400gns
37 Messrs Neill & Son, Stranraer 4200gns
6 Messrs Adams, Stranraer 3500gns
8 Messrs Maxwell & Son, Castle Douglas 3500gns