Border & Lakeland Holstein Club January Sale

22nd January 2020

Equinox Is All The Talk In January

The first Border & Lakeland Show and Sale of the new decade started in similar fashion as to how the last decade finished with an outstanding offering of exceptional cows and heifers.  Once again the breeders must be congratulated on breeding such high quality, productive cattle that are appreciated by milk producers from across the UK and Ireland.

The packed ringside watched the trade top at 2,600gns to average £1942 for a 100% clearance with twenty-three heifers selling for or more than £2000. Buyers from the five home nations and eighteen counties were recorded on the buyers list.

The show was sponsored by Paragon Veterinary Group and Advanced Nutrition and was professionally judged by Willy Brewster from Stirling.  He selected Stowbeck Equinox Brenda as his Overall Champion.  She was consigned by Skirwith Hall Farms near Penrith and was sired by Netherside Equinox and bred from two Excellent dams.  She sold for the top price of the day at 2,600gns to the judge. Another nine heifers sold from this home to average £2117.

Champion l/r Richard Bainbridge (sponsor Advanced Nutrition), Len Wilson (vendor), William Brewster (judge)

The Reserve Champion and Champion Udder went to Espland Caviar Maisie consigned by Alan Cannon near Appleby.  She was sired by Gillette Caviar and sold for 2,400gns to the judge.  The heifers from Espland averaged £2320.

Reserve Champion l/r Richard Bainbridge (sponsor Advanced Nutrition), Scott Horn (representing vendor Alan Cannon), William Brewster (judge)
Best Udder

Three quality heifers from the Drumtall herd of Jim Gray near Glasgow topped at 2,500gns for Drointon Awesome Veryspecial Red.  She was sired by Luck-E Awesome Red and was bred from the Derrwyn Factor Miata EX94 cow family.  This stylish Red & White show heifer was purchased by Scott Gilland from Ayrshire. This consignment averaged £2124.

The Boow family owners of the Dunnerdale herd sold four heifers to average £1981 and topped at 2,350gns for Dunnerdale Unix Aldina.  She was sired by Unix and bred from a Woodcatt Lincoln dam who gave over 11500kgs at 3.51% protein as a three-year-old.  She was purchased by the judge.

The Keir Mains herd owned by W. Young from near Thornhill sold three Ayrshire and three Holstein heifers to average £1909 and topped at 1,980gns for a very milky Ayrshire giving over 30kgs.  Keir Mains Income was sired by Kamouraka Decaf and was purchased by the Chester family from Allonby.

Horseclose Ayrshire Reduction Sale     

The McGarva family sold 24 pedigree Ayrshire cows from their prize winning Horseclose Ayrshire herd.  They topped at 1,900gns for Horseclose Bess 40 who was purchased by the Paton family from near Falkirk.  She was sired by Whitecroft Furtado and was freshly calved in her second lactation having classified Very Good 85 in her first.

Another fresh second calve cow sold for 1,850gns to the Marleycote herd in Northumberland.  Horseclose Lorna was sired by Horseclose Q and was bred from three generation of Very Good classified cows.

The next dairy sale at Borderway takes place on Wednesday 5th February and features 200 dairy cattle in the Borderway Monthly Dairy Day sale.  One sale to take note of is the dispersal of the Glenmore Organic dairy herd.  This on-farm sale comprises 2000 dairy cattle over three days on the 6th, 7th & 8th February at Inch Level Farm in Co. Donegal in the Rep. of Ireland.  Catalogue for these sales can be ordered from the Pedigree Office 01228 406230 or can be viewed online at

4 Cows in milk                      £1750.00
58 Heifers in milk                 £1942.93
2 Holstein calves                  £2362.50

Horseclose Ayrshire Sale
24 Ayrshire Cows                £1153.68

Leading Prices

Lot      Price              Purchaser
Border and Lakeland
36        2600gns        Messrs Brewster, Thornhill, Stirling, Stirlingshire
15        2500gns        Messrs Gilliland, Mauchline, Ayrshire
25        2400gns        Messrs Brewster, Thornhill, Stirling, Stirlingshire
47        2350gns        Messrs Brewster, Thornhill, Stirling, Stirlingshire
66        2300gns        Messrs MacKellar, Drointon, Stafford, Staffordshire
67        2200gns        Messrs Martin, Orton Grang, Carlisle, Cumbria
59        2150gns        Messrs Thomas, Llangennech, Llanelli, Dyfed
29        2100gns        Brownrigg Hall Farms, Allonby, Maryport, Cumbria
30        2050gns        Messrs Brewster, Thornhill, Stirling, Stirlingshire
39        2020gns        Messrs Hodge, Tarbolton, Ayr, Ayrshire
28        2000gns        Messrs Brown, Craigie, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
42        2000gns        Messrs Haston, Dearham, Maryport, Cumbria

Horseclose Reduction
121     1900gns        Messrs Paton, Avonbridge, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
107     1850gns        Messrs Baynes, Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland
117     1700gns        Messrs Paton, Avonbridge, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
111     1500gns        Messrs Bell & Son, Johnstonebridge, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
108     1450gns        Messrs Paton, Avonbridge, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Prize List               

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Class 1

Cow in milk

Class 2

Senior Heifer


DI & AA Cannon


P & CA Harrison


Skirwith Hall Farms


J Brewster

Class 3

Junior Heifer


Skirwith Hall Farms


J Brewster


CJ & VM Gillespie


DI & AA Cannon


Champion 36

Skiriwth Hall Farms

Reserve Champion 25

DI & AA Cannon

Best Udder 25

DI & AA Cannon