Border & Lakeland Holstein Club Spring Bull Sale

14th April 2020

“ONLINE BULL SALE SUCCESS”
“NORTON BEATS THE VIRUS”

For the first time in history the annual Spring Dairy Bull Sale held at Borderway, Carlisle on behalf of the Border & Lakeland Holstein Club was staged completely online.  With over 70 lots on offer including Holstein, British Friesian and Fleckvieh sires’ buyers had an outstanding choice of the very best genetics from the best Pedigree herds in the UK. Trade topped at 4,600gns to average almost £2600 with just over 80% of the bulls sold and over 100 potential buyers registered from the four home nations.

Commenting on the sale Glyn Lucas from Harrison & Hetherington said “We are currently living through a period of history that future generations will read about and discuss, and these remarkable times require us to adjust and evolve how we live.  Running the spring bull sale online has been a challenge for all involved but I must thank both the buyers and sellers who have embraced this method of selling in a very positive manner.  I must congratulate the consignors not only on the quality of bulls on offer but also on the quality of the videos and pictures that they provided us with to promote their animals.”

Topping the sale at £4,600 was Warnelview Norton consigned by Kevin and Christine Wilson from Wood Farm near Carlisle who was purchased by R. Agnew from near Stranraer.  Norton was sired by Unix and bred from the best cow to ever come from the Warnelview herd.  Warnelview Final Cut Nita was classified Excellent 97 and to date has produced over 130 ton of milk in eight lactations this iconic cow made the front cover of Holstein International in March.

The Warnelview herd sold ten bull in total to average over £3000 including Warnelview Romano for £4,200, he was a Skywalker son from the Ruby cow family and Warnelview Merlin who sold for £4,000, he was a Lighthouse son from the Minnie cow family.

Another Skywalker son sold for £4,000 this time from the Tallent herd of Anthony Brough from near Cockermouth.  Tallent Greenwood had a high PLI of +555 and was bred from a high producing dam with over 5% butterfat, Greenwood was purchased by the Johnstone family from near Falkirk.

British Friesians sold to a top of £3000 for Nerewater Alphabet consigned by Richard Bell.  He was sired by Collycroft Solo from a 100 ton grand dam now classified Excellent 93.  7 other British Friesian bulls sold to average £2300.

NEREWATER ALPHABET – £3000

A consignment of ten Fleckvieh bulls were consigned by S.Q. Fleckvieh Genetics to average almost £3000 and they topped at £3500 for a high index sire bred from a massive production dam.

Lot 63 – £3500

Averages
39 Holstein Bulls                     £2559.37
7 British Friesian Bulls            £2300.00
9 Fleckvieh Bulls                     £2922.00

Leading prices Holstein

Lot      Price               Purchaser
33        £4600              Messrs Agnew, West Dhuloch, Stranraer
29        £4200              Messrs Ramsay, Drummore, Stranraer
30        £4000              Messrs Mercer, Turton, Bolton, Lancashire
42        £4000              Messrs Johnston & Sons, Stirlingshire
8          £3200              Messrs Kennedy, West Lothian

British Friesian
Lot      Price               Purchaser
18        £3000              Messrs Kennedy, Linlithgow, West Lothian
36        £2600              Messrs Burgess.&.Sons, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
22        £2400              Messrs Owen, Corwen, Clwyd
24        £2000              Messrs Pickersgill & Sons, Leeds

Fleckvieh
Lot      Price               Purchaser
63        £3500              Messrs Else, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
65        £3000              Messrs Else, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
69        £3000              Messrs Else, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
70        £3000              Messrs Kerr & Sons, Newmilns, Ayrshire