Border & Lakeland Holstein Club Spring Bull Show & Sale

11th April 2018


The annual Spring Dairy Bull Show & Sale held at Borderway, Carlisle on behalf of the Border & Lakeland Holstein Club had a world class line up exceptional bulls bred from the best Pedigree herds in the UK. Trade topped at 5,500gns to average £2863.  Twenty bulls sold for more than three thousand pounds with six selling for or more than five thousand.

Commenting on the sale Glyn Lucas from Harrison & Hetherington said “…the breeders must be congratulated today for consigning such high quality bulls.  Buyers had a great choice with bulls bred from many of the best cows in the UK and all with impeccable pedigrees; it is worth noting the bulls with outcross pedigrees were in high demand.”

Alistair Laird owner of the prize winning Blythbridge Holstein herd judged the show in the morning and commenting after awarding his Champions said “…I was really impressed with the standard of the bulls today.  I was looking for dairy bulls that combined strength and power and had excellent locomotion and the overall Champion excelled in all these traits”

The show was sponsored by Coomara Veterinary Practice and Advanced Nutrition with the overall Champion going to Warnelview Retake consigned by Kevin & Christine Wilson from Wood Farm, Carlisle.  He was sired by Ballycairn Supersire Corinthian and bred from Warleview Ruby Iota an Excellent 92 pointed cow with massive production.  His maternal brother was crowned Champion Bull in the same event in 2015.  The grand dam was the Former #1 PLI Cow in the breed Warnelview Goldwyn Ruby EX94.  Retake sold for 5,300gns to Greentowers Farms Lanark.  His full brother Warnelview Ramone placed second in the class and sold for 5,000gns to H Walker Barwinnock Farm, Newton Stewart.

Caption for picture: l/r Champion Bull Warnelview Retake, Kevin Wilson (vendor), Liz representing Capontree Vets (sponsor), Alaistair Laird (Judge)

The Reserve Champion went to Berryholme Silvan consigned by Frances and David Wright from Berryholme Farm, Kendal.  Silvan was sired by R-E-W Seaver and bred from the 2010 National Holstein Show Grand Champion Berryholme Shottle Flo EX94.  Shottle Flo has now produced over 100 ton lifetime and is a proven brood cow with many highly classified progeny.  This super stylish bull sold for 3,800gns to J W Drummond Coilsholm Farm, Ayrshire.

Caption for picture: l/r Reserve Champion Bull Berryholme Silvan, David Wright (vendor), Liz representing Capontree Vets (sponsor), Alaistair Laird (Judge)

There was a quality entry of nine British Friesian bulls that topped at 5,500gns to average £3581 all bred from pedigrees excelling in quality and long life cattle.  Nerewater Marshall Jackpot consigned by RW & J Bell from Nerewater Farm, Kirkbride attracted a lot of interest from potential buyers.  He was a son of Lakemead Marshall with a PLI+127 and bred from an Excellent 94 pointed dam who produced over 11000kgs as a five year old.  Jackpot sold for the overall top price of the day for 5,500gns to H Limond Drumore Farm, Ayrshire.

The winning British Friesian bull in the show was Winnoch Incognito consigned by Mr Brocket from Park of Barnaigh Farm, Renfrewshire. He was sired by Dechmont Ignitor and bred from the famous Penguin cow family with many of the dams in the pedigree with massive lifetime yields.  This powerful bull sold for 5,000gns to R Neil & Sons Thorington Farm, Northumberland.

Two other bulls sold for 5,000gns.  DG Apple Pie Red was the opening lot of the day and sold in absentee.  He was consigned by AI Total and has been housed at the Cogent facilities.  He was an Olympian son and bred from MS Apples Uno Armana EX91 followed by KHW Regiment Apple Red.  He had a super genomic index PLI+£546 SCC-35 Fertility Index+14.1.  He was purchased by C Innes & Sons Drumduan Farm, Nairn.

Annandale Bach also sold for 5,000gns to Eugene Mcerlean from Macnisrston Farm, Ayr.  He was bred from a high production dam with over 13000kgs followed by a grand dam and third dam both with lactations over 14000kgs.

The next sale at Borderway takes place on Wednesday 18th April and comprises Holstein, Jersey & Ayrshire Pedigree cattle in the monthly Border & Lakeland Club sale and the Annual Coloured Breeds Spring Sale.  The catalogue for this top quality sale can be viewed online at or by calling the Pedigree Office on 01228 406230.


51 Holstein Bulls                     £2863.82
9 British Friesian Bulls £3581.66

Leading prices
38        H Limond, Drumore Farm, Kirkmichael, Maybole, Ayrshire                                     5500gns
55        Greentower Farms Ltd, New Greentowers Farm, Moor Road, Cartland, Lanark     5300gns
1          C Innes & Sons, Drumduanm Nairn, Aberdeenshire                                                 5000gns
3          R Neill & Sons, Thornington Farm, Mindrum, Northumberland                                 5000gns
13        E Mcerlean, Macnairston Farm, Ayr, Ayrshire                                                          5000gns
54        HJ Walker & Co Ltd, Barwinnock Farm, Whauphill, Newton Stewart                       5000gns
30        Bill O’Keeffe, Church Clara, Co Kilkenny, Ireland                                                     4700gns

Prize List

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
British Friesian 3 – Brocket 38 – Bell 6 – Armour 30 – Bell 28 – Carter
Holstein Class 1 4 – Armour 11 – Rudd 8 – Butterfield 5 – Armour 9 – Rudd
Holstein Class 2 21 – Harrison 14 – Butterfield 13 – Armour 18 – Horsley 20- McCamley
Holstein Class 3 32 – Wright 28 – Carter 35 – Wilson 39 – Wormanby 31 – Armour
Holstein Class 4 44 – Armour 40 – Butterfield 49 – Davidson 41 – Carter 47 – Wilson
Holstein Class 5 55 – Wilson 54 – Wilson 58 – Wilson 61 – Booth 50 – Wormanby