Solid Spring Sales At Borderway
The April Borderway Monthly Dairy Sale featured over 230 dairy cattle with Holstein, British Friesian, Brown Swiss, Norwegian Red, Ayrshire, Jersey & Fleckvieh cattle all on offer. Fleckvieh bulls topped twice at 4,000gns while fresh heifers topped at £2150 to average £1507 for 111 heifers.
The trade of the day was for four Pedigree Fleckvieh bulls consigned by SQ Genetics, N. Ireland. They were outstanding individuals both on conformation and breeding potential with big genomic proofs. Two sold for 4,000gns to average £3937, the first to make 4,000gns was Idefix, he was sired by Imperativ and was +645 Milk +31kg butterfat +23kg protein. The second to sell for 4,000gns was Joschi who was sired by Jack and bred from a Vorwerk dam with massive butterfat and protein figures.
It is fair to say that the quality of the milkers on offer in our April sale was varied compared to the past number of sales however trade remains strong especially for animals producing large volumes of milk. The pleasant spring that the UK has experienced so far this year is also affecting demand as many dairy producers start to build up stock numbers after stocking rates were depleted due to a shortage of winter forage following last year’s drought.
Topping the heifer trade at £2150 was a daughter of Morningview Aftershock consigned by Lowick Northfield Farms from Berwick Upon Tweed. She was producing 32kgs and bred from a Gold Crown dam with over 9000kgs with butterfat over 5%.
Messrs Hastwell, Buildings Farm, Kirby Stephen sold four heifers all for £2000 or above topping twice at £2050. The first heifer to sell for £2050 was sired by Siemers Mogul Pety giving 36kgs and the second was sired by Gerrard Buckie giving 34kgs.
The Mackie family from Westboard Farm, Glasgow sold a daughter of Grafetti giving 42kgs for £1980, she was bred from a VG89 Decker dam who gave over 12000kgs as a three year old.
The Balcurvie herd from Fife sold thirteen very milky heifers topping at £1920 for a heifer by Buitenlust Martijn giving 31kgs.
Matthew Gemmell from the Brownfield Holstein herd consigned four wide rumped heifers with open deep frames topping at £1980 for a heifer giving 33kgs.
Jonny Wilson from Little Float Farm, Stranraer sold 25 very milky cows and heifers many producing over 40kgs and they topped the cow trade with a second calver giving oceans of milk sired by Mogul and sold for £1900.
There was a quality consignment of British Friesian cows and heifers, they topped at £1600 for a super uddered heifer consigned by Mark Byers, Whitehills Farm, Brampton.
The trade for in-calf heifers remain excellent value for money and in most cases is a buyer’s market. In-calf heifers topped at £1380 for a strong powerful heifer due in May to the Angus consigned by the University of Newcastle.
There was an excellent consignment of Holstein/Norwegian cross bred bulling heifers on offer. They were well grown and in excellent condition and sold to a top of £880 twice to average £776.
The next dairy sale at Borderway takes place on Wednesday 10th April and features the Annual Spring Bull Sale held on behalf of the Border & Lakeland Holstein Club sale. An online version of this catalogue can be viewed at www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk or can be ordered from the Pedigree Office 01228 406230
27 Holstein Cows £1345.78
111 Holstein Heifers £1507.17
4 Pedigree Fleckvieh Bulls £3937.50
8 British Friesian Cows/Heifers £1181.25
3 Brown Swiss crosses £1266.66
10 ¾ & faulted cows/heifers £834.00
29 In-calf heifers £1203.04
39 Bulling heifers £776.85