Dispersal Sale of the Lowmalzie Dairy Herd

14th September 2019


The Mckay family from Broughton Mains Farm sold their pedigree Holstein herd at Borderway, Carlisle in front of a huge crowd of buyers who travelled from across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland to get a chance to buy from this well-known breeding establishment. Trade topped at 3,900gns for a classy young cow with the overall average for almost 400 head coming in at £1502 with 60 animals selling for £2000 or above.

There was a huge support from friends and neighbours with a large percentage of the sale going back to the Wigtownshire area with a further 14 counties represented on the buyers list.

Topping the sale at 3,900gns was Lowmalzie Bron Darky sired by La-Bron and bred from two Excellent dams. Her grand dam by Askew Reece produced over 80 ton in her lifetime and was classified Excellent 93. This black silky hided cow was purchased by James MacNeil from the Cairnpat Holstein herd.

Topping the trade for the milking heifers was a special show winning heifer who sold for 3,500gns. Lowmalzie Novo Holly had recently classified Very Good 88 and was sired by Progenesis Novo and bred from a VG88 dam by Woodmarsh Topshot. Holly had been Champion heifer at the Stranraer Show earlier in the Summer and was purchased by Mr Andrew Swale from Blackburn.

Selling for 3,000gns was a powerful heifer sired by the great Picston Shottle and bred from an Excellent Emmark Mammoth dam. She was near the end of her first lactation and was due again in December to Westcoast Lighhouse and now joins the Walker family near Whauphill in Wigtownshire.

There was a nice group of Ayrshire cows mostly sired by Sandyford Lucky Charm and they topped at 2,100gns for a cow fresh in her second lactation and was purchased by Mr Carmichael from Ayrshire.

A super group of quality in-calf heifer stopped at 2,000gns for Lowmalzie Fitz Kizzy. She was bred from the Kizzy family originally developed at Moet and was due in October to the female sexed sire De-Su Flowrider. The powerful framed heifer was bought by G. McCulloch from Stranraer.

The McKay family would like to thank everyone who supported their sale and helped in the runup to the event and would like to wish everyone much success with their new purchases.


235 Cows in milk £1433.13
87 Heifers in milk £1689.17
17 Ayrshire cows in milk £1356.71
27 In Calf Heifers £1601.05
Total sold 368 £1502.04