Foveran Holstein Dispersal Sale

22nd August 2020




The Bruce family from Nether Pitforthie Farm near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire dispersed their pedigree Holstein herd at the Borderway Sale Centre, in Carlisle on Saturday 22nd August.  This was a quality herd of productive Holstein cows with attractive modern genetics.  The cows had strength and power and this was reflected their longevity with the first cow selling milking in her eleventh lactation and due again with her twelfth calve.

Trade topped at 2,550gns for a freshly calved heifer, milking heifers averaged £1954 with cows topping at 2,250gns.  Buyers from across the UK were in attendance with 100 buyers following the sale online.  39 animals were purchased online with cattle going to 17 counites.  Only 14 animals sold above the £2000 and only two milking heifers sold for less than £1700.

Topping the sale at 2,550gns was the last milking heifer in the sale, Foveran Trix Starbella sired by Topcroft Pesky Tix.  She had calved at the start of August and was purchased by Mr Dewhurst from Lancaster.

Cows topped at 2,250gns for Foveran Leslie Matty sired by Carnhill Lord Leslie. She was freshly calved in her second and was producing over 40kgs and was purchased by Mr Dewhurst from Lancaster.

In calf heifers sold well topping at 1,900gns to average £1673.  Foveran Milo Matty was the top price in calf heifer, sired by Wintersell Milo and due in September to Rubicon sexed.  She was purchased by the Walkers from near Egremont.

The bulling heifers and young heifer calves were in demand selling to a top of 1,100gns on several occasions with the bulling heifers averaging £1007 and the heifer calves following their dams averaging £717

The next sale at Borderway takes place on Wednesday 26th August featuring 130 Pedigree Holstein heifers in the Vetech Summer Sensation Sale.  Catalogues can be viewed online at or can be ordered from the Pedigree Office 01228 406230.

82 Cows in milk                                  £1435.68
16 Heifers in milk                                £1954.31
30 In-Calf Heifers                               £1673.70
25 Bulling Heifers                               £1007.16
32 Heifer Calves (A lots)                     £717.61

Leading Prices

Lot      Gns     Purchasers
82        2550    M/s Dewhurst, Blackburn, Lancashire
116      2250    M/s Dewhurst, Blackburn, Lancashire
103      2150    M/s Dewhurst, Blackburn, Lancashire
110      2150    M/s Cruickshanks & Co, Borgue, Kirkcudbright
90        2100    M/s Robinson & Son, Hexham, Northumberland
93        2100    M/s Cruickshanks & Co, Borgue, Kirkcudbright
64        2050    M/s Robinson & Son, Hexham, Northumberland
89        2050    M/s Dewhurst, Blackburn, Lancashire
86        2000    M/s Dewhurst, Blackburn, Lancashire
109      2000    M/s Dixon, Wigton, Cumbria
115      2000    M/s Cruickshanks & Co, Borgue, Kirkcudbright