DAIRY females peaked at 2800gns at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club show and sale at Carlisle, where strong demand for quality, fresh females saw no fewer than 10 animals sell at or above £2000. 

The Wilson family’s Warnelview herd, from Wood Farm, Appleby, produced the top price when their two-year-old, Warnelview Atwood Fogey, by Maple-Downs-IGW Atwood, sold for 2800gns to the Taylor family, at High Whinnow, Thursby, Carlisle. She is out of Warnelview Saloon Fogey, which produced almost 12,500kg in her second. 

Next best, at 2250gns, was the lead priced cow, Errolston RSD Lottie, from Brian and Valerie Davidson, Errolston, Gretna. Sired by Due Pioppi Ram Sam Doge and bred from the reserve champion at AgriScot in 2015, which boasts a lifetime yield of 70 tonnes, this three-year-old sold fresh in her second to Messrs Gorst, Low Wood Farm, Warwick Bridge. 

Scottish breeder, Willie Brewster, Wester Borland, Stirling, went to 2200gns for the overall champion from Stephen Boow, Corney Hall. This was Dunnerdale Mercure Sabrina, a two-year-old heifer by STE Odile Mercure, bred from the Sabrina family. 

Mr Brewster also forked out 2150gns for the best from Stephen and Ann Morley, Petteril Bank, Southwaite. Petteril Seaver Passion, which classified VG as a two-year-old, is by R-E-W Seaver, and out of Petteril Berryhill Passion. 

Averages: Eight cows in milk, £1706.25; 47 heifers in milk, £1747.17

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington