A cracking selection of heifers giving oceans of milk and with deep pedigrees ensured a buoyant demand at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club sale at Carlisle last week where prices peaked at 3500gns.

Topping the trade was the pre-sale champion, Woodcatt Baloo Ivy, selected by John Harrison of the Crossrigg herd from Penrith. This heifer, which also won the award for the best udder, was consigned by Duncan and Helen Horsley, Woodhouse Farm, Catterlen, and sold a few days fresh.

Classified VG86, Baloo Ivy is by Sahara Baloo and bred from the VG87 Woodcatt Lavanguard Ivy ET which is a daughter of the Ex94-3E Holmland Talented Ivy. She is entered for next month's Dairy Expo and headed home with Robert and Elaine Butterfield buying for their Ingleview herd from Bentham, Lancaster.

Second top price was 2550gns, paid for Matthew and Ruth Harper's Lillyhall CM Bonita, from Dearham, Maryport, Cumbria. Their sole entry, whose third dam is the Ex92-2E Overside Mr Sam Bonita, is sired by Farnear-TBR-BH Cashmoney, and sold to William Oldfield, Demense, Gisburn.

Heading down to Cheshire, with Paul and Beck Fenton, Centenary Farm, Ridley, Tarporley, at 2400gns was Grayridge Doorman Megan ET, another freshly calved heifer, this time from Jim and David Gray, Drumtall, East Kilbride. Bred from the Wesswood Rudy Missy Cow, this youngster is by Val-Bisson Doorman and out of the Ex90 Koepon Domain Melody 2 purchased at the Spotlight sale in 2013 for 5000gns.

Kirkby Stephen producers, JAH Walton and Son, Bank View, Rookby, received 2000gns from JJ Henderson and Son, Park House, Nether Welton, Dalston, for Bankview Uno Esta. The breeding behind this heifer which was paraded six weeks calved includes Amighetti Numero Uno onto a home-bred GP82 dam.

Averages: 58 heifers in milk, £1751.56; eight faulted cows and heifers, £1001.43; nine Brown Swiss heifer calves, £614.25; 19 Jersey cross cows, £1210.00; nine doses of semen, £134.75.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.