A huge crowd from throughout the UK and Ireland gathered for the February Border and Lakeland Holstein show and sale at Carlisle, which included the final part of the Changue Ayrshire dispersal and the dispersal of the Helsington Jersey young stock.

In all some 200 pedigree dairy cattle changed hands to a top of 4800gns for a second calved Holstein, while the Changue and Helsington dispersals peaked at 2200gns and 3200gns respectively.

A cracking trade for Holsteins saw more than 50% of the entry sell for more than £2000 with a top price of 4800gns paid for the overall champion, selected by the judge, Daniel Weaver of Astonpool Holsteins. This was Wiltor Doorman Alysia, a freshly second calver from Matthew and Ruth Harper of the Lillyhall and Lambroda pedigree herds from Maryport in Cumbria.

Classified VG87 at 20 days fresh, she is bred from three generations of Ex94 pointed dams, with her dam being Ortongrange Snowman Alysia Ex94-2E, a former All Britain Junior 2yr and Superheifer at AgriScot in 2014 that made 10,000gns in the Passion for Pedigree Sale in 2016 after winning All Britain Junior 2yr in 2014. Alysia, an embryo-bred cow by Val-Bisson Doorman, was bought by Anthony Grimshaw, Smithills, Dean Road, Bolton, Lancs.

Inverness-shire breeders, Messrs Innes, Drumduan, bought a number of the lead priced lots included the sole Holstein bull at 3900gns.

Selling at this price was Stowbeck Flotime, a Sliverridge Euclid-sired entry from Skirwith Hall Farms' Stowbeck herd from Penrith. A December 2017-born bull, this youngster is backed by four generations of high yielding Ex-classified cows with the grand-dam being the Ex91-2E SP LP500 Berryholme Pt Sid Flo, which in turn was out of the Ex94-2E SP LP 100 Berryholme Posh Flo.

Also heading north on the same lorryload from Skirwith Hall to Drumduan at 2350gns was Stowbeck Andre Con, a fresh two-year-old heifer in milk by Boldi Andre.

The Stowbeck herd had a particularly good day, selling five heifers to average £2362. Top price here was 2450gns paid for the winning junior heifer, Stowbeck Lineman Dewdrop, a Comestar Lineman daughter that classified VG86-1yr which sold to Phil Manning, Etsill, Minsterley, Shropshire.

Alan Goldie from Manor House Farm, Northallerton sold four milky heifers to average more than £2186 with a lead bid of 2400gns paid for Wiskemanor MVP Lottie, by Seagull-Bay MVP and bred from a VG87 Aftershook dam. She was purchased by the Taylor family from High Whinnow Farm, Thursby.

Matching that 2400gns sale was Askham Bryan College's Newtonrigg Solomon Abbie, from Newton Rigg, Penrith, which calved at 23 months. She is by Walnutlawn Solomon, out of Ingleden Sam Abbie VG86 and was knocked down to Messrs Robinson, Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland.

The Helsington youngstock dispersal from the Willison family's Cinderbarrow Farm, Kendal, also sold well following the sale of their milking herd in 2018. This high productive unit which boasted average yields of 6000kgs with butterfat at 6.56% and protein at 3.83%, saw a top price of 3200gns paid for the bull, Bridgedale Barbarian, a September 2017-born son of Steinhauers Samson Lemonhead bred by John Greenop from Wigton. A grandson of Duncan Belle, the three times All Canadian Jersey cow that was also a three times grand champion at the Royal Winter Fair, he is out of Rapidbay-Uk Won Belle Ex94-6E MM and sold to Messrs Webb, Ayrshire.

In-calf heifers were topped at 1800gns for Helsington Lemonhead Quickthorn, which sold due in March to Bayview Barnabas Elton. She is bred from an Excellent dam with production figures of more than 8000kg and sold to Messrs Clark, Kirtlebridge, Lockerbie.

Bulling heifers that had run with the bull in January, sold to 1600gns for Helsington Tequila Kimberley, a daughtere of the type leader Towe Vue Prime Tequila and bred from an Excellent dam by Avery Action. She now joins the herd of Messrs Coates, Tarpoley, Cheshire.

Heifer calves also sold well and to 1400gns for a grand-daughter of the 2009 Royal Show champion, Potterswalls Vindication Nikki Ex94. By Ontime Stag, she was bought by the Bowness family from Threapland Lees Farm, Wigton.

It was nevertheless a sad day for the Stevenson family who were selling up the final part of their Changue herd following more than 100 years of Ayrshire cattle breeding.

Their sale sold to 2200gns for the Red Holstein heifer, Changuefarm Wisconsin Lola Red, a Wisconsin Red daughter bred from nine generations of Ex or Very Good dams. She sold to Holehouse Farms, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire.

The top price Ayrshire at 1900gns was a pure daughter of Wroughton Lord Winston from the Columbine cow family. She had calved in December with her third and was purchased by Messrs Baynes, Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland.

Averages: Colective sale – Nine cows in milk, £2227.75; 51 heifers in milk, £1981.15; four in-calf Jersey heifers, £1286.25. Changue Ayrshire dispersal – 16 cows in milk, £1133.34; 28 dry cows, £1000.12; eight in-calf heifers, £1011.93; six heifer calves, £877.50; three Ayrshire bulls, £472.50. Helsington Jersey youngstock disperal – 19 in-calf heifers, 1446.78; 16 recently served heifers, £1120.87; 39 heifer calves, £779.42

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington