A Holstein bull bred from 10 generations of Ex or VG dams attracted the lead price of 4000gns at the Pedigree Dairy Day sale at Carlisle.

The sale which included the Borderway and Lakeland Holstein Club show and sale, was topped by Matthew Armour's Annandale Motiff, a two-year-old son of Annandale Mayday, out of the Ex91 2E Annandale Lucius Millie. He goes back to the Meadow Bridge Megan cow family and sold up to Orkney John Scott and Son, Caldale, Kirkwall.

Topping the milking animals at 2700gns was the unshown, Wyndford Magnus Rebecca 104, from Jim Gray, Drumtall, East Kilbride, purchased by Northern Ireland producer, Alan Paul. Bred from the Roxy cow family, her third dam is the VG88 SP LP100 cow, Wyndford Rebecca, while her sire is Mr Goldnoaks Magnus. Rebecca, an August 2016-born heifer sold freshly calved and giving 42kg.

Second top price amongst the females was 2500gns paid for the champion, Espland Impression Madge – selected by judge Eamon Monaghan, the YFC senior member of the Year – from the Cannon family from Espland Hill, Brampton. Sired by Monument Impression and bred from two Ex-classified dams by Goldwyn and Ignitner, she sold to Lakeland View Holsteins in Wigtownshire.

The same buyers also went to 2350gns for Stephen and Ann Morley's Petteril Dynamic Sweetly, a long heifer giving 36kg from Petteril Bank, Southwaite. August 2016-born, she is bred from the Ex90 SP cow, Petteril Jordan Sweetly and sired by Berryholme Dynamic.

The Morleys who sold four heifers at £2170, also received 2200gns for Petteril Dynamic Carol, another by Dynamic but bred from the SP LP50 Petteril Talent Journal Carol. She sold to the Little family from Wigton.

An improved trade for in-calf heifers peaked at 1520gns on several occasions to average £1452, with young heifers selling to 1600gns.

Averages: 8 Holstein cows in milk, £1881.29; 49 Holstein heifers in milk, £1893.15; nine Holstein in-calf heifers , £1452.50; 13 Holstein bulling heifers, £882.80.