AN eight-month-old heifer calf from John Adamson's Swaites herd from Lanark, attracted the lead price of £3800 at the Ayrshire Cattle Society's Conference sale in Dumfries.

The calf, Swaites Dilly 12, a Ravenhill Victory-sired heifer, is bred from the Ex91 2E Swaites Dilly 4, and was knocked down to Michael Howie, Morwick, Northumberland.

The two other heifers for sale, Halmyre Urr Louise 363 and Horseclose Joanna 6, made £2500 and £2000, respectively. The former, a 10-month-old from the Davidson family, Halmyre Urr, Castle Douglas, goes back to the Halmyre Urr Louise 175 Ex94 3E and sold to James Fingland.

Selling at £2000 from the McGarva family's Dumfriesshire-based herd was Horseclose Joanna 6, a Hilltown Oblique daughter out of Horseclose Joanna Ex95 3E, which sold ready to breed. The buyers were WS Millar and Son.

At the society's AGM, Michael Howie who farms with his wife Angie under the Morwick prefix in Northumberland, was elected breed president.

The farm which is home to 220 cows with 200 followers across 950 acres, also relies upon an ice cream business.

New president elect is Steve Bailey, Beeline. Andrew Broadley, Whitecroft, joins the president's committee as the new junior president elect.