A quality offering of freshly calved cows and heifers from leading dairy farmers saw trade peak at £2050 on two occasions at the first Borderway Monday Dairy Day sale of 2020, at Carlisle.

Regular consignor Richard Livingstone from Kirtlevale, Gretna, sold four heifers to average £1800, with his best, Kirtlevale Nolan Honey, making £2050 to Messrs Brough, Langfauld, Langrigg, Wigton. She is by Ri-Val Nolan and bred from a high yielding Lucente dam.

Selling for the same money to Park House Farming, Aikton, Wigton, was another fresh heifer from J Todhunter and Sons, Lonning Farm near Wigton.

Just behind, on £2000, GH and JR Denwood, Julian Holme Farm, Gosforth, sold Julianholme Cabriol Roza to J Fisher, Flathill Dundrennan, Kirkcudbrightshire. Their purchase is by Sandy-Valley Cabriol.

Crossfell Holsteins from Kirby Thore, Penrith sold four heifers to a top of £1880 and Balcurvie Holsteins, Fife, sold 16 heifers with served entries peaking at £1850.

The group of 11 Jersey cross-bred cows from Cowhill Trust Kerricks Farm, Dumfries, was topped at £1500 for a strong third calver, to average just shy of £1000.

Trade for British Friesian heifers peaked at £1950 to average £1875 for four with all consigned by R Neill and Sons, Thornington Farm, Mindrum, Northumberland.

Averages: 21 Holstein cows, £1409.00; 59 Holstein heifers, £1586.11; 14 cross-bred Jersey cows, £1004.16; four British Friesian heifers, £1875.00; nine faulted three-quarter slow milkers, £707.77.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.