A buoyant trade for dairy cattle ensured a 100% clearance at the Border and Lakeland club show and sale at Carlisle, where the judge, Willy Brewster, Stirling, bought several of the top priced lots to include his choice of champion.

The sale, which included a reduction of the McGarva family's Horseclose Ayrshire herd from Cummertrees, Annan, was topped at 2600gns by the champion, Stowbeck Equinox Brenda, a fresh heifer from Skirwith Hall Farms, Penrith. She is sired by Netherside Equinox and bred from two Ex dams.

Mr Brewster also bought his reserve winner, Espland Caviar Maisie, a Gillette Caviar daughter, from Alan Cannon, Espland Hill, Brampton, for 2400gns. She is a daughter of Gillette Caviar.

Also heading home with Mr Brewster from Wester Borland, Thornhill, Stirling, at 2350gns, was Dunnerdale Unix Aldina, a Unix daughter bred from a Woodcatt Lincoln dam from the Boow's Dunnerdale herd from Corney Hall, Millom, which sold four heifers at £1981.

Jim Gray's Drumtall herd from East Kilbride, was topped at 2500gns for the red and white show heifer, Drointon Awesome Veryspecial Red. She is by Luck-E Awesome Red, bred from the Derrwyn Factor Miata Ex94 cow family and was purchased by Scott Gilland, Mauchline, Ayrshire.

Top priced Ayrshire at 1980gns was M Young and Sons' fresh heifer, Keir Mains Income, from Keirmains, Thornhill, Dumfries, which changed hands giving more than 30kg. She is sired by Kamouraka Decaf and was purchased by the Chester family from Allonby.

The McGarva family's reduction sale of 24 Ayrshire cows peaked at 1900gns for Horseclose Bess 40, purchased by the Robert Paton, Easter Greenhill, Avonbridge, Falkirk. She was by Whitecroft Furtado and was freshly calved in her second having classified VG 85 in her first.

Another fresh second calved cow sold for 1850gns to Baynes family of the Marleycote herd based at Slaley, Hexham. Horseclose Lorna is a daughter of Horseclose Q and was bred from three generations of VG classified cows.

averages: Four cows in milk, £1750; 58 heifers in milk, £1942.93. Horseclose Ayrshire sale – 24 Ayrshire cows, £1153.68.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.