The first Spring Dairy sale at Borderway, Carlisle, saw a four way split for the top spot, with four heifers peaking at £2000, achieving an overall average of £1657 for a smaller number of animals sold on the month.

The Craig family, Carneil, Carnock, Dumferline, had two of the top priced heifers. The first was sired by Mogul and bred from a high yielding dam by Lucente, she headed home with Messrs Irving, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Following in her path, was a heifer by Bankroll from a VG Final Cut dam, which sold to Messrs Harper, Maryport, Cumbria.

A large consignment of 20 heifers from Andrew Slack, Cockley Bank, Heads Nook, Brampton, Cumbria, peaked at £2000 for a balanced black heifer, as she was knocked down to Messrs Spedding, Kirklinton, Cumbria.

The last on the £2000 bid was the best from the Workman family, Beeches, Carleton, Carlisle, this Montbeliarde heifer was purchased by Messrs Hose, Stranraer.

The only British Frisian heifer in the sale sold for £1900 from Blamire family from Mid Whinnow Farm, Thursby, as she headed home with Messrs Foster, Brampton.

Holstein cows topped at £1850 for a second calved cow from WJ Fisher from Stranraer. She is sired by a Ross son and bred from a Melody dam with over 9000kg, which sold to Messrs Irving, Kirklinton, Cumbria.

One of the best cows to sell at Borderway for some time was a sixth lactation Holstein cow from Tom Stewart from Sandyknowe, Kelso. This cow sold for £1650 to Messrs Wilkinson, Arkleby, Cumbria .

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

averages: 18 Holstein cows, £1166.66; 49 Holstein heifers, £1657.63; three Montbeliarde heifers, £1683.33; eight Faulted ¾ / slow milkers, £940.00