A smaller number of animals ensured a buoyant trade at Harrison and Hetherington’s monthly Border and Lakeland Club dairy sale where trade peaked at 2500gns to average £2065 with 70% selling for more than £2000.

The Warnelview herd of KJ and CS Wilson, Wood Farm, Thursby, had a cracking day selling five heifers to average £2320 with a top price of 2500gns for Warnelview Impression Zwartina. This January 2018-born heifer by Monument Impression and bred from four generations of VG or Ex classified cows, calved mid April and sold giving 40.6kg per day to the Owen family of the Eryri Holstein herd, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, North Wales.

The Wilsons also sold at 2250gns and 2200gns. First was Warnelview David Amy, a fresh heifer giving 41.4kg, purchased by Nicky Robinson, East Cocklaw, Humshaugh, Hexham. She is backed by home-bred genetics on both sides being a daughter of the LP84 SP Ex94 cow, Warnelview Bolivia and sired by Warnelview David.

The Owens were back in action to buy Warnelview Unix Ruby 4 at 2200gns for their Eryri herd. She is by Croteau Le Sperron Unix.

Eryri also bought the second and third highest priced lots at 2400gns and 2350gns. Dearest was the Carter family’s Gerrard Silver Jewel from Gerrard House, Wigton. Another bred from four generations of VG or Ex cows but sired by Seagull-Bay Silver, this second calver paraded a month calved, changed hands giving 51kg.

Robbie and Margo Scott of Nethervalley Holsteins, Tarbolton, were also in the money, taking 2350gns for the fresh heifer, Nethervalley Moxi Erica. She is bred from the sixth calver, Cushathill Seaver Erica VG85, sired by EDG KB Moxi and is a potential sixth generation Ex or VG female.

The couple also sold another Nethervalley Moxi Erica by the same sire, at 2200gns to Keith Millar, Trailflat, Lockerbie. Her dam is Cushathill Mr Sam Ruby LP80 SP VG89.

Top price for Mark Walton’s Bankview herd from Kirkby Stephen, was 2150gns paid by Dumfriesshire producers, Messrs Somerville, Carrutherstown for Bankview Dewers Carol.

Matching that price was the best from Balcurvie Holsteins, Crossgates, Fife, who sold seven to average £1995. Their best, Balcurvie Royal Marion was purchased by Messrs Ramsay and Son, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

averages: 33 heifers in milk, £2065.00; six British Friesian cows in milk, £1723.75.