Trade peaked at £2400 on three occasions at the first Borderway Monthly Dairy Day sale of 2021 at Carlisle, where freshly calved heifer averages fell £112 per head on the last event.

However, demand for the top end was as strong as ever with 32 of the 131 animals entered selling for £2000 or more.

First to make £2400 was Balcurvie Secretariat Glencova from Balcurvie Holsteins, Bankhead of Balcurvie, Windygate, Fife.

This heifer by All Nure Secretariat daughter, out of Balcurvie Lincoln Glencova, sold giving 35kg to Messrs Hunter and Son, Penrith, Cumbria. Balcurvie Holsteins sold 25 heifers to average £1875.

The Scottish Farmer: Romanway Boastful Happy 2 also hit the £2400 price tagRomanway Boastful Happy 2 also hit the £2400 price tag

The Turnbull family from Monks House, Penrith, sold six heifers to level at £2133, with a top price of £2400 paid for Romanway Boastful Happy. She is by Bryceholme SS Boastful, out of Romanway Dion Happy, and headed home with Messrs Powley, Penrith.

The last of the £2400 sales came for Ashberry Mogul Lynne from JB and SM Mounsey, Ashfield, Laversdale, Carlisle. A daughter of Mountfield SSI DCY Mogul, bred from Ashberry Glauco Lynne, she changed hands giving 34kg to Messrs Dixon, Aspatria, Wigton.

The same buyers also bought the lead priced cow at £2300. Coopon Sketch Kensett, a T-Glen-AC AltaSketch daughter from the Wilson family, Woodside, Wreay, Carlisle, is out of Coopon Pmega Kensett and changed hands giving 59kg. The Wilsons sold 18 cows and heifers to average £1998.

The same home also received £2300 for Wreaywood Joe Leegwater, which sold to Messrs Mandale and Son, Raughton Head, Carlisle. She is sired by Wreaywood Joe Red and out of Coopon Keopon Leegwater.

The sole British Friesian hit £2250 for Richard Bell, Nerewater, Kirkbride, Wigton. Nerewater Silver Bellus is by Nerewater Jackpot, bred from an Excellent-classified dam and was bought by Messrs Foster, Brampton.

A small entry of Jersey cross and Brown Swiss crosses peaked at £1900 for a Jersey heifer from Messrs McNabney, Barsalloch, Newton Stewart.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

averages: Freshly calved – 97 Holstein heifers in milk, £1927.97; 14 Holstein cows in milk, £1765.00; nine Jersey/Brown Swiss cross heifers, £1465.55; nine faulted cows ¾, £1210.00. Young stock – Five Holstein bulling heifers, £796.00.