Bloodlines shine at sale

Left: Almins MD Archie Leitch, Northern National Ayrshire Show Champion Cuthill Towers Kyles Lady and James Lawrie of Cuthill Towers
Left: Almins MD Archie Leitch, Northern National Ayrshire Show Champion Cuthill Towers Kyles Lady and James Lawrie of Cuthill Towers

MORWICK bloodlines shone through at a national sale and show.

Record entry numbers, packed visitor attendance and BBC Children In Need cameras created an electrifying atmosphere as a record sale price of 5,000 guineas was achieved for one of the Ayrshire breed’s top young show cows.

The third Northern National Ayrshire Sale and Show, sponsored by specialist mineral supplement company Almins, was held at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Sale Centre, Carlisle.

The show and sale included 79 entries comprising heifer calves, milking heifers and cows as well as an impressive entry of 11 young bulls.

Topping the sale at 5,000gns was Halmyre Urr Jinks VG88, bred and owned by L Davidson & Sons, of Castle Douglas, Scotland.

Jinks was first in the Almins Cow in Milk class and was Reserve Champion overall.

Cuthill Towers Kyles Lady took first place in the Almins Red and White Heifer In-milk class and was awarded Champion overall.

Bred and owned by A & S Lawrie, of Cuthill Towers, Kinross, Scotland, and fresh since September 2011, the stylish two-year old exhibited a superb udder and cleanness throughout.

Sired by Morwick Kyle Red, Lady’s second dam carries more Morwick bloodlines being sired by the famous Morwick Sand Ranger Red. She sold for 2,400gns to Messrs Galbraith, Sunny Bank, Kendal.

Judge Geraint Thomas said: “The Champion is a lovely balanced young cow with a little more dairy character owing to her stage of lactation.”

The 13-month-old Gwynnog Remington Sailor Girl 2, consigned by Mr Thomas, sold for 2,600gns to Mr T Gordon, of Northern Ireland.

Sired by high type Canadian sire Mapleburn Remington, her dam is sired by Morwick Sand Ranger Red, and is the Royal Welsh Breed Champion 2011 and All Breeds Ayrshire Champion, Gwynnog Sand Ranger Sailor Girl.

Cuthill Towers Ellie 13, fresh since September and sired by Morwick Kyle Red, sold for 2,400gns to Messrs Galbraith.

Bloodlines from DA Howie & Sons, of Morwick, were further in demand at 2,350gns as two-year-old Morwick Gwen 12, sold a few days fresh to the Galbraith family.

Harrison & Hetherington auctioneer Andrew Templeton was delighted with the quality and prices made at the event.

He said: “Apart from a couple of entries, every animal sold; 16 made over 2,000gns and over all young stock, heifers, cows and bulls, the sale averaged just a few pence short of 2,000gns. This is an excellent result and I commend the vendors for the quality of stock put forward and good sense in the sale ring,” he said.

Leading Prices: Three, 5000, L Davidson & Sons, Halmyre, GR Thomas, Tyreglwys Farm, Carms; 79, 4200, R & RB Cunningham, West Mossgiel Farm, MW & A Stevenson, Kirkminnoch, Stranraer; 67, 2600, GR Thomas, Tyreglwys, T Gordon, 134 Braepark Road, N Ireland; 29, 2400, A & S Lawrie, Cuthill Towers, Castlesteads Farming, Penrith; 52, 2400, A & S Lawrie, Cuthill Towers, Messrs Galbraith, Sunny Bank Farm, Kendal; 46, 2350, DA Howie & Sons, Morwick, Messrs Galbraith, Sunny Bank, Farm, Kendal.

Sale average: Four Cows in Milk = £2512.13; 47 Heifers in Milk = £1876.60; Two Maiden Heifers = £1890.00; Nine Bulls = £1983.33.