MISS MODERN 28 TOPS NORTHERN NATIONAL AYRSHIRE SALE
26th October 2017
The ninth National Ayrshire sale to be held at Borderway, Carlisle featured animals from many of the leading herds in UK and included outstanding milking animals, bulls and young-stock. Trade topped at 3,000gns to average £1558 for a very similar trade on the previous year. It is especially worth mentioning that the cows, with many giving up to 40kgs, averaged £1752, a considerable increase on the cow trade from a year ago.
The event was sponsored by Almins and the show was judged by John Smith from the Wigbro-Wick Ayrshire herd in Essex. His Overall Champion went to West Mossgiel Miss Modern 28 consigned by Stuart Gilliland from Castle Douglas. This close to perfect uddered cow has had a number of major show successes in 2016 and 2017. Her son by Modern Reality sold in the 2017 Spring Sale for 2,900gns and she has gained many more fans since then. She also topped the trade at 3,000gns going to GG Baynes & Son Marleycote, Hexham.
The Reserve Champion went to the winning Ayrshire heifer Plaskett Lucky Charm consigned by Messrs Armstrong, Plaskettlands, Maryport. She was sired by Cuthill Towers Madison and was bred from an EX94 dam with over 60 ton lifetime. She sold for 1,350gns to RC Mitchells & Sons Mirkbooths, Carlisle.
The trade for bulls was very selective with just over half the bulls sold to average £1735. Topping the bull trade was the second prize bull Cuthill Towers Raptor consigned by A&S Lawrie Cuthill Towers, Kinross. Raptor was sired by Forever Schoon Predator, his dam was the 2015 National Champion Cuthill Towers Radar Ray EX94 with two lactations over 11000kgs. He sold for 2,800gns to S Allen Caddy Road, N. Ireland.
The winning Red & White heifer sold for 1,850gns. Swaites Bridesmaid 11 was consigned by John Adamson & Son, Swaites Farm, Lanark. She was giving 31kgs and bred from a dam with over 9000kgs in her second. She now joins the herd of J McCulloch & Son, West High Ardwell Farm, Stranraer.
JA McGarva, Horseclose Farm, Annan sold a number of very milky cows and heifers topping at 2,150gns for Horseclose Bess 32. She was sired by Horseclose Q and bred from a dam with close to 5% butterfat. This very milky cow was bought by PA & JM Astley, Cefn Farm, Powys.
Commenting on the event following the sale auctioneer Glyn Lucas said “...the quality on offer today has been exceptional and a real credit to the Ayrshire breeders from across the UK who have consigned their very best. The National sale continues to be a special event in the Ayrshire calendar and a great event to promote the Ayrshire breed”.
Lot Price Purchaser
3 3000gns GG Baynes & Son, Marleycote Walls, Slaley, Hexham
33 2800gns S Allen, 123 Caddy Road, Randalstown, Antrim, Co Antrim
9 2150gns PA & JM Astley, Cefn Farm, Deytheur, Llansantffraid, Powys
22 2100gns Stewart Baxter, 34 Shanes Castle Estate, Antrim, Co Antrim
30 2000gns H Tinker & Son, Park Head, Birds Edge, Huddersfield, West Yorks
15 1850gns J McCulloch & Sons, West High Ardwell Farm, Ardwell, Stranraer
36 1800gns Alan Norbury, Booth Hall Farm, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire
5 1650gns J McCulloch & Sons, West High Ardwell Farm, Ardwell, Stranraer
26 1500gns J McCulloch & Sons, West High Ardwell Farm, Ardwell, Stranraer