South West Ayrshires Fly to £3400!
Although few in number, quality Ayrshires met a fast trade at the April Multi-breed sale at Carlisle and many more could have been sold.
The dispersal of 150 milkers from the Bonnybank herd met a very brisk trade when offered for sale at Leek Market on the 28th November 2012. Selling to a top of £2160 for an Autumn Gold grand-daughter. The herd has a strong Ayrshire influence from pure bred to black and white and Danish red crosses. Most noticeable was the increased buzz around the ring and rapid bidding when Ayrshires came through with those carrying "Trident" and "Autumn Gold" blood in keen demand and claiming the majority o
Overall Champion - Left to right - Archie Leitch (Almins - sponsor),
Russell & Alex Gray with Langside Blaeberry 112
Lawrie & Symington Ltd held their 2nd Technicolour Dairy Show and Sale on Friday 28th September, 2012. This event was once again very kindly sponsored by Clyde Vet Group, Lanark along with many other local and national agricultural businesses who in total provided over £3000 in prize money for the pre- sale show. The show was judged by Mr Andrew Waddell, Dewshill Farm, Salsburgh.
The Dispersal Sale of the entire milking portion together with the entire crop of autumn calving heifers took place at Beeston Castle Auction on Friday, 14th September on behalf of Alan Coutts & Sons, The Beeches Farm, Ollerton, Knutsford. The herd was first established in 1966 and no females had been purchased for at least the last thirty years. The cows followed an all year calving pattern and were commercially managed on big bale silage and concentrate in the parlour.
The buoyant demand for Ayrshire genetics continued at the All Breeds Dairy Sale at Carlisle with the breed outselling all others with a good trade for commercial heifers as well as those of high quality and many more could have been sold.
The Summer Sale of Coloured Dairy Breeds at Beeston took place on Friday 3rd August with a virtual total clearance for all lots forward and a very fast trade for quality fresh calved animals from every breed.
The top price was 2600 gns for a Red Holstein Heifer from D A Howie & Sons of Morpeth Northumberland for their fresh heifer, Morwick Savard Radish Red purchased by Robert McColm of Lochans, Stranraer. Another heifer from the same home, Morwick Wisconsin Sandy Red sold for 2500 gns to P & R Robinson, Faddiley, Nantwich.
You could not fail to be impressed with the numbers and quality of stock that were offered for sale on sale day at Cardigan Market. Heifers of all ages from weaned calves up to a small selection of in milk heifers totalled 150 head. A very steady trade on the day, which in turn created some real bargains for some local dairy farmers to be able to invest for the first time in the Ayrshire breed.
The third annual sale of Ayrshires on behalf of the South West Ayrshire breeders was held held at Exeter Livestock Centre on the 11th May 2012.