A top price of 6,600gn was achieved at the complete dispersal sale of Shropshire breeder Robert Lane’s Penguin herd.
The sale of the Newport-based herd, conducted by Harrison and Hetherington at its Borderway Mart in Carlisle, attracted interest from all over the UK and Ireland.
The sale leader at 6,600gn was a two-year-old heifer, Blelack Blackbird W034, originally purchased by the Lanes from the Blelack dispersal sale last year.
By Tonley Jester Eric S318 and served to Penguin Roland U719, she sold with her May-born heifer calf – Penguin Blackbird Y896, which is by Galcantray Jedi Eric V287 – to Chris Kennedy, Newtown, Carlow, Ireland.
Next best at 5,400gn was the first lot in the ring – six-year-old cow Penguin Tidy Bee S614, by Penguin Superior N535.
She sold served to Penguin Roland, and with her May-born heifer calf – Penguin Tidy Bee Y893, also by Roland – to Barbara Temperton, Upper Castern Farm, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Thereafter, 5,300gn was paid for six-month-old heifer calf Penguin Whitney Y863. She is by Penguin Roland and out of Penguin Whitney U710, which made 2,500gn at the sale. The pair sold to Carmarthenshire breeder Ben Reynolds for the Whitcastle herd.
Other leading prices included 5,000gn twice.
The first lot at this price was four-year-old cow Penguin Tidy Bee U703 and her May-born, Roland-sired heifer calf, Penguin Tidy Bee Y895. The cow is by Penguin Superior N535, and sold having run with Penguin Roland, to Marsdens Farms Ltd, Liley Farm, Penistone, Sheffield.
The second lot bid of 5,000gn was paid for January 2021-born bull Penguin Lord X810. An ET son of the $200,000 HF Alcatraz 60F, and out of the £10,000 Schivas Lady N133, he sold to IW Slater, Swanbister, Orphir, Orkney.
Not far behind at 4,700gn was in-calf heifer Penguin Miss Annie X817. By Blelack Estimator S745, and served to Penguin Lord, she sold to the Websters for their Lancashire-based Woodmoss herd.
Averages: 45 cows served and/or suckling, £4,151.16; 15 in-calf heifers, £3,318; one maiden heifer, £4,410; four stock bulls, £4,016.25; and 16 embryos, £355.68.