CUMBRIAN farmers are being given the opportunity to invest in some of the world’s foremost dairy genetics.

Harrison & Hetherington is gearing up for its globally recognised Black & White sale which will be held on Saturday, December 4 at Borderway Mart in Carlisle.

The sale will see over 100 consignments from across the UK and Ireland go under the hammer.

Now in its 35th year, this prestigious line-up of cow power includes famous names such as Shakira, Blexy, Snapple, Katrysha, Subliminal, Black Velvet and Apple. Sponsored by Genus ABS and Holstein UK, the sale will commence at 11am with a sale preview and International Reception being held from 7pm on Friday, December 3.

A focal point for international pedigree breeders, the sale also includes highly sought-after genetics from all the major dairy breeds and provides an exclusive opportunity to purchase embryos not offered to market anywhere in the world.

Glyn Lucas, Dairy Auctioneer for Harrison & Hetherington, said: “This year’s catalogue is phenomenal. There is something for every interest and every market. As always, the standard of animals being brought forward for sale is testament to the reputation of the event which has become unmissable in the pedigree calendar.

“It is impossible to mention all the amazing opportunities that feature in this year’s sale, but to include pedigrees that have all been winners at the greatest show on earth is incredible. All of these special animals are bred from generations of high pointed, excellent cows that every serious breeder values highly.”

Opening the sale is a very special milking two-year-old sired by Unstopabull. Her third dam is KHW Regiment Apple-Red EX96 who has arguably been the most influential Holstein cow in history.

There will also be Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Jersey and British Friesian lots selling in the ring.

Glyn concluded: “The event is growing in popularity and scale and is a valuable chance to meet with like-minded farmers with progression and sustainability at the forefront of their businesses who are looking to invest in and improve the genetic index on their herds. Whatever your breeding goals are, this catalogue is brimming with show winners, super young cows, first time opportunities and amazing pedigrees.”

There is an option to watch live and bid online.