Genomics again proved to be the key to attracting top prices for Holstein stud stock at International Dairy Week in January.
The top-priced lot at this year's World Wide Sires Evolution Sale, Eclipspeirce Modesty Canto-ET, sold for $30,000, not to the same heady heights at last year's sale where the top-priced lot sold for a record $251,000, but nonetheless a good return for the vendors.
The animal was again sold by a Declan Patten partnership and again bought by US-based Sexing Technologies.
But the difference was in the genomics - specifically on the United States breeding index, the genomic Total Performance Index (GTPI).
Last year's sale topper Lightning Ridge CMD Jedi Gigi was the highest GTPI heifer to be sold in the world at that time with a GTPI of +2937.
This year's sale topper was the current highest GTPI heifer in Australia with a GTPI of +2851.
Its full sister Lightning Ridge Modesty Cosmo 3-ET with a GTPI of +2711 was also sold at the sale, making $10,100.
Unlike last year's sale topper, which was taken to the US, Eclipspeirce Modesty Canto will remain in Australia as ST Genetics Australia looks to build its program here.
Mr Patten's partners in the two lots this year were Garan Peirce and Richard Hull.
Mr Peirce, who has a background in agriculture and breeding, said his interest in genetics attracted him to the partnership.
"Genomics really drew me to it, the ability to be able to progress so quickly," he said.
'It is fascinating.
"I am proud to have brought some really good genetics to Australia and that will help advance the Australian herd."
The second top-priced lot Arrowstar Doorman Summer, offered by ID and EJ Louden, Modella, Victoria, sold for $17,000 to Wellstrand Holsteins and Bluechip Genetics.
In all 34 lots sold to an average of $6719.12.
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