Champion heifer tops Jersey sale

23 Jan, 2019 03:14 PM
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Hopefully I will bring her back to dairy week next January, though she will just go home now ...

A heifer that won the 2019 International Dairy Week Youth Show on Monday topped the Jersey sale at IDW on Wednesday.

Darryn Vale Tequila Satin, offered by Darryn Hourigan, Darryn Vale Jersey stud, Milawa, Vic, sold for $8000 to Carole Swindlehurst, Bayles, Vic.

Auctioneer Brian Leslie said the heifer was "right at the top of the tree".

The two-and-a-half-year-old heifer was the grand champion heifer of the youth show, was the winner of the Great Southern competition and judged the winner of the north-east Victorian on-farm challenge.

The heifer, which classified VG88 maximum score, was sired by Tower Vue Prime Tequila, which was premier sire at IDW from 2014 to 2017 and at World Dairy Expo from 2012 to 2018.

Ms Swindlehurst who runs her cows with Ian Anderson's Kings View Jersey herd, said she knew the animal would be good because she knew the herd well, as the Hourigans were friends of hers.

"Hopefully I will bring her back to dairy week next January, though she will just go home now and be a normal cow," she said.

The 12 Jerseys in the sale sold in a complete clearance to an average of $4004.17.

The second top-priced lot was Cherrylock Colton Cocoa, offered by Brad and Jess Gavenlock, Tallygaroopna, Vic, which sold for $7000 to K Barker & D Cole, Riana, Tas.

Carlene Dowie

Carlene Dowie

is editor of Australian Dairyfarmer magazine

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