IDW Holstein sale reflects tough season

25 Jan, 2019 03:20 PM
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...we're really excited to have people from out of the country interested in our cattle.

Average prices were down at the World Wide Sires Evolution Holstein sale at International Dairy Week on Wednesday evening.

The average was $4755 with 30 of the 33 lots sold on the night and one passed-in lot selling the next day.

Dairy Livestock Services manager Scott Lord said the results were no different than they had expected.

"When there's additional cash in the farming community, they are happier to invest in improving and upgrading herd quality than when times are tough," he said.

"But it was a really good result, people have got to realise how tough it is out there."

Mr Lord said the quality of cattle offered was up to the usual standard, with the IDW sale the premier auction in the Holstein selling calendar.

A Declan Patten partnership sold the top-priced lot for the third year in a row.

Mr Patten set a record two years ago, when one of his partnerships sold a heifer for $251,000.

This year's top-priced lot a two-year-old heifer, Lightning Ridge Beemer Camilla-Imp-ET, sold for $16,000 and was owned by Mr Patten in partnership with Brad Salmon.

The heifer was sired by Pol Butte MC Beemer-ET EX 92, its dam was Butlerview Door Camilla-ET EX 92 and it was joined to sexed semen.

A New Zealand syndicate picked up the heifer.

Mr Patten said the heifer was a great young cow and "she's also going to be back here next year if all goes well".

It was great to see New Zealand interest in Australian genetics.

"We think that this industry is international, it is a very small industry, and we're really excited to have people from out of the country interested in our cattle," Mr Patten said.

The NZ syndicate included Gordon Fullerton and Nathan Bayne from Henley Farms and Corey Ferguson, who bid on the animal at the sale.

Mr Ferguson said the syndicate liked the family lines in the heifer.

The second highest price of $9000 was for another two-year-old heifer, offered by Rob and Rebecca Walmsley, Myponga, South Australia, and bought by Bruce Walmsley, Numurkah, Vic.

Earlier in the week the heifer Robsvue Diamondback Betty earned honourable mention in the senior champion in milk junior leader competition in the Youth Show.

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