The Top of The World Jersey Sale kicked off the 2014 World Dairy Expo Sales, Sept. 29. This year's highest selling consignment was TLJ Visionary Bree-ET. She is sired by All Lynns Legal Visionary-ET, and her dam is GR TLS Britany Bobbi J Dale. Bree was consigned by Travis Lehnertz of Plainview, Minn., and purchased by Matthew Steiner of Marshallville, Ohio for $10,100. Ratliff Action Angela-ET was the second highest sale at $7,300. Angela is sired by Forest Glen Avery Action-ET, and her dam is Ratliff Price Alicia. She was consigned by Ron and Christy Ratliff of Garnett, Kan. and purchased by Sistrunk Farms of Bastrop, La. The 2014 sale saw a total of $89,200 in sales between 21 lots with an average of $4,247.62. Ten states and three countries were represented at the Top of the World Jersey Sale.
The World Ayrshire Event Sale, held Oct. 1; kept the momentum moving forward with a high sale of $17,000 for Onword Wilton April sold to David Koss, Jason Steinlage and Eric Lang of Lawler, Iowa. April was consigned by P & A Ayrshires of Dyersville, Iowa. Onword Lazy M Distinct Arrow purchased by Monica Streff of Peshtigo, Wis. for $6,300, was the second highest sale of the event. Included in this sale were eight live animals, two picks of flushes and five embryo packages. Buyers from seven states and two countries were represented at the 2014 World Ayrshire Event Sale. The average for all 15 lots was $4,450.
Rolling through the middle of the week the World Premier Brown Swiss Sale had a full house on Oct. 2, in the Estrumate Sale Pavilion. High selling lot was Brown Heaven Bonanza Frosty for $12,000 to Bradner Farms of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Frosty's consigner was Brown Heaven Farm of Vercheres, Quebec. The second highest sale of the evening was Blessing Faust Alexa for $9,900. She was purchased by Cynthia Ziegler of Belleville, and consigned by Blessing Farm of Ft. Wayne, Ind. There were a total of 25 lots on The World Premier Brown Swiss Sale, and seven of those cattle were exhibited at the World Dairy Expo International Brown Swiss Show. The average for the Brown Swiss Premier Sale was $5,910. Eleven states and two countries were represented at the 2014 sale.
The World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale was nothing short of a success on Oct. 2, with six lots and a high sale of $7,500. Ecua Farm Zeus Patty-EXP was the high seller, and sold to Mike Halpin of Cullom, Ill., with Tyler Endres of Arlington as the consigner. Patty is sired by GMC Robin Zeus – EXP- ET, and her dam is Ecua Farm Kaiser Patty-EXP. Second highest lot was $4,700, for Lands-Brook Crimson. She was sold to Kaden and Carlton Petroshus of Gobles, Mich. Consigner was Larry Landsgard—Lands-Brook Farms of St. Olaf, Iowa. Crimson is sired by Lands-Brook Cancun – EXP - ET, and her dam is Lands-Brook Chippewa. There were six total lots with an average sale of $4,567. Buyers came from four states and two countries at the 2014 World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale.
The International Guernsey Classic was held Oct. 3. With 26 lots, the highest sale was $8,000 for Guernsey View Wii's Amy. Her sire is Golden J Ronald Grumpy, and her dam is Guernsey View Nikki's Wii. Amy was purchased by Ros-Sue-Kim Guernseys of Gackle, N.D., and consigned by Cedar Ridge Farms, LTD of Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick. The first choice female out of Coulee Crest Nick Lorilyn was the second highest sale at $5,400, purchased by Steve Thomas of Greenwood, Wis., and consigned by Coulee Crest, LLC of Cashton. Buyers were from 12 states and two countries, U.S. and Australia. The average sale for females was $4,160 and the average embryo sale was $458 per embryo.
Friday evening marked the close of cattle sales with the World Classic '14 Holstein Sale. De-Su 1912-ET at $74,000 brought the highest sale of the night. She was purchased by Siemers Holsteins of Newton. She was consigned by Skyreach, Ferme Viano & Kings-Ransom of Quebec and New York. De-Sue 1912 - ET is sired by Mountfield SSE Dcy Mogul, and her dam is Clear-Echo M-O-M 2150 - ET. At $70,000, the price was right for the first choice female of Calbrett Supersire Barb, making her the second highest sale of the night. Sire options for this first choice are Main Event or Delta. First choice was purchased by James Vierhout of Hull, Iowa, and consigned by Diamond Genetics, Mercuro, Anderstrup, Drakkar of Zwolle, Netherlands. Buyers from 14 states and four countries bid on 52 of the breed's finest with an average sale of $23,234. This year a special donation calf from St. Jacobs and Woodmansee, Vail-Hez Ashock Ms Horace-ET, raised $31,000 for the Horace Backus Scholarship Fund for the Holstein Foundation.
A total of 77,204 dairy producers and industry experts from 94 countries traveled to Madison for World Dairy Expo. The world-class event drew 2,385 head of North American dairy cattle and 835 exhibiting companies to the trade show. Next year, World Dairy Expo's theme is "Dairy in Our DNA." The show will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. Visit worlddairyexpo.com for more information and show results.