World Dairy Expo brings the best cows and genetics to Madison, Wis., each year. Throughout the week, five breed sales were held in the Estrumate Sale Pavilion and one on the colored shavings in the Coliseum.
The sales kicked off Tuesday evening with the Top of the World Jersey Sale. The 2011 sale sold 30 lots and averaged $3,315. Family Hill Vindication Carnegie-ET, consigned by Ryan Lancaster of Tillamook, OR, was the highest selling lot at $7,500. Carnegie was purchased by Greg Lambert of Campbellsport, Wis. The second highest selling lot was the first choice female sired by Tower View Prime Tequila-ET and out of BW Centurion Peggy purchased for $7,100 by Yosemite Jersey Dairy of Hilmar, Calif. The choice was consigned by Brentwood Farms of Orland, Calif.
A pick from the flush of Steam-Valley Wilton Magic, consigned by Kurt Wolf and John Cannon of Dyersville, Iowa topped the World Ayrshire Event Sale held Wednesday evening. Her dam, Steam-Valley Wilton Magic Bri, EX-93, is the 2011 World Dairy Expo Grand Champion of the Ayrshire show. She was purchased by Gene Hall, Jr. of Cushing, OK for $9,200. The second high selling lot, Mackayr S Primetime, sold for $8,100 to Norman Boswall and Dave Bergeron of Hammond, Ontario. She was consigned by Steve McDonald of Princeton, Ill. Amongst the 18 lots, the sale featured three World Dairy Expo class winners were sold along with the number three index cow in the Ayrshire breed.
The World Premier Brown Swiss Sale kicked off a busy day of sales on Thursday. Topping the sale was Lost Elm Piranha-ET, a Power Surge daughter of out the world famous, Lost Elm Prelude Pixy-ET. Pixy is an Excellent 93 2E cow who holds the current Brown Swiss production record with a 365-day record of 65,430 milk. Piranha was purchased by Bo-Tex Dairy, Waxachie, Texas, for $5,800 and was consigned by Matthew Appler of Clermont, Iowa. Second high seller of the day was Cutting Edge PS Amber. Also a Power Surge daughter, she was consigned by Kenny Main and Peter Vail, Elite Dairy, of Copake, N.Y., and was purchased by Lee-Ann Swiss LLC of DeWitt, Iowa. The sale ring saw 29 lots and averaged $3,867.24.
Immediately following the Brown Swiss sale was The World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale. Ten different animals passed through the sale ring and averaged $3,530. Commanding a top price of $8,500 was Cherrywood Mega Mitzy, cosigned Jacob Achen of Ambia, Ind. Mitzy, a Megadeth daughter, was purchased by Brice Peth of Ripon, Wis. The second high seller was the first choice female out of three September 2011 daughters from Sunshine Now You See Fireball and consigned by Keith & Donnette Fisher and Hillpoint Partners of Cross Plains, Wis. Andrew Laffery, Jr. purchased the choice for $4,000.
Ending the sales on Thursday was the International Guernsey Classic. Knapps Aaron was consigned by Knapps Guernseys of Epworth, IA. Spring Walk Farm of Big Prairie, OH paid $4,200 for the top lot. Josey Morris was the consigner of the second highest seller, Miss Crown J IC Jenna Jameson. She is an Icy Cal daughter from the International Guernsey Show Junior Champion winner in 2009 and 2010, Coulee Crest Chall Jeanie. $3,600 was paid by Sydney Willingham of Gamaliel, KY. The sale averaged $2,196 on 34 lots.The sales culminated with the World Class ’11 Holstein Sale. Seven of the breed’s best cows were lead out on the colored shavings and all had genetics available for purchase in the sale. Lookout Pesce Magna P Sarah-Red-ET, the number two GTPI red polled heifer in North America, topped the World Classic sale for $82,000, she was purchased by Keller Cattle Sales of Verona, Wis. The second high selling animal was a first choice female out of De-Su 199 Chart Topper-ET, the number one GTPI heifer in the breed. This first choice female sold for $79,000 and was purchased by Bryhill Farms and TAG Saint of Hyacinthe, QC. The sale averaged $27,295 on 43 lots with buyers from 14 states, four provinces and six countries.