The top price of $17000 was achieved twice at the on-farm first stage complete dispersal sale of the dual Master Breeder herd, Paringa Holsteins, at Invergordon last week.
The sale, opened by owner Pam Malcolm, saw Paringa Destry Apple (ET)VG 87 (2nd lact) fetch equal top price.
She was sold to Avonlea Holsteins owned by J. and C. Gardiner of Cardinia (south-east of Melbourne).
Also selling for the top price was the young cow Paringa Aftershock Stacey VG 87 (2nd lact), a ninth generation VG from the noted Supreme family, who was purchased by the Dee Family of the well-known Clydevale herd at Macorna (south of Kerang).
The next highest price of $14000 went to the close-to-calving cow Paringa Steady Micka VG 86 from the long established Marlene line, who was also purchased by Avonlea Holsteins, and also to sixth generation EX cow Paringa Damion Nico (ET) EX 91, who was bought by a Sale buyer.
Mrs Malcolm said she was overwhelmed by the amount of support she received.
‘‘It means a lot. I received texts, emails, cards, phone calls from every state in Australia,’’ she said.
‘‘The neighbours who helped out were unbelievable.’’
She said she was happy with where the cattle were headed.
‘‘They’ve all gone to good homes. That’s my greatest satisfaction.’’
The sale saw a near-complete clearance, with Dairy Livestock Services reporting an average of $3360.
‘‘It was a pretty good sale. They went all over Victoria and NSW,’’ DLS northern Victoria agent Lee Hamilton said.
Pental Island (south-east of Swan Hill) farmer Greg Randall was the top buyer, purchasing 22 cows.
Mrs Malcolm will hold a clearance sale on October 11 before the next stage of the stud sale is held early next year.