In a sale mostly of calves, it was Lot 1, Eclipspeirce Modesty Canto-ET, that was sold for the top price at Wednesday night’s World Wide Sires Evolution Sale.
Conducted by Dairy Livestock Services, the showpiece Holstein sale at International Dairy Week could not live up to the hefty prices of last year, with Eclipspeirce Modesty Canto-ET, owned by Garan Peirce, Richard Hull and Declan Patten, selling for $30000, beating the second-top-priced lot which sold for $17000
The 33 lots that sold went for an average price of $6990 and auctioneer Brian Leslie could not have been happier.
‘‘It was a wonderful sale. The quality was great. The presentation was great. There was a huge crowd. We’re ecstatic,’’ he said.
The top-priced lot was sold to Sexing Technologies Australia, and ST Genetics Australia general manager Peter Semmens said it was a first for the company.
‘‘It was our first female purchase in Australia for our company,’’ he said.
Mr Semmens said the calf, born on August 17, 2017, was purchased because of its world ranking.
‘‘She was purchased because of her standard in the world ranking of indexes.
‘‘She is an outstanding heifer and is a valid purchase for our future breeding program.’’
Mr Semmens said the calf would now call Brad and Jessica Gavenlock’s Tallygaroopna property home.
‘‘The process going forward is she will go under the management of Brad and Jessica Gavenlock.
‘‘She will be part of an embryo program and we will endeavour to make bulls for the Australian bull team and make some females as well,’’ he said.