Dairy

Dispersal a success

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February 01, 2018

Brush and polish...Sophia Wright from Invergordon works on one of the sale cattle before it goes into the ring.

Jamie and Pam Malcolm were in the crowd at the Horizon stud auction. Mrs Malcolm was recognised with a new award for professional dairy women during International Dairy Week.

Crowd watches on...The Invergordon sale was held during International Dairy Week and attracted about 200 people.

Big money cow...The Horizon heifer which sold for $32 500 at the Invergordon sale last week.

The complete dispersal sale of Darren Crawford’s Invergordon stud Horizon Holsteins saw a top price of $32500.

Held on-farm on January 23 during International Dairy Week, the sale conducted by Flanagan Marketing Services was an ‘‘outstanding success’’ according to FMS director Lawrie Flanagan.

‘‘All in all it was a buoyant sale attended by 70 registered buyers and 29 successful purchasers,’’ he said.

The purchasers bought 120 head, which grossed $521150 and averaged $4342, with the top-priced heifer Horizon Bradnick Paradise 5 selling for $32500 to the Bryce/Coolmount partnership from Nowra, NSW.

The second-highest-priced cow sold for $20250 and went to Koroit stud Elm Bank Holsteins, of Chris and Mary Gleeson.

Daughters of high-profile cow Carisma Cairnhill Paradise, with a ranking of Excellent 91, were in high demand, including the top-price and second-top-price cows, grossing $69750 to average $23250.

The major buyers included the Wilson family from Jamberoo, NSW, who purchased 15 head at an average of $3486; Nev, Michelle and Justin Staley from Gippsland, who purchased eight head averaging $5100; and Kevin and Helen Jones of Foster who purchased three head which averaged $7500.

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