Badger Invitational averages over $3,000
When the gavel struck off the final bid of $17,000, it became reality that Rosylane-LLC Jives 5611 had become the second-highest seller ever in the 16-year history of the bi-annual Badger Invitational, Saturday, March 9, at the Stock Pavilion, Madison.
During the 2nd Badger Invitational back in 1985, a consignment from Zimview Farms, Inc., Juda, sold for $22,000, and still maintains the highest-ever price recorded for this sale.
Consigned by Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown, this Berryridge Jeeves Jives daughter carries a GTPI of +2394, making her the #1 GTPI Jives daughter in the world. The dam is a Ramos daughter with several record near 30,000 pounds of milk with a GTPI of +2201. Her new owner is Ideal Dairy, Hudson Falls, NY.
This year's sale was held in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly renovated Dairy Cattle Center (see sidebar).
The sale, hosted and organized by the Badger Dairy Club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, averaged $3,015.32 on 62 lots.
Commanding the second-highest bid of the sale was a first-choice Supersire out of Siemers Expld Margarita-ET. The second dam is Calori-D Goldwyn Marrita-ET, EX-94 EEEEE, nominated Jr. All-American Sr. 3-year-old in 2010. Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL, offered this choice, purchased by Cycle Farm, Sturgeon Bay.
Koebele Klassic Holsteins, Teutopolis, IL, gave a final bid of $5,700 for Bryersquart Justice-Red-ET, a consignment from Edward Jeanquart, Forestville, making her the third-high seller in the sale. The dam completed a 365-day 3-year-old record over 30,000 pounds of milk, averaging a 3.6 percent fat and 3.3 percent protein test.
Jordan Ebert, Algoma, paid $5,000 for Ludwigs-DG Energy, an April 2012 Braxton daughter, consigned by Ludwig Farms, Fithian, IL. Her dam, Ludwigs-DG Goldwyn Ellie-ET, scored EX-92 at three years and five months of age, was the All-Illinois Junior 3-year-old in 2012 and Reserve Intermediate Champion at the Illinois State Show, and was nominated All-American Junior 2-year-old.
Serving as the overall chair of this year's sale was Jacob Brey, Sturgeon Bay. Other chairmen included: Lauren Holterman - advertising; Breinne Hendrickson - Catalog and semen sale; Carrie Warmka, Laura Finley and Ryan O-Leary - cattle care; Austen Schmidt, Cara Biely, Hayden Hauschildt, Mitch Kappelman and Nicholas Schuster - selections; and Christine McFarland and Kaitlyn Riley - decorations and special events.
Dr. David P. Dickson Hall of Fame Award
Receiving the 2013 Dr. David P. Dickson Hall of Fame Award was Jim Hoskens, De Pere.
Hoskens was a member of Dr. Dave Dickson's first University Dairy Cattle Judging team and lived in the AGR House while attending the University of Wisconson-Madison.
He graduated with a Bacherlor's Degree in Dairy Science in 1970, and his Masters of Dairy Science in 1972.
From 1973-76, Hoskens was in partnership with Tom Pearson. Their dairy operation was located on Jim's home farm in De Pere and renamed Baycroft Farms. The partnership dispersed in 1976, with the top seller bringing $13,250, with a sale average of $2,200.
Hoskens continued breeding cattle on Baycroft Farms. He owned four All-American nominations, two of which were homebred. He also co-owned World Dairy Expo winner, BayBob Millertime, who was later exported to Japan. The Baycroft herd carried a BAA of 112.
In 1977, Hoskens assisted Alvin R. Piper in signing a sale in Greenleaf. It was this sale, the Park Lane Dispersal, where Hoskens debut reading pedigrees. During this time, he worked sales for Piper while farming at Baycroft, where his sons Michael and Brian were born in 1981 and 1982.
Hoskens had the privilege of announcing the pedigree of the first million dollar cow to sell in history, Allen Dairy Glamorous Ivy, at Tom Pearson's Pearmont Dispersal.
From 1983-87, Hoskens and Tom Morris managed sales together.
To date, the Dr. David P. Dickson Hall of Fame Award winner has read pedigrees for at least 30 different auctioneers, including offering his services all 16 years of the Badger Invitational.
He is also a licensed Wisconsin Auctioneer and sells several fundraisers each year, including one at the Dr. Dave Dickson golf tournament.