Holstein enthusiasts from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Australia took home some of the elite genetics offered at the 2016 Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale, Feb. 19, in Marshfield, held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Holstein Association (WHA) Convention.
When auctioneer Tom Morris struck his gavel down for the final bid, 25 lots averaged $5,496.
Topping the sale at $21,000 was Golfing Danetta Rae-Red-ET, a September 2015 Olympian daughter at +2513 GTPI out of Golfing Debut Rae-Red-ET. The 3rd-11th dams are all scored Excellent, including the Queen of the Breed I and II, C Glenridge Citation Roxy Ex-97 4E GMD 6. She was consigned by Golfing Partners, Fall Creek.
Commanding the second-highest price at $13,500 was a choice of two Rubicon females, one at +2646 and the other at +2656. Their dam is Synergy Surprise Strategy, who already has two sons in AI and 11 daughters over +2.00 for UDC. The choice was consigned by Synergy Farm LLC, Pulaski.
Rounding out the top three was a consignment from Budjon Farms and Peter and Lyn Vail, Lomira. A choice of two Atwood females born September 2015 out of Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal, brought $8,500. Subliminal, scored EX-95, was Supreme Champion of the 2015 World Dairy Expo Junior Show, nominated All-American as well as Junior All-American Aged Cow 2015, placed third in the 2015 International Holstein Show, was crowned grand champion of the 2015 Wisconsin Championship Junior Show and earned Reserve All-Wisconsin Aged Cow.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the WHA Young Adult Committee (YAC), who handled selections, advertising, promotion and the sale catalog.
Funds raised are used to provide financial support to first-time attendees to the state convention, award educational scholarships, as well as support other Holstein activities and events.
YAC sponsored the 2015 Wisconsin Championship Show live feed on the Holstein Worldwebsite, used funds to coordinate a young breeder panel at both the 2015 and 2016 Holstein Conventions, took in several farm tours around the state and are writing articles about some of the younger breeders throughout Wisconsin.
For more information regarding YAC, contact the WHA office, 800-223-4269.