Carhartts, sweatshirts, toboggans and mittens were the fashion of the day as the crowd gathered for the Ohio Holstein Association Convention Sale held March 8 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The cold temperature in the sale barn was soon warmed up by the large crowd and the “hot bidding,” as an outstanding group of Holstein consignments passed through the ring. When the gavel dropped on the last animal and the dust had settled, the sale had achieved an outstanding average of $3,584 on 76 live lots.
First into the ring was Lot 82, S-S-I Sprsire Brenna 8412-ET consigned by Select Sires Inc., Plain City. The proceeds from the sale of this fall calf went to the family of Logan Krebehenne, a Select Sires employee who tragically lost his life while working with the bulls, and to the Ohio Holstein Junior Association. A daughter of Seagull-Bay Supersire-ET, her dam was by Bisside Alta Ross-ET with a GTPI of +2214. She sold for $2,600 to Lou Brown, New Bremen.
Next in the ring and topping the sale at $36,000 was the consignment that had everyone talking, Lot 3 Pine-Tree 4233 Mogu 5523-ET. With a GTPI of +2440, this fall calf was a daughter of Mountfield SSI DCY Mogul-ET from Pine-Tree Diehard Sharla-ET, classified Very Good 88, with the fourth dam being the world-wide known Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy-ET, Excellent 92 3E, and she carried contract interest from many AI organizations. Consigned by Pine-Tree Farms, Matthew Steiner and Family, Rittman, she was purchased by the Ohio River Syndicate, Hartline Valley Farms Inc., Marietta, Zimmerview Dairy, Marietta, and Tim Cottrill, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Raygor Farms LLC, the Sprunger Family, Dalton, paid $9,000 for Lot 22, St. Jacob Goldwyn Ari-ET. A spring yearling sired by Braedale Goldwyn, she was a daughter of the well known Tri-Day Ashlyn-ET, Excellent 96 2E Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit, International Supreme Champion 2001 and All-American 3-year-old in 2000 and 4-year-old in 2001. She was the consignment of St. Jacobs ABC Inc. c/o Tim Abbott, Fairfield, Vt.
Schugs Atwood Nancy, Lot 41, a fancy senior 2-year-old sold to Richman Farms Inc., Richard Indoe, Lodi, for $6,000. Sired by Maple-Downs I G W Atwood-ET, her dam was a Very Good 87 daughter of Markwell Ramses with 33,560 milk 1,455 fat and 1,099 protein. She was consigned by Matthew and Courtney Lund, Norwalk.
Also selling for $6,000 was Lot 6 Bremer Bookem Color-ET consigned by Bremer Holsteins, Shelden, Wisc. and purchased by Embry Longacre Farm, Doyle Embry, Leitchfield, Ky. A spring yearling, she was sired by De-Su 521 Bookem-ET from a Very Good 86 Alpag Iron Active-ET daughter.
Lot 7 MM-T Pockets Epic Betty-ET, an August 2012 calf, sold for $5,700 to Breeze Holsteins, Metcalf, Ontario, Canada. She was consigned by Michael Maloney, North Bangor, N.Y. and was sired by Genervations Epic-ET from a Very Good 87 daughter of Rainyridge Talent Barbara Excellent 95.
Jay Ackley, East Liberty, was the buyer of Lot 61 Midas-Touch GC Reign-ET at $5,600. A spring yearling, she was sired by Mr. Chassity Gold Chip and from an Excellent 91 Duncan Progress dam. Jennifer King, Waddington, N.Y. was the consignor.
Lot 1 SCD-JC Mayfield Bambina, a December calf, sold for $5,400 to Hilltop Farms, Darby Dicke, Xenia, and was consigned by Silver Creek Dairy, Forest.She was sired by De-Su Mayfield 893-ET, her GTPI was +2296, and she was from the Regancrest Barbie cow family.
Springhill-OH AW Rachel-Et, a fresh 2-year-old, sold for $5,000 to Spring Walk Farm, William Wachtel, Big Prairie. Consigned by Tim Hochstetler, Millersburg, she was sired by Maple-Downs I G W Atwood from the Excellent 90 Springhill-OH Onyx Rachel.
Nine more consignments would sell over $4,000 and consignments sold to Canada, New York, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Indiana, as well as Ohio. Auctioneer for the sale was Randall Kiko, Salem, with Dave Lentz, New Bloomfield, Pa., reading the pedigrees. The sale was hosted by Ohio Districts 13 and 14 and managed by the Ohio Holstein Association, Don Alexander, general manager. The barn crew composed of Dale Bendig, Steven Jordan, Joe Nash, Andrew Lenhart, Kelly Epperly, Scott Young, and volunteers from the host districts did an excellent job of fitting and preparing the consignments in spite of difficult weather conditions that included several inches of snow.
Source: The Daily Record