If you’re looking for the excitement of genetic discovery or want to keep updated on the mystery of what is the best and you are hoping to find it all rolled up in a wonderfully hospitable event … you need to make your way to St. Placide, Quebec for the International Intrigue Sale 2013 Edition hosted by Ferme Blondin on July 27, 2013. This could be one time where delving into Intrigue may cost you money but could also put you further ahead as you build your herd of top genetics, genomics and cow families.
According to Simon Lalande there will be something for everyone.
“The sale will be offering the best of all worlds, high genomics heifers, big time show cows and heifers and well-known cow families. Kim Cote enthusiastically agrees. “Jeff, Ed, Tim and Simon had done an amazing job when taking consignments to assure that it was only the best!!! People that attend the sale can expect an amazing line-up of cattle and an opportunity to visit with other Holstein breeders with the hospitality going on from Friday afternoon to late Saturday night. We want that everyone attending the sale have a great time and relax with good friends!” Of course there will be the usual amount of exacting attention paid to every detail from the catalog to extensive advertising. Everything pulls together to make this a must-attend event where you can see some of the top animals in the world and have a lot of fun at the same time.
If enthusiasm is any indication, then the 5th Intrigue sale is already headed for success.
With their customers’ best interests in mind, some changes have been incorporated into this sale. “The program of the sale will be similar to the last sale but we will have more live animals selling this time and less choices. For Ferme Blondin, it is important to have something for every kind of breeder. “We want everyone to find what they like in the sale and have the chance to bid and buy one whatever their budget is. In the future, we want to keep doing lower profile sales at our farm so we don’t want to scare our customers with only high prices. “
Obviously “International Intrigue” is good for cattle buyers but it has proven benefits for the hosts such as Ferme Blondin too.
“Hosting the Intrigue sale the first time was really good for us because it brought us a lot of people that never had the chance before to come and visit the farm. We made a lot of new contacts in the business and a lot of new friends!” Kim Côté has encouraging words for future hosts, “If someone has the potential of hosting one of the future sales, they should go ahead! It has been a pleasure for us to work with Jeff, Ed and Tim. They are great people that all share the same passion: cows!
Ferme Blondin will be selling 50 head in the sale
With 2/3 that are milking cows, Kim highlights some of the lots. “We will be offering some of our best show cows, Pearl (1st Sr 2 Yr Old at Maxville), Lulabelle 1st Jr 3Y old at Maxville) and three daughters of Invite (Grand at Maxville). We will also be offering some of our best genomic calves (a choice of 2nd and 3rd highest Uno daughters from Apple and the #1 Phoenix in Canada from the Smithden Allen Allison family). The Barbie and Supra families will also be well represented with several family members selling.”
Ed Fellers, co-owner of Butler and Fellers is super happy with the lineup for this Intrigue Sale.
So much so that he refuses to narrow his list of favorites. “I will say that we have 15-20 heifers and young cows that have the potential to contend or win at this year’s National Shows! We also have at least 6 high genomic heifers selling with over 2500 gTPI! Additionally, we have the #1 Polled RC female in the World selling, the highest and 2nd highest gTPI polled females ever to be offered at public auction, and several more breed leading flush age Red and RC polled offerings! Choices sell from the number 1 gLPI cow in the World and the number 2 gTPI cow in the World as well as from the #1 flush age polled female in the World!” There is undoubtedly a favorite for every dairy breeder with a specific focus. Two that stand out are MOM Kool who sells as Lot 1 and is the number 2 Protein cow in North America. Aubry sells as Lot 5 with the potential to become a truly incredible Brood Cow….. And the list goes on!
From the benchmark 5th year of the International Intrigue Sale we look back to where it all began.
Jeff Butler describes the process that got it all started. “Dallas Burton and Ed Fellers were still managing Burton Fellers Auctions and we had an extremely successful inaugural Parade of Perfection Sale in 2008. After World Dairy Expo 2008, I talked with Ed about the Milk Source display etc. and how it would be great to have a sale at their farm. So Ed and I went up there in October 2008 and booked the sale for summer 2009. Milk Source did a fantastic job. We got some great consignments and had one of the best sales ever!” After that first sale at Milk Source, International Intrigue continued its momentum at Mapelwood in Ontario, Blondin in Quebec, Butlerview and Blondin again this year. Here’s an opportunity to mark your forward calendar because Jeff tells us, “The 2014 International Intrigue sale is currently scheduled to be at Milk Source again!”
Tales of Intrigue
Every International Intrigue Sale has recorded sales of terrific animals – both type and genomic. With the growing records, there are numerous examples to prove that the excitement doesn’t end when the sale is over. Jeff Butler provides a few highlights to illustrate the continuing impact of those carefully chosen lots. “In 2009, Chassity and her offspring/pregnancies sold for $1.5M. This was just prior to the genomic era. Gold Chip was one of the pregnancies that sold with her. Dubeau Dundee Hezbollah also sold that day and was Intermediate Champion at Madison that same year. Rubens Marla also sold that day and was Grand Champion Red and White Cow at Madison 2 months later. In 2011 Licorice sold. In 2012 Camomile, Monique, and Gold Barbara sold.”
The Bullvine Bottom Line
History confirms that International Intrigue Sale animals have gone on to become breed leaders and produce some of the best genomic offspring the breed has ever seen. Likewise the type animals have proven their worth as Champions and All Americans and All Canadians. Take the opportunity to be at Blondin on July 27th. Not only could you buy a top animal with the obvious benefit to your breeding program but you will have the fun of sharing the excitement with the best marketers in the Holstein industry.