Arabella Lambda Olivia GP84 sold for $19,000 (Photo Credit: Simon Tongnola)
Arabella Dispersal tops $19,000
The Arabella herd of the Holmes Family went under the hammer on-farm in Brookstead, Queensland on Wednesday, 21st September 2022.
Selling agents Dairy Livestock Services and Elite Livestock Auctions reported buyers from throughout New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Totalling 109 lots, this strong line-up of cows and heifers averaged an impressive $7,784.
Kevin Jones and family of Cypress Grove Holsteins in Foster, Victoria, took home the highest priced lot at $19,000 with Arabella Lambda Olivia GP84, grand-daughter of three-time Brisbane Royal Champion, Glenalbas Goldwyn Olivia EX92-3E.
The demand for the Olivia maternal line was strong, with Arabella 1stGrade Olivia VG89 selling for $15,000 to Brindabella Holsteins, while her Sidekick yearling heifer, Arabella Kick Olivia sold for an impressive $12,500 to Reg Cochrane P/L of NSW.
Backed by 7 generations of VG or EX, Arabella Doorman Olivia VG85, another maternal granddaughter of Goldwyn Olivia, sold to A & A Crawford, NSW for $11,000.
The equal second highest price of the sale was Arabella SK Dottie VG86, at $18,500 to A & S Barron of QLD; bred from the same family as the current International Dairy Week Grand Champion, View Fort Dictator Dottie EX91-2E.
Selling to K & K Cash, Victoria, also for $18,500, was Arabella Dempsey Fantisco VG86, whose grand dam, Quality BC Frantisco EX96-3E is a two-time Royal Winter Fair Champion and Canadian Cow of the Year.
The top selling unjoined heifer at $17,000, was Arabella MS Chief Ding, a Chief daughter whose maternal line Arabella Gibson Blackding EX92-1E, sold to the Paulger Partners of Qld.
Paulger Partners also selected Arabella Solomon Georgette VG87, backed by 6 generations of EX and VG for $16,000.
Freshly scored Excellent; Arabella Fry Whisky EX90-1E, sold for $16,000 to A & A Crawford of NSW, who also took home the winner of the 2022 Brisbane Royal - 2-Year-Old Dry heifer class, Arabella Appleback Betsy for $10,000.
The Chesworth Family herd of Tomargo Recluse of Dubbo, NSW, took home several outstanding lots, including Arabella Lambda Whisky for $15,000 and Arabella Doc Georgette for $14,000.
Local breeders, Argyll Farming, also purchased several lots, including Arabella Diamond S Whisky for $13,000 and Arabella Miss Ding, for $10,000, who was backed by an incredible 11 generations of EX and VG cows.
Arabella Devour Rebel-Red sold for $11,000 to Brindabella Holsteins, while Willie & Lisa McKay took home Arabella Tatoo Dottie for $10,000.
Mark Wheildon of Goodluck Farms, QLD purchased Arabella Control Tam VG88 also for $10,000.
Finally, Arabella Lambda Georgette joined the Ardylbar Holsteins herd of A & S Barron in QLD for $10,000, while Arabella SK Vickie was also purchased for the same price, by R Nelson of Qld.
With thanks to Brian Leslie of DLS for his contributing comments.