The Avonlea Holstein Sale made history this month, breaking a new Australian sale average record for a Milking Herd and Joined Heifer Dispersal.
The sale held on farm grossed a whopping $1,407,500 and the 164 females on offer averaged $8,504.
Breeders from across Australia enthusiastically gathered in anticipation of the Master Breeder dairy dispersal sale, with high hopes to get their hands on some show stopping Avonlea lines.
Additionally, more than 750 people from around the world tuned in to watch via Elite Livestock Auctions with 41 lots selling to online buyers.
Topping the sale at $30,000 was the wonderful milking heifer Avonlea Solomon Victory; she is the daughter of the current Victorian Winter Fair Champion Cow Murribrook Reginald Victory EX91 who is admired for her tremendous capacity, exceptional udder and depth of pedigree. The sale topper sold to a paid by the partnership of R & H Perrett, Hill Valley and L & L Calder, Calderlea of South Gippsland, VIC.
The next highest seller was the well framed cow Avonlea-YF Windbrook Apple (Imp.ET) EX. She is backed by 7 out 8 EX dams from the World famous Regiment Apple-Red family and went under the hammer at $27,000 to the Jones Family of Foster.
The Jones family also took home several of the top lots including the current Victorian Winter Fair Intermediate Champion Avonlea Stanleycup Missy for $20,000.
The return buyers also snapped up Yurunga Sid Mandy EX93, backed by the Hanover Hill Designer Miss family for $18,000, Avonlea Atwood Lana VG87 for $15,000, along with Coomboona Balisto Rolita, VG89 bred down from Thrulane James Rose EX97 and Sleepy Hollow Goldsun Anthea EX91, both at $12,000 each.
Tying for third highest seller at $25,000 was the lovely dry cow Avonlea Capital Roxy VG. She sold to Eloora Pastoral of Deniliquin, NSW who also took home Avonlea Sunlight Figsie 2 at $13,000.
The incredible milk cow bred from the famed Wyoming Mary line, Avonlea Goldwyn Mary VG87 also sold for $25,000 to S & S Paulger of Kenilworth, QLD who also selected the outstanding in calf heifer Spring Oaks Doc Fay for $11,000 and Avonlea Unix Roxy at $10,000.
The freshly calved Red heifer by Diamondback from the Fradon Jodie line, Avonlea Jodies Diamond VG85 sold for $22,000 to TR Investments of East Gippsland. They also selected the $19,000 2 year old in milk Victorian Winter Fair winner Avonlea Doorman Princess.
Elm Banks Holsteins of Crossley in Western Victoria picked up several outstanding young cows. Amongst them was a fresh 2 year old granddaughter of Sanchez Alana EX93, Avonlea Alanas for $22,000 and a granddaughter of Loyalyn Goldwyn June EX 97, Avonlea Doorman June (Imp.ET) VG for $21,000.
Elm Banks Holsteins also took home a daughter of Alana EX93, Avonlea Doorman Amanda who went under the hammer at $16,000 and autumn calving heifer Avonlea Kingboy Ruby, Avonlea Solomon Sally 2 for $14,000 each and the $11,000 Avonlea Oakwood Samantha VG87.
Carisma Holsteins & D & A Mathews spent $16,000 on the Victorian Winter Fair Honourable Mention Intermediate Champion Avonlea Stanleycup Evie VG86.
Avonlea Doorman Alana went under the hammer at $15,000 to buyers Gordon Past. Co of Tongala. Also sold at $15,000 was Avonlea Kingdoc April VG who went to Empire Holsteins of SA and Avonlea Diamondback Alana VG who sold to Bendara Dairies.