Stock grazing in the paddock at Vala Holsteins. Photo by Geoff Adams - Dairy News Australia
The Vala Autumn Feature Sale held on farm in Toolamba, Victoria attracted great interest over the weekend with the highest selling lot topping the sale at $26,000.
The auction was livestreamed in the shed on large screen with photos of each cow while the cattle grazed in nearby paddocks. Prior to the showcase, buyers were encouraged to inspect the animals before the sale.
The sale topper was Vala Sidekick Cheers (Imp.ET) who is an 11 month-old direct daughter of famed North American Show Cow Unique Dempsey Cheers, EX95. She is backed by 10 generations of EX and VG dams and is A2A2. She was purchased by Royal and Towner of Camperdown, Victoria.
The top selling milking heifer was the highly productive Vala Imax Salza (Imp.ET) who sold to Corra Lea Holsteins of Kerang for $5,500. She was bred from 10 generations of EX and VG dams including the former Global Impact Cow of the Year, Ammon-Peachy Shauna, EX91.
Corra Lea Holsteins also picked up the tremendous uddered milking heifer Vala Bighit Havana (Imp.ET) for $5,200. She comes from yet another branch of the famous Martha Sheen maternal line.
The Hibberson Family of Katunga took home several A2A2 lots including the VG uddered milking heifer Vala Bighit Jediah (Imp.ET) who comes from a 16,000 litre dam and sold for $5,000. They also picked up the top selling Bull Vala Jeronimo Jackel for $4,000.
The snug uddered 2-year old Vala Bandares Mocha, with a BPIg of +414 sold at $4,750 to regular Vala buyer Brendon Winter of Warragul.
The Robins family from Kayton Holsteins in Cohuna snapped up Vala Maserati Bee (Imp.ET) who was bred from 10 gens of EX and VG for $4,600. They also bought the capacious milking Red heifer Vala Yoda Lotto who was bred from the Lila Z family for $4,250.
30 registered Holsteins sold for an average of $4,200 with females averaging $4,420 and the bulls averaging $3,100.