Daffodil Dairy Sale shatters records

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CARROLLTON, Ohio – Carroll County’s 31st annual Daffodil Dairy Sale shattered all records during the March 29 sale in Carrollton.
Warm temperatures brought out a capacity crowd at the Carroll County Fairgrounds where a record 69 lots sold for a total of $120,800, or an average of $1,802.99 for all animals including calves.
The 20 cows averaged $2,328.75 per head.
Last year’s sale grossed $98,825 and averaged $1,698.68.
Sale topper. The top-selling animal sold for a record $3,700 to Cotton Spring Farm of Mount Pleasant, Pa.
The 2-year-old Holstein, consigned by Paul Lawrence of New Castle, Pa., was milking more than 83 pounds per day when it went through the sale ring.
Other high-selling animals include a fresh Holstein cow consigned by Bill Casper of Carrollton and Dale Lautzenheiser of Louisville, Ohio, which sold for $3,300 to Cotton Spring Farm.
A Red and White Holstein calf consigned by John and Elizabeth Neider of Carrollton sold to Kelli Schmucker of Louisville, Ohio, for $3,200, and a Holstein bred heifer consigned by Zachary Sutliff of Warren sold for $3,000 to Jacob Yoder of Fredericksburg, Ohio.
Drawing attention. According to Mike Hogan, Ohio State University Extension Educator, a record number of animals sold in the sale were purchased by out-of-state buyers.
“Each year we have seen an increase in the number of out-of-state buyers in the Daffodil Sale, with a total of 25 head being shipped out of state this year,” said Hogan.
Twelve head went to Indiana buyers, eight head went east to Pennsylvania, and five head went to West Virginia.
Youth benefit. Four 4-H/FFA aged youth received $300 vouchers in a drawing conducted by the sale committee. Winners included Zach Pertee, Kelli Schmucker, Justin Beach, and Brandon Meier.
Scholarship calf. A Holstein calf donated by Dave Evans of Minerva sold for $1,000 to Rusty Kiko of Minerva.
Proceeds from the sale of this calf will be donated to the Carroll County Dairy/Agriculture Scholarship Fund in Memory of Todd Casper.
History. The Daffodil Dairy Sale is one of the longest running community dairy sales in the United States, and the most profitable dairy sale in Ohio for dairy breeders, Hogan said.
The sale is sponsored by the Daffodil Dairy Sale Committee and the Carroll County office of OSU Extension.

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