National Guernsey convention sale sets record on heifers, embryo lots

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The 2003 National Guernsey Convention concluded June 23 with the national convention sale, hosted by DJB Farm in Roberts, Wis.

The sale was a huge success, proving the demand for Registered Guernseys is strong. The sale averaged $3,288 on 46 lots, including seven embryo lots, a record for a convention sale without a syndicated bull.

Averages. Sixteen open heifers averaged $3,400; 10 bred heifers averaged $3,620; 12 cows averaged $3,454; seven embryo lots (27 embryos) averaged $506 per embryo; and one choice of flush brought $5,500.

Top sellers. Four animals brought more than $7,000. The high seller of the day was Valley Set Ian Hassie, purchased for $7,500 by Cecil Baker and Lynn Battershell of Roanoke, Ind.

She was a bred heifer consigned by Ron Wenger, Goshen, Ind.

Two cows sold for $7,200 each, including Marfred Bossman Caliope, VG-88. She sold to Gene Gross of Sherburn, Minn., and Jay Van Hove of South Dakota and was consigned by Austin Mills of Saluda, S.C.

Also selling for $7,200 was Land Of Living G Ellie, consigned by John and Bonnie Ayars and Sons from Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Ellie was purchased by Kenny Joe of Manion, Ky.

Coming to Ohio. The first animal to grace the sale ring was Rolling Prairie N Ruthann, consigned by Rolling Prairie Farm of Garnavillo, Iowa. She was purchased for $7,000 by Dale and Stanley Chupp, Craig and Amy Dudte, Richard Green, and Robert Yeoman, all of West Salem, Ohio.

Marfred Storms Phrance brought $6,500 and was consigned by Steve Mills, Saluda, S.C. and purchased by Randy Knapp, Epworth, Iowa.

The sale was managed by Guernsey Marketing Service and the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association.

Stanley Chupp served as auctioneer and Blaine Crosser read pedigrees. Jim Trotter, Bobby Griggs, Dale Chupp and Vic Voigt served on the sale staff.

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