REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Paced by a $9,100 high seller, eight more calves selling for $5,000 and over, and a renowned Holstein breeder as the top volume buyer, the 47th National Heifer Sale on Independence Day 2004 averaged $3,543.55 with 62 head sold.
The sale, managed by Jersey Marketing Service and held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash., ranks second only to the 2000 sale in Charleston, S.C., which averaged $3,626.97 on 45 lots.
A fine group. The 2004 consignments were arguably the finest group ever assembled for a national heifer sale.
The parent averages for the group were 1,148M, 49F and 40P, with PA Type of 1.6. The dams averaged 88.7 for final score.
The average of the dams’ best completed lactation was 21,723 pounds milk, 1,020 pounds fat and 765 pounds protein (305 days, actual production).
Bernie Nash, Ephrata, Wash., was the chair of this year’s sale.
High seller. Golden Meadows Morgans Glow 852, a November calf bred and consigned by Paul Dias of Hilmar, Calif., was the high seller at $9,100.
She was purchased by the Glow Syndicate, Stevinson, Calif., with Craig Rhein of Pine Grove, Pa., contending.
The daughter of Wilsonview Khan Morgan-ET, JPI +232, is out of Buttercrest Klassic Glow-ET, who was the top seller of the 2002 National Heifer Sale in Sacramento, Calif.
“Klassic Glow” is currently projected to 33,220-1,612-1,024 on her first record started at 22 months of age.
She scored Very Good 89 earlier this spring and ranks 42nd in the breed for Jersey Performance Index. Four brothers to the dam are in A.I. progeny test programs.
Number two. The Eagles Only Syndicate, based in Crockett, Va., paid $6,500 for the second-high seller, Ahlem Klassic Tiffany 3202-ET.
She was consigned by William Ahlem Jr., Hilmar, Calif.
The four dams behind this heifer are all scored Excellent with records in excess of 1,000 pounds of fat. She is sired by Eastglen Alf Klassic-ET, JPI +262.
Others in the money. Other heifers selling for $5,500 and higher were:
* Deerview Mor Gallo-ET was purchased by Craig Rhein for $6,100 from Charles Wayne Lutz, Mocksville, N.C.
A paternal sister to the top seller, she is out of Deerview Alf Galaxy-ET, Excellent.
* Family Hill Hallmark Hilite, consigned by Ryan A. Lancaster, Ferndale, Wash., was purchased by Wilsonview Dairy, Tillamook, Ore., for $5,700.
Her dam, Excellent 93, is fifth on the US Jersey Living Lifetime Production list with 8,904 pounds protein, plus 242,255 pounds milk and 11,226 pounds fat.
* Forest Glen Jace Kim sold for $5,600 to the partnership of Craig Rhein and Melanie Ziegler.
Sired by Windy Willow Montana Jace, JPI +293, the December calf is out of Forest Glen Declo Kim-ET, Excellent with 22,830 pounds milk actual calving at 2 years, 1 month of age.
She was consigned by Forest Glen Jerseys, Dayton, Ore.
* Sun Valley Jace Vicky, consigned by Sun Valley Farm, Cloverdale, Ore., was purchased by Craig Rhein for $5,500.
Her dam is Excellent 91 and completing her fifth lactation in excess of 20,000 pounds milk.
Volume buyer. Leprechaun Holsteins Inc. of Centralia, Wash., was the top volume buyer, selecting five heifers for a total of $16,750.
The National Heifer Sale has been held annually since 1958 to provide funds for the youth development program of the American Jersey Cattle Association, headquartered in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Including the 2004 sale, 2,173 heifers have been sold for a grand total of $4,195,722 and an overall average of $1,930.84.
Complete pedigrees for all consignments in the 47th National Heifer Sale can be viewed on the USJersey Web site at www.usjersey.com/jms/NHS/.
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