COLUMBUS – Ohio recorded its best Ayrshire sale in history, as record prices were set at the Ohio Ayrshire Spring Expo Sale in Columbus earlier this spring.
Forty-two Ayrshires totaled $78,525 and resulted in an unprecedented sale average of $1,869.64.
Four topped $4,000. The sale’s four top animals sold for more than $4,000 each and then finished in the top three places of their prospective classes at the National Ayrshire Spring Show the next day.
Shawn Hernley of Lebanon, Pa., consigned the animal most admired by the crowd, Hidden-Valley Kinsman Rachel, a senior 3-year-old cow named grand champion at the 2005 Pa. Farm Show in January.
She sold for $5,100 to Jessica Gatton of Crane, Mo., who went on to win first place honors in the spring show on the following night.
From sale to showring. A fancy yearling consigned by Robert Jump of Ada, Ohio, Shiredale Soldier’s Kassie, sold for $4,600 to Robyn Smith of Cushing, Okla.
This spring yearling also caught the attention of Judge Wayne Sliker on the following evening and was named junior champion at the National Ayrshire Spring Show.
Andy and Phyllis Stevens of Ostrander, Ohio, consigned Stevens Special Correct, a junior 3-year-old cow just fresh sale week with her second calf. Ruth and Robert Martin of Millers, Md., bid $4,500 on this cow.
Gene Hall Jr. of Cushing, Okla., consigned Hall’s Alydar Starshine, a December calf, which sold for $4,200 to Ron Kennedy of Harrod, Ohio.
Averages. Final sale averages on the 42 animals sold include: 11 cows, $23,7727; five bred heifers, $1,835; nine yearlings, $1,983.33; 12 calves, $1,666.66; and five baby calves, $1,070.
This sale was managed by the Ohio Ayrshire Breeders’ Association.
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