Fun in the West Sale Brings $1.9 Million

            With 20 Holsteins over 2800 GTPI, the 49 lots of Holsteins and Jerseys sold for a total of $1,917,000 on Feb. 24 in Paso Robles, Calif.  The 42 Holstein lots averaged $40,060 while seven Jersey’s, the first of that breed in this sale series, averaged $33,500.  The lineup featured young calves all sold in absentia and the sale was held in at the Paso Robles Inn in the heart of California’s Central Coast wine region.  Bidding was active on site and there was plenty of activity online and on the phones.  This sale series was begun and continues under the management of The Cattle Exchange, featuring the breed’s highest value genetics sold in attractive locations.  Dave and Merry Rama as sale managers and hosts always help those attending enjoy the event.

            The high seller here at $170,000 was Ms Terra-Linda Mod 188-ET, lot 48, a +2898 GTPI late December Modesty daughter from a +2598 GTPI Yoder dam.  Ranking 35th in the world when combined with the official list, the Modesty is +160 over parent average with a +995 NM$, +3.0 DPR, +3.03 SCS and +2.56 PTAT.  Her second dam is Sandy-Valley Morgan Calvary (VG-88) with over 35,000 milk and 1575 fat at 2y1m going back to Larcrest Juror Chanel (3E-93, GMD, DOM) with high records and 250,000 lifetime.  She was consigned by Mike Santos of Terra Linda Dairy in Tulare, Calif. and purchased by Peak Genetics, Watertown, Wis.

            Peak also bought the second high seller at $130,000, Clear-Echo Modesty 3850-ET, a May heifer by Modesty at +2830 GTPI and +956 NM$ bred and consigned by Kevin Peck, Clear Echo Farm, Schuylerville, N.Y.  Homebred for more than eight generations, she’s from a GP-83 Montross with +2756 GTPI and working on a 2y3m record averaging 80 lbs. in her first 100 days.  Peak also bought her flush mate full sister, Clear-Echo Modesty 3816-ET with +2833 GTPI, sold for $105,000.

            Don Bennink, North Florida Holsteins in Bell, Fla., bred and consigned an August calf at +2799 GTPI sold for $127,500 to Sexing Technologies, LLC, Navasota, Tex.  No-Fla Delta Larae 44666-ET is the #2 NM$ daughter of Mr Mogul Delta 1427-ET at +992NM$, +1097DWP$, +1021CM$ and -.48 stature… Don loves his right-sized cows!  Her dam is a VG Supersire with 1212 fat at 2y3m, the next dam a Massey and the third dam an Oman, both Very Good and both over 1000 fat with young records.

            Faria Brothers Dairy of Dumas, Tex., consigned seven Jerseys that averaged $33,500.  Their high seller at $55,000 was lot 30, Faria Brothers Eusebio Paris {4}, a May calf ranking #3 in the Jersey breed at +282 GJPI and the #8 heifer for CFP at +151.  An early Eusebio daughter, she’s from a VG-81% Volcano dam and was purchased by Pine Tree Dairy, Marshallville, Oh.

            David Rama wielded the gavel while Lloyd Simon read pedigrees.  Making selections and taking bids were Scott Culbertson, Rick VerBeek, Steve Berland, Bill Rauen and Kyle Demmer.  The next “Fun” sale will also be held in the West… Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.



The high seller at $170,000 in the Fun in the West Sale was consigned by Terra Linda Holsteins, Tulare, Calif., and purchased by Peak Genetics, Watertown, Wis.  From left are Rick VerBeek, sales staff; Scott Culbertson representing the buyer; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Santos, consignors; Lloyd Simon, pedigrees; and David Rama, The Cattle Exchange, sale manager and auctioneer.

-photos by Joel Hastings, HolsteinWorld Exclusive   





$20,000 of the $51,000 sale price from lot 36, a +2800 GTPI Modesty heifer, was donated by consignors Eric Lang and Donna Mertz, DVM to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.  When bidding paused at $31,000, Lang announced that the proceeds from any additional bids would be donated to the hospital in the name of Ana Rauen, the 7-year-old daughter of Bill and Molly Rauen who had been a recent patient.  Bidding took off with Sexing Technologies, LLC, finally buying the heifer.  Bill Rauen of the sales staff offered his sincere thanks to the buyer as well as to Winstar Genetics and The Cattle Exchange for their support.  Shown here from left are Scott VerBeek, Merry Rama, Eric Lang, Bill Rauen and David Rama.

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