In a reasonably tight season for milk prices, the Summer Sensation Sale at the New Zealand Dairy Event in Feilding last month averaged $4,612 over 33 live lots.
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Summer sale averages $4,612
The granddam of Lot 15, Windy Vale Windbrook Frosty-Imp-ET; her granddaughter sold for $8500.

The sale included live lots, embryos and semen. The top live lot was $15,000 and it was paid for a Jersey which sold at lot 23a – Posterity Man Susie.

The top-priced Holstein was $9,000, and it was paid for Lot 20, Paragon Graze Charlie. The second top-priced Holstein was paid for lot 15, Barwell Mercy Frosty. Frosty travelled from Canterbury to sell, and she traces back to an international household name in the industry that twice won World Dairy Expo. She was bought by Ryan Andrew, of Panic Station.

The sole Milking Shorthorn to sell was Westell Hunt Angela SOS and she was a popular inclusion.

She sold for the fifth highest price in the sale to Jarod Hudson, of Hudson Farming, at Ngatea, for $7,500. Angela’s fourth dam was the 2008 International Dairy Week Champion in Australia, Panorama Angeline 8. Her sire comes from the equally successful big-milk Queensland herd of Myrtleholme.

The pick of ten Brown Swiss calves from the Meier Trust sold for $4,000 to Fernlee limited.

The highest priced embryos were the imported embryos from double master breeder herd from Canada, Avonlea Jerseys. A package of five embryos sold for $2,000 an embryo ($10,000 for the package).

The semen lots sold for up to $1,200 per dose for five straws of sexed Holstein semen, Westcoast Alcove ($6,000 total), which as offered by the Gilbert family, from Ashburton in Mid-Canterbury.

Only one animal as passed in, according to Carrfields representative, Luke Gilbert.

“It was an extremely successful sale, with buyers from both islands of the country,” says Gilbert.

“BIDR played a massive part with 315 people watching t

Fluid milk consumption has seen a decline among US consumers since the 1960s.

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