Three breed associations start the fall sale season
A 3-year-old, Triangle Acres Pinstripe exhibited by Emily Achen (left) from Sauk Centre, took the senior and grand champion titles of both the overall junior show and the junior-exhibited show. Reserve senior and grand champion of the overall junior show was Viking Valley Brinks Model, a 4-year-old exhibited by Mikayla Erf from St. Paul. (photo by Krista M. Sheehan)
Jacob Achen of Sauk Centre, Minn. leads D&D CSON Bacculum Carol-Red through the ring during the Minnnesota Milking Shorthorn and Red & White Holstein sale held Sept. 20 at the Stearns County Fairgrounds in Sauk Centre, Minn. The Red and White Holstein cow sold for $2,150. (photo by Krista M. Sheehan)
Krista M. Sheehan Staff Writer
ST. CHARLES, Minn. - In between the harvest and a heavy calving season, Minnesota breed associations host fall sales to give dairy farmers the opportunity to integrate new genetics into their herds. The Brown Swiss Association, Milking Shorthorn Association and Red and White Holstein Club sold animals in September and started the fall sale season.
Brown Swiss Association planned a three in one weekend event
On Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13, the Brown Swiss Association hosted three events in one weekend: a state banquet, sale and junior show. All events were held at the Winona County fairgrounds in St. Charles, Minn.
Nearly 70 people attended the state banquet on Friday night.
"That's about the only other time we get to see people unless they come to the state fair," said Lynda Antonsen, Minnesota Brown Swiss Association treasurer.
Along with a meal and a time to socialize, the banquet is an important event for junior members.
"The fun auction is always the highlight of the banquet," Antonsen said.
The fun auction funds the junior activities each year such as trips to national conventions and paying for award trophies. This year, the fun auction raised a record amount of $3,135. Sixty items were donated for the cause with the top selling items - two hand painted ceramic figurines of a boy and girl each leading a Brown Swiss calf - purchased for $300 each. The figurines were donated by Wencil and Monica Pronek from Alexandria, Minn.
Following the banquet, the juniors had a dress-the-calf contest.
"The kids always look forward to that," Antonsen said.
On Saturday morning, 17 juniors and 8 novice participants prepared for their state junior show judged by Dave Kjome of Rochester. There were two portions to the show. The Brown Swiss junior show is open to all youth. However, separate awards were given to junior-owned animals. Senior and grand champion of the junior-owned show was 3-year-old Triangle Acres Pinstripe exhibited by Emily Achen of Sauk Centre. Reserve senior and grand champion went to 2-year-old Amber Rae Puzzles Dallas exhibited by Alana Heins of Eyota. Triangle Acres Pinstripe also captured the overall senior and grand champion title with 4-year-old Viking Valley Brinks Model exhibited by Mikayla Erf of St. Paul taking overall reserve senior and grand champion.
Following the junior show, 27 live lots were sold at the Brown Swiss Association's annual sale with an average of $2,006. There were 13 project calves, nine heifers and five cows.
Antonsen said the sale is the Brown Swiss Association's only sale of the year and funds all their yearly activities.
"We had a nice turnout with 49 people who filled out bidder cards," Antonsen said.
Antonsen and her husband, LeRoy, who own Brook View Farm in Le Sueur, Minn., consigned the top selling animal: 5-year-old, Brook View Ava Lou. Joe Matheis from Eyota, Minn., purchased her for $3,100. Matheis also purchased the second highest seller, CIE Kristil View Dirk Tyra, for $2,750. Gene Smith of Adams, Minn., consigned this open heifer.
"I thought the cattle looked exceptionally well," Antonsen said. "And the barn crew who is made up of volunteers and youth did an excellent job."
Milking Shorthorns and Red and White Holsteins have joint sale
The Minnesota Milking Shorthorn Association and the Minnesota Red and White Holstein Club held a joint sale Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Stearns County fairgrounds in Sauk Centre.
"We've had sales every year for the last 30 years except one and just in the last couple years we've added the Red and White Holsteins," said Rod Johnson, sale manager and Milking Shorthorn breeder from Brooten, Minn. "It also brings people from diverse (breed) backgrounds together."
Johnson said the cows from both breeds sold well. Milking Shorthorns found new homes in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Canada, while the Red and White Holsteins went to Minnesota and Illinois.
"It was a good turnout," Johnson said. "The bidding was much more active here this year."
The Milking Shorthorn cows averaged $2,155 while the Red and White Holstein cows averaged $2,125.
A heifer born this June, Nix's M.A. Love, topped the Milking Shorthorn sale at $4,400. She is the daughter of the 2008 Minnesota State Fair grand champion, Nix's Lillipad. She was consigned by Tim Nix from Plato, Minn., and purchased by Cory Salzl from Eden Valley, Minn. Second high seller came from Stuart and Emily Rowe in California. Kenzi Butz from Cory, Ind., purchased Innisfail RU Stela 6089- TW-Exp. for $3,700.
High seller of the Red and White Holstein sale came from Kelsey Crull from Briar Holsteins in Poplar Grove, Ill. Selling for $3,300, Briar Sungod Rosalynn-Red found a new home in Ogilvie, Minn., with junior member, Christopher Pederson, son of Brian and Trisha Pederson.
Johnson said having the two sales together works out well.
"We hope it gives both breeds a good opportunity to market their cattle."