Despite the chilly March temperatures, the quality and the prices at the St. Jacobs Progeny Celebration held on the 16th sale were hot! The sale averaged $6,211 on 116 lots, with Holsteins averaging $6,674 and Jerseys averaging $4,010. These prices are a true testament to the quality found at the sale and through the genetics of the STJ lineup.
Lot 1 topped the sale – Kingsmill Ashlyns Annisa-ET, VG-89 at 2-08. Consigned by Gene Iager and Triple T Holsteins of North Lewisburg, Ohio, this DESTRY*RC senior three-year-old from Tri-Day Ashlyn brought $60,000. Annisa won the senior two-year-old class at the Mid-East Summer National and stoof 4th at the International Holstein Show in 2012. Her new owners are Chelsea and Caitlyn Abbott of Fairfield, Vt.
Second high seller was Lot 9, MS Apples Aleda-Red-ET, at $44,500. This December 1st model of Redburst-Red brought $44,500 and sold to Westcoast Holsteinss of Chilliwack, BC. She was consigned by Apple Partners of Lanark, IL.
Rounding out the top three Holsteins sold was a consignment from Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, Ill. Milksource Afrshk Ashley-ET, VG-89 at 2-08, has been a headline daughter of AFTERSHOCK and she was struck off at $36,700. Ashley is due in mid-May carrying an ultrasound female by Sid, and her dam, Milksource Goldwyn Africa-ET EX-92, was Grand Champion at the Midwest Spring National and WI Championship Show in 2012.
High selling Jersey and Lot J1 was Arethusa HG Victoria-ET – a 04/12 HIRED GUN x Arethusa Response Vivid EX-93 Grand Champion International Jersey Show ’12 x Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J EX-97 Supreme Champion World Dairy Expo ’06. Arethusa Farm, Litchfield, CT consigned this exciting calf.
The sale was managed by MD-Hillbrook, Chris & Jennifer Hill, Thurmont, MD. Chris Hill performed auctioneering duties while Norm Nabholz read pedigrees. Taking bids from around the ring and on the phone were Paul Trapp, Michael Heath, Nick Raggi, David J. Lentz, George Morasci, Robert Yeoman and Tim Abbott. Jennifer Hill handled clerking duties.
Another highlight from the day was the print canvas presented to the Abbott family from members of the ABS Global team, shown below. In addition, the Hill family presented the Abbotts with a statue of AFTERSHOCK.
Additional Photo highlights from the day:
Thank you to Holstein World for the photos! For more information on St. Jacobs ABC and the Judge’s Choice, Breeder’s Choice and Red and White Holstein bull lineups, visit their website here.