Ashley Park Farm’s dispersal to $2500

Sisters Judy Clements and Jo Barber pictured for the last time with their family’s Undera dairy herd.THE Clements family contemplated long and hard before selling their Ashley Park Farm dairy herd at Echuca last Friday week.

Vendor Judy Clements said five generations had been involved with the dairy industry since the mid-1800s, with the family now opting to take a different agricultural direction.

The dispersal sale saw 175 Friesian and Friesian-cross cows go under the hammer to a high of $2500, av $1756.

The spring and autumn-calving females boasted an av of 29 litres, 3.9 per cent fat, 3.1pc protein and bulk milk cell count of 180,000.

AI sires included Alta Olivia, Ho Jimmy, Goldbullion, Donor and Bestkept, while the pregnancy-tested-in-calf cows had been rejoined to Alta Squire, Yourshout, Elton, ARB Lawrence and AI Angus.

Prior to the sale, Elders’ Bernie Teasdale said it was a genuine opportunity to purchase replacement cows, which was backed by more than 100 years of family involvement in the industry.

“The best demand was seen on the freshly-calved young spring cows, because you can get milk from them straight away,” he said.

“But the PTIC cows sold well too. I was very happy with the how the sale went, considering these were commercial cows that have not been herd tested.”

He said the strong prices reflected the excellent seasonal conditions that Northern Victorian dairy farmers were experiencing at the moment.

Volume buyers included Rochester producer John Haitsma who purchased 20 head, while Minnie Bend Holsteins, Swan Hill, secured 17 cows.

The majority of buyers were local, with cows sold to areas such as Cohuna, Swan Hill, Nanneella and Nathalia.

Dhurringile dairy farmer Evert Worm was impressed with the herds’ quiet temperament and bought 16 head.

He paid to $2250 twice, selecting 50pc spring-calving cows and 50pc autumn.

“I was expecting to pay that money; I knew these were good cows,” he said.

Mr Worm said he was in the process of rebuilding his herd, with the hope to pushing numbers back to 250.

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