Dairy cattle fetching strong price tags

Landmark’s Kieran Johnstone looks for bids at Monday’s Killyowen Jersey sale.DAIRY cattle sales in south-west Victoria have recorded some impressive prices over the past week.
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The major dispersal of the Killyowen Jersey herd, Panmure, saw 143 predominantly stud cows reach a high of $5800, average $2200, at Monday’s auction.

Selling agent Gerard Delaney, Landmark, said the sale was an “eye opener”, with 60 buyers registered on the day.

“The cattle went everywhere – to Adelaide and all parts of Victoria,” he said.

“It was quite amazing.”

He said the top 18 cows averaged $3500.

The herd represented 60 years of breeding, with Mr Delaney revealing buyers were chasing quality Jersey cow families.

“Jersey connoisseurs don’t get a chance to attend quality Jersey dispersal like this one very often; they are few and far between,” he said.

Volume buyer Kerry Smart, Naracoorte, SA, secured the top-priced cow on a bid of $5800, together with 31 further lots, while Rob Tonkins, Langhorne Creek, bought 27 head to $2300.

The Bryce family, Nullawarre, bought three cows to a top of $5300.

On Friday, another dispersal saw 127 Holstein, Friesian and Jersey mixed-age cows reach $2300 for vendor Andrea Blake, Bay River Farm, Timboon.

The equal top price was for paid for a pair of freshly-calved Jerseys, as well as a Holstein cow that had been sired by Billionaire.

“This is a great result,” Mr Delaney said.

“Both vendors were ecstatic – I think Don Clarke (Killyowen Jerseys) is still sitting on a cloud somewhere.”

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