THE NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL BROWN SWISS SALE AVERAGES $5,831
(report by Wayne Sliker, photos by Katie Henson)
A patriotic stage in the Breeding Barn at historic Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont provided the setting for this year’s National Sale and concluded The National Convention activities. 74 lots averaged $5,831 and sold into 12 states and Colombia, South America.
Topping the day at $20,000 was Blessing Bonanza Francie “E92/32,700m”, an All American and fifth generation “EX”, consigned by Blessing Farms, Fort Wayne, IN. Looking like a contender for this fall, Francie was taken by Richman Farms and Starmark Farms, Lodi, OH. The contending syndicate was represented by Jerry Harkness, breeder of the foundation for this impressive family.
Left to right: Lee Barber, Jerry Harkness, representing contenders; Wayne Sliker, Francie, Darrell Worden, Lindsey Rucks, leadsman, Brian Garrison.
Second high seller was the much talked about junior two year old prospect, Renegade Titanium Sonya ET. After spirited bidding, Ken Main and Peter Vail of Copake, NY added her to their impressive Elite string at $19,700. Sutton Rucks, Okeechobee, FL was the final contender with Wayne Sliker and Jayson Garrett, St. Paris, OH the consignors.
Left to right: Lee Barber, Brian Garrison, Wayne Sliker, Sonya, Darrell Worden, Mikey Barton, Peter Vail and Ken Main, buyers.
Next in line on the high seller’s list, Dublin Hills Sorina was the crowd pleasing senior two year old sired by Old Mill TA Starsky ET. She also headed for Elite Dairy and sports a deep Snow Storm pedigree developed by her consignors, Dublin Hills Farm, Woodsboro, MD. Contending bidders for Sorina were Frank and Susan Caverly.
Left to right: Brian Garrison, Dave Wallace, Lee Barber, Wayne Sliker, Sorina, Darrell Worden, Michelle Funk, Peter Vail and Ken Main, buyers.
Hills Valley Farm, Cattaraugus, NY provided the fourth high seller with Hills Valley Tray Phoenix commanding $17,400 from Brooke M. Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH. Phoenix is a “VG88/2y” Tray daughter with over 1200f at 2 years and a deep pedigree from the Priscilla family.
The “Pick of Shelburne” was a feature of the sale with Elite Dairy out bidding Bruce Dearborn to gain rights in choosing from the entire Shelburne Herd. At a $12,000. price tag, Ken and Peter selected Shelburne Dusty Elizabeth, a great framed junior three year old from 3 “Excellent” dams representing the strong Elizabeth family at Shelburne.
Left to right: Brian Garrison, Ken Main, buyer; Wayne Sliker, Peter Vail, buyer; Sam Dixon, Shelburne Farm manager, Darrell Worden, Lee Barber, Gordon DeMay.
The highest selling heifer of the sale, Top Acres Wonder Bamby ET, was consigned by Bob Gould, Sale Chairman, and Bruce Dearborn, Convention Finance Director. Bamby is a large and fancy Wonderment daughter from 5 generations of “Excellent” dams from the “B’s” and is now the property of Gerrit DeBruin, Lake Mills, WI after selling for $11,200.
Left to right: Bob Gould, consignor; Brian Garrison, Wayne Sliker, Bamby, Nicole Hood, Darrell Worden, Lee Barber.
The New England National Sale was managed by Modern Associates, Wayne and Connie Sliker of St. Paris, OH. Darrell Worden was auctioneer for the day and was assisted in the ring and on the phones by Brian Garrison, Lee Barber, Dave Wallace and Gordon DeMay. The cattle were presented in the ring by Lindsey Rucks, Michelle Funk, Nicole Hood, Kyle Barton and Mikey Barton. The preparation staff included Jason Thomas, Scott Hussey, Andrew Lenhart, Caleb Rossing, Pete Hawkes, Pat Lundy, John “EZ Money” Patrick and Marcella Guillette. They had the lineup in tip top shape for the large crowd on Friday and sale day Saturday. Decorations, clerking, and other support were provided by Jenna Hoffman, Deb Hoffman, Connie Gritton-Winter, and Cindy Worden, The Shelburne staff was especially cooperative under the direction of Sam Dixon and Renee LaCoss.