Sale Results

Great Northern-848 ~ June, 13, 2017

The June Dairy Production Sale at Great Northern was held on June 13, 2017.  A high-quality group of fresh cows was offered to the nice crowd on hand.  The top price of the evening was $2,600.   This came on two different lots.  The first cow to achieve the $2,600 price was a GP-82 Watson milking 146 lbs. in her second lactation after making 25,713 at 1-11.   Also selling for $2,600 was another Watson daughter, this one a 2 yr-old milking 99 lbs.  Selling for $2,550 was a GP-80 Jetset daughter milking 117 lbs. in her second lactation after making 21,349 4.3 922 at 1-11.  A Jett Air 2 yr-old also sold for $2,550.  She had 108 lbs. on her June test and is backed by a 26,860 dam. Several cows sold in the $2400 to $2600 range, but buyers are very particular and market activity is not as strong as it was earlier in the year. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Shawnee Holsteins Complete Dispersal ~ June, 1, 2017

Dan and Deb Dantoin dispersed their Shawnee Holstein herd on June 1, 2017 at the Great Northern Sales Arena.  The homebred herd consisted of 178 cows and heifers.  The rolling herd average was currently at 22,833 3.5% 810 3.1% 699.  Over the years this farmer-breeder herd had sent bulls to A.I. and sold cattle to other dairymen that had performed above and beyond expectations.  The beautiful summer day found many trying to make first crop hay, but those in attendance made good buys and are certain to be glad they could add some Shawnee genetics to their herds.

The high selling cow of the day was a GP-83 VG-MS McCutchen two-year-old making over 21,000 and due back to the type specialist, Mitchell.  This beautiful uddered young cow hailed from the Swampy-Hollow Elevation Sweet family that was very influential in the Shawnee herd.

Ed Niesen paid $2,800 to add her to his growing Reedsburg, WI herd.  Another McCutchen two-year-old claimed the second-high price of $2,750.  This promising young cow made 23,900 at 2-07 and is due back in August.   She sold backed by five generations Excellent and Very Good.  The high selling bred heifer was a Shakespeare due shortly to Kingboy.  Her VG-87 22,640 4.5 1010 Shottle dam completes 11 generations Excellent or Very Good in the Plain View Inga EX-95 cow family.   She was purchased by John Ketter, Malone, WI for $2,350.   A Red Diamondback fall calf from a GP-82 two year old caught the eye of Gary Breitlow who placed the final bid of $2,400 to add her to his Breit-View herd at Algoma, WI.  

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.   Darrell Worden called the sale with Kevin Jorgensen providing pedigree updates.  Working the ring were Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Don Mayer, Ron Roskopf and Bob Sabo.   Cowbuyer.com was also on hand for online bidding.   

Moorclose Holsteins Complete Dispersal ~ May, 22, 2017

The Moorclose Holsteins Complete Dispersal was held May 22, 2017 at the farm in Cuba City, Wisconsin.   Bill and Kelle Calvert and their family offered their impressive homebred herd which boasted a 25,901 3.4% 885 3.2% 818 rolling herd average and classification BAA of 109.2%.  The Moorclose herd was a 6-year Progressive Breeder Registry recipient from the Holstein Association and had claimed Premier Breeder honors at the District 3 Show in 2014 and Premier Exhibitor at District 3 in 2013 and 2014.

There was a good deal of interest in the herd and a nice crowd was on hand for both the open house held on Sunday, May 21st and then again sale day.  Cattle sold to 5 states and 2 Canadian provinces with a total of 155 whole lots selling for an average of $2,624. 

Commanding the top price of the day was the Very Good Kingboy daughter of KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E 16* DOM.  Ms Apple KB Ateka-ET *RC was making a nice 2 yr old record with 4.6% fat and 3.5% protein and sold pregnant to Maverick Crush.   The final bid of $12,000 came from Duane Zimmer, Daysland, Alberta who utilized Cowbuyer.com to do this bidding.   Lot 1, Moorclose Atwood Wren VG-88, ranked second on the high selling list at $9,500.   This Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Junior 2-Yr-Old in 2016 sold just fresh and looked to be a contender in the showring again in 2017.   A sixth generation Excellent or Very Good, Wren was purchased by Kyle VanderFeltz, Lawton, PA.  Dubbed as a cow with a tremendous future was Moorclose Amazing Cheeto VG-87.  This Altaamazing daughter sold bred back to Wilson and backed by a VG-88 39,230 Damion who goes back to one of Kelle’s show winners from her days as a junior member.    Cheeto was purchased by Drew, Ainsley & Macie Noble and Madison, McKenzie & Payton Calvert, Lancaster, WI for $9,500.   Another young cow that was developing nicely was the selection of Brandon Smith, Pulaski, WI.   He chose Moorclose Fever Windsor, a Sr. 2-Year-Old by Fever who is backed by a VG-88 38,010 Lightning then four Excellent dams in the Winnie family that was so influential at Moorclose. 

Family was the key at Moorclose.  A close knit, hardworking family that worked together with great cow families to breed and develop an exceptional herd.   Now Bill and Kelle will be able to devote more time to their family. 

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.   Chris Hill was on hand to sell the sale while Kevin Jorgensen provided pedigree commentary.  In addition to Cowbuyer.com, bids were fielded by Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Kyle Demmer, Lynn Harbaugh, Don Mayer, Ron Roskopf, Chad Ryan and Ryan Weigel.   The cattle were expertly prepared by Cody Schultz, Tyler Endres, Trent Styczynski, Paul Grulke, Ben & Jared Buske, Lindsey Lepke and Aaron Lien.  

Great Northern-845 ~ May, 16, 2017

On May 16, 2017, the May Dairy Production Sale was held at Great Northern.  A nice uddered group of fresh cows sold along with a few springing heifers.  The high price for the day was $2,750 which came on a Dresser 2 yr old just fresh and milking 100 lbs. a day.   She’s backed by a VG-88 35,180 dam followed by 2 EX dams over 34,000M.   Selling for $2,600 was a grade Morey daughter milking 118 lbs. in her second lactation after making 23,980 4.8 1142 at 2-02.   Two other young cows commanded $2,550 each: an Escalade with 30,540 4.3 1302 at 2-04 sold fresh and milking 135 lbs. and a Bearcat 2 yr old milking 105 lbs.    Several cows sold over $2,000 but buyers continue to be very particular.    The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.On May 16, 2017, the May Dairy Production Sale was held at Great Northern.  A nice uddered group of fresh cows sold along with a few springing heifers.  The high price for the day was $2,750 which came on a Dresser 2 yr old just fresh and milking 100 lbs. a day.   She’s backed by a VG-88 35,180 dam followed by 2 EX dams over 34,000M.   Selling for $2,600 was a grade Morey daughter milking 118 lbs. in her second lactation after making 23,980 4.8 1142 at 2-02.   Two other young cows commanded $2,550 each: an Escalade with 30,540 4.3 1302 at 2-04 sold fresh and milking 135 lbs. and a Bearcat 2 yr old milking 105 lbs.    Several cows sold over $2,000 but buyers continue to be very particular.    The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

844th Great Northern Sale ~ ~ April, 11, 2017

A nice, upbeat crowd was on hand April 11th at the Great Northern Sales Arena for the April Dairy Production Sale. The offering was a bit smaller in quantity but big on quality. The high selling cow for the day was a VG 32,620 4.0 1302 Windbrook milking 115 lbs. in her second lactation and bred back to Wilson.  She commanded a final bid of $2,800.  Selling for $2,750 was a big Time 3-year-old milking 104 lbs. after making 27,020 a 2-04. Close behind at $2,700 was a 34,800 @ 1-10 Braxton fresh with second calf and milking 163 lbs. on her last test. Many of the cows sold in the $2,000 - $2,500 range.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.  

Quest for Success III ~ ~ March, 31, 2017

 A large crowd gathered on March 31, 2017 at Bella-View Holsteins, Marion, Wisconsin for the third edition of the Quest for Success sale.  The performance of previous purchases from this sale series has been impressive to say the least.  Past buyers along with many others hoping to make that purchase that would be successful for them made for an active sale with bids coming from within the standing room only tent as well as the many prospective buyers accumulated outside. At day’s end the 100 lots sold averaged an impressive $8,119 with cattle going to 15 different states as well as Canada. 

Topping the sale was the much talked about 2 yr old by Mountfield SSI Dcy Mogul-ET.  Recently scored VG-88 and tabbed as one of the finest 2 year olds to sell this spring, Kiko Mogul Mara 1095, certainly looked the part!  She sold for $47,000 to Norman Nabholz and Garrett Schmidt, West Union, Iowa. Claiming the title as second high seller was the consignment of Larson Acres Inc., Evansville, WI.  Lars-Acres Jedi Ferrari is +2839GTPI and +908DWP$ in addition to being +8.1PL +933NM.  This promising Jedi from a GP-83 VG-MS @ 2y Racer sold to Peak Genetics, Watertown, WI for $31,000. 

The All-American Fall Heifer Calf from 2016 was one of the standouts in the row of yearlings and looks to be ready to defend her title in 2017.  Glamourview, Walkersville, MD paid $30,500 for Frohland Galaxy Contrast consigned by Bowen, Doeberiener & Schilling, Decatur, MI. Another heifer that looked to be in the “hunt” all year was Duckett Solomon Faye, the Solomon summer yearling from the Frosty family consigned by Duckett Holsteins, Rudolph, WI.

When the gavel fell, Izzy Bohrer, Walkersville, MD won out with a final bid of $25,000. 

            A highlight in the genomic line-up was the consignment of Rickert Bros. LLC, Eldorado, WI.  The Rickerts offered choice of 2 heifers, a +2773G Exactly who is the #1 Exactly heifer in the breed or her Modesty sister who is +2822G +2254M +80F +64P +924NM.  Their dam is a VG-87 Montross 2 yr old +2636G who is heavily contracted.   Jauquet Holsteins, Luxemburg, WI paid $25,000 for the right to choose between these money-making prospects. The consignment of Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Cleveland, WI sported an impressive GLPI of +3376 and +2855 Pro$ in Canada.  Siemers Jedi Jipseeny-ET GTPI +2784 is a flush age Jedi backed by 13 generations EX or VG and was purchased by Select Sires, Plain City, OH for $24,000. 

The sale offered an incredible line up of red and whites and several red factor offspring as well.  Leading the list of high sellers in this group was the awesome summer yearling consigned by Hilrose Dairy LLC, Sherwood, Wisconsin. This Diamondback from the 2016 Reserve All-American Aged Cow, Hilrose Advent Anna-Red-ET EX-94 2E, was the choice of Jim & Marvin Schluter, Gifford, Illinois at $14,500.  A favorite among the older yearlings was Bella-On-Q Lotsofluv-Red-ET who was a Junior All-American nominee in 2016.   This Lotus winter yearling was the selection of Ferme Intense, Bridgitte des saults, Quebec at $13,500.   Consigned by the

Zimmermans & Harbaughs, Ringle, Wisconsin, Lotsofluv’s dam just scored Very Good as a 2 yr old and is a sister to the 2011 International R&W Show Reserve Grand Champion, Wilstar-RS Tlt Limited-Red-ET EX-94 2E.

            Izzy Bohrer, Walkersville, Maryland paid $11,700 to own the big, deep ribbed Diamondback winter calf from Unanimous All-American Summer Yearling in 2015, Jerland SH Dir Nixie-Red-ET.   Ms RV QM GV Dbk Nan-Red-ET was the consignment of Lindsay Bowen, Amy Ryan and Glamourview, West Salem, Ohio.   The 2016 Unanimous All-American Milking Yearling, Sunnyside Candy Heztry-Red VG-87, sold for $10,900 to T&L Cattle Co. and Stranshome, Owatonna, Minnesota.   Consigned by Sunnyside Dairy Farms LLC, Valders, Wisconsin, Candy is due back in June to Diamondback.

            Quest for Success III was hosted by Lynn & Sara Harbaugh of Bella-View Holsteins and Chad, Amy, Mark and Mary Ryan of Ryan-Vu Holsteins. Cattle sold to 15 states as well as British Columbia and Quebec.   Chris Hill sold the sale with Norman Nabholz providing the pedigree commentary.  Fielding bids from the large crowd were Rick Bovre, Scott Culbertson, Tom DeGroot, Kyle Demmer, Kevin Jorgensen, Nick Raggi, Ron Roskopf, Paul Trapp & Bob Sabo.  Tom Cull, Michael Heath, Ryan Matheron and Reid Stransky were busy on the phones.  Aaron Ray Tompkins handled several bids via Cowbuyer.com as well. Presenting the cattle in the ring were Mandi Bue, Chelsea Holschbach, Christy Oehmichen, Brandon Ferry and Andy Steinhagen.  The cattle were expertly prepared by Jason Danhof, Mikayla & Tyler Endres, Pat Heeren, Travis Krohlow, Dawson Nickels and Garrett Schmidt. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale.

842nd Great Northern ~ March, 21, 2017

The smaller milk checks received recently seemed to have a big effect on prices at the March Dairy Production Sale on March 21st at the Great Northern Sales Arena.  The high selling cow of the day at $2,950 was an impressive Richman daughter milking 121 lbs. in her second lactation.  Already scored VG-85, she made over 28,000 at 2-02 and is backed by 3 EX & V dams over 31,000M.   Selling for $2,700 was a VG-86 Guthrie daughter just fresh with her second calf and milking over 100 lbs.  This 8th generation EX or VG made 25,682 at 2-01. A big, wide rumped Gold Chip 3 yr old sold for $2,600.  She made 26,826 at 2-01 and was fresh and milking over 100 lbs.  There were many good buys in the $1500 - $2000 range.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

APPLE MANIA II ~ March, 4, 2017

The dairy industry certainly has benefited by the genetics of KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E 16* DOM.  While much can be written about the accomplishments of the one of a kind Apple, it is her tremendous transmitting ability on both sides of the pedigree that make her genetics so sought after.   The Apple Mania II sale on March 4, 2017 featured an awesome lineup of Apple offspring. Hosted by the Apple Partners, the sale offered many Apple offspring as well as several daughters of her many high type sons.   The 102 lots averaged $3,904 with buyers coming from 13 states, Ontario, British Columbia and Germany. 

It was hard to miss the 2016 Unanimous All-American R&W Fall Yearling, Budjon-Vail HZ Lacey-Red-ET.  This massive framed heifer with a beautiful udder promise is due later in the month to Armani and is backed by an EX-92 Reserve All-American by Absolute. Cooper Galton, Nunda, NY placed the final bid of $24,000 with hopes of continuing the winning streak of this impressive heifer!   Lacey was consigned by Chris & Jen Hill, Matt Hawbaker and Nathan Youse, Thurmont, MD. 

A lovely uddered young cow with lots of earning potential was selected by John Schneller & Kevin Ihm, Dodgeville, WI.   Redrock-View Kingboy 363-ET is +2518 GTPI and her full sister is the dam of the #3 GTPI heifer in the breed!  Consigned by Redrock-View Farm, Darlington, WI, 363 is backed b y a VG Uno sister to Apple, then the brood cow extraordinaire, Kamps-Hollow Altitude-ET *RC EX-95 2E DOM.  This exciting young Kingboy sold for $15,200.  

Third on the high sellers list was an own daughter of Apple, Apple-Pts Amita-ET *RC.  This stylish September ’16 Crush consigned by the Apple Partners sold for $13,900.  Amita will join her EX-92 Destry sister at Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL.  

The Apple Mania II sales team included Chris Hill and Norman Nabholz in the sale box with Scott Culbertson, Bobby Griggs, Lynn Harbaugh, Michael Heath, Kevin Jorgensen, Perry Phend, Nick Raggi, Ron Roskopf, Chad Ryan, Kevin Ziemba and Rick Bovre handling the bids.   Brandon Ferry, Jeff Brown and Dawson Nickels presented the cattle in the ring.  The fitting crew of Jared Buske, Tyler Endres, Travis Krohlow, Luke Lensmire, Lindsey Lepke, Aaron Lien, Cody Schultz and Shawon Vande Zande had the cattle show-ring ready.   Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale.

840th Great Northern Sale ~ February 14, 2017 ~ February, 14, 2017

A nice crowd of enthusiastic bidders gathered at the Great Northern Sales Arena on February 14, 2017 for the February Dairy Production Sale.  The prices were steady throughout the sale with the milking cows averaging $2500.  The top Holstein was an Austin 2 yr old milking 85 lbs. and serviced to Slugger. This lovely uddered young cow backed by a 36,761M dam sold for $2,900.  Two cows sold for $2,850 each:  a grade Ingenious daughter fresh with over 100 lbs. SCC 37 after making 25,000 at 1-11 and a Predestine 3 yr old milking 97 lbs. SCC 30 who is backed by 4 EX & VG dams over 30,000M.  The high selling springing heifer was an Acme due to Secure.  Backed by a 24,170 dam, she sold for $2,300. 

Lost-Elm Jerseys sold a group of 14 young Jersey cows in the sale.  This group of 2 yr olds averaged $2511 with a top price of $2,900.  This came on a super uddered Region backed by 9 EX and VG dams.  An On Time daughter due in April to Hired Gun sold for $2,650 and another On Time who’s dam was just raised to EX-93 sold for $2,650. 

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

839th Great Northern Sale ~ January 24, 2017 ~ January, 24, 2017

A nice crowd was on hand January 24th at the Great Northern Sales Arena for the first production sale of 2017.  The cattle were well received with 5 cows selling for more than $3,000.  The top price of $3,450 came on an impressive Altaexacter daughter.  Classified GP-84 with a VG-MS in her first lactation, she certainly was a candidate for more points!  At 2-00 she made 30,450 3.9 1180 3.1 952 and was fresh with 133 lbs. first test.  Her EX dam has 3 records over 40,000M.   Close behind at $3,400 was a VG Atwood who made 27,629 4.0 1122 3.1 873 at 2-02.  Fresh in December, she had 120 lbs. on her first test and is backed by a VG-86 33,130 Alexander. A beautiful uddered Jett Air daughter with 28,144 4.1 1155 2.9 806 at 2-10 sold for $3,350.  She was milking 136 lbs. with a 52 SCC.  A GP-82 VG-MS 29,870 4.4 1326 3.3 981 Dorcy sold for $3,300.  Milking 103 lbs., she’s backed by a VG-88 37,870 dam.   A 2 yr old Massey daughter with a welded-on udder sold for $3,100.  She was milking 103 lbs. with a 20 SCC. A great many of the cows sold in the $2200 - $2500 range with several active bidders. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

838th Great Northern Sale ~ December, 20, 2016

After dealing with several days of sub-zero weather and all the issues that brings on a dairy operation, it was good to see that everyone seemed to be in good spirits at the December Dairy Production Sale on December 20th!  The potential buyers had positive attitudes and bid actively throughout the sale. It was pleasing to see 6 cows reach the $3,000 plus price as well!   The top price of $3,300 came on an Epic Iceberg 2 yr old milking 91 lbs. on her first test. Fresh one month with a lovely udder, she is backed by a 23,770 at 2y Shamrock daughter.  Selling for $3,200 was a good-looking Freddie Galaxy 3 yr old just fresh 3 weeks after making 26,330 at 2-00.  Scored GP-82 at 2y, she looked to pick up several points and was milking 114 lbs.  A GP-83 VG-MS Gabor with 29,170 at 1-11 sold fresh and milking over 110 lbs.  She sold for $3,050 as did a 37,900 Grafeeti daughter milking 139 lbs. in her third lactation.  The only springing heifer in the sale was a McLean daughter due shortly to Attorney.  She sold for $1,850. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.  

Holiday Fashions at the Northern ~ December, 1, 2016

A nice crowd was on hand December 1st at Great Northern to kick-off the month of December and the Holiday season with the Holiday Fashions sale. The pedigrees were impressive to say the least, and the individuals looked the part as well.  From the great uddered group of young cows to the sensational line up of bred heifers to the well balanced, beautifully cut yearlings and calves, there certainly was something for everyone.

High selling honors went to the consignment of Matt, Molly & Ben Dorshorst, Marshfield, WI.   Forward Trillium P-Red-ET *PO sold for $8,400.  This polled daughter of EDG Rubicon carries the dominant variant red gene and boasts a +2468 GTPI.  Her VG-87 Earnhardt dam just finished with 29,657 5.2 1537 3.7 1083 at 2-01 and the second dam is an EX Guthrie.  Trillium was the selection of Emerald Acres Farming Ltd., Dorset, Great Britain.  Another red and white claimed the second spot on the high seller’s list.  Selling for $6,000 was DJ-Purepride Icemakr-Red-ET consigned by Pure Pride Holsteins, Menomonie, WI.  This August ’15 Defiant was Junior Champion at the District 1 Holstein Show in 2016 and sold serviced to Diamondback.  Hill-Line Dairy LLC, Newton, WI placed the final bid on this potential fifth generation Excellent!

The high selling cow was Lot 1, Budjon-JK Goldwyn Elisa-ET VG-88, consigned by Elegance Futures, Lomira, WI.  Fresh in September, this 3 year old Goldwyn is a daughter of the Reserve All-American, Budjon-JK Emilys Edair-ET EX-95 2E, which makes her a potential ninth generation Excellent. Bred to Doorman, she sold to Byron Bruins, Waupun, WI for $4,800.  Byron also purchased the second high cow at $4,600.  Car-Bon Braxton Appeal-ET VG-87 made 41,570 3.7 1535 2.7 1143 at 1-11 and sold fresh in September and milking 149 lbs. on her November test.  Her EX-92 Goldwyn dam completes 5 generations Excellent and was the 1st 4 Year Old and HM Grand Champion at the 2013 New York International Spring Show.  Appeal was consigned by Mystic Valley Dairy LLC and Kevin Jorgensen, Sauk City, WI.

The impressive group of bred heifers averaged over $3,000 with a Brokaw due with a Diamondback heifer calf claiming the high price of $4,000.  Consigned by Doug Lemke, Chilton, this September ’14 heifer is backed by an EX-92 show winning Sanchez then the VG-88 9* show winning Goldwyn daughter of the 5 time All-Canadian nominee, Lylehaven Lila Z EX-94 19*.  Ryan Smith added this promising heifer to his Montiicello, WI herd.  Amongst the yearlings and calves, a top price of $4,000 came on the December ’15 Atwood daughter of the national show winner, Petitclerc Goldchip Skydome-ET EX-92, consigned by Budjon Farms, Vail & Hellenbrand, Lomira, WI.    

At day’s end 109 lots sold for an average of $2,615.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land  & Cattle Co., Inc. with Chris Hill calling the sale and Kevin Jorgensen provided pedigree updates.  Ringmen included Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Don Mayer, Bob Sabo, Lynn Harbaugh and Chad Ryan.  Cowbuyer.com provided bidding via the internet.  

836th Great Northern Sale ~ November, 15, 2016

The November Dairy Production Sale was held November 15th at Great Northern. Producers were conservative in their spending, but high production and good type were in good demand.   The high selling cow at $2,800 was a grade Deuce daughter. This impressive cow made 34,445 at 2-01 and was fresh again with 130 lbs. on her first test.   Selling for $2,700 was a 2nd calf Freddie daughter with 148 lbs. last test.  She made 27,975 4.0 1119 at 2-00 while scoring GP-83.  A 2nd lactation Tailwind daughter brought $2,600.  Classified GP-82 with 27,088 4.1 1105 at 1-11, she was fresh with 146 lbs. on her second test. The high selling 2 yr old was a Meteor milking 92 lbs. and she brought $2,350.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Bruins Holstein Dispersal ~ October, 25, 2016

                The Bruins Holstein Dispersal was held on October 25th at the Great Northern Sales Arena. This well-bred herd had a current rolling herd average of 25,413 3.6% 917 3.0% 772 with a classification BAA of 109.3%.  85 Registered and Grade Holsteins were offered by owners, Byron & Brett Bruins, Waupun, WI.  The milking herd averaged $2318 with all cows and heifers averaging $1910.  

                Topping the sale at $3400 was the VG-89 EX-MS, Milksource Alex Pinecone.  With 25,620 at 2-11, she sold milking 86 lbs. and bred to sexed Beemer.  This potential Excellent was selected by Andrew Greenfield, Waupun, WI.  Her dam is an EX-91 27,230 Durham followed by an EX-94 3E DOM 43,700 Mich that was named All-Wisconsin Aged Cow in 2010.  Close behind at $3,300 was a sporty dry cow by Ashmore.   Brecar Ashmore Buttercup VG-85 VG-MS made 27,691 at 2-01 and sold due in November to Millennium.  She was purchased by Tom Ederer, Plain, WI who also paid $3,100 for a GP-83 Shout daughter just fresh after making 26,627 at 2-00.  Selling for $3,200 was Lot 1, Robin-Hood LKI Crackers-ET VG-88.  This potential 12th generation Excellent sold fresh in September after making 31,061 at 3-00.  By Gold Chip, she was the choice of Jared & Cassie Stillman, Vesper, WI. 

                The high selling bred heifer at $2500 was an Aftershock due to Lindell.  Her VG-87 dam has records to 27,520 4.0 1100 3.2 881.   An Aftershock yearling also sold for $2,500.   This November, 2015 heifer is backed by an EX 24,836 Dundee that completes 4 generations Excellent from the Chief Adeen family. 

                The beautiful fall day made for a lighter crowd, but those in attendance appreciated the Bruins herd and made good buys that will enhance their herds.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.   

Fond du Lac County Holstein Classic ~ September, 27, 2016

           The 71st edition of the Fond du Lac County Holstein Classic was held September 27, 2016 at the Great Northern Sales Arena. A fantastic group of young cows were featured in the sale along with several deep pedigreed heifers. The crowd appreciated the high quality consignments and bid actively with the cows and bred heifers averaging $2,958. 

             Generating a great deal of interest was the added entry from Milk Source LLC.  Jolibois Floria Contend-Red-ET EX-90 was the All-American R&W Fall Yearling in Milk in 2014 and was nominated again as a Sr. 2-Year-Old in 2015.  Just fresh and milking 108 lbs., this big Contender sold to Starlight Genetics, Lebanon, IN for $6,000.  Another red and white receiving a lot of attention was the consignment of Levash Holsteins.  This Larson Jr. 2-Year-Old was entered for the upcoming World Dairy Expo and had been nominated All-American in 2015 as a Spring Yearling.  Legend-Maker Larson Giz-Red-ET VG-86 was purchased by Ryan Griffin, Thief River Falls, MN for $5,200. An impressive Goldwyn 3 yr old milking 130 lbs. after making 26,790 at 1-11 sold for $4,600 to John Krueger, Hilbert, WI.  Classified VG-88 at 2y and looking to move up in score, her dam is EX-95 2E with 48,240 4.5 2191. 

            A total of 22 head sold for $3,000 or more in this sale sponsored by the Fond du Lac County Holstein Association.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. The sale staff included Darrell Worden, Rick Bovre, Kevin Jorgensen, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Don Mayer and Chad Ryan.

833rd Great Northern Sale ~ September, 13, 2016

            Dairymen were more conservative in their bidding at the September Dairy Production Sale at Great Northern on September 13, 2016.  The high selling cow for the evening was a VG Guthrie 3 yr old just fresh and milking 96 lbs. first test.  Backed by 8 EX & VG dams, she sold for $2,950.   Selling for $2,750 was a Red Mr. Burns 3 yr old who made 31,370 at 2-02 and was recently fresh and milking 85 lbs.   An Epic 3 yr old milking 103 lbs. and backed by 6 EX & VG dams sold for $2,700. A big, good uddered Armani 2 yr old sold for $2,650.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.    

832nd Great Northern Sale ~ August, 23, 2016

The bidding was active for the good uddered group of young Registered and grade Holsteins offered at the August 23, 2016 sale at Great Northern.  The August Dairy Production Sale line up included 54 cows and 8 six month old heifers. The milking cows averaged $2325 with a top of $3,200.  The high seller was a beautiful uddered Man Oman Garcia 3 yr old milking 122 lbs. SCC 24 after making 25,520 4.6 1164 2.9 741 at 1-10.  Selling for $3,000 was a silky black Richman daughter milking 137 lbs. SCC 20. This impressive grade made 30,408 at 1-11.  Another grade cow, this one a fancy Atlantic daughter milking 100 lbs. sold for $2,900. Four more high producing young cows commanded final bids of $2,700.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

831st Great Northern Sale ~ July, 12, 2016

A high quality group of fresh cows along with a few springing heifers were offered at the July Dairy Production Sale on July 12, 2016 at Great Northern. Interest from prospective buyers was excellent and when all was said and done, 14 head sold to Illinois, 6 went to Iowa and the balance were purchased by Wisconsin dairymen.  Commanding the top price of the evening was a VG-88 Windbrook 3 yr old milking 94 lbs. and serviced to Gold Chip.  Her EX-94 2E Goldwyn dam has records to 35,130 4.2 1492.  This potential fifth generation Excellent sold for $5,500.  A promising red & white Jr. 2 yr old by Secure sold for $3,350.  Fresh 45 days she was milking 76 lbs. and is backed by 2 dams at 94 points – one a Reserve All-American R&W, the other an All-American R&W!  Another Windbrook 3 yr old sold for $3,200.  She was milking 105 lbs. after making 26,600 4.2 1108 3.4 916 at 2-01.  Her EX-91 dam has records to 42,120 and completes 5 generations EX & VG.  Selling for $3,100 was a red & white Colt P 3 yr old milking 104 lbs. and looking to complete 7 generations EX & VG next time the classifier visits.  A Castel 2 yr old milking 101 lbs. SCC 20 sold for $3,000 while the high selling grade cow was a 2 yr old milking 109 lbs. SCC 62.  She sold for $2,700.   The springing heifers ranged in price from $1700 to $1900 with the top selling heifer a grade Alexander due to McCutchen.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. 

830th Great Northern Sale ~ June, 7, 2016

The June Dairy Month Production Sale was held at Great Northern on June 7, 2016. Marsh-Vue Holsteins consigned a group of deep pedigreed, good looking young cows and springing heifers which commanded good interest. The evening’s high selling cow came from this group. Selling for $5,200 was a VG-85 Atwood just fresh a week with her 2nd calf and looking the part to pick up several more points. Backed by a VG 26,450 Talent, then an EX-94 34,730 granddam, this young cow completes 15 generations Excellent and Very Good! Another standout in this group was the VG-86 Brokaw fresh in March with a Reginald heifer calf and milking 122 lbs. on her May test.  Her pedigree includes an EX 30,870 dam and EX-95 4E DOM 40,240 granddam with a total of 7 Excellent and Very Good dams.  She sold for $4,200 while her heifer calf brought an additional $550.  The high selling grade cow in the sale was a Richman 3 year old fresh 60 days and milking 139 lbs.  She sold for $2,800. A 2 year old milking 94 lbs. and serviced to Afterburner sold for $2,550. Her dam has several 30,000 lb. records and a lifetime total of 208,680M.   Four very promising springing heifers sold with the top price of $2,850 coming on a Guthrie Jr. 2 due to Seaver.  She’s backed by a 25,690 4.2 1083 Atwood then 5 Excellent and Very Good dams to 42,120M.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

829th Great Northern Sale ~ May, 24, 2016

A nice crowd assembled at the Great Northern Sales Arena on May 24th for the first evening sale of the year.  Interest in high producing, good looking young cows was evident as bidding was strong and steady for those kind. Topping the sale was a Durham junior 2-year-old just fresh 2 weeks and milking 80 lbs. Backed by 4 Excellent dams, her EX-94 2E Goldwyn dam with 35,130 4.2 1492, this promising young cow sold for $3,200. A big, tall, white Colby with 34,264 at 3-04 sold for $2,800. Fresh in April, this grade cow was milking 130 lbs. and backed by a dam with 4 records over 30,000M to 36,129.  A GP-81 Pronto milking 124 lbs. after making 31,550 at 3-00 sold for $2,700.  A group of dry cows sold with the top price on that group at $1,850 for a 24,150 4.8 1161 @ 1-11 AltaOtis due to Epic.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

828th Great Northern Sale ~ April, 18, 2016

A beautiful spring day and one of the first days that dairymen could get out on the fields, did not make for a strong sale day on April 18th.  Those in attendance were able to make some very good buys. The high price of the day came on a good looking Braxton 2 yr old milking 90 lbs. and backed by 5 generations of Excellent and Very Good dams.  She sold for $2,550.  Selling for $2,450 was a Rubens 2 yr old milking 95 lbs. and backed by a 31,720 dam.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Spring Fashions at the Northern ~ March, 25, 2016

A large crowd assembled at the Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac, WI on March 25th for the Spring Fashions at the Northern sale. The sale featured over 100 head of high producing young cows, deep pedigreed bred heifers, show-age heifers of all ages and a select group of genomic heifers.  At day’s end the 101 whole lots averaged $3,302 with cattle going to buyers throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Washington and Canada.

 

Lot 1 topped the sale at $10,300.  This Goldwyn sister to Pine-Tree Sid recently scored VG-87 as a 2 yr old and sold milking over 90 lbs.  Consigned by Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, Ontario, this promising young from the Rudy Missys was selected by Bell-Air II, Belleville, WI.  A hard topped, well balanced fall calf from KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E sold for $10,100.  Sired by Archrival, this consignment of Apple Partners, Durango, IA is +3.11 PTAT and is headed to Michael Oliver in Zillah, WA.

 

A feature in the genomic line-up was the Damaris daughter from Larson Acres, Inc., Evansville, WI.  This flush-age heifer is +2605 GTPI +1892M +42F +50P +8.8PL +2.3DPR +2.40T and is backed by a VG-86 DOM Meridian with 32,190 4.1 1321 at 2-02.  Lars-Acres Damaris Taffy-ET was the choice of Select Sires, Plain City, OH at $9,700. Among the impressive line-up of fall calves was the big, deep ribbed DJ-Purepride Infra-Red-ET who sold for $9,000 to Hill & Umbel, Thurmont, MD.  This Defiant daughter from Pure Pride Holsteins, Menomonie, WI is backed by 4 Excellent dams with her 94 pt. granddam a two-time All-American nominee. Hill & Umbel showed Infra-Red to Junior Champion honors at the Maryland Spring Show 1 week later!  Congratulations!

 

One of the favorites among the winter calves offered was the Doorman daughter of Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET EX-95 2E, 2x Midwest Spring National Grand Champion.  Offered by Budjon Farms & Peter Vail, Lomira, WI she sold for $7,800 to Dan & Mary Ziegler, Belleville, WI. The  +2561 GTPI  +2478M +71F +69P Yoder daughter from Larson Acres Inc. sold for $7,500 to Jerry Jorgensen, Webberville, MI.  Another flush age heifer with contract interest, her GP-83 Supersire dam just finished with 34,660 at 2-02 and is backed by 8 Excellent & Very Good dams.

 

Among the lovely uddered second lactation cows selling was Curr-Vale Epic Dreamer-ET *RC VG-86.  Just fresh with 136 lbs. on her first test, this 27,610 producer is by Epic from the former #1 Excellent, Red-Factor cow of the breed, Curr-Vale Goldwyn Delicious *RC EX-94 2E. Consigned by Lynn Harbaugh, Skyler Buman & Chad Ryan, Marion, WI, this potential Excellent sold to Olivia & Kaden Horn, Loyal, WI for $6,700.  Selling for $6,100 was the eye catching winter yearling consigned by Bella-View Holsteins, Marion, WI.  OCD Atwood Lady Gaga-ET is backed by 6 Excellent dams at 92-94-95-91-93 & 90 and now calls Brown Star Farm LLC, Gillett, WI home.  

The cattle were expertly prepared for the sale by Travis Krohlow, Ryan Lauber, Luke Lensmire, Andy Sell, Tyler Endres, Shawon Vande Zande, Brad Warmka, Megan Opperman and Paul Grulke.  Presenting the cattle in the ring were Christy Oehmichen, John Erbsen and Brandon Ferry.  Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Chris Hill selling the sale. Kevin Jorgensen provided pedigree commentary while Rick Bovre, Bob Sabo, Lynn Harbaugh, Chad Ryan and CowBuyer.Com fielded the bids.

GN-826 ~ March, 15, 2016

Prices were steady throughout the March Dairy Production Sale on March 15, 2016 at Great Northern. The top price of $3,000 came on three different lots. 

A Red Destin milking 116 lbs. in her second lactation after making 29,340 was the first to command the $3,000 price. Already classified GP-83, she looked to move up in score and is backed by an EX 26,400 dam.  A grade Planet daughter with 27,408 at 2-00 sold milking 141 lbs. SCC 24 and achieved the $3,000 price as did a Jay 2 yr old mlking 103 lbs. and backed by a VG-86 45,680 dam.  A silky Mogul daughter with 28,510 4.4 1246 at 1-11 sold for $2,950.  She was milking 112 lbs., classified GP-83 and service to Monterey.  There have been many questioning how cattle are selling. The results from this sale were quite positive with several buyers looking to add fresh cows to their herds.    The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co, Inc.

 

Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale ~ February, 19, 2016

The seventh annual Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale kicked off the 125th Wisconsin Holstein Convention in Marshfield. Sponsored by Wisconsin Holstein's Young Adult Committee, the Futures sale averaged $5,496 on 25 lots that included heifers and choices from some of the state's most prominent cow families. High seller at $21,000 was Lot #7, consigned by Golfing Partners of Fall Creek, and purchased by Dennis and Charlene Dehnke of Fall Creek, Wis. Golfing Danetta Rae-Red-ET, a September 2015 heifer with a GTPI of +2513 and the number six GTPI Red heifer of the breed, is an exciting young female from the Debutante family.

Second high seller was Lot #1 from Synergy Farm LLC of Pulaski, Wis., at $13,500. The lot included a choice of two Rubicon daughters from Synergy Suprsre Strategy-ET, a cow with two sons at Alta Genetics and 11 daughters over +2.00 for Udder Composite. She was purchased by TJR Genetics of Farley, Iowa.

Rounding out the top three was Lot #3 at $8,500. Lot 3 was a choice of two, September 2015 Atwood heifers from Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS, the EX-95 Supreme Champion of the Junior Show at World Dairy Expo. The pick was purchased by Brian Greenman of Waukesha, Wis., and consigned by Budjon Farms and Peter and Lyn Vail of Lomira.

The Futures Sale also featured an embryo lot to benefit the Wisconsin Holstein Juniors. Wilstar Holsteins and Troy Opsal generously donated a package of four Defender embryos from Cava-Lanes Merlin Dolly-ET, EX-92 2E DOM. Dolly has a son at International Protein Sires and her offspring have consistently genomic tested higher than parent average. This embryo package was purchased by Aaron Hass of Evansville, Wis.

Brandon Ferry served as sale chairman and worked the ring along with Lynn Harbaugh, Jay Jauquet, Kyle Natzke and Chad Ryan.  Tom Morris sold the sale while Kevin Jorgensen provided the pedigree updates.  Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. clerked the sale.

825th Great Northern Sale ~ January, 19, 2016


    The first sale in 2016 at Great Northern was the January Dairy Production Sale on January 19th.  Unfortunately,
bitter cold descended upon the state of Wisconsin two days prior to the sale and lingered through sale day!  Despite
the frigid temperatures, buyers appreciated the good uddered fresh cows offered in the sale. The high price of $2850 came on a second lactation McNeal daughter who made 30,640 at 1-11 and was milking 125 lbs. just 1 month into this
lactation.  Selling for $2,700 was a good looking Braxton daughter milking 105 lbs. in her second lactation.  At 1-11 she made 22,180 and is backed by a VG-87 31,930 5.0 1607 dam.  Also selling for $2,700 was a 26,450 Jeeves milking 106 lbs. in her second lactation and serviced to Donatello.  Her production comes naturally with a 37,690 dam and 34,850 granddam.  Prices were off a bit, but the low SCC fresh cows with good, solid components are still in demand.  Great Northern Land & Cattle Co. Inc. managed the sale.

824th Great Northern Sale ~ December, 22, 2015

Prices were steady throughout the December Dairy Production sale on December 22, 2015 at Great Northern. However, the lower trends of the milk and beef markets were evident as buyers were not as liberal in their spending! Two cows tied for high selling honors at $2,900. A lovely uddered Man-O-Shan 2 yr old milking 90 lbs. with an SCC of 47 was the first to sell for $2,900. She's backed by a GP-82 VG-MS 38,252 Montego daughter. Also selling for $2,900 was a second lactation Emphasis daughter milking 105 lbs. with an SCC of 24. This big, tall, awesome uddered young cow is backed by a 25,910 Cadet daughter. A majority of the fresh cows were in the $2400 - $2600 range. Only two springing heifers sold, both Registered, with a top price of $2,150. A group of five Registered short bred heifers sold with the top of $1,650 coming on a fancy Sanchez backed by a 32,604 Braxton then 5 generations EX & VG dams with big production. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Springhill Winterfest at the Northern ~ December, 15, 2015

Springhill Farms offered an impressive group of cattle from their Big Prairie, Ohio herd on December 15th at Great Northern. Managed in a commercial setting, the Lang family has been breeding Registered Holsteins for 40 years with a current rolling herd average of 27,051 3.6% 974 3.1% 843. The lineup included 50 lovely uddered young cows along with a group of bred heifers all with great udder promise and a select group of young, deep pedigreed black & white and red & white heifers from some of their best cow families.

The high selling animal for the day was actually a fancy fall calf for 2016 by Atwood. This stylish young lady is backed by 9 Excellent dams and was purchased by Mike & Laura Rammer, Sheboygan, WI for $4,200. Her Mack maternal sister due in February to Yoder sold for $3,600 to Drees Dairy Farm, Peshtigo, WI. The dam of these two heifers is the contract cow, Springhill-OH Mac Clouds-ET EX-93 2E DOM with 40,530 4.0 1604 3.3 1336 at 6-06.

A barn favorite was the fancy, end stall cow, Springhill-OH Ragin Fashion VG-86. Last classified when dry, she has several points coming and sold milking 116 lbs. after making 21,449 at 2-02. Sired by the Destry son, Springhill-OH Ragin Cajun *RC, she's backed by 2 Excellent dams and sold for $3,700 to Doug Lemke, Chilton, WI.

A promising young cow with an exciting future is Springhill-OH Jazlyn-ET selected by Trace Johnson, Poplar Grove, IL for $3,350. This VG-86 Mayfield daughter is making right at 30,000 at 2-00 and due back in March to Sid. Her EX-91 Goldwyn dam completes 10 generations Excellent and Very Good in the Langacres Elevation Hope family.

The 84 whole lots passing through the sale ring averaged $2,410. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Chris Hill selling the sale and Kevin Jorgensen providing pedigree updates. Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Don Mayer, Lynn Harbaugh and Chad Ryan served as ringmen.

Holiday Fashions at the Northern ~ December, 1, 2015

The energy level was high with great enthusiasm for the exceptional line-up at the Holiday Fashions at the Northern sale on December 1st. From good uddered, high producing and high scoring cows to intriguing genomic cows & heifers to fancy, fancy show-age heifers with deep pedigrees and some sharp red & whites, the sale really offered something for everyone! A nice crowd bid actively along with several phone bids and bids carried by the sale staff. At the conclusion of the sale, the 83 whole lots averaged $3,230.

Topping the sale at $12,200 was a big, impressive bred heifer with phenomal udder promise. Cookiecutter JC Hawn-ET sold due later in the month to Silver and carried a GTPI of+2468. This Jacey is a sister to the popular Halogen. Their dam a VG-88 EX-MS DOM Man-O-Man with 35,280 5.2 1819 3.5 1237. Consigned by Endeavor Genomic Holsteins LLC, Munster, IN she sold to Langs Twin-Elm Farm Inc., Marathon, WI.

Creating lots of "show fever" was the big, beautiful Doorman summer yearling from the Reserve All-American, BVK Atwood Abrianna-ET EX-92. Jeffrey Jet Butler, Chebanse, IL consigned this clean cut, well balanced young heifer who sold to Christian Cunningham, Penngrove, CA for $10,200.

The consignment of Apple Partners LLC, Durango, IA was a stylish, tall front ended Ladd P spring yearling from the one & only, KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E DOM. With 17 EX & 28 VG maternal sisters to date, this young lady looks to have a very promising future! Ms Apple Annetta-Red-ET was chosen by Mike Deaver, Edgerton, WI for $9,000.

TJR Genetics, Farley, IA selected two of the high genomic bred heifers consigned by Endeavor Genomic Holsteins LLC, Munster, IN. Rosylane-LLC Oak 7276-ET +2516G, +8.0PL sold bred to Draco and commanded a final bid of $7,100 while Finger Sueprsire 4428 +2546G brought $6,400 and is bred to Silver.

A favorite among the cows offered in the sale was the newly scored EX-92 (92-MS) Braxton consigned by Mike & Megan Moede, Algoma, WI. Mead-Manor Braxton Melody made 33,140 3.3 1084 2.8 918 at 2-02 and sold milking 143 lbs. in her second lactation. Backed by a VG-87 34,430 Sanchez then an EX-91 34,460 Goldwyn from the World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion, Hillcroft Leader Melanie EX-96 3E. This massive, lovely uddered cow was the choice of John Perrone, Sheboygan, WI for $7,000.

Another stunning summer yearling offered by Butlerview was the Corvette daughter of Silvermaple Damion Camomile EX-95, All-American & All-Canadian. Camomile is making her mark as a terrific brood cow as well and this young lady looked to follow in the winning footsteps of her dam as well as several maternal sisters! Tyler, Cole & Mikayla Endres, Lodi, WI added her to the herd at Lodi, WI for $5,500.

Holiday Fashions at the Northern was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. with Chris Hill of MD-Hillbrook making several selections and selling the sale. Kevin Jorgensen provided the pedigree commentary while Don Mayer, Lynn Harbaugh, Brandon Ferry, Chad Ryan and Rick Bovre fielded the bids.

821st Great Northern Sale ~ November, 18, 2015

The bidding was active with a lot of interest in fresh cows at the November Dairy Production Sale at Great Northern on November 18, 2015. The top price of the day was $3,400 for a second lactation grade cow milking 130 lbs. after making 35,432 at 2-01. This beautiful uddered, well balanced dairy cow is sired by Klassic Brinkley-ET. Selling for $3,150 was a 3 year old Smithden Admiral-ET daughter. She sold milking 120 lbs. after making 32,320 at 1-11. A second lactation Altaairnet daughter commanded a final bid of $3,000. This 26,90 4.2 1122 @ 1-10 producer is backed by a VG-86 27,100 4.5 1216 dam. At day's end the milking cows averaged $2,570 and were very steady throughout the sale. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Buckhorn-Acres Milking Herd & Select Heifer Dispersal ~ October, 26, 2015

The Buckhorn-Acres Milking Herd & Select Heifer Dispersal was held at Great Northern on Monday, October 26, 2015.  Ed Heeringa and Family of Fox Lake, Wisconsin had emphasized red and white along with polled genetics in their breeding program for many years.  The Heeringas are particularly proud of the Mogul son they bred which is in active service at CRI, Buck-H-Creek MGL Piranha-P *RC.
               
The high selling cow for the day was the dam of Piranha-P, Buck-H-Creek Poppy P-Red-ET *PO EX-90 EX-MS.  This Crackholm Secure-Red-ET daughter completes 10 generation Excellent and Very Good and sold safe in calf to Supersire.  Making over 26,000 in her second lactation, she sold for $3,200 to Byron Bruins, Waupun, WI.  Her silky, black Halogen daughter sold for $3,000 to Benjamin Buske, Brownsville, WI.  This November, 2014 maternal sister to Piranha-P is +2289G.

Also selling were several guest consignments of both Registered and Grade cows.  The high seller amongst this group at $2,850 was a grade daughter of Windy-Knoll-View Phoenix-ET.  Milking 117 lbs. in her second lactation, she had made 23,790 at 1-11.

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. The sale staff included Rick Bovre, Darrell Worden, Kevin Jorgensen, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh and Chad Ryan.

Great Northern Fall Harvest Jersey Sale ~ October, 20, 2015

On October 20, 2015 the Fall Harvest Jersey Sale was held at Great Northern. The sale featured 87 Registered Jerseys from the herds of Mark & Cindy Madson, Jason Luttropp and Dave & Kelly Oberreich.  The milking cows averaged $2,319 with a high price of $4,350. Claiming the high seller honors was Lost-Elm Iatola Molly VG-88.  This potential 8th generation Excellent sold milking 89 lbs. in her second lactation and serviced to Tequila.  Lot 1 from the Madson herd was second high seller at $3,375.  This VG-88 Topeka daughter sold bred to Regency and backed by 3 Excellent dams.  A good looking On Time 2 yr old sold for $3,150.  Just fresh, this junior 2 yr old is backed by 3 Excellent dams as well.  A VG-86 Tequila 2 yr old pregnant to Dividend sold for $3,050.  Her EX Action dam is working on an 800 lb. record at 6-01.

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.  Chris Hill sold the sale, Dan Bauer made pedigree announcements and Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Kevin Jorgensen and Chad Ryan served as ringman.

Mission-Bell Milking Herd & Select Heifer Dispersal ~ October, 12, 2015

Mission-Bell Dairy Farms have long been known for breeding high quality, long-lived, productive dairy cows and this was quite evident when walking up and down the barn aisle at the Great Northern Sales Arena on October 12, 2015. Tom & Jerry Jens, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin dispersed their Mission-Bell milking herd along with 14 springing heifers and a select group of heifer calves on October 12th. The herd's rolling herd average stood at 24,785 3.7% 915 3.0% 743 with the classification BAA at 107.9% and the herd had received 14 Progressive Breeder awards.

The first cow purchased by the brothers, Kleinhans Donna Star VG-86 GMD DOM, had six natural daughters and proved to be quite a brood cow. Her Milu daughter, Mission-Bell Milu Dixie EX-94 6E GMD DOM left quite a legacy with about one-third of the herd tracing to her. A large crowd of friends and neighbors were on hand to show their support for the Jens family and their breeding program.

Lot 1 was the high selling cow of the day at $8,300. Mission-Bell Goldsun Diagon VG-89 EX-MS was named the 2015 Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity winner a month ago and looked the part to soon become a 7th generation Excellent. She's a maternal sister to the Goldwyn son at Select Sires, Mission-Bell Gold Diener-ET EX-90. Their dam is an EX-93 4E GMD DOM Boss Iron with 41,143 and 255,131 lifetime. Hailing from the Dixie family, Diagon sold to Glenmark Genetics, Inc., Glencoe, MN.

A favorite of many was the Goldwyn daughter, Krull Goldwyn Eloquence-ET VG-88. A potential 8th generation Excellent from 2x Junior All-American, Krull Dundee Ellory EX-94 2E, Eloquence sold bred to Sid and milking in the 90's in her second lactation. Jerome & Julie Jens, Sheboygan Falls, WI placed the final bid of $8,200.

The Dixie family was known for transmitting great size and strength which was very evident in the massive Mission-Bell Baltimor Dally EX-92. This 8th generation Excellent has records to 41,500 4.0 1651 3.1 1270 and sold with contract interest to Jim Hauschildt, Ellsworth, WI for $5,750. Another favorite from the Dixies was Mission-Bell Gold Dannon-ET EX-90 EX-MS. This 34,938 Goldwyn completes 6 generations Excellent and sold for $5,050 to Charles Westaphal, Brownsville, WI.

The 96 homebred cows and heifers averaged $2,683 at day's end. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Chris Hill and Kevin Jorgensen teaming up in the sale box. Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Chad Ryan, Lynn Harbaugh, Bob Sabo and Ron Roskopf capably handled the ringman duties. Erin, Kelly and James Jens presented the cattle.

70th Fond du Lac County Holstein Classic ~ September, 22, 2015

The 70th edition of the Fond du Lac County Holstein Classic was held September 22, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena. A tremendous line-up of cows awaited the potential buyers along with a few select bred heifers and show-age calves. Many comments were heard as to the beautiful udders and dairy quality displayed in the milking barn! A nice crowd filled the Sales Arena to support this sale sponsored by the Fond du Lac County Holstein Breeders Association.

At night's end the 65 head averaged $2,849 with the high price of $8,100 coming on an impressive Gold Chip junior 3-year-old consigned by Mike & Megan Moede, Algoma, WI. Mead-Manor GC Jubiliee-ET VG-87 sold fresh in July and milking 120 lbs. after making 27,400 4.4 1204 3.1 840 at 2-00. This 10th generation Excellent or Very Good was a real eye catcher and attracted many bidders with Andrew Greenfield, Waupun, WI placing the final bid.

Another barn favorite was Milksource Talented-Red-ET VG-85. This Ladd P 2-year-old was milking 104 lbs. and sold serviced to Awesome-Red. Her dam is the EX-93 2E HHM All-American R&W, Silvermine Adv Tally-Red-ET who already has two EX-92 daughters to her credit. Consigned by Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI, Talented-Red sold for $5,300 to Brandon Smith, Pulaski, WI.

Budjon-Vail Gold Drama-ET *RC EX-92 EX-MS sold for $4,100 to Jim, Janet & Ryan Kappers, Spring Valley, MN. The consignment of Joe Paltzer & Skyler Buman, Seymour, WI, this Goldwyn 5-year-old made 38,020 last lactation and is an own daughter of International Holstein Show Grand Champion, Budjon Redmarker Desire *RC EX-96 4E GMD.

Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale. The sale staff included Rick Bovre, Darrell Worden, Kevin Jorgensen, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Don Mayer and Chad Ryan.

Gateway-Acres Complete Dispersal ~ September, 15, 2015

The Gateway-Acres herd owned by Robert & Sherry Gates, Poy Sippi, Wisconsin was dispersed September 15, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena. The herd's current rolling herd average stood at 25,185 4.0% 994 3.2% 795 with the most recent SCC average at 77. A total of 135 whole lots sold for an average of $2,500. Superb udders were a Gateway-Acres tradition and this was evident throughout the milking herd which averaged $3,073.

Commanding the top price of the day was a lovely uddered Goldsun 3 year old. Gateway-Acres Corsage-ET VG-85 made 20,360 4.0 811 3.3 665 at 1-11 and sold fresh in July and milking 80 lbs. Looking to make it 9 generations Excellent, she sold to Robert & Barbara Burr, Marshfield, WI for $5,250. Another impressive uddered young cow by Sid was second high seller at $4,700. Gateway-Acres Sid Legacy sold fresh in July, milking 87 lbs. and backed by a GP-83 29,230 Talent then 6 Excellent dams. She was the choice of Byron Bruins, Waupun, WI.

Several Red & Whites sold with Gateway-Acres Denim-Red VG-86 topping that list at $4,400. Brock Dietz, Plainfield, IA purchased this dry cow by Camden-Red who sold due late October to Advantag-Red *PP. As a 2 yr old shd made 18,900 3.8 724 3.3 626 and is backed by a VG Talent and EX-90 2E granddam. Lot 1 was an EX-90 Shottle with 33,607 3.8 1289 3.3 1100 that sold for $4,200 to Richard Piechowski, Waupaca, WI. Gateway-Acres Shot Lilly *RC EX-90 completes 9 generations Excellent or Very Good from the Laurie Sheik family and sold due in November with a Mizzou heifer calf.

The attention to details and emphasis on strong cow families at Gateway-Acres was appreciated by the active crowd which bid quickly throughout the sale. Cattle were dispersed throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Darrell Worden selling the sale and Kevin Jorgensen providing the pedigree commentary. Fielding the bids were Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Don Mayer and Chad Ryan.

815th Great Northern Sale ~ August, 26, 2015

Prices were very consistent throughout the August Dairy Production Sale on August 26, 2015 at Great Northern.
Seven cows sold for $3,000 or higher. The top price of $3,400 came on a silky black Sanchez 3 year old milking 119 lbs. after making 26,035 at 1-11. A big, tall, good uddered Lynn Dickey daughter sold for $3,300. She had 134 lbs. on her last test after making 27,910 at 2-01. Close behind at $3,250 was a 27,620 Pronto daughter fresh with 101 lbs. She is backed by a VG-87 EX-MS 40,020 Blitz. The buyers appreciated the high producing, good looking cows that filled the barn that evening. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale.

Ricland Farm Complete Dispersal ~ July, 31, 2015

On July 31, 2015 Bernard VanderHeiden and his family dispersed their Ricland Farm herd at the Great Northern Sales Arena.  The VanderHeidens have been breeding Registered Holstein for 48 years with an emphasis on red & white genetics.  The current rolling herd average stood at 21,471 3.9% 828 3.0% 654. The prices were steady on the good uddered herd of cows with two cows sharing high seller honors at $3,100. Lot 1, Ricland Sun Lemon Pie-Red VG-86 with 26,940 at 4-00 sold milking 81.8 lbs. and bred back to Slade-P-Red.  This deep bodied, open ribbed Sun-Red daughter sold to Adam Faust, Chilton, WI.  Ricland Matrix Spiria-Red VG-85 with21,260 at 3-02 sold milking 73 lbs. & bred to Slade-P-Red.  Backed by 2 VG, 24,000 lb. dams, this Matrix-Red daughter was selected by Allen & Shirley Sell, Watertown, WI.  The high selling bred heifer at $2,650 was a Prince-Red daughter due in November to Slade-P-Red.  Her GP-84 Satchel dam has records to 24,651M. The crowd bid actively and appreciated the Ricland breeding. 

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.  Darrell Worden sold the sale with Kevin Jorgensen providing the pedigree details.   Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Chad Ryan & Lynn Harbaugh fielded the bids.

813th Great Northern Sale ~ July, 22, 2015

The July Dairy Production Sale at Great Northern was held July 22, 2015.  A nice crowd was on hand and appreciated the milky group of fresh cows being offered.  Five cows sold over the $3,000 mark with the high price of $3,300 coming on a 27,890 Dover daughter fresh with 2nd calf and milking 120 lbs.  Her dam has two records over 38,000M.  A GP-82 Robust with 30,590 4.0 1232 at 1-11 sold for $3,100.  Last test she had 139 lbs. and sold serviced to Gold Chip. A group of grade Jersey 2 year olds sold with the top price on this group at $1,850.  Two cows achieved the price.  One a Tollenaars Impuls Louie 260-ET daughter, the other by Sunset Canyon Decoy-ET.  The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Four-of-a-Kind Complete Dispersal ~ June, 22, 2015

A large crowd gathered on a rainy Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena for the Four-of-a-Kind Complete Dispersal. The Four-of-a-Kind herd was started by 4 friends, Dan Cnossen, Andy Peterson, Rick Seefeldt and Dan Day twenty-five years ago with the purchase of Schrauf-Acres Angelina-ET EX-93 4E. Later they purchased Holtex S-Wind Milki-ET EX-91 3E GMD DOM. Milki provided the foundation for 66 of the lots in the sale while Angelina was the foundation of another 15 lots! A total of 81 whole lots sold for an average of $3026.

A herd favorite garnered the top bid of the day at $12,100. Nor-Way-Pete Sanchez Stacy EX-92 sold due shortly after the sale to sexed Atwood. A promising 5 year old for 2015, this 40,728 Sanchez completes 9 generations EX and VG in the Dellia family. Her dam is Toystory's highest classified daughter at EX-94 2E GMD. Dan Hovden and Jason Volker, Decorah, IA placed the final bid to add her to their impressive group of high scoring young cows.

Another exciting young cow in the herd, Four-of-a-Kind Atw Almond, sold three weeks fresh and just raised to EX-90 as a Jr. 3 Year old. This 9th generation EX or VG from the Holtex S-Wind Milki family sold for $7,400 to Brandon Smith, Pulaski, WI. The beautiful uddered Four-of-a-Kind Mariposa EX-93 sold for $7,000 to Walk-Era Farms, Inc., Wisconsin Dells, WI. This 36,120 Mac is due in September to Brokaw. Her EX-94 3E 43,800 dam is one of 8 Excellent daughters from the very influential Four-of-a-Kind Roy Reba-ET EX-93 2E. Mariposa's Palermo daughter had just been raised to EX-90 making her a 6th generation Excellent. Four-of-a-Kind Palermo Patti sold to Brandon Smith, Pulaski, WI for $5,300. Among the Excellent daughters of Roy Reba selling was Four-of-a-Kind Starlet-ET EX-92 2E. This 41,070 Shottle sold for $5,000 to Koebele Klassic Holsteins and Dennis Bressner, Fairbury, IL.

Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Darrell Worden handling the auctioneer duties and Kevin Jorgensen providing the pedigree updates. Derek Breyer presented the animals while Bob Sabo, Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Chris McCullough and Chad Ryan fielded the bids.

811th Great Northern Sale ~ June, 9, 2015

A nice crowd was on hand for the June Dairy Production Sale at Great Northern on June 9, 2015. 65 head were offered in the evening sale and sale goers were treated to strawberry sundaes in honor of June Dairy Month.  Prices were steady throughout the sale with an average of $2,564.

The high price of the evening at $3,550 came on a VG Sanchez daughter with 32,453 at 1-11 and milking 159 lbs. in her third lactation.  Her herdmate, a second lactation grade by Roland milking 132 lbs. sold for $3,300.  A VG Damion 3 yr old milking 88 lbs. and bred back to Dempsey sold for $3,150.  This young cow looked to take a big jump in score next classification.  Another promising young cow by Shamrock sold for $3,100.  Scored GP-81 with 25,410 at 2-01, she sold milking 116 lbs. & backed by 10 EX & VG dams.

Seven Jerseys sold in the sale averaging $2,578.  The high seller in this group was a 2 yr old On Time just classified VG-85%. Milking 87 lbs. & backed by an EX Eclipes, she sold for $2,750.

The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Jo-Clar-Dispersal ~ May, 29, 2015

It was a rainy day in Cambridge, Wisconsin on May 29th but the bidding was active at the Jo-Clar Holsteins Complete Dispersal.  Owned by Stilling Farms, Inc., the Jo-Clar herd was a culmination of more than 50 years of breeding by three generations of the Stilling family.   During this time 107 Excellent cows were bred with several others developed.  With 93 whole lots passing through the sale ring, the herd averaged $2,737.

Commanding the top price of the day was a barn favorite, Jo-Clar Outside Reese EX-93 2E.  This 29,980 4.2 1262 Outside completes 7 generations EX & VG and sold bred to Brady.  Zachary Lemke, Chilton, WI  placed the final bid of $7,500.

Another herd favorite claimed the second spot on the buyers list.  Jo-Clar Secure Goldie-Red sold for $6,500 to Jason Deiss & Phil Heydmann, River Falls, WI.  This big, hard topped fall calf by Secure looks to be very competitive in the upcoming shows and is a potential 11th generation EX or VG!  Close behind at $6,200 was another fall calf, this one in black & white.  Jo-Clar Aftershock Pappose is an October, 2014 model from a GP-83 Goldwyn followed by 8 EX and VG dams from the famed Jo-Clar Jess Patsy family.  She sold to Cheyenne Karl, Arpin, WI.

Jo-Clar Debonair Addy-Red EX-90 EX-MS is an eye catching Debonair Sr. 3 year old who sold bred to Armani.   Hi-Lo-Valley Holsteins, Highland, WI paid $6,100 for this seventh generation Excellent from the Patsy family.  
Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Chris Hill wielding the gavel and Kevin Jorgensen providing the pedigree commentary.  Fielding bids were Rick Bovre, Norman Magnussen, Brandon Ferry, Bob Sabo, Lynn Harbaugh and Chad Ryan.

Wisconsin Showcase Sale ~ May, 16, 2015

The Wisconsin Spring Showcase sale was held Saturday, May 16, at the Great Northern Sales Arena in Fond du Lac, Wis. At the end of the day, 92 lots sold for an average of $3,667.

The high seller of the day was Lot 13. Fustead Kboy Lycoris-ET, a December 2014 Kingboy daughter with +2521 GTPI, sold for $12,800 and was purchased by L-L-M Dairy of Ringle, Wis. She was consigned by Brian and Wendy Fust of Wausau, Wis.

Second high seller was Lot 1, Wargo-Acres A Majorette-Red-ET, a November 2013 Aikman*RC daughter and #13 Red female of the breed in April 2015, consigned by Wargo Acres of Lodi, Wis. Majorette sold for $10,200 to Regancrest Farms and John Hager of Waukon, Iowa.

Rounding out the top three was Lot 3, selling for $8,200 to Sunnyside Dairy Farms of Valders, Wis. Webb-Vue McCutchen 6791-ET, a VG-87 first-calf McCutchen, was consigned by Robert Webb of Plymouth, Wis.

Other sale highlights included two consignments from Siemers Holsteins, Newton, WI. Siemers Dundee Goldchild-ET EX-93 sold for $8,000 to Jordyn Kamps of Belmont, Wis., and Siemers McCutch Hallaluh VG-85 GTPI +2231 sold for $7,000 to Jessica & Nicole Pralle of Humbird, Wis.

The sale was sponsored by the Wisconsin Holstein Association.  Tom Morris and David Rama shared auctioneer duties while Kevin Jorgensen provided the pedigree updates.  Ringmen included Rick Bovre, Lynn Harbaugh, Jay Jauquet, Chris McCullough, Chad Ryan, Bob Sabo and Paul Trapp.

Wide Open Spring Opportunity Sale ~ May, 4, 2015

The Wide Open Spring Opportunity Sale was held May 4, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena. The sale featured the Wide-Open Milking Herd Dispersal along with a group of guest consignments and a select group of heifers from the Wide-Open herd. A nice crowd gathered to show their appreciation for the herd of Charlie & Katie Bue, Alma Center, WI. The herd's current rolling herd average was at 22,682 4.0% 909 3.3% 741 with a classification BAA of 110.2%.

A herd favorite topped the sale at $13,000. Miss Goldwyn Barbardos EX-93 was the Reserve All-Wisconsin 5 Year Old in 2014 and sold due later in May to Sid. With a top record of 32,760 4.1 1336 3.4 1123, she sold to Gary Housner, Elroy, WI. A standout in the group of younger heifers was the October, 2014 Fever daughter of Ms Pfaffs-WO Durham Rookie EX-92. Backed by 10 Excellent dams from the Roxy family, Ms Pfaffs-WO Fevr Remington sold to Briana Adamavich, Plymouth, WI for $7,500.

High selling honors among the guest consignments went to the consignment of Reid Stransky and T&L Cattle Ltd., Owatonna, MN. Milksource Gldwn Ladybug-ET EX-91 sold for $7,200 to Jason Deiss & Phil Heydmann, River Falls, WI. This 5 year old Goldwyn sold fresh and milking 126 lbs. after being named the Reserve Grand Champion at the 2014 Minnesota State Holstein Show.

Another show prospect was Lot 1, Wide-Open Lauthority Bria EX-91. This Sr. 3 Year Old for 2015 sold to Brandon Smith, Pulaski, WI for $6,300. Bria was serviced to Sid and is backed by 2 Excellent, 30,000 lb. dams.
The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. with the Wide-Open herd averaging $3,164 on 44 lots. Darrick Waldera handled the auctioneer responsibilities with Paul Trapp providing the pedigree commentary. Ringmen included Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Perry Phend and Chad Ryan.

807th Great Northern Sale ~ April, 6, 2015

Interest was high as a nice crowd assembled at the Great Northern Sales Arena on April 6, 2015 for the April Dairy Production Sale. Bidding was active and steady throughout the sale with several selling in excess of $3,000. The high price of $3,700 came on a GP-83 VG-MS Alexander 3 year old. She sold milking 94 lbs. and bred back to Mogul. Her VG Shottle dam made 36,100 at 2-00 and her EX-91 2E GMD granddam has records to 42,700M. Selling for $3,500 was a second lactation Altaiota daughter scored VG and milking 127 lbs. a day. At 1-10 she made 32,800 4.0 1299 3.3 1073 and is backed by a GP, 27,380 dam. Another 120 lb. producer by Aberlin sold for $3,450. A group of grade Jersey cows sold with the top price of $1,950 coming on a Decoy daughter milking 70 lbs. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Quest for Success II ~ March, 27, 2015

The second edition of the Quest for Success proved to be just as exciting as the first! Held on March 27, 2015 at Bella-View Holsteins, Marion, WI the sale is hosted by the Harbaughs of Bella-View Holsteins and the Ryan family of Ryan-Vu Holsteins, Fond du Lac, WI. The impressive, hand selected lineup offered a diverse group of deep pedigreed individuals selected with the buyers success in mind.

A large crowd was on hand and bid actively along with the many phone bids carried by the hard working sale staff. Two genomic offerings landed at the top of the price list when the day was complete. L-L-M Dairy, Ringle, WI consigned a +2589 GTPI Troy heifer from an exciting VG Supersire who is generating a great deal of contract interest. The next dam is the heavily contacted Jet Stream Procky VG-87 DOM. Select Sires, Inc., Plain City, OH placed the final bid of $37,500 to own L-L-M-Dairy Troy Precision. Commanding a final bid of $32,000 from Brian & Wendy Fust, Wausau, WI was the consignment of Synergy Dairy LLC, Pulaski, WI. Synergy Tango Petrisse is +2534 GTPI with PTA +1862M +69F +57P. This July '14 Tango daughter is a daughter of the #1 Alan daughter in the world, Synergy Alan Poker VG-87 with 37,610 4.2 1588 3.4 1272 at 1-11.

The red & white consignments generated a good deal of interest with the third and fourth high sellers coming from this group. Lake-Prairie Alison-Red-ET VG-88 sold fresh and ready to take on the Sr. 3 Year old class. This three time All-American nominee sold to Levi Banowetz & Chase Warren, Burlington, WI for $25,500. Consigned by Marvin & Joe Schluter, Gifford, IL, this Advent had a daughter nominated All-American in 2014 as well. Her dam is the EX-94 2E, Budjon Rubens Annette *RC, who has claimed several blue ribbons over the years. The unanimous All-American Spring Yearling for 2014 sold to Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI for $25,000. Morrill Heztry Clover-Red is sired by the popular Destry son, Heztry, and sold due early June with a heifer calf by Mr Apples Armani-ET *RC. Clover was consigned by Hammertime Holsteins, Kimballs, Conroy and Allyndale, Poynette, WI.

While there were several show prospects that generated a great deal of interest, it was the winter yearling offered by Siemers Holsteins, Newton, WI and the fall yearling consigned by Ryan-Vu, Hill & Finke, Fond du Lac, WI that sold for $23,000 each. Siemers Wood Ashlynn-ET was the selection of Noah Bilz, Dorchester, WI. The Reserve Calf Champion at the 2014 Wisconsin Junior State Fair, this Pine-Shelter Clay Wood-ET heifer is an own daughter of the All-Time All-American, Tri-Day Ashlyn-ET EX-96 2E GMD DOM. Ryan-Vu Chip Claudette-ET was nominated All-American Fall Heifer Calf in 2014 and looks the part to be a contender in 2015. Backed by three Excellent dams, this big Gold Chip daughter sold to Joshua & Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, WI.

At day's end the 100 lots offered averaged $8,406 with cattle going to 13 states along with Quebec, Ontario and Mexico. The cattle were expertly prepared for the sale by the crew of Jason Danhof, Garrett Schmidt, Travis Krohlow, Pat Heeren and Dan DeWitt. Presenting the cattle in the ring were Mandi Bue, Jen Hill, Christy Oemichen, Katie Olson, Brandon Ferry and Bob Sabo.

Chris Hill sold the sale with Norman Nabholz providing the pedigree commentary. The sale staff included Brian Behnke, Steve Berland, Jamie Black, Eddie Bue, Pat Conroy, Tom Cull, Michael Heath, Jay Jauquet, Kevin Jorgensen, George Morasci, Perry Phend, Lloyd Simon Reid Stransky, Paul Trapp, Robert Yeoman, Lynn Harbaugh, Chad Ryan and Rick Bovre. The sale was clerked by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

Apple Mania ~ March, 20, 2015

A once in a lifetime cow, KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E 6* DOM, was the focus of Apple Mania held on March 20, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac, WI. While much can be written about the accomplishments of the one of a kind, Apple, it was her tremendous transmitting ability on both sides of the pedigree that was very evident in the awesome Apple Mania lineup! Hosted by the Apple Partners, the sale many Apple offspring as well as several daughters of her many high type sons. The 92 lots averaged $6,717 with buyers coming from 14 states, Quebec, British Columbia and Germany.

Mike Deaver, one of the Apple partners, opened the sale with a tribute to Apple and the many people involved in her development over the years. The group is looking forward to Apple calving in April, 2015 and continuing to add to her long list of laurels and influence on the breed! Commanding the top price of the day at $50,500 was the Apple clone, KHW Regmnt Apple A2-Red-ETN EX-91. Apple A2 was the winner of the Red & White futurity at the 2014 World Dairy Expo and sold due in June with a Blondin Integral-ET *RC heifer calf. Watch for her at the fall shows under the masthead of Frank & Carol Borba, Frank & Diane Borba and GenoSource, Modesto, CA.

The silky black October, 2014 Apples Absolute-Red-ET daughter of 3 time All-American, Butz Butler Gold Barbara-ET EX-92, was a favorite of many. Consigned by Kueffner, Iager, River Valley and St. Jacobs, Boonsboro, MD, Gold Barbara Burgundy-ET *RC was purchased by Glaz-Way Enterprises, Oakdale, CA for $20,700. Another Absolute daughter, Budjon-JK Abslt Endorse-ET *RC was the selection of Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL for $18,700. This well balanced, deep ribbed daughter of Rolling-Spring G Escence-ET was consigned by Budjon Farms and Joel Kietzman, Lomira, WI.

Craig Pyhtila, Ithaca, NY selected Ms Glamours Destini-Red-ET for $16,200. This EX-91 EX-MS Destry daughter from Ms Apples Glamour-Red-ET VG-88 EX-MS was consigned by Mike Deaver and Blue Chip Genetics, Edgerton, WI. Destini was 6th Sr. 3 Year Old at the 2014 Grand International Red & White show and sold due this summer to Blondin Integral-ET *RC.

Also making her home in New York is the stunning winter calf, Apple C Raspberry-Red-ET. This Dec ' 14 Redburst was consigned by Mike Deaver, Dymentholm and Unique Holsteins, Edgerton, WI. Her dam is another of the Apple clones, KHW Regiment Apple C-Red-ETN VG-89-3Y-CAN, who was Reserve Grand at the Red & White Supreme Dairy Show in 2014 and HM Intermediate Champion at the Royal Winter Fair Red & White Show 2014. Jim Ward, Vestal, NY placed the final bid of $16,000 to own Raspberry-Red.

The cross of Atwood and Apple provided a beautiful group of fall calves. Next high on the buyers list was Ms Apple Arriella-ET *RC who is the fifth highest PTAT heifer in the US under 24 months (12/14) with a PTAT +3.76. This stylish Atwood consigned by the Apple Partners sold to Ben & Joy Zimmerman, Wooster, OH for $15,200.

All buyers at Apple Mania were eligible to win Apple embryos at the conclusion of the sale. John & Tineke Boschma, Colby, WI were the lucky winners in this drawing.

The Apple Mania sales team included Chris Hill and Tim Abbott in the sale box with Scott Culbertson, Tom DeGroot, Bob Griggs, Lynn Harbaugh, Perry Phend, Kevin Jorgensen, Michael Heath, Chad Ryan and Rick Bovre working the large crowd. Brandon Ferry, Bob Sabo and Jeff Brown handled the presentation of the cattle in the ring. Preparing the cattle for the sale were Kyle Knaup, Travis Krohlow, Ryan Lauber, Kyle Natzke, Garrett Schmidt, Cody Schultz and Nicholas Schuster. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale.

804th Great Northern Sale ~ March, 10, 2015

The March Dairy Production Sale at Great Northern was very steady.  There were not a lot of extreme prices, just consistent prices throughout the sale.  The high price of $3,500 came on a springing cow due to Bradnick.  One of 18 head from Springhill Farm, Ohio, this GP-82 Seaver made 22,579 at 2-07 and is backed by 2 dams over 33,000M.  Selling for $3,100 was a beautiful uddered grade milking 115 lbs. after making 29,536 at 3-02.  Sired by Whitman Oman Awesome Andy, she sold bred back to Dempsey.  Three different cows sold for $3,000 each.   There was a Red & White 2 yr old by Attitude from 5 EX & VG dams who was milking 90 lbs.; a Maxum 2 yr old milking 90 lb.s and bred to Yoder and a 26,070 grade by Durable milking 105 lbs. A red & white Redburst heifer from 8 generations EX & VG sold for $2,800.   She is due early May to Holiday-Red.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

WISCONSIN CONVENTION FUTURES SALE ~ February, 20, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale kicked off the convention in grand style with a $5,000 average on 29 lots.   Held at the Hudson House Grand Hotel in Hudson, WI the sale was well attended and many local breeders could be found on the buyers list.  The high price of the evening came on Lot 1 which was a choice of 2 Montross daughters with +2505G and +2474G from the VG-86 DOM, Schillview M-O-M Genally-ET who has 2 sons in A.I. over 2500 GTPI.  The Globe Syndicate, Roberts, WI paid $14,000 to claim this choice offered by Brad & Matt Johnson, Baldwin, WI.   Selling for $11,500 was the consignment of Bomaz, Inc., Hammond, WI.   Bomaz Jacey 6245-ET GTPI +2481, is a Jacey from a VG 30,301 Robust then a VG-87 36,410 Planet and VG-86 41,860 Jet Stream with all 3 dams still milking in the Bomaz herd.   Ready to flush, this heifer sold to Shea Dairy Inc., Viola, WI. 

In addition to the Futures offering, a embryo package was struck off at $1,000 to benefit the Horace Backus fund.   These embryos were purchased by Jim & Kelly Rickert, Eldorado, WI.   Hilltop Dairy & Andrew Greenfield, Markesan, WI  offered first choice of 4 Aftershock pregnancies due in May from a VG-87 Fever from the Jan-Com Fond Matt Matilda family.  Logan Voigts, Platteville, WI  paid $2,300 for this choice and the proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.  

This sale is under the direction of the Wisconsin Holstein Association's Young Adult Committee with  Brandon Ferry serving as sale chairman.  The sale staff included Tom Morris, Kevin Jorgensen, Brandon Ferry, Bob Traynor, Chad Ryan, Lynn Harbaugh, Paul Trapp, Steve Berland and Jake Kruschke.   Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. clerked the sale.

803RD GREAT NORTHERN SALE ~ February, 10, 2015

The market remained relatively steady at the February Dairy Production Sale on February 10, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena.   The high selling cow at $3,850 was a GP-84 Ridge-Star Jammer-ET fresh with 2nd calf and milking over 125 lbs.    At 2-03 she made 33,860 4.3 1462 3.2 1100 and is backed by 34,300 and 43,050 dams.
Two other cows each commanded a final bid of $3,800.   A GP-83 VG-MS Shout daughter with 28,230 4.0 1122 at 2-00 sold milking 126 lbs. SCC 5.  She's backed by an EX 40,780 dam.  The other cow to sell for $3,800 was a 32,430 Toystory Trip daughter.   She was bred back to Bombero and sold milking 100 lbs. with an SCC of 153.  Several more cows sold over $3,000 with the entire group averaging over $2,700. The high selling cows are those with youthful udders, lots of milk, low SCC and good functional type.   The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. with Darrell Worden, Rick Bovre, Chad Ryan and Brandon Ferry on the sale staff.

802nd Great Northern Sale ~ January, 13, 2015

There was good interest from buyers at the January Dairy Production sale despite all the uncertainty in milk prices for 2015.  The bidding was active and several cows sold in the $3000 to $3,700 range at the sale held on January 13, 2015 at Great Northern.  The $3,700 top price came on a Gabor daughter fresh with second calf and milking 108 lbs.  after making 25,900 4.0 1036 at 2-04.   Scored Good Plus-81, there were definitely more points coming her way!  A herdmate by BW Captain claimed the second high spot on the price list at $3,550.

This 31,542 grade was fresh in her third lactation milking 123 lbs.   A grade two year old milking 103 lbs. and sired by Mr Marvelous sold for $3,500 while a silky, VG-86 26,140 Eastview Ernie milking 120 lbs. also sold for $3,500. The milking cows averaged $2,715 with the only springer selling for $1,800 and a short bred heifer selling for $1,450. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

 

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