$55,000 Jersey Cow
A $55,000 in-calf Jersey female has sold for what is believed to be a new record price in New Zealand for a single dairy cow.
The rising three-year-old came under the hammer as part of Dick and Faye Post’s sale of 265 cows and 85 in-calf heifers earlier this month.
According to PGG Wrightson national dairy genetics co-ordinator, Andrew Reyland, she smashed the previous price record, which a Holstein Friesian cow set over five decades ago.
According to sources, bidding commenced at the $10,000 for this entry at the herdowners’ April dairy herd dispersal sale.
By A2 bull that transmits high components, the record-breaker has “excellent” production indexes on her maternal line and recorded an udder score of 8-8.
$55,000 Jersey Cow
PGG Wrightson Livestock described the record-priced animal as an “exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime cow”.
The hammer fell to an Otago farmer, who also acquired the record-breaker’s dam for $23,100.
The Posts established the herd in 1960 and have been “deeply committed” using nominated sires to breed “big capacity” Jerseys with good structure, good fertility and functional udders.
Speaking following the auction, which the firm conducted via bidr over three days in conjunction with Brian Robinson Livestock, Reyland explained:
“This herd consistently averaged more than 400 kilograms per annum of milk solids from their cows. This equates to more than 1900 kilograms of milk solids per hectare.”
“Motivated by the desire for continual herd improvement, attention to detail by the Posts has included feeding, animal health and documentation of every cow’s breeding.
“Much of this performance has gone under the radar for many years. These are good solid cows with a proven shifting ability from surplus females sold over the years,” he said.
“This line had slightly different genetics, which made them more interesting to buyers. Sired by an A2 bull who transmits high components, the record breaker has excellent production indexes on her maternal line and recorded an udder score of 8-8,” he said.
According to organisers, in total, in-calf heifers levelled at $3,347, while the cows averaged $3,240.
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