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SIRES behind the top four lots sold in
the Blue Ribbon II sale, which
realised an Australasian record price
last week, all came from Semex's stable.
The record price of $49,000 was paid
for an unjoined heifer aged 10 months at
the Zeerust property of Dean and Dianna
Malcolm north of Shepparton, in
The couple (and their partners) offered
100 head in a sale which averaged $6408
and grossed $627,950.
Buyers from the US and New Zealand
were among the new owners.
Lot 12, Bluechip Jasper Rae-RC (Imp-
ET US), sired by Wilcoxview Jasper,
made the top money.
The July 2010-born red carrier is a
member of the world famous Roxy fami-
ly. She was offered by Bluechip and
WWS Australia and was bought by local
breeder Keith Petersen of Dundee
The second top price was Bluechip Goldwyn Paradise who sold
for $27,000 to a US and Kiwi syndicate. She was sired by Braedale
Third top price was for Bluechip Finalcut Queen, sired by Gillette
Final Cut, which made $20,000 and fourth, Long Lanes Ladino
Butter, which made $17,500. The latter was sired by Ladino Park
Talent who was offered by the Long Lanes Holstein herd from the
$49,000 paid for Semex stable heifer
Atherton Tablelands, in North
Dean Malcolm said the four aver-
aged $28,375 and it proved that better
semen paid its way. "You hear all the
time about breeders cutting costs on
semen," Dean said. "It's often the first
area they cut and we've believed from
the start that we couldn't do that in the
game we're in.
"Semen prices in the grand scheme
of our overall expenses are not the
toughest part of our business to pay
for, but they can cost us a lot of money
at the end of the day.
"We decided early that we had to
keep using the very best bulls we
could, even though we often felt we
couldn't afford it. And as soon as you
see the calves on the ground it's a
damn cheap investment.
seven times to an $80 bull and you get a heifer, it's worth it for me.
"We've all done it, but as soon as you use a cheap bull, just
because it's cheap and you want the cow in-calf, they always seem
to have a heifer and you end up kicking yourself.
"This sale this week has again shown us that the better the sire
stack the more money cattle are worth if you want to market them in
this way. Cheaper semen, from our point of view, is undoubtedly a
short term gain for a long-term loss."
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Top price of $49,000 was paid for 10-month-old
Jasper daughter Bluechip Jasper Rae-RC (Imp-ET
US). Rae is a red carrier, backed by seven generations
EX, including her dam Scientific Sweetie Rae ET
photo: Pip Robinson
HOLSTEIN Friesian New Zealand last year celebrated 100
years since the formation of the breed society -- 2011 marks
the beginning of the second century for society and cele-
brates the future of the breed in New Zealand and around the
The objective statement of Holstein Friesian is "to continually
develop and breed genetically elite cattle, ensuring profitability of
the Holstein Friesian breed in New Zealand''.
Holstein Friesian New Zealand supports its members on and off
the farm through diverse range of competitions and keeps them
informed of breed and industry matters.
The breed makes up 42 per cent of the over 4.3 million dairy
cows milked in New Zealand. Holstein Friesians produced on
average 4159 litres of milk, 150kg protein and 181kg fat per cow
over a 212 day herd test period in the 2009/10 season.
Services offered include the registration of Holstein Friesian
pedigree stock via the national database and the opportunity to
upgrade and breed to pedigree status via "record recovery" and
"supplementary register". Bull-calf tagging, classification and TOP
(Traits other than Production) inspections, are important on-going
services to the farmer, as is the active promotion of pedigree stock
through joint young sire schemes and semen sales, AI centres,
livestock marketing, advertising, Discovery Project and shows.
Publication of herd and cow statistics, technical information,
breeder profiles, competitions, and breed and industry news appear
in regular newsletters and the NZ Holstein magazine.
Holstein Friesian New Zealand has over 750 farmers and breed-
ers who belong to the various club and branch divisions through-
out the country.
--- Anne Boswell
Celebrating the future of
Holstein Friesian breed
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