The third stage dispersal sale of Pardee Holsteins achieved an average of $3217 and a complete clearance of 100 freshly calved Holsteins at Shepparton Selling Centre last Thursday.
The agents reported a buoyant demand throughout, with many interested buyers unable to compete in the spirited bidding which grossed a total of $321700.
The two largest volume buyers were Ray and Leanne Smith from Mathoura and John Edwards from Leitchville.
The Smiths purchased 26 top quality high-production cows for an average of $3584 each with a top price of $4700 for Lot 7. They included Pardee Supersonic Perfect 72 which produced 9045 litres with PI 114 as a two-year-old heifer.
She traces back to the outstanding North American brood cow Valiant Mars Perfection.
The Smiths also secured Lot 59, Pardee Gillespy Janice 24, classified VG 86 as a two-year-old, for $4500.
She produced 10299 litres at two years old and is backed by three generations of over 10000 litre dams.
Return buyer John Edwards showed confidence in the Pardee genetics by purchasing 36 head for a gross of $90800 to average $2522 per head, including Lot 1 Pardee Shout Damp 4 (VG 87), a five-year-old sired by the top AI Shottle son Shout, out of the same family as the legendary sire Donor.
Top price of the sale, $5250, was paid by up-and-coming young Tatura breeder Josh Romano for Lot 25, Eclipse Goldchip Darling Imp.
This four-year-old cow was softening to AI sire Alta 1st Class, due on May 12.
Western District breeder Tim Fleming took home the outstanding brood cow Lot 54, Pardee Bolton Pet 2 (Ex 90) for $5000.
Agent Lawrie Flanagan said the sale once again proved that dairymen were prepared to pay for top quality, well-bred, high-production healthy cows.
The sale was conducted by Flanagan Marketing Services and Mulcahy Nelson.