Dairy

Kyabram breeders disperse herd

By Alana Christensen

Kyabram breeders Graeme and Bev Joiner have registered a strong result at the complete dispersal of their spring calving herd, registering an average of $2025 and a top price of $7700.

Kyabram All Australian Show Grand Champion Holstein, Best Udder and Supreme Champion Dairy Cow All Breeds, Coldara Planet Porscha, was a standout on the day, purchased by Attunga’s Steven Coombes for the top price.

With buyers from across northern Victoria, Kerang, Gippsland, southern Riverina and northern NSW, auctioneer Brian Leslie said the auction delivered some strong results.

‘‘We’re very happy with how it went, given the current climate and the season we were delighted with how the auction progressed,’’ Mr Leslie said.

‘‘We think they’ll perform very well for their new owners.’’

The complete dispersal sale of Coldara Holsteins’ spring calving herd follows the complete dispersal sale of the autumn calving herd earlier this year.

After decades in the business, Mr Joiner said the sale was a bittersweet day.

‘‘There’s a lot of mixed emotions,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been the culmination of pretty near 50 years of breeding ... The pleasing thing is it’s not only the people in the industry and the cows we breed, it’s the common interest and the friendships we’ve made all the way through.’’

Mrs Joiner said given the tough conditions and current milk and water prices, they were pleased with the results and happy to see the cows go to good homes.

Toolamba’s Andrew Ferguson was a volume buyer on the day, snapping up 13 first calf heifers.

Kerang’s L. Proud was another strong buyer, purchasing Coldara Monterey Brailly, Coldara Bradnick Brolo and Coldara Contrast Brae for a combined $10400.