Jersey heifer sells for $9000

Best girl: The top-selling heifer at the Yalcara Jerseys dispersal sale, Yalcara Valentino Silver.

A Valentino heifer topped the dispersal sale of Yalcara Jerseys at Nathalia on September 2.

The two-year-old heifer, presented as lot one in the auction, reached $9000 after spirited bidding and sold to John Brian of Tongala.

The spring in-calf heifer was out of Glenarron Silver 87 EX90 and by All Lynns Louie Valentino.

Happy with the result: Vendor Peter Sprunt with the Jersey heifers sold last week.

The sale was part of a successful second stage dispersal for Peter and Lyn Sprunt, formerly of Katunga. The Yalcara stud was established in 1987.

A David heifer sold for $5250, the daughter of a cow which sold for $9000 at the first dispersal sale.

Another two-year-old, well-pedigreed heifer by Vanahlem sold for $4250 to Pat Nicholson at Girgarre.

Closer look: Casting an eye over the cattle in the pens were Emma Murfitt and Renee Anderson, both form Yarroweyah.

Although only 20 buyers registered in person, a total of 50 people were registered online and buyers were from Queensland, NSW and other parts of Victoria.

Auctioneer Brian Leslie from Dairy Livestock Services said it was a strong result, indicating interest in quality breeding, and the top selling lot was no surprise.

“I wasn’t shocked at all; there were some outstanding cattle,“ he said.

Mr Leslie said this was the second stage dispersal and a number of buyers from last year’s sale, evidently pleased with what they had bought, had returned for more.

He said both sales had offered some outstanding lots.

Mr Sprunt said he was pleased with the results and also happy to see the cattle go to good homes.

The Sprunts’ Katunga farm was sold last year and this sale saw the herd dispersal virtually completed, with only a few yearlings left.

The Sprunts are now living in retirement in Yarrawonga.

New home: This heifer was bought by Pat Nicholson from Girgarre for $4250.

Numurkah stud Dryfield Holsteins, established by Colin Steel, held its dispersal sale on the same day on the Frostick farm in Leaf Rd, Nathalia.

The top lot sold for $7000 and the sale averaged $3400 for in-calf heifers and $2800 for all lots.

More dairy sales news on page 42.