Visitors to the Mighty Waikato during the Holstein Friesian New Zealand annual conference enjoyed being hosted at the Don Rowlands centre at the home of rowing, Lake Karapiro. The Elite Genetics Sale, held 27 June, offered a range of genetics to suit any farming situation and breeding style.
The top lot to sell, out of the 15 lots sold, was an unborn calf from two of the top index cow families in New Zealand. The calf, sired by HSS Mint Limmo-ET out of Busy Brook Rod Rave S3F VG85 sold for $9,700. Rod Rave is daughter to the well-known brood dam Busy Brook Geris Rave S2F VG85. Limmo is an young bull that also descends from a great cow family that has its roots in Holland. His dam Waipiri Oman Liza-ET VG89 completed her five-year-old lactation in 2011/12 producing 13,691 litres, 467kg (3.4%) protein and 435kg (3.2%) fat in 305 days. With the combination of these two top families the calf has a predicted Breeding Worth of 253.
The second top lot to sell was yearling heifer Muritai Mints Willette-ET who sold for $7,600. Like the previous lot, Willette also descends from a well established family that has produced a number of sons for the AB industry. The Mint-Edition daughter promises to be an incredible protein producer with great index.
The third highest lot was Culglen Bonza Beauty S3F, a yearling heifer who sold for $7,000. Beauty has been genomically screened by LIC and also holds a contract mating.