Supreme Champion breaks Brown Swiss record in top sales
BELOIT, Wis. — Dubbed as ‘The Sale of the Century,’ the Elite Dairy’s complete herd dispersal on Sept. 4, 2019, in Copake Falls, N.Y., held true to its advertising as cattle sales broke National Brown Swiss records.
The 155 head of registered Brown Swiss Dairy Cattle sold as the Elite Dairy Partnership of Ken Main and Peter Vail and their Cutting Edge prefix dissolved after 16 years. The popularity of the Brown Swiss, second most popular breed of dairy cattle in the world with a population of over 5 million, was evident with 72 buyers coming from 20 states and three providences in Canada to attend the event. The average price of the cattle selling was $8,948. Sale Manager Wayne Sliker reports there were 433 registered bidders for the auction which confirms the tremendous interest in the Cutting Edge genetics.
The day started with a real “bang” as the 2018 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion, Cutting Edge T Delilah, entered the ring to begin the sale. Delilah broke the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association’s top selling cow list with a price tag of $210,000. The buyers of Delilah are a new partnership of Ken Main and a Kentucky physician, Dr. Kenny Joe Manion. Delilah is only the second Brown Swiss cow in the World Dairy Expo’s 52-year history to be awarded the Supreme Overall Champion in the Open Show and the Supreme Champion in the Junior Show. Delilah is the fourth Brown Swiss to hold the Supreme Champion title in the World Dairy Expo’s history. Delilah has been classified at a 2E95/95m, the highest score available and she is matched with only six other Brown Swiss cows in the United States.
This new partnership of Main and Manion also bought the Brown Swiss’ second highest selling cow, Cutting Edge Thunder Faye, a 2E93 classified cow for $175,000. Faye was Reserve Grand Champion Brown Swiss at the 2017 World Dairy Expo.
Elite Dairy has earned Premier Exhibitor honors at World Dairy Expo for the last 13 years. They have had five champions awarded at World Dairy Expo and have been named Premier Breeder three times. For more information about Brown Swiss Cattle, visit http://www.brownswissusa.com. ❖
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