Blue Halter Sale Sets All-Time High Average

4/27/2013 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

Pa. Guernsey Breeders Honor Farmers, Youth

BEDFORD, Pa. — Last weekend had a family reunion feel as Guernsey breeders from Pennsylvania and surrounding states gathered in Bedford for the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association’s annual meeting and 34th annual Blue Halter Sale.

The sale averaged $3,681 on 52 registered females, breaking the all-time high sale average, according to PBGA business manager Jim Trotter.

“The sale this year was an exciting affirmation of the demand and excitement in the Guernsey breed right now,” said American Guernsey Association Executive Secretary Seth Johnson. “The offering was one of the largest and fanciest the sale has ever seen and the prices reflected that.”

The top selling heifer was Warwick Manor Caden Sexy, a September 2012 heifer. Joe Piskorowski of Ithaca, N.Y., purchased her for $10,500.

There was a tie for the second highest selling animal with two $7,000 bids.

The first was Coulee Crest Fame Jayden, a December 2012 heifer consigned by Coulee Crest Farm from Wisconsin. She was purchased by John Kuszlyk of Batavia, N.Y.

The second was Walnut Corner Fame Kay, sold by Walnut Corner Farm of Bismarck, Ill. The June 2012 heifer was purchased by Ray and Kay Lindsey of Oakwood, Ohio.

“Heifers and cows from some of the top cow families in the nation were in demand from the huge crowd in attendance,” Johnson said. “This sale has become a must-attend event for Guernsey enthusiasts from all over the East Coast and Midwest.”

In addition to Guernsey cows, breeders celebrated the accomplishments of their adult and junior members. Friday evening was the association banquet at Slick’s Ivy Stone Restaurant, Osterburg.

Jim Sharp, livestock manager for the All-American Dairy Show, reminded the 125-plus banquet attendees to mark their calendars to attend the 50th anniversary show in September.

Sharp also congratulated two of the Guernsey farm families on achieving the distinction of showing at all 50 shows, the Snider family of Snider Homestead Farm of New Enterprise, Pa., and the McMurray and Marchezak families of Twin Brook Farm of Bentleyville, Pa.

“This year, there are so many extra things happening at the show,” he said.

If they had not attended the show in a few years, this would be a year to return, Sharp told the audience. Several new items will include the National Dairy Shrine Banquet, a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet and several new awards, including a supreme champion best bred and owned.

He also announced that the All-American Dairy Foundation has started a “cull cow campaign” so farmers can donate the proceeds from the sale of a cull cow to the foundation for a matching fund program.

Lena Aiken, the 2012 Pennsylvania Guernsey queen, crowned her successor, Bethany Trotter, as the 2013 queen.

Aiken will be completing her last year as a junior Guernsey breeder member, and said, “Every year has been a journey not to be forgotten.”

“Pennsylvania Guernsey breeders are one big family,” said PBGA board member Kevin Stoltzfus. He also recognized the visiting breeders form states across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

The association also celebrated accomplishments of its other members by presenting several production and All-Pennsylvania awards.

Saturday morning, junior members presented their speeches, earned awards for display boards and awaited the announcement of the state quiz bowl teams.

“Quiz bowl was really tough this year,” said youth director Melissa Kohler.

She said the placings were so tight, it was decided to take a team of four, plus an alternate, to the national convention. The final team would be selected at a later date.

Award winners for the adult and junior association are as follows.

All-Pennsylvania Open Class

Spring Calf, Warwick Manor A Cuddles, Karli Stoltzfus

Winter Calf, Misty Meadows Boomer Jute, Beth Anne Clark

Fall Calf, Warwick Manor Adacka Shelby, Kaila Stoltzfus

Summer Yearling, Trotacre Special B Tess, Cara Trotter

Spring Yearling, Sinders Kringle Brooklyn, Chase Cessna

Winter Yearling, Twin Brook Bently Sadie, Grace Marchezak

Fall Yearling, Siders Barney Avalynn, Allie Snider

Junior 2-Year-Old, Warwick Manor Adacka Babe, Kaila Stoltzfus

Senior 2-Year-Old, Warwick Manor Chase Silk, Clayton Lehman

Junior 3-Year-Old, Warwick Manor Alymos Selma, Kevin and Dina Stoltzfus

Senior 3-Year-Old, Maple Bottom Royalty Puce-ET, Shelby Hawkins

4-Year-Old, Misty Meadows MP Sadie Hawkin, Beth Anne Clark

5-Year-Old, Sniders Adacka Hummer, Snider Homestead Farm

6-Year-Old and Older, Sniders Dollar Adeline, Snider Homestead Farm

Best Bred and Owned, Warwick Manor Alymos Selma, Kevin and Dina Stoltzfus

Open Class <\n>Production Awards

2-Year-Old, Sniders Royalty Wonder, Sniders Homestead Farm

3-Year-Old, Ripley Farms Nash Coni Shey, Kyle Bonavita

4-Year-Old, Sniders Atticus Aleana, Scott and Elsie Wolff

5-Year-Old and over, Trotacre Tiller Brenna, Trotacre Farm

High Herd: Troctacre Farm

High Cow: Ripley Farms Nash Coni Shey, Kyle Bonavita

Junior All-Pennsylvania

Spring Calf, Warwick Manor A Cuddles, Karli Stoltzfus

Winter Calf, Ealy Highland Cordell Jingles, Conner Ealy

Fall Calf, Warwick Manor Adacka Shelby, Kaila Stoltzfus

Summer Yearling, Trotacre Special B Tess, Cara Trotter

Spring Yearling, Sinders Kringle Brooklyn, Chase Cessna

Winter Yearling, Twin Brook Bently Sadie, Grace Marchezak

Fall Yearling, Siders Barney Avalynn, Allie Snider

Junior 2-Year-Old, Warwick Manor Adacka Babe, Kaila Stoltzfus

Senior 2-Year-Old, Warwick Manor Chase Silk, Clayton Lehman

Senior 3-Year-Old, Maple Bottom Royalty Puce-ET, Shelby Hawkins

4-Year-Old, Den Be Mr. America Zazzle, Cassandra Musser

5-Year-Old, Three Brooks Hawk Dancer, Tanner Walason

6-Year-Old and Older, Rutter Bros C Tur Dazzle, Cassandra Musser

Best Bred and Owned, Warwick Manor Chase Rosette, Kaila Stoltzfus

Junior Production Awards

2-Year-Old, Faria Farms Messenger Roxy, Cara Trotter

3-Year-Old, Trotacre Dallas Nichola, Bethany Trotter

4-Year-Old, Warwick Showtime Rozana, Karli Stoltzfus

5-Year-Old, Rutter Bros. Sharps Lady, Kaila Stoltzfus

Junior Contest Awards

Senior Quiz Bowl Team: Cassie Musser, Cassandra Crone, Clayton Lehman, Kyle Sollenberger, Samantha Klingler

Junior Quiz Bowl Team: Amber Kirk, Daylan Ealy, McKenzie Blatt, Ayla Blatt, Jacob Poole

Outstanding Guernsey Girl

Sandra Krone

Outstanding Guernsey Boy

Clayton Lehman

Public Speaking

Junior: 1. Ayla Blatt

Intermediate: 1. Cara Trotter

Senior: 1. Bethany Trotter

Display Board Contest

Junior: 1. Christa Ealy

Intermediate: 1. Adrian Whittling

Senior: 1. Shelby Hawkins


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