FREDERICK, Md. — The Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf Sale marked it’s 39th anniversary April 20 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. The sale attracted breeders from seven states, with the 33 head averaging $1,971.
Anthony Pacheco of Kerman, Calif., paid the top price of $8,700 for the fall calf Cutting Edge TA Ryetta ET, consigned by Ken Main and Peter Vail of Copake, N.Y. Ryetta is backed by five generations of excellent dams and five consecutive generations of national show winners, including four All-Americans.
The second highest seller of the day was Glad Ray Tanbark Salsa, a December calf consigned by Glad Ray Farm, Kathy Whitman, and Chris and Jen Hill, of Thurmont, Md. Salsa was purchased by Scott Hood and David Eigenbrode of Middletown, Md., for $7,800.
The third high-selling animal, Top Acres Bonanza Garnet, sold to Antonio Moreno of Texas for $4,500. The fall calf was consigned by Wayne Sliker of St. Paris, Ohio.
The fourth high-seller, the fall calf Old Mill Lance Shine ET consigned by Allen Bassler and Hillpoint Partners of Rectortown, Va., sold for $4,100 to Bassler and Richard Fiddler of Upperville, Va.
Blessing Oakview Dancer Gal, a fall show calf consigned by Blessing Farms and Brian Lennon of Fort Wayne, Ind., sold for $3,700 to Steve Watts of Killbuck, Ohio.
The Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf Sale is managed by the Maryland Brown Swiss Association and is the major fundraiser for supporting shows, youth programs, scholarships and sponsorships.
The auctioneer for the sale was Denny Remsburg. Wayne Sliker read pedigrees. Brown Swiss members and junior members helped in the barn and on sale day. The animals were prepared by Darin Sentelle and Jeffrey Hubbard. Allen Bassler helped in the ring, and Jennifer Hill and Kathy Whitman clerked the sale.
For more information on the Maryland Brown Swiss Association, visit www.marylandbrownswiss.org and check them out on Facebook.