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Top genetics to go under the hammer

By Dairy News

The decision to sell daughters from the very best cow families wasn’t a hard one for Gorbro Holsteins.

Brothers Glen and Drew Gordon decided it was time to share some of the genetics they have spent the past 20 years perfecting in their first invitational sale at Cohuna on Friday, November 3.

“We will have something for everyone — for the serious breeder to the first time buyer,” Glen said.

“Quite often in Australia you have to go to a complete herd dispersal sale to buy someone’s very best. We decided it was time to put some of our finest under the hammer to give others the opportunity to continue to develop what we consider are some of our premium cow families.”

“We have a passion for breeding and some of our cows have six generations of Excellent behind them and make no mistake, we will be selling some of our very best,” Drew said.

The brothers have taken their breeding up a notch over the past 10 years as they have focused on developing high production, functional cows with good fertility.

“Flushing has enabled us to increase numbers from some of our best performing families and it is great to have the opportunity to offer them to other breeders who have the same passion and will continue to develop them in the future,” Glen said.

Sale lots include animals from Gorbros’ show string, International Dairy Week winners, potential bull mothers, heifers in calf to sexed semen and fresh milkers, and include:

• Gorbro Atwood Shimmer: The winning junior three-year-old from the Victorian Winter Fair in Bendigo who comes from Gorbro Sanchez O Shimmer, the reserve champion at the NSW state show.

Gorbro Valbisson Tiffany VG85: At two years with a Balanced Performance Index (BPI) of 275, she is a direct daughter of Gorbro Holsteins’ Australian Cow of the Year finalist, Orchard Vale Informer Tiffany.

Gorbro Solomon Robin: Winner of the All Australian class at IDW 2017 and also winner of the All Australian Photo Competition.

Invitational lots include a Solomon daughter from Elmar Holsteins, Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11, who was reserve champion at IDW. An Awesome daughter from Windy Vale Contender Rose, who was champion cow at IDW, will also go under the hammer, along with a Solomon daughter who was last year’s Semex southern region on-farm challenge champion, Sleepy Hollow Jasper Posey, owned by Oakwood Partnership.

The brothers agree that breeding quality doesn’t come cheap and, while they are in the business of making milk, the stud side has to pay its way.

“We agreed early on selling our best genetics was always going to be part of our business plan and we are actually looking forward to seeing where our cattle go and how they develop in the future,” Glen said.

“It has been a tough few years and we are looking to the future. We have had a lot of interest in the sale and we are certainly looking forward to seeing how it goes.”

Gorbro Holsteins’ won premier breeder and premier exhibitor at Holstein Australia’s annual award dinner in August. (These awards are based on points allocated to each finalist, honourable mention, reserve and winners in each category.)

The on-farm sale will be held at Gorbro Holsteins on Friday, November 3 at 244 Majors Rd, Cohuna. Lots will be available for viewing and the sale gets under way at noon.

Flannigan Marketing Services will be putting the cows through the ring and there will be on-site catering on the day.

For more information, phone Glen Gordon on 0408 244 812.