ULUPNA PASTORAL Company, Coppertree Farms, Flanagan Marketing Services and Woodlawn Holsteins teamed up to purchase the cow as part of International Dairy Week’s World Wide Sires Evolution Sale bushfire appeal auction.
The syndicate donated $50 000 to the Salway family, from Cobargo, and BlaizeAid, before World Wide Sires chipped in with a further $15 000.
Flanagan Marketing Services director Lawrie Flanagan said the main reason for the purchase was to donate to the cause.
"The main reason was the donation," he said.
"There’s not many cows worth $50 000.
"We’re happy to be involved and help a worthy cause.
"If we make money out of it, it will be a bonus."
Mr Flanagan said they syndicate would pick out a good cow, with good index, type and pedigree and hopefully it will work out over time.
Once chosen, the cow will call Finley’s Woodlawn Holsteins home.
After the bushfire appeal sale, it was Lot 7 — Cypress Grove V3 Ronimo Tiffany — that topped the World Wide Sires Evolution Sale after it sold for $12 000.
The top-priced cow was owned by the Jones family, from Foster, and was sold to Emu Banks Holsteins, from Terang.
Mr Leslie said he expected Cypress Grove V3 Ronimo Tiffany to top the sale.
“Yeah, I actually did (think it would sell for that much),” he said.
“She was number 17 BPI heifer in Australia and the Jones family sold her — it’s the first time they’ve sold at IDW.
“Like every sale you do, there’s bargains in it but overall I think it was a very successful sale.”
The sale saw 31 Holstein cattle sell at an average price of $5295 and was conducted by Dairy Livestock Services.
The same sale in 2019 topped at $16 000, and averaged $6990 in 2018.