Celebrating a Time-honored Tradition, the 34th Annual Dairy Fashion Sale a Great Success

By Danielle Sweetser

SUNY Cobleskill celebrated a long-standing tradition on March 28, 2015, welcoming guests to the 34th Annual Dairy Fashion Sale at the College’s Hanger Stables. The longest running student-assisted sale in the United States, SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club members actively participate in all aspects of the event, from preparation – washing, clipping, feeding, milking and grazing the cattle – to showing the cattle to judges and auctioneers at the event itself. 109 lots were sold at the 34th Annual Dairy Fashion Sale, raising an impressive $253,670.00 for Dairy Cattle Club activities and campus scholarships for students pursing degrees in the Animal Science programs.

“We’re proud of the great success of our longest-standing tradition, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary during our Centennial year. Our annual Dairy Fashion Sale exemplifies our motto: real life, real learning,” said Lois Goblet, Chief Advancement Officer at SUNY Cobleskill.

At an average of $2,395.00, 102 live lots and 7 embryo lots were sold to buyers. The top seller was Lot 36, a choice of 2 high genomic females consigned by Fairmont Farm of East Montpelier, VT. The GTPI of the calves were +2483 and +2509, sired by Bombero from Moonboy dam and was purchased by Woodcrest Dairy of Lisbon, NY for $4,500.00.

The second high seller went for $4,250.00 and was a beautiful red and white Holstein, 2 years of age, consigned by SUNY Cobleskill alum, Christoper Curtiss of Chebanse, IL. The cow was sired by Mazda and the dam was a VG87 Advent.

A spring yearling consigned by Arethusa Farm in Litchfield , CT commanded third high selling price of $4,200.00. The stylish black heifer was purchased by Doug Lempke, Chilton, WI. The dam of this heifer scored EX92 and was sold in 2012 for $80,000.00. She is followed by 10 generations of VG or EX dams.

The protein breeds sold well too. High selling Jersey was a bred heifer and brought $3,400.00 for consignor Paul Chittenden of Schodack Landing, NY. The high Brown Swiss, a summer yearling, was purchased for $3,400.00 and consigned by Arethusa Farm. Another summer yearling was the high selling Milking Shorthorn and was consigned by GMC Farm of Cornish Flat, NH and brought $3,100.00.

New to the Dairy Fashion Cattle Sale at SUNY Cobleskill was the implementation of online bidding through COWbuyer.com. Purchasing via online bidding, 18 animals were acquired by Sexing Technologies in South Charleston, OH.