SUNY Cobleskill’s 35th Annual Dairy Fashions Sale, the country’s longest-running collegiate dairy cattle club sale, will kick off the College’s Inaugural week on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The 35th annual sale comes during SUNY Cobleskill’s Centennial Year, and will be followed by a week of events and activities leading up to the Inauguration of Dr. Marion A. Terenzio.
The Dairy Fashions Sale, “Where quality cattle are always in style”, is a high-quality cattle consignment sale organized by more than 50 student members of SUNY Cobleskill’s Dairy Cattle Club. More than 120 lots, from Holsteins and Jerseys to Short Horns, will be groomed, prepped and shown off for buyers all around the state and beyond at the hangar at the College’s Equestrian Center.
During the week preceding the sale, students meet consigners and their cattle, house and care for the animals, including hours of washing and expert clipping to bring the animals to “show and sale quality”. Says Dairy Cattle Club co-advisor Assistant Professor Kim Tarvis about clipping: “top-line blending like this is a true art.” Students also acclimate the animals to walking in a halter and in the show ring.
The sale will be conducted by auctioneer Dave Rama of The Cattle Exchange. Dr. Lynn Geoffroy, Assistant Professor at SUNY Cobleskill, will provide all pre-sale and day-of-sale veterinary documentation. Check out the full sale catalog here.
The public is invited to a pre-sale viewing of the animals Friday, April 1, from 4 to 6 pm.
This year, 120 lots will be offered for sale including: Holstein – 18 fresh cows, 11 bred heifers due before June, 18 bred heifers due after June, 11 R & W Holsteins; color breeds including four Jerseys, two Milking Shorthorn, and two Brown Swiss. Popular cow families include Glenridge Citation Roxy Ex-97, Ms Kingstead Chief Adeen Ex-94, Cookie-Cutter MOM Halo Vg-88, Unique Style Bolton Money Ex-93 will be available.
“The annual Dairy Fashion Sale continues to provide our students with excellent opportunities to partner with leaders in the dairy industry in order to apply marketing, production and showmanship skills of high quality animals,” says Timothy Moore, Dean of the SUNY Cobleskill’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The Dairy Fashions Sale is the Dairy Cattle Club’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds fund trips, community philanthropy, sponsorship of the Dairy Cattle Judging Team and club apparel for members. At the end of this semester, the Dairy Cattle Club will be visiting Canada, including McGill University, area dairy farms, and dairy processing centers in Quebec.