A genomically-elite yearling heifer was the highest selling lot at the Manawatu 2022 Elite Genetics Sale held at Manfeild Park Stadium in Feilding on June 22.
Lot 3, Lightburn Octave Vela S3F, bred by Lightburn Holstein Friesians, sold for $20,000 to a Canterbury-based partnership.
Vela is an outstanding animal for her age. With an Udder Overall score of 0.91, she was doubly bred to the Sunrise family through Retro and Bonax and outcrossed to Octave, a HFNZ Genetic Leaders sire out of a Supersire dam. This combination has provided an outstanding genomic result.
Held as part of the 2022 Holstein Friesian NZ Conference, the Elite Genetics Sale offered 29 lots from a variety New Zealand and overseas genetics, showcasing the diversity and depth of cow families that the Holstein Friesian breed has to offer.
The second highest price was Lot 11, in-calf cow Kailey Tatoo Julia, bred by the Kailey/Hukaview Partnership. The 2019-born cow was sold for $14,000.
The third highest price was Lot 5, yearling heifer Lightburn MSA Gwen-ET S2F, bred by Lightburn Holstein Friesians. She was sold for $10,700.
The auction was facilitated by PGG Wrightson’s Jamie Cunninghame and Andrew Reyland and was hosted by bidr® as a hybrid auction, with online bidding and a livestream available on sale day.