WA dairy breeders Lou, Maria, Leon and Kerry Giglia, Ponderosa Holstein stud, Dardanup, sold the second top price female at the Semex Spectacular Holstein sale during the International Dairy Week in Victoria last week, with their red and white Holstein heifer Ponderosa SS Jodie-Imp-ET-R fetching $33,000.
The April 2009 drop heifer, which was out of the world renowned Jodie family of the Fradon stud, Canada, was imported as an embryo by the Giglia family.
Leon said that he was pleased with the outcome of the sale.
"We were very happy with the result," he said. "It was also particularly pleasing for us to see the heifer being purchased by the same people who bought her half sister for the same price at last year's sale.
"In addition to this, it was also of great interest to see how active Japan was in the sale; and in particular Sojitz, Japan, the losing bidders on our heifer."
Buyers Greg and Michelle Anderson, Sun Vale Holstein stud, Gin Gin, Queensland, said that they were very happy to have secured another female of this particular cow family.
"The Jodie family of females are notably regarded as the best red Holstein genetics in the world," they said.
"We purchased her half sister last year for $33,000 also and we are happy to add her sibling, who is just as good, to our stud.
"We are anticipating her first naturally born calf this year."
The heifer they purchased was sired by Pursuit September Storm ET-RC-TL-TV EX and out of Fradon R Mark Jodie-R EX91-2E.
Also selling a female in the sale for good money was Victor Rodwell, Acero Holstein stud, Boyanup, who sold Acero Roumare Rae for $5000 to LE Moxey, Newington Holstein stud, NSW.
The overall sale result set a new Australasian record which saw 46 head all sell to average $9146 and gross $429,850 across the board.