A five year-old pedigree Holstein Friesian cow is believed to have set a New Zealand record when it sold for $28,500 at the Southern Gold Medal Sale in Gore.
Taieri dairy farmers Nathan and Amanda Bayne, of the Henley Farming Company on the Taieri Plains, sold a two-third share in Holstein Friesian cow Busy Brook AP Rana for $28,500 to Australian dairy farmers Peter and Jessica Fullerton.
Sale manager Bruce Eade said it was the highest price paid for a Holstein Friesian cow this year, eclipsing the price of $24,000 paid for a Holstein Friesian cow at the Royal Presentation sale in Cambridge in June.
''It's quite possibly a New Zealand record.
''She's an exceptional cow and we thought she'd get close to $20,000,'' he said.
Mr Eade said Busy Brook AP Rana was the complete package and had excellent production figures.
She had produced 749kg of milk solids for 281 days in milk at almost four years of age which equated to more than 2.6kg of milk solids a day during the season.
At her last protein herd test in April was 5.04 per cent.
More than 200 registered buyers attended the Southern Gold Medal Sale, which was hosted by the Southland branch of Holstein Friesian New Zealand, at the Gore A&P Showgrounds last Wednesday.
A total of 25 lots were sold at auction by Brian Robinson Livestock including heifer calves, yearling heifers, in-calf heifers, cows, an unborn calf and several lots of embryos.
The average sale price was $7228.
Mr Eade said the sale animals were of high quality and there was something to suit everyone's tastes.
''There were a lot of show type animals for purchase,'' he said.
Australian dairy farmers Peter and Jessica Fullerton, who milk 500 cows at Warrnambool, near Victoria, had attended the sale after celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary in Queenstown.
They were unable to take Busy Brook home because of export regulations so she would be flushed for embryos and remain with the Baynes who still owned a one-third share.
''She's got an aggressive look about her that says get out of my way - I'm going to make milk,'' Mr Fullerton said.
Mr Fullerton said he hoped he would have Busy Brook's progeny on the ground in the 2014 spring.
''She's got everything we're trying to improve on - fertility, mastitis resistance and longevity.''
Other top cow prices were $10,000 for both a Rivendell cow and a Kuana Dairy cow and $9100 for a Karatane cow while a Rivendell yearling heifer also sold for $10,000.
Middlevale sold the top heifer calf for $2600 while Semex NZ sold the highest priced embryos for $1900 each.
- The Southland Times