May 23, 2009 - Starmark Farm - Wooster, Ohio
Sale Gross: $1,002,925.00 on 116 Head of Brown Swiss - Holsteins - Red & White
46 full lots of Brown Swiss averaged $7804.35
Tied for High Seller at $35,000
 Tied for High Seller at $35,000
Left to right: Wayne E. Sliker, pedigrees; Peter Vail, buyer; Steve Andrews, auctioneer; Brook Run Legacy Flyhi, tied for high seller at $35,000; Chris Lahmers, leadsman; Cindy Warner, breeder of Flyhi and purchaser of Flyhi's March 2009 heifer calf for $19,000; Ken Main, buyer; and Brian Garrison, ringman.
Left to right: Brian Garrison, ringman; Ken Main and Peter Vail, buyers; Steve Andrews, auctioneer; Old Mill P Grace ET, tied for high seller at $35,000; Heather Yoder, leadsman; Allen Bassler, Jr., Allen Bassler, consignors; Wayne E. Sliker, pedigrees and Tammy Bassler, consignor.
Selling for $19,500
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Left to right: Brian Garrison, sale crew, Amy Dudte, sale host; Peter Vail, consignor; Cutting Edge W Alecia ET, who sold for $19,500; Kevin Winters, leadsman; Wayne E. Sliker, pedigrees; Ken Main, consignor; Steve Andrews, auctioneer.

Thanks to Dean and Martha Davis and Amy Dudte for sponsoring, hosting and supporting this class event. We were honored to be part of the exceptional sale. The preparation, presentation and ambitious selling force included many of the best in the business. We thank them one and all. Included in the front (kneeling) are two "wannabee" cowboys that longed to see if a white hat would change their image. They do look good with a Swiss calf!

Another high quality presentation of Brown Swiss took place Memorial Day Weekend at Wooster, Ohio. The attractive Starmark Farm setting provided staging for a great lineup of deep-pedigreed, eye pleasing cattle of all ages. Buyers from 10 states, British Columbia and Manitoba, Canada as well as Great Britain took advantage of the outstanding quality offered.

Two cows tied for top Brown Swiss at $35,000.00

Round Hill Legacy Flyhi ET was recently scored "E91/92MS" for consignors Richard Martin and David Kulp and looked every point of it. She attracted much pre-sale interest, but in the end it settled into a three way duel for ownership with Ken Main and Peter Vail adding her to their Elite Dairy herd in Copake, NY for the final bid of $35,000. Dr. Kenny Manion, Scottsville, Kentucy was the final contender. Her March 2009 Power Surge heifer calf followed mama in the ring and kept pace with a final bid of $19,000 from Cindy Warner, Round Hill Acres, breeder of Flyhi.

Old Mill JP Grace ET "VG89/90MS-1st calf" started the Bown Swiss portion of the sale off with a bang and also sold to Elite Dairy for $35,000. A two time All American Nominee, Grace was just one week fresh and looks like she is ready to continue or better her winning ways this year and beyond. The Basslers of Old Mill Farm, Rectortown, Virginia consigned Grace, a special 30,200m Jet Pilot from 5 generations of "Ex" dams.

Next in line on the top sellers' list - Cutting Edge W Alecia ET is an extra fancy summer yearling prospect by Wonderment and from Timberline Denmark Angela "2E94/39,531m" selling for $19,500. This time Ken Main and Peter Vail were on the selling end of the deal for their Elite Dairy and the sharp buyer was Rejean Mathys of Wawanessa, Manitoba, Canada.

Another going to Canada, Shen Val Denver Tulip ET, is a promising show type Denver fall calf from the 2x National Total Performance Winner - GS Ensign Tootie "3E94/44,560m". This fancy show prospect provided active bidding with a final price tag of $19,000. Tulip will make her new home with the outstanding Bradner Farms string from the Donaldsons in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Tulip's consignors were Hillpoint Partners and Wayne E. Sliker, Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Number 1 in the catalog and top on several shopping lists, Springhill First Wish brought in $16,500 for her consignors, Blessing Farms, Garrison Bros., Marlin Gaff and Bob Osborn, Fort Wayne, Indiana. This fancy uddered and milky junior two year old was taken by the hosts Starmark Farm and KI-JA-MAR Farm, Wooster, Ohio.

Blessing Vigor Adison ET was the highest ranked PPR calf registered for 2008 and provided solid international interest, although her final bidder was Nor-Bert Farms, Bremen, Indiana at $15,000. Blessing Farms, Fort Wayne, Indiana consigned this great genetic opportunity.

The Snapshots at Starmark Sale was hosted by Starmark Farm, Dean and Martha Davis and Amy Dudte, at their immaculate farmstead north of Wooster, Ohio. MD-Hillbrook, Chris and Jennifer Hill, managed the event with Moden Associates and Brian Garrison assisting. A large sales force worked the entire sale with Wayne E. Sliker on the Swiss pedigrees and Steve Andrews as the Swiss auctioneer with Norman Nabholz and Chris Hill selling the Holsteins and the Red & Whites. Scott Hussey and his crew expertly provided cattle preparation for the large offering.



Forest Lawn PJS Shine ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,500
Buyer: True Farms, Inc., Perry, NY
Consignor: Forest Lawn LLC, Wausau, WI

Top Acres M Star Suellen ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,500
Buyer: Fred Mathys, Wawanessa, MB, Canada
Consignor: Sliker/Manion, St. Paris, OH

B C K Parker Cocca Puff ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Buyer: Starmark Farm, Wooster, OH
Consignor: Starmark/Mairs/Yoder, Wooster, OH

Iroquois Acres Patience ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,000
Buyer: Bradner Farms, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Consignor: Stephanie Ouellette, Bridport, VT

Old Mill Agenda Twix ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,900
Buyer: Larry and Beanie Hill, Falconer, NY
Consignor: Doug and Jody Fairbanks, Anamosa, IA

Thane Musics Zeus Mariah ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $7,900
Buyer: John West, Great Britain
Consignor: Olson Dairy, Spring Valley, MN