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Cobleskill students orchestrate another winning sale

The Dairy Fashion Sale is the longest running student-assisted sale in the United States

COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- A huge crowd of over 400 attended the 33rd Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashions Sale held here on the college campus on Saturday, April 5. An average of $2560 was realized on 95 full lots for a sale gross of $247,375. Holsteins, Jerseys, Guernseys, Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorns were all offered in the sale, held in the hangar guest stables building at the Equestrian Center, next to the dairy barn. The consignmants came primarily from the Northeast. with a few from Canada.

“The students at Cobleskill had the cattle looking fantastic and had selected a tremendous group of 21 young cows and a really nice cross section of calves and yearlings,” praised Auctioneer Dave Rama. Marybeth Shults and Ashley Howlett acted as sale co-chairs and had the sale well organized.

The Dairy Fashion Sale is the longest running student-assisted sale in the United States, organized by the SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club. The high-end cattle consignment sale, “where quality cattle are always in style,” had approximately 45 of the Club’s 85 members participate in the sale, spending the entire week preparing the cattle—washing them, feeding them, milking them, and grazing them—according to Samantha Hayes, president of the Dairy Cattle Club and a senior graduating in May of this year.

Topping the sale at $7000 was the fancy Jersey heifer from Prokop’s sired by Hired Gun and out of the EX-95% Veronicas Dasher, the Reserve All-American Senior 2-Year Old in 2009 and with 1595 pounds of butterfat to her credit. Woodcrest Dairy was the final bidder on this stunning heifer due in October.

Tyler Hymers took home Lot 38, a finely-uddered Durham Ross daughter milking over 110 pounds from the world famous Frantisco family of Quality Holsteins in Canada. The price was $6400.

Lot 16, a fancy, Red December Contender calf from the Roxies sold to Michael and Laura Rammer of Wisconsin for $4550.

A total of nearly $3.65 million in gross receipts has now been generated from the series of sales, supporting over 120,000 scholarships and partial sponsorship of the dairy judging team, which allowed them to travel to Scotland last year.

John Tryon (“JT”), who has been educating young men and women both inside and outside of the classroom for more than 32 years, has advised the Dairy Cattle Club, coached numerous dairy judging teams to victory, and taken students on field study trips to Holland, England, France, and Canada, as well as 10 states. In April 2013, friends and alumni set up a scholarship fund in his name, with a kickoff at the 32nd annual sale. The scholarship was initiated to recognize returning students perusing a career in the dairy industry. Alumni and farmers offered to donate a calf for sale with proceeds from that sale adding to the scholarship fund.

A dinner on campus was held in honor of Professor Tryon’s retirement on the night before the sale.The sale was managed by The Cattle Exchange with Dave Rama handling the gavel, Horace Backus reading pedigrees, and a ring staff consisting of Don Welk, Jason Lloyd, Duane Conant and John Tryon.

“Congratulations to all the students and faculty of SUNY Cobleskill on an outstanding sale and a job, very well done,” concluded Auctioneer Dave Rama.