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PENNSYLVANIA GUERNSEYS
Sale of 57 head averaged $3855; top was $13,700

THE PENNSYLVANIA GUERNSEY BREEDERS ASSOCIATION’s Blue Halter Sale on April 26th was another one for the record books with 57 head averaging $3855. Pictured here is the top seller from Snider Homestead Farm. The senior 2-year old sold for $13,700 to Melinda Rushing of Oklahoma. Pictured, left to right, are: Brad and Berneta Gable with their granddaughters Blair and Bella Gable, representing Snide Homestead Farm, New Enterprise; Kyle Sollenberger on the halter, Jim Trotter, PGBA business manager; 2014 Pennsylvania Guernsey Queen Cassandra Musser, Blaine Crosser, ringman. Auctioneer Mike Weimer is in the box. Photo by Melissa Kohler

By MELISSA KOHLER
Special for Farmshine

BEDFORD, Pa. -- The 35th Annual Blue Halter Sale of the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders’ Association started off with a bang on Saturday, April 26, here at the Bedford County Fairgrounds when the first lot to enter the ring sold for $10,000. The strong bidding continued throughout the afternoon to average $3855 on 57 live animals. Bidding was supported by a large crowd from as far as Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, and Ontario.

The sale started with three fall calves hailing from three of the nation’s premier Guernsey herds. Clark and Joy Vilter’s September 28, 2013 daughter of 95-point Four Winds Destiny Child and great-granddaughter of 96-point Westlynn Tom Dee, started the sale with a final bid of $10,000 to be the second highest animal in the sale. Four Winds DC Charisma-ET sold to Kyle Bonavita, of Meshoppen, Pa.

Cedar Fringed Altann’s great-granddaughter from Sniders Homestead Farm followed selling for $6300 to Mary Kirk of Peach Bottom, Pa. To round out the trio of fall calves, Trotacre Farm’s Yogi Bear daughter out of the 91-point 2013 Jr. All-American 2-year-old also sold to Mary Kirk for $5500.

To top the sale, a senior 2-year-old from Sniders Homestead sold for $13,700 to Melinda Rushing of Yukon, Okla. Sniders Super Lux Andee, backed by a Very Good dam and 93-point granddam, was ready for the show ring selling fresh and open.

The third highest animal sold for $8400 to Spring Hill Farm of Ohio. Maplehurst YB Mercy consigned by Ken and Chris Forester of Lynden, Ontario, was the first place senior 2-year old at the 2013 Canadian National Show.

The Blue Halter Sale is managed by the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association in conjunction with the American Guernsey Association’s Guernsey Marketing Service. Chris Reichard’s sale crew had the animals looking sharp for sale day. Mike Weimer of Emlenton, Pa. was the auctioneer with Dave Smith reading pedigrees. Kevin Stoltzfus, Chris Reichard, and Blaine Crosser worked the ring taking bids while Brian Schnebly worked the phones. John and Patty McMurray clerked the sale.