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BROWN SWISS CALF SALE
Mid-Atlantic 40th sale/celebration was a topper

THE 40th ANNIVERSARY SALE of the Mid-Atlantic Brown Swiss Sale series was a real topper, setting the highest-ever average. Pictured are the sale crew, members and juniors, adults and sale personnel who helped make the 40th anniversary sale a real success. Kneeling in the front are Alex Beard on the left and Cassidy Schirmer on the right. They purchased the top sellers in the sale. Behind them in the first row are, from left: Cindy Warner, Kayla Lenhart, Jonathan Hubbard, Joshua Hubbard, Justin Butcher, and Harold Long. Same order in the back row are: Allen Bassler, Ronnie Heffner, Darren Sentelle, Jeff Hubbard, Nathan Rhoderick, Jeffrey Hubbard, Cheryl Lenhart, Patty Hubbard, and Mark Butcher. In the box: Wayne Sliker on the left and Dennis Remsburg. “Many thanks to them all ... it was a great team effort!” declared Cindy Warner

By Cynthia L. Warner
Special for Farmshine

FREDERICK, Md. -- The 40th anniversary of the Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf Sale rose to the occasion and posted its best sale average ever. Held here at the Frederick Fairgrounds on April 19, the celebration sale averaged $2822 on 29 head. But that’s just a part of the story.

What made the Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss crowd even happier is that two Junior members of their Association purchased the two top sellers, both of which went for $5300.

One was Lot 3, Top Acres HP Gala ETV, a stylish, and high level offering from the popular Bo Joy Ensign Gloria (2E-93). This fancy September 2013 Supreme got a lot of attention. A packed pedigree from the Gredel family, a full sister to the GPS bull at Select, this heifer is ready to show and has the trade mark dark brown color the family is known for. Glossy sold to Cassidy Shirmer of Galena, Md., and was the consignment of Wayne Sliker, St. Paris, Ohio.

The other top heifer at $5300 was Lot 44, Cutting Edge HP Beauty ET. Sired by Chilli Pepper, and out of Forest Lawn Anthem Busy (3E- 94). This big and “ready to show” September 2013 heifer sold to Alex Beard, Mt. Airy, Md., and was consigned by Ken Main and Peter Vail, Copake, N.Y.

Cassidy and Alex were described as possessing a keen interest in the Brown Swiss breed and being very helpful with the sale. Cassidy is a member of the national winning 4-H dairy judging team from Maryland that’s going to Europe this June. “It is a special moment to see our Maryland Juniors excel and buy the top calves at this year's sale. I know they saved up for this special day. And they were successful and I wish them the best with these outstanding heifers!” observed sale co-chair Cindy Warner.

Good weather and good people helped lead up to this special celebratory day as the attendance was strong with many repeat buyers, but also greeting new Brown Swiss enthusiasts, young and old. It was also a special event where 40 years of this sale saw multiple generations of Maryland family Brown Swiss breeders helping with the sale. There were fathers, sons and daughters, grandchildren -- several families with this combination involved with the sale. Names that people would recognize are: Bassler, Longs, Smiths, Siglers, Buralls, Cullers, Keilholtz -- just to name a few of the founding families.

In its early years, the sale was hosted on the farms of Brown Swiss breeders, usually in a machine shed or a similar building on the farm. Wayne Sliker, pedigree man, who has a history of being associated with the sale for all these years, recalls one the of the first sales at Swissvale Farm, Westminster, Md., where Shem Drown was the herdsman. They sold a March calf named Rolling Knolls Jolly Dee in the sale. This calf went on to be the All-American Junior Calf and also turned out to be a “2E” cow. But more so, Rolling Knolls Jolly Dee (which was Palmer Hoffman’s calf and prefix) is the 6th dam of the famous Old Mill E Snickerdoodle.

Cindy Warner, sale co-manager along with Dennis Smith, thanked the forefathers of this sale: Lawrence Bassler, father of Allen Bassler and president of the Association; Richard Black, Robert Culler, and Harold Long who is Cindy’s father -- for having the vision to this spring calf sale which has propelled into the national forefront of successful sales.

This sale has gained quite a track record for calves sold and gone on to develop into National Bell Ringers, nominated for All American, won Reserve and All American honors, classified well and became profitable additions to many herds. There have been so many satisfied buyers through the years, and they were happy to get a good calf at this sale.

The tradition of excellence and high quality calves graced the sale ring again this year. It was a great line-up of “typey” calves backed by excellent pedigrees and maternal lines with show winning ways, noted co-sale mamanger Cindy Warner. There were buyers represented from nine states -- going as far as Kansas, Illinois, Ohio and Vermont.

The second high seller of the day at $5200 was Dublin Hills Trudee, a fancy September 2013 Tanbark out of the “Treats” family. Her dam is Trixie (2E-91) and a daughter of Round Hill Prem Frank. Treats was the grand champion at the 2011 World Dairy Expo. Trudee will make her new home at William Hughes in Killbuck, Ohio and was the consignment of Dennis and Robin Smith, Woodsboro, Md.

There was another tie for third high sellers, Lot 1 and Lot 16—both selling for $5100. Lot 1, Cutting Edge S Rica, is a well balanced and stylish June 2013 Supreme from a full pedigree with the dam being Kar Linn Coll Ryleen (E-92). She goes back to Maryland roots with the 5th dam being Long View Jades Raisin (3E-93) and many show winnings. Rica sold to William Hughes, Killbuck, Ohio and was the consignment of Ken Main and Peter Vail, Copake, N.Y.

Lot 16, also selling for $5100, was Breeze Ridge Agenda Fluffy, a December 2013 calf sired by Agenda and out of the popular Brook Run Jetway Fern family. Fern is the third dam. Fluffy’s dam is by Supreme, and the granddam is Round Hill Prelude Fargo (E-90). She was the consignment of Ryan Guidice and Twin Lakes Genetics, New Brighton, Pa., and the purchase of Connor McCrumb, Volant, Pa.

Selling as the fourth high seller at $5000 was a beautiful and stylish December 2013 Supreme out of JoBo T Bow ET (E-91), a Theory daughter conigned by Joy Widerman, Gettysburg, Pa. Named Champion View Supreme S Beyond-ET, she boasts a pedigree with show and A.I potential and has four brothers in A.I including Bosephus, Bush, and Boss. She goes to new owners who actually met at the sale, Billie Jo Swope of Churchville, Va. and Erin and Tom Mongold of New Windsor, Md.

Lot 29, a December 2013 Legacy calf, Dublin Hills Wynter, sold for $4450 to David Seekford, McGaheysville, Va. Wynter’s dam is a Starsky, and the pedigree goes back to the Whizzbang family who makes a lot of show winners. She was the consignment of Dennis and Robin Smith, Woodsboro, Md.

Another highlight of the sale was the youth fun auction which started the sale. Several items were consigned and with the expertise of Ron Heffner in the sale box describing the items, and Denny Remsburg as auctioneer, a record was also set with an amount of $2600 raised for scholarships and youth activities.

The auctioneer for the sale was Denny Remsburg, while Wayne Sliker read pedigrees. Emmy Heffner, Emmy Covell and Patty Long Young did a great job clerking the sale. Brown Swiss members and junior members were instrumental in helping in the barn and on sale day. It was a great team effort in the barn and on sale day from members and families of the Maryland Brown Swiss Association.