A daughter of the 2019 International Dairy Week Guernsey champion sold for the $7800 top price at the Guernsey sale at IDW on Wednesday.
The July-2019 drop calf Glamorous Knight Barbell is already starting to make a name for itself on the show scene, winning its class and being named honourable mention junior champion in the Guernsey show earlier that day.
Its dam Exkwizit Active Barbell was reserve champion in the 2020 show, almost matching its performance of the previous year.
The top-priced lot was offered by Andrew and Abbey Crawford, Numbaa, NSW, and bought by their neighbour and employee Hayden Watts, Pyree, NSW, who was attending IDW for the first time.
"She looked like a really good calf," Mr Watts said.
"I thought I could make some money off her and improve my Guernsey herd."
Mr Watts also works on his family's farm, which milks 130 cows.
He hoped the calf would become the base of a bigger Guernsey component in that herd.
"Guernseys look a bit better in show," he said.
The Guernsey sale averaged $4807 for the seven females offered but numbers were diminished with three lots from Western Australia withdrawn after they were unable to travel due to bushfires.
Embryo packages averaged $3250 and semen packages averaged $156.25.
A rising two-year-old heifer Donny Brook Geobruce Sweetpea, offered by Craig and Cate Cleggett, Mt Gambier, SA, fetched the $6000 second highest price and was bought by Darby Norris, from the United Kingdom.
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