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Bushlea offering’s ‘udder promise’

THE Bushlea Farms sale at Koonwarra attracted a big crowd last Wednesday, as the breeder’s prized Jersey stock went under the hammer.

Founded in 1945 by Norman Kuhne, the family-owned enterprise at Koonwarra has a simple philosophy: “Find the most profitable cow and learn to like her.”

One thing was clear at the sale: a lot of people like Bushlea cows. Not to mention the bulls.

Dairy Livestock Services’ Brian Leslie said in the lead up to the sale that what was on offer was something special.

“Bushlea has always liked good udders and if you take the time to look at these heifers and their udder promise underneath, they’ll prove to look outstanding in that direction,” he told the capacity crowd.

“I really want to congratulate the Kuhne family for putting on a marvellous display and catalogue.”

Bushlea’s Wayne Kuhne told the crowd it was the farm’s “best offering” ever.

Few could argue.

DLS agent Scott Lord said all but five of the listed animals were sold under the hammer, with two females sold afterward.

A total of 56 were listed in the Bushlea sales catalogue. The females sold for an average of $2955, while the seven bulls averaged $2666. The top prices – $7500 and $7000 respectively – were paid for Bushlea TBone Maybell 2-ET (lot 53) and 3-ET (lot 54), two amazingly productive producers.

“Bushlea cattle are renowned for their fabulous genetics. There were 53 registered buyers and many were repeat purchasers,” Mr Lord said.

“Many of these cows will feature in the dairy shows around eastern Australia.”

Mr Lord said a ‘Live Sell’ interface of the sale, which allowed online bidders to hear and see the auction in real time, drew “seven or eight bids”.

The burgeoning technology continues to rise in popularity, he said.

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