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March 8, 2002

UW-RF Dairy Club Hosts Cattle Sale

The UW-River Falls Dairy Club held its biannual Holstein consignment sale on Feb. 23 at Laboratory Farm No. 1. More than 150 people attended the sale, bringing in nearly $100,000 and breaking sales records set during the previous 17 sales.

The sale featured 40 lots of live animals, 16 lots of semen, and one Bonnie Mohr print. Sales averaged $2,277, with a grand total of $97,505. The top selling lot was Lexvold Lantz Hoho-1-ET, consigned by Lexvold Holsteins of Goodhue, Minn., which sold to Matt Bjelland of Shawano, Wis., for $3,750.

The animals were consigned from farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The consignors receive most of the sales price, however, a portion goes to the sale sponsor, the UW-RF Dairy Club, to cover as housing, auctioning, and advertising costs. Money earned also goes to fund trips, educational seminars, scholarships, and the club's spring banquet.

About 80 club members helped with various aspects of the show, meeting with prospective consignors to set up details of the sale and animal care.

The UW-RF Dairy Club is the largest of its kind in the nation, with 140 members. The club promotes the dairy industry, provides contacts with other schools and industry professionals, and serves as a social organization for members. For more information contact Professors Steve Kelm, Dennis Cooper or Perry Clark at 715/425-3704.

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