The Wayne County Fairgrounds at Wooster has been humming with activity this week as preparations are underway for the Ohio Holstein Elite Sale to be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Trailers came rolling in last Tuesday and Wednesday with consignments from breeders not only in Ohio, but also from other states as well. The barn crew was organized and waiting and immediately went to work to prepare the cattle for the upcoming sale. Cattle were tagged, tied or penned, clippers were humming, the wash rack was busy, the milk parlor was readied, and the consignments settled in to await the sale.

Throughout the week the barn crew will be feeding, watering, cleaning out manure, milking cows and keeping a watchful eye on the consignments. They will work to have the cattle in the best possible condition on sale day.

As consignments come in, registration papers must be presented and checked; transfers filled out and signed; and health papers, DHI sheets, update information and any other information that needs to go with the animal is organized so it can be given to the buyers when they pay for purchases. At a later date buyers’ names will be added to the transfers and the information sent to Holstein Association USA.

Sale Manager Dave Gunkelman, sale committee members, the barn crew and others will be on the phones during the week contacting buyers and letting them know about the outstanding consignments available in the sale, and talking with people seeking information on the consignments. Pictures and information will be available on Facebook and the sale has been advertised on Dairy Agenda Today, in the Ohio Holstein News and in various newspapers.

On sale day some of the most important people will be the auctioneer, the pedigree reader, the ringmen and the person taking bids on the computer for Cowbuyer. They will all work together to encourage people to bid and to get the best price for the animal in the ring. Dairy consignment sales involve a lot of work by a lot of individuals. It begins when the first selection for the sale is made and ends with the loading out of the last consignment sold at the sale.

The most important part of any dairy sale is the buyers. The Ohio Holstein Elite Sale being held this Saturday is an opportunity to purchase some of the best of the Holstein breed. The sale features high genomics, outstanding type, show age heifers, super pedigrees, young cows in milk, embryos. The sale includes a group of cows and bred heifers from Polchin Farms, John, Ruth and Tony Polchin, Dorset. The Polchins are longtime members and supporters of the Ohio Holstein Association. They have an outstanding herd that includes Excellent and Very Good cows and will be selling members of a cow family with 17 generations of Excellent cows in the pedigree.

On Saturday, make the Ohio Holstein Elite Sale at Wooster your destination and your destiny.