Brown Swiss calf sale returns to Frederick for 44th year
Topping the 2017 Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf sale was the consignment of Cindy Warner was purchased for $9,000 by Emily Heffner, Hagerstown and Nate Goldenberg, Texas. The calf was named the 2017 Reserve All American Fall Calf.
Top pedigree Brown Swiss calves will return to the Frederick Fairgrounds on Saturday for the 44th Mid-Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf Sale.
The annual sale attracts some of the best Brown Swiss in the country. Last year’s top-selling heifer went on to win Reserve All-American Fall Calf and another was selected for the top All-American Winter Calf title, said Cindy Warner, Maryland Brown Swiss Association president.
Warner has helped run the April sale for the last two decades, and personally sells a calf at the sale. This year, there are 28 calves in the lineup that were all born between March 2017 and March of this year.
The sale attracts everyone from farmers investing in strong pedigrees for their milking herds to beginner 4-H showmen, Warner said.
The association expects at least 100 people to attend the sale, which is to start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the east side of the fairgrounds off Monroe Avenue.
The sale will start with the “headliner” heifers, which are expected to sell for four to five figures. A percentage of each sale will benefit scholarships and shows that the association offers throughout the year.
The sale is a tradition in Frederick County. It was started by Warner’s father, Harold Long, along with Lawrence Bassler, Robert Culler, Richard Black, John Morris and George Fry.