Eastern Ontario Spring Select Sale adds to tally for local Holstein Clubs

The top selling animal in the 2017 Eastern Ontario Spring Select Sale. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — A long tradition continued here Saturday as the 59th annual Spring Select Sale sold off 83 top-quality Holsteins to benefit Eastern Ontario’s Holstein Clubs.

Kelly Fawcett-Mathers, co-manager of the sale with her husband Dave, announced an average sale price of $2,683 after her auctioneer father, Hugh, brought the gavel down at the end of the day.

Harmony View Elisha — put on the block by consigners Evan and Jacquie Porteous — was the top seller on a bid of $7,500 from Justin Velthuis.

A percentage of all sales goes back to the several Holstein Clubs ranging from the Quebec border to the Frontenac region.

Tightly connected with the Fawcett family, the event traces its history back to the Stormont Dundas Calf Sale first held at Melvin’s Garage in Winchester in the late 1950s, where Allison Fawcett — Kelly’s grandfather — was among the founders of the event. The sale moved along to Holmes Livestock Exchange, the Winchester Arena and prolonged stints at Fawcett Bros. Sale Arena in Inkerman (30 years) and the A.M. Barr Arena at Kemptville College (11 years), before winding up at the Winchester auction barn of Kelly’s parents. Kelly and Dave became the third generation of the family to manage the sale when Hugh and Diane Fawcett passed the baton to the younger couple six years ago.

The sale was preceded by a well attended 4-H dairy clinic held a day earlier on the premises.

From left, Holstein Ontario field rep Kris MacLeod, pedigree reader Kevin Johnston, auctioneer Hugh Fawcett, and sale managers Kelly Fawcett-Mathers and David Mathers. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News