Chairpersons for the 16th Badger Invitational Sale are busy putting finishing touches on preparations for the sale which will be held Saturday, March 9 in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Stock Pavillion.
Presale viewing of the cattle begins at 9 a.m. on the morning of the sale.
According to Jacob Brey, sale general chairperson, there is something new this year.
"We're hosting this year's sale in conjunction with the open house at the Dairy Cattle Center on campus," says Brey. "It's going to be pretty easy for anyone coming to the sale to walk a few hundred feet from the Stock Pavillion to the DCC. Both barns are very close."
Visitors can tour the DCC which just completed an eight-month,$3.5 million renovation.
"They can enjoy some refreshments and see the DCC and then come over here and check out the cattle before the sale begins at noon," Brey says.
A total of 70 lots have been cataloged for the sale including registered Holstein calves, yearlings, bred heifers and choices.
"We also have a few Red and White Holsteins selling, several red carriers, some polled heifers as well as many show-age calves and heifers," Brey explains.
The sale is being managed by the Badger Dairy Club with assistance from Tom Morris Ltd.
"This is a bi-annual sale. We only have it every other spring," Brey notes.
The sale will begin at noon with a welcome and the presentation of the Dr. David P. Dickson Hall of Fame Award to a UW-Madison Alumni. Tom Morris will start the sale with a semen auction at 12:15 p.m. followed by the cattle auction.
To receive a copy of the sale catalog, email Breinne Hendrickson at email@example.com for an email copy of the sale catalog or call her to request a hard copy of the catalog at 608-444-7340. An electronic copy of the sale catalog is also available on the Badger Dairy Club website at www.badgerdairyclub.com.
There are 13 Badger Dairy Club members who are sale chairmen for the sale. Badger Dairy Club members are involved in every aspect of the sale from the planning through the sale.
"They are handling everything from advertising, sale selection, catalog preparation cattle care and fitting," Brey says. "We have about 60 Badger Dairy Club members and UW Short Course students who will be helping wash, clip and do nightline.
The animals start coming in on Tuesday before the sale on Saturday.
"We'll be taking turns feeding and taking care of these animals, similar to what we do at the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Dairy Show," he says.
"The sale, along with Badger Dairy Club members working at World Dairy Expo are the two biggest activities we have throughout the year," Brey notes.
Proceeds from the sale will go back into Badger Dairy Club to help fund judging trips and other club activities throughout the year.
"We hope a lot of people turn out to support the sale, see the cattle and get a look at the newly remodeled Dairy Cattle Center."