July 12 2012 09:00 AM

Proceeds went to support each breed's youth organization.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

When Hoard's Dairyman commissioned artist Bonnie Mohr, Glencoe, Minn., to create a new edition to its Foster Mothers of the Human Race paintings, the result was astounding. Debuting in June 2010 to celebrate the magazine's 125th anniversary, the image launched a new tradition as the Hoard's Dairyman staff work to make the cover on each June issue a cut above the rest.

In recognition of the special role the dairy cow plays in our lives, Hoard's Dairyman donated two limited edition prints to each of the seven dairy breed associations. Both prints were remarqued and signed by artist Bonnie Mohr. There are only two, of 1,250 limited-edition prints, that are remarqued with a pencil etching of each respective breed's cow. A remarqued print typically brings twice or triple the value of what would be obtained for limited-edition prints. Each breed auctioned off one of these remarqued prints as a fund-raising effort with proceeds going toward the breed's youth programs.

Starting in the summer of 2010, the prints began going to auction at the breeds' conventions or a related event. With the conclusion of the 2012 convention season and the sale of the Brown Swiss and Holstein remarques, all of these limited-edition prints have been sold.

The Holstein remarque brought $750. The lucky bidders were Phil and Annie Trowbridge of Ghent, N.Y. At the Brown Swiss Youth Fun Auction, Jacob Roedl of Edgewood, Ill., bid $1,100 for the honor to own this rare print.

Throughout the intervening years since the print was debuted, two of the seven sold for over $2,000. The Guernsey print sold for $2,100, while Jersey topped the sales at $2,800. For prints selling over $1,000, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss helped raise the number to four, selling for $1,000 and $1,100, respectively. In total, the remarqued prints helped raise $8,825 to support youth programming across the seven breeds.

What they brought at auction
Breed Selling price Buyer State
Ayrshire $425 Lynn Lee TN
Brown Swiss $1,100 Jacob Roedl IL
Guernsey $2,100 Patty McMurray PA
Holstein $750 Phil and Annie Trowbridge NY
Jersey $2,800 David Jordan WI
Milking Shorthorn $1,000 AMSS Board WI
Red and White $650 Ray and Kelly Van Der Wielen Canada

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