Tasmanian cow Fairvale Morty Lady 51 has made history by being the first to win International Dairy Week Australian Grand Champion twice. The title was awarded on the fourth day of judging at the premier dairy event held in Tatura.LAURA GRIFFIN January 28, 2014 4:14am
International Dairy Week Surpreme Champion Dairy Cow. Fairvale Morty Lady 51 with Andrew Cullen and Lisa Thompson.
Tasmanian cow Fairvale Morty Lady 51 has made history by being the first to win International Dairy Week Australian Grand Champion twice.
The seven-year-old Holstein owned by the Thompson family of Bracknell, Tasmania first won the award in 2011, with the interbreed champion being recognised at the event since 2008.
Close behind was Leitchville cow Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 4-ET, owned by Steven and Deanne Hore. She won Reserve Champion Holstein Cow and Best Holstein Udder.
Consistency and good udders characterise the Jessica family, which has been a mainstay of the Elmar Stud since Mr Hore bought the calf that started it when he was 17 — about 28 years ago — from an elite stud sale held by Congupna’s Barry Mason.
This year’s Reserve Champion Holstein is the granddaughter of Elmar Leader Jessica that was Grand Champion Holstein at the 2003 International Dairy Week. The Elmar Stud, which has been going since 1928, also won Grand Champion Holstein Cow with Elmar PC Farlex in 1990.
Mr Hore said Goldwyn was an older bull, but probably one of the world’s best.
‘‘From the same flush, we got four ‘excellent’ (classification) sisters, including the Reserve Champion Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 4, and five ‘very good’ sisters,’’ he said.
As well as strong show cows, the Jessica family cows are also among the top producers of the 380 cows the Hores milk.
Mr Hore continues to be passionate about breeding top dairy cows and plans to continue showing as children Kelsie, 19, Marty, 17, Brady, 15 are keen.
The family is deciding whether to try to get Jessica 4 pregnant again and possibly show at next year’s event or put her on an embryo transfer program.
‘‘International Dairy Week is an elite show and there are strong cows from across Australia competing,’’ Mr Hore said.
Jayden, 15, Hannah, 12, and Abbie, 10, Londrigan of Tatura presented the top award in recognition of their grandfather Vince Londrigan, who gave tirelessly to the Tatura community before he died during the past year.
Fairvale Morty Lady 51 also won the inaugural Viking Genetics health for profit award.
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