The first ever National Herd Development Winter Fair Holstein cattle show held in Bendigo last week has been given the thumbs up by organisers, exhibitors and sponsors.SOPHIE BRUNS July 8, 2014 3:10am
Junior Champion Bluechip Finalcut Marion was purchased by Peter Hurley and Debbie Palmer from Shepparton in the Holstein Australia Centenary sale, held the night before the fair. Mr Hurley and Ms Palmer are not dairy farmers but they will be keenly watching their purchase’s future. They’re pictured with Dean Malcolm on the lead and judge Mike Deaver.
The first ever National Herd Development Winter Fair Holstein cattle show held in Bendigo last week has been given the thumbs up by organisers, exhibitors and sponsors.
Organiser Stu Modra said he was ‘‘rapt’’ with the support the event received in its inaugural year.
‘‘We have booked the venue for next year and we have even had inquiries from an overseas judge already,’’ Mr Modra said.
‘‘While there is a couple of things for us to improve on, we have been pretty happy with the way it has all worked out.’’
More than 200 cattle from young calves through to mature cows were paraded through the ring and international judge Mike Deaver from Sherona-Hill Farm, Wisconsin, said he was impressed with the quality of cattle presented.
Chris and Mary Gleeson from Crossley (near Warrnambool) were happy they made the trip: their six-year-old cow Elm Banks Polly Wolly was crowned Supreme Champion.
Mr Deaver said Polly Wolly had the potential and class to compete on the world stage.
Other section winners were — Supreme Intermediate Exhibit: Paringa Windstorm Ezra (owned by Bluechip Genetics and Phil Malcolm); Red Intermediate Champion: Lightning Ridge Contender Jane 4-ET (Bluechip Genetics); Supreme Junior Exhibit: Bluechip Finalcut Marion (Peter Hurley and Debbie Palmer); and Youth Show Junior Champion: Bluechip Alexander Connie (Lincoln Sieben).
Bluechip Genetics was named premier breeder while premier exhibitor was MJ Sowter.
Best Udder was Heartland Goldwyn Patsy owned by Gorbro Holsteins, Cohuna.
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