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Udder champion

Judge David Stalker from New Zealand said when he summed up his day in the Holstein ring that the future of the breed was in good hands.

CATHY WALKER January 29, 2013 4:02am

Holstein winners and grand champion, left to right, Chris and Mary Gleeson from Koroit with his girls. Hannah, 4, Chloe, 3 and Stacey 4 with winning champion overall cow Elm Banks Polly Wolly with Matt Sload (handler) from Canada and Adrian Dee, Board Member

Judge David Stalker from New Zealand said when he summed up his day in the Holstein ring that the future of the breed was in good hands.

He described his choice for Grand Champion Holstein, the Western District cow Elm Banks Polly Wolly, as displaying all the attributes judges look for in a cow, including ‘‘tremendous rib and frame’’.

In explaining another winning choice, Mr Stalker noted that the mammary system was critical because ‘‘if they don’t make milk there’s not much point doing it’’.

Polly Wolly, also judged to have the best udder in the Holstein show, is owned by Chris and Mary Gleeson from Koroit and she was also a unanimous choice by all the breed judges for Supreme Exhibit of dairy week against all the other breed grand champions.

Mr Gleeson said his homebred daughter of Gillette Final Cut was a lovely-natured cow, as she displayed in the heat of dairy week while the Gleesons’ three daughters played in the fringes of her trophy rug.

‘‘We bred her ourselves from one of our good families,’’ Mr Gleeson said.

Evergreen Page House Shottle Noni, owned by the Perrett family from Gippsland, won the seven years and over class.

Zeerust’s Bluechip Genetics threatened to make a clean sweep of the Junior Holstein events, winning four of the first five.

Another Goulburn Valley farm, Leslie Farms at Arcadia, stepped in to take out the fifth class, the dry two-year-old heifer.

But the odds were with Dean and Dianna Malcolm’s Bluechip team to take out the championship, and they did.

Unusually, one of the smallest and youngest in the championship line-up took the tricolour sash.

Bluechip Alexander Whynot, co-owned by Mrs Malcolm’s New Zealand-based mother, Averill Leslie, was Mr Stalker’s choice for champion and he awarded reserve to her barn-mate Bluechip Finalcut Whynot.

Bluechip also won Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor.

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