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.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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