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Vying for dairy title again

The cow that turned International Dairy Week tradition on its head by winning Interbreed Champion in 2012 will again issue the challenge, but now history is behind her to say a Jersey can indeed beat a Holstein when it comes to the best cow on the complex.

CATHY WALKER January 21, 2014 4:02am

Ian Griffiths from Blighty with the Jersey back to have another stab at the title.


She’s back.

The cow that turned International Dairy Week tradition on its head by winning Interbreed Champion in 2012 will again issue the challenge, but now history is behind her to say a Jersey can indeed beat a Holstein when it comes to the best cow on the complex.

Owner Ian Griffiths from Aroona Jerseys and Holsteins at Blighty said Willow Dell Fancy 512 was dry last year.

‘‘She was dry last year — she was on holiday,’’ Mr Griffiths said.

Fancy was not a certain starter for showing this year either.

‘‘She’s only been calved eight weeks but she got herself in form quite quickly,’’ Mr Griffiths said.

Paul Burnett, whose Stoneleigh Jerseys are stabled with Fancy, said there had already been plenty of interest in what shape the 2012 champion was in.

‘‘There have been lots of people dropping by to take a look,’’ said Mr Burnett, whose sons Thomas and William not only competed in Monday’s youth classes but will be on the leads when the main game for Jerseys begins on Wednesday.

Monday was all about competition for young people, all of whom began the day dressed in white whites and ended up much less white.

Cairnhill Holsteins’ Royden Zanders, whose eight-year-old daughter Zarah led a heifer in the ABS Australia class for junior handlers, applauded the organisers for devoting a day to the youth show.

‘‘It’s their day, it’s a great thing,’’ Mr Zanders said. ‘‘The judge came through this path and now he’s out there judging.’’

Tiny Zarah’s first experience at IDW wasn’t an easy one, with her heifer getting a bit lively.

‘‘She kept bossing me around,’’ Zarah said. But there were smiles all round in the Kialla-based Zanders camp when Zarah came out with a ribbon.

Judge Pat Nicholson of Jugiong Jerseys at Girgarre had an unenviable task lining up the assortment of breeds and youngsters that came through his classes but — as is done in all other forms of cow showing — carefully explained his reasons for placing the animals.

International Dairy Week committeeman Brian Leslie said the live streaming of the show had created great interest internationally, while the new ‘‘big screen’’ was a boon for spectators.

His colleague Scott Lord said the big winner was the temperature.

‘‘The weather has played in our favour,’’ Mr Lord said.

Temperatures forecast for Tatura this week are in the low 30s, with a maximum on Holstein and Interbreed judging day, Thursday, of 33°C.

To connect to the webcast go to www.internationaldairyweek.com.au

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