Lockington stud owner Kayla Bradley took home the South-Eastern Three-year-old trophy for her cow Missy Moo Ladino Cathy at a recent livestock championship.ELAINE COONEY December 19, 2013 4:40am
Lockington stud owner Kayla Bradley was the youngest winner at the Semex on-farm livestock championship state final.
The results of the on-farm challenge were announced in Melton last week.
Ms Bradley took home the South-Eastern Three-year-old trophy for her cow Missy Moo Ladino Cathy.
‘‘I didn’t even believe it for a minute,’’ Ms Bradley said. ‘‘It’s a very tough competition.’’
She described her winning cow as having an ‘‘awesome attitude’’ a little bit aggressive and sporting a ‘‘cool personality’’.
Ms Bradley said Missy Moo Ladino Cathy was certainly the show cow among her herd of 27.
‘‘She’s always the first cow to get milked,’’ she said.
She said Missy Moo Ladino Cathy would wander to the milking shed, get milked and feed on a hay mix while the other cows were milked.
‘‘She definitely gets special treatment,’’ she said.
‘‘We hose her off all the time.’’
Ms Bradley said this was to keep her cool and maintain her shiny hair for the shows.
The next big challenge for the duo will be competing at Dairy Week.
‘‘It’s five weeks until Dairy Week and the senior three-year-old is one of the toughest classes,’’ she said.
‘‘Five weeks is a long time and she can put on weight or lose weight.’’
She said she hoped Missy Moo Ladino Cathy would make the top 10, but would be happy if she looked the best she possibly could.
Ms Bradley said people from other states wanted to see her prized cow, so was looking forward to showing her at Dairy Week next month.
The Bradley family moved from New Zealand to Australia in 2002 and a year later seven-year old Kayla took up showing cows.
For her 11th birthday her parents bought her a stud name and when she was 13 began breeding Holsteins.
Ms Bradley is studying a Cert 3 in Agriculture and next year will study Cert and a Diploma in Agriculture.
‘‘I love the industry, there’s so many roads you can go down,’’ she said.
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