Holstein Australia announced the 2017 Cow of the Year at its Annual Awards Night, held at Nowra, NSW, in August.
Leader Durham Satin EX-91-5E, was crowned Cow of the Year, in recognition of all-round excellence in production, classification, breeding and overall contribution to the Australian Holstein breed.
In a feat, never previously achieved, Durham Satin is the third generation in a row to receive this prestigious award; its mother, Leader Rudolph Satin EX-90-2E receiving it in 2011, and its grandmother, Toolamba Broker Satin EX-1E in 2005.
This achievement demonstrates the extraordinary performance of the Satin cow family.
To be a finalist in the Cow of the Year Competition, the cows must have high milk production over many lactations, produce exceptional progeny and have excellent conformation.
They represent the best of the qualities of a profitable dairy cow: the type of cow every dairyfarmer aspires to breed.
The award is all the more special for Leader Durham Satin’s breeders and owners, Mel and Travis Deans from Oakey on the Darling Downs, Queensland who will sell their herd on September 22.
Cow of the Year judge, Rob Calder, Wandilla Holsteins, Leongatha North, Vic, described Durham Satin as a worthy winner in a competition of extremely high standards.
“Durham Satin impresses with excellence in conformation, longevity, fertility, milk, and daughter performance,” Mr Calder said.
Three other types of awards were also announced at the dinner: Master Breeders, winners of the All Australian competition and Distinguished Service Awards.
Master Breeders The highly-coveted Master Breeder Award recognises the long-term achievement of herds that have bred at least 300 registered animals over a minimum of 20 years.
The following members attained Master Breeder status: Birute and Athol Hyland (Amelia Park) Euroa, Northern Victoria. Wayne and Sandra Williams (Bonny Park) South Purrumbete, Western Districts, Victoria. Leanne and Ross Dobson (Fairvale) Bracknell, Tasmania. Paul and Mary Newland (Foothills) Malanda, Atherton and North Queensland. Andrew and Sonya Maxwell (Glenmax) Lobethal, Fleurieu and Central South Australia. Jim and Dot Gilmore (Ingoldale) Pyramid Hill, North West Victoria. Pam Malcolm (Paringa) Invergordon, Northern Victoria. Jim Strong (Strongbark) Albion Park, South Coast and Tablelands, NSW. Charles and Carolyn Smith (Andes) Saint Germains, Northern Victoria.
All Australian The prestigious Semex/Holstein Australia All Australian competition is a national photographic competition that recognises excellence in conformation and showing in Holstein females that have been successful at nominated qualifying shows throughout Australia each year.
The Gordon family (Gorbro Holsteins), from Cohuna, North West Victoria took out both the coveted awards, Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor.
The Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards are based on points allocated to each finalist, honourable mention, reserve and winners in each category.
The 2017 winners in each category are: Mature 6yrs and over: Missy Moo Ladino Cathy-ET EX-92-2E. Breeder: Kayla Bradley, Lockington Vic. Exhibitor: Oakwood Partnership, Tocumwal, NSW. Mature 5 yr old: Fairvale Talent Tara 114 EX-90-1E. Breeder: Fairvale Holsteins, Bracknell Tas. Exhibitor: L Thompson & W McKay, Allendale East, SA, & L R & SJ Thompson, Bracknell, Tas, & BA, KA & MJ Goss, Bishopsbourne, Tas. 4 yr old: Elm Banks Seaver Donna-ET EX-92-1E. Breeder: Chris and Mary Gleeson, Crossley Vic. Exhibitor: Chris and Mary Gleeson, Crossley, Vic. 3yr old: Murribrook Atwood Ivy-ET VG89. Breeder: MJ Sowter, Moss Vale, NSW. Exhibitor: Samurah Pty Ltd t/a Murribrook Holsteins, Moss Vale, NSW. 2yr old in milk - over 30 mths: Murribrook Doorman Candace-ET VG87. Breeder: MJ Sowter, Moss Vale, NSW. Exhibitor: Declan L Patten, Sale, Vic. 2yr old in milk - 30 mths and under: Sun Vale Real Sally VG85. Breeder: GB & MM Anderson, Yarroweyah, Vic. Exhibitor: GB & MM Anderson, Yarroweyah, Vic. Senior yearling dry - over 15 mths: Bluechip MH Hero Marion VG87. Breeder: Bluechip Holsteins, Zeerust, Vic. Exhibitor: Frank & Diane Borba, Modesto California, US. Senior yearling dry - 15 months and under: Waljasper Sid Suzette-ET. Breeder: CP & SJ Walsh & Family, Jaspers Brush, NSW. Exhibitor: CP & SJ Walsh & Family, Jaspers Brush, NSW. All Australian Holstein Youth calf class: Gorbro Solomon Robin-ET. Breeder: RK & JR Gordon, Cohuna, Vic. Exhibitor: RK & JR Gordon, Cohuna, Vic. Handler: Ella Young, Ridgley, Tasmania.
Distinguished Service Awards Holstein Australia relies on its members from all levels to help organise events, attract and retain members and run the Association.
Two members received the Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Awards Night.
They were Alan Garratty, Glenalbas Holsteins, Nowra, NSW, and Colin Daley, Ourway Holsteins, Millaa Millaa, FNQ.
The Distinguished Service Award recognises members who have given valuable service, time and effort to the Association over an extended period.
Mr Garratty is respected for his integrity and values, not just in the show ring but as a breeder and a member of the Holstein community.
Held in high esteem for his cattle, Mr Garratty received the Master Breeder award in 2002 and bred a number of bulls that were sold for AI or as herd bulls.
Within the Holstein community, Mr Garratty is regarded as a quiet man, who is always prepared to help make things happen, whether it be a show, judging school or youth activity.
He has been an enthusiastic exhibitor at local and interstate shows, as well as being involved behind the scenes, particularly the youth events at the Sydney Royal.
He is on the cattle committee of the Nowra Show where he is on the cattle committee and was one of the drivers behind the all breed calf classes for youth at the Sydney Royal.
Mr Garratty has judged at more than 60 shows, Australia and New Zealand, including eight On-Farm Competitions.
Across the years, he has gone out of his way to encourage members of the Holstein community.
As well as organising youth events, Mr Garratty has mentored young people in running meetings, keeping records and judging skills.
He’s been known to travel to farms to help new exhibitors select cattle for the On Farm Competition.
Mr Garratty has been involved with Holstein Australia at the sub branch and state levels, rarely missing a meeting in the past 50 years.
He has held positions of sub branch vice president and president and been a delegate to the state (NSW) for at least 25 years and was an alternate Federal Delegate for many years.
He was a member of the Breed Development and Conformation Committee (BDCC) for 12 years and sat on the Classification Committee before that.
Mr Daley has been recognised many times for his outstanding achievements as a Holstein breeder, including receiving the Master Breeder Award in 2009 and being the owner of the Cow of the Year twice (2008 and 2013).
His commitment to promoting the Holstein breed has been outstanding.
Mr Daley has been showing Holsteins since childhood and is widely respected for his contribution to the Holstein community, as a judge, through a range of positions in his local sub branch and as a tireless volunteer organising many events including shows, youth training and cattle sales.
Since 1988 Mr Daley has been involved in organising and facilitating educational dairy and agricultural camps in North Queensland.
Despite living far from the southern dairying districts, Mr Daley relishes the opportunity to visit most Australian dairying areas as a judge for shows and competitions and enthusiastically supports these competitions that highlight the most productive and profitable animals in the breed.
Mr Daley's commitment to the association continues with his recent appointment to Holstein Australia’s Strategic Directions Committee, representing his home state, Queensland.