Avonlea Holsteins takes top exhibitor award

14 Jul, 2017 05:32 PM
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Leader Alex Mathews with the supreme intermediate champion Avonlea Aftershock Dorinda, exhibited by Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Vic.
We always thought a fair bit of her and always felt there was a fair future in her.
Leader Alex Mathews with the supreme intermediate champion Avonlea Aftershock Dorinda, exhibited by Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Vic.

John Gardiner from Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Victoria, brought a team of nine to the Victorian Winter fair and came away with a supreme champion, two reserve champions and the premier exhibitor award.

Their senior three-year-old Avonlea Aftershock Dorinda took all before it in the intermediate class, claiming the supreme intermediate championship and supreme intermediate udder award.

The cow calved four weeks ago, delivering twin heifers.

Mr Gardiner said it was first shown as a calf in the International Dairy Week youth show by his son Luke but had not been shown since as it was not at the right stage for shows.

"We always thought a fair bit of her and always felt there was a fair future in her," Mr Gardiner said.

"We got her calved in and got her over calving really well, considering she had the twins, and we felt she was in really good form."

Aftershock Dorinda's dam was a Fever who the Gardiners sold at IDW three years ago, just after it had had Aftershock Dorinda. The dam was a fully imported embryo the Gardiners bought from North America.

Mr Gardiner said Aftershock Dorinda had produced 8000 litres as a first-calf heifer.

"She does really well in the herd, she's an everyday cow," he said.

The Gardiners also showed the reserve intermediate champion Avonlea Selector Figsie and the reserve supreme champion Glenunga Wind Butterbrook.

Mr Gardiner said the reserve intermediate calved in March as a straight 24-month-old heifer.

It had been junior champion of the youth show at IDW in 2016.

"Her family goes back to the Figsie family we imported from North America/Canada 20 years ago," she said.

"She just runs with the herd and is doing over 30 litres on her first calf."

He said it was a big thrill to get the double.

"We felt at home the one who got intermediate was our best chance if we had one," he said.

"We think a lot of the junior two .. and even the one that got supreme.. but you never know until you actually get here and what the competition is like.

"We think a lot of them and it doesn't really matter where they place, we just like them."

Judge Gerald Coughlin Jnr said the intermediate champion had a great length of frame.

The champion and reserve were similar in their structure, angularity and dairyness. Both had terrific mammary systems.<\#9>D

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