Avonlea takes top winter fair award

06 Jul, 2018 06:52 PM
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Luke, Amy and John Gardiner, Avonlea Holsteins, with the senior supreme champion  Cairnsdale Sid Anastasia.
They have the capacity to give a lot of milk, and they look like they do it easy.
Luke, Amy and John Gardiner, Avonlea Holsteins, with the senior supreme champion Cairnsdale Sid Anastasia.

John Gardiner, from Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Victoria, knows what it takes to achieve at major dairy shows.

He proved that again at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo, Vic, on Thursday taking the supreme senior champion ribbon, as well as the premier exhibitor award for the second year running.

He bought the supreme senior champion, rising five-year-old Cairnsdale Sid Anastasia, from renowned NSW breeders Stewart and Hayley Menzies in August, after the couple decided to concentrate solely on their Jersey herd.

Mr Gardiner had spotted the cow the previous year at the Nowra Show when it was reserve intermediate.

When he saw it in August, "she was very stale, towards the end of her lactation but because I already had in my mind what I knew the cow could be... I bought her".

"She's had a tremendous udder on her, I liked the long stretchiness about her and the open rib and the hard top on the cow," he said.

"And she had good legs and feet, and I just thought she was a cow that was really going to develop in time."

Judge Justin Burdette and associate judge Henry Bevan awarded the cow, which came from the youngest class in the senior show, the supreme award and supreme udder award.

"We really admire this four-year-old cow's udder' she got an extremely squarely attached udder," Mr Burdette said.

"We like the length of the fore udder and a cow that when you get behind her she's got that beautiful rear udder veination."

The reserve, Mitch Aftershock Irene, exhibited by Mitch Holsteins, Bamawm, Vic, which was intermediate champion at International Dairy Week in 2017, also came from the four-year-old class.

Mr Burdette said the judges really loved the pair of four-year-old cows.

"These cows are beautifully balanced," he said.

"They've got width, capacity, dairy strength, beautiful feet and legs and tremendous mammary systems.

"They have the capacity to give a lot of milk, and they look like they do it easy."

Mr Gardiner said Cairnsdale Sid Anastasia, which calved in February to Doorman, was producing about 45 litres of milk per day

It would start in an embryo flushing program this week.

The cow was one of a team of nine cows and three heifers Avonlea brought to the show.

Mr Gardiner said it was a huge thrill to win the premier exhibitor award.

"It just makes it worthwhile with what you do at home working towards it because it just doesn't happen overnight," he said.

"These cows have been pulled out for at least two months ... from the herd to get them right.

"A lot of credit must go to the guys at home Josh Norton and Kane Hildred ... and the crew at the show.

"Without them, it wouldn't have happened."

Check out the Australian Dairyfarmer Facebook page for galleries and videos from each class at the Victorian Winter Fair

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