A three-year-old Ayrshire, from Gippsland, has followed up its success in the breed’s Victorian Cow of the Year awards, by taking out International Dairy Week grand champion title.
Judge, Warren Ferguson, New Zealand, sashed Rockvale Burdette Prim, Bluegum Park, Yarragon, Victoria, with the broad ribbon, in Tatura.
The cow also won the intermediate championship.
From a Burdette sire, out of Rockvale Sakic Prim 2, the cow was bought at the Rockvale Dispersal sale.
Bluegum Park’s Anthea Day said her son Jake Mathew bought the cow.
“She’s going 35 litres and is a great production cow, as well as a show cow, so that’s what we want,” Ms Day said.
“She has had two calvings, and has a heifer at home.”
“The judge liked her udder, and her dairyness and silky skin, he really liked the texture of her udder, she is just an ideal Ayrshire cow, she stands out.”
Ms Day said Bluegum used the Burdette line fairly heavily.
The family milks a herd of 700, at Shady Creek, and supplies Burra Foods, Korumburra.
“We plan to flush her, and hopefully onsell daughters from her,” she said.
Mr Ferguson said he had to chose from three outstanding cows, in deciding the grand champion.
“You can see the type of cow I have been looking for, one with good clean bone and a nice udders, which show a lot of milk,” Mr Ferguson said.
Mr Ferguson said the junior cows where clean and balanced, and showed a lot of breed character.
“The winner carried herself so well, she had a beautiful front end, but both of these heifers have that outstanding character, they walk out so well, they are so proud, they have got that lovely, sweet openness,” he said.
The intermediate winner was “silky and milky.
“She has got that type of silky hide, that silky, milky udder,” Mr Ferguson said.
The All Australian Cow of the year is determined by the accumulation of points for classification, production and show results.
All registered dairy cattle within Australia are eligible for the award, with nominations made by their owners.
Grand champion: Rockvale Burdette Prim, Bluegum Park, Yarragon, Victoria.
Senior champion: Glenbrae Burdettes Joyce, SJ and KA Beard, Jancourt East, Victoria.
Reserve: Cher-Bar Rippa Lasselle, Cheryl Liebich, Jervois, South Australia.
Best udder: Rockvale Burdette Prim, Bluegum Park.
Intermediate champion: Rockvale Burdette Prim.
Reserve: Rockvale Burdette Lorna 6, M & L Hentschke, Glencoe, SA.
Junior champion: Geelunga Tsunami P Star, Geelunga Ayrshires, Echunga, South Australia.
Reserve: Mayfield Farms Titan Rosebud, Vicki and Paul Timbs, Jaspers Brush, New South Wales.
Premier sire: Burdette.
Premier breeder: Max Hyland,
Premier exhibitor: Munden Farms, Nilma North, Vic.