Bluechip purchase pays off for young stud owner

05 Jul, 2017 06:18 PM
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Michaela Thompson and her winning heifer Bluechip Airlift Paradise celebrate the victory.
Showing is good fun, your friends become your family.
Michaela Thompson and her winning heifer Bluechip Airlift Paradise celebrate the victory.

A decision to buy a calf at the Bluechip dispersal sale last year paid dividends for a young stud owner at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo on Wednesday.

Michaela Thompson, who works part time for Bluechip owners Dean and Di Malcolm, won the Supreme Junior Championship with the now autumn yearling Bluechip Airlift Paradise.

Ms Thompson, 23, is studying for a commerce degree at Federation University and has a small stud Sunrise Holsteins, the cows of which are run on a dairy farm her father manages at Rochester, Vic.

She said she chose the calf because of its cut and shape.

Ms Thompson started showing as a five-year-old and started Sunrise Holsteins 11 years ago.

"Showing is good fun, your friends become your family," she said.

Judge Gerald Coughlin Jnr, from Canada, said the heifer had overall balance, dairyness, more spring to the rib and a fuller frame

"She's just hard on top, she's got a beautiful flat bone," he said.

The Reserve Junior Champion was Bluechip Brady Beciee, exhibited by Bluechip Genetics, Zeerust, Victoria.

The Red Junior Champion was Fleyas Malone Jane, exhibited by A&E Cullen, and the Reserve Red Junior Champion was Bluechip EH MrApple August ET Red, exhibited by Bluechip Genetics.

The Youth Junior Champion was Brindabella Meridian Cheerleader, exhibited by SD and JL Sieben, and the Reserve Youth Junior Champion was Lightning Ridge Awesome Liza, exhibited by Aisha Railton.

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