Elm Banks again on top in Holsteins

19 Jan, 2017 09:00 PM
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Breeding good cows also helped keep him dairyfarming in tough times like at present.

UPDATED: Elm Banks Holsteins, Crossley, Vic, was again on top in the Holsteins at International Dairy Week, taking the grand champion Holstein award.

The champion, from the five-year-old in milk class, Paringa Braxton Parry, is owned in conjunction with the Barron family, Cambooya, Qld.

Elm Banks also took the reserve senior champion with Elm Banks Seaver Donna, also from the five-year-old class, the Pen of Three Females award and the reserve intermediate champion with Eclipse Goldchip Tiffany.

Elm Banks has always performed well at IDW, showing the supreme interbreed champion and grand champion Holstein in 2013.

Principal Chris Gleeson said the win was a reward for the hard work put in at home in preparing cows for the show.

It was also a reward for their focus on breeding good cows.

Elm Banks had 90 of its 260-cow herd classified EX, "which is a world-class achievement and one of the best in Australia".

Mr Gleeson said the wins were testimony to the conformity of breeding in their herd.

"The winners were balanced cows, the type we like to breed," he said.

Breeding good cows also helped keep him dairyfarming in tough times like at present.

Attending events such as IDW, particularly the camaraderie among the exhibitors, also helped.

Mr Gleeson said he bought the champion as a seven-month-old.

It was out of a Braxton, which produced nice balanced cows.

Judge Paul Trapp, United States, said the grand and reserve champion were the kinds of cows that excited him.

"They're clean, they're modern, they've got big frames, they can produce a lot of milk out of beautiful udders," he said.

The champion "just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up".

"She's just got tremendous dairy strength when she comes at you with that great width of muzzle, width of chest, the hardness to the loin, she's mobile on her feet and legs and then when we get to her mammary system, where I've already given her the ribbon for best udder."

The intermediate champion was Mitch Aftershock Irene, exhibited by Brett and Kim Mitchell, Mitch Holsteins, Bamawm, Vic.

Mr Mitchell said the win was "wow, awesome".

It capped off a great 12 months for the cow, which was named the reserve All Australian two-year-old in its last lactation, before winning the three-year-old champion award in the North West Sub Branch On Farm Challenge and being the third placed three-year-old in the State On Farm Challenge.

The cow was bred on their farm at Bamawm, where they milk 260 cows, from a cow they bought from friends.

Mr Mitchell said Aftershock Irene was "a balanced cow, not too extreme".

He said he liked cows such as it that had dairy strength and were not too frail.

Judge Mr Trapp said anyone who enjoyed milking cows every day would enjoy cows like the champion.

He praised the dairy strength and mammary system of the cow.

Sisters Katie and Renae Anderson, who have taken on the showing of cows from their family's Sun Vale Holsteins, were rewarded with the premier exhibitor award and the junior championship.

Sun Vale also took the reserve junior champion Holstein, backing up from its win in the youth show on Monday.

Katie said the family, including her parents Greg and Michelle, milked 320 cows at their Yarroweyah, Vic, farm.

The girls were heavily involved in managing the showing side for the operation, stepping up their responsibility about five years ago.

Katie said the junior champion Sun Vale Colt 45 Dancer was from a family the Andersons bought from Plana Holsteins in South Australia.

Its half sister Sun Vale Shottle Dancer was the champion of the youth show.

Katie said Sun Vale aimed to produce a good type cow as they performed well in the herd.

"A show cow that is made right, they will milk too," she said.

"To get the champion and reserve is awesome after month's of preparation."

Katie said she loved showing.

"We love cows, we love nurturing them as calves," she said.

"To have a homebred animal to win junior champion is unreal."

HOLSTEIN

Grand champion: Paringa Braxton Parry, A&S Barron, W Barron & Elm Banks Holsteins, Crossley, Vic.

Senior champion: Paringa Braxton Parry.

Reserve: Elm Banks Seaver Donna, Elm Banks Holsteins.

Intermediate champion: Mitch Aftershock Irene Mitch Holsteins, Bamawm, Vic.

Reserve: Eclipse Goldchip Tiffany Elm Banks Holsteins.

Junior champion: Sun Vale Colt45 Dancer Sun Vale Holsteins, Yarroweyah, Vic.

Reserve: Bluechip TT Goldust Frosty-ET Sun Vale Holsteins.

Premier sire: Mr Chassity Gold Chip.

Premier breeder: Blue Chip Genetics.

Premier exhibitor: Sun Vale Holsteins.

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Carlene Dowie

Carlene Dowie

is editor of Australian Dairyfarmer magazine

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