Elmar takes top awards

29 Jan, 2018 05:29 PM
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Holsteins from northern Victoria dominated the interbreed judging at International Dairy Week at Tatura, Victoria, in January.

Elmar Holsteins again stole the show with a cow from their famous Jessica family.

This time it was Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11, who was named RASV interbreed grand champion, Holstein grand champion and Holstein senior champion, for the Hore family from Leitchville, Vic.

The cow had taken the reserve Holstein award at IDW in 2015 behind its paddock mate Elmar Ice Jessica.

"She's just a great cow to work with, it was her day today," Steve Hore said.

"She's from a family we really work hard with and have done really well with."

Mr Hore said the show cows in his 400-cow commercial herd were treated a little differently because they wanted them in show condition.

"So they do get looked after but we try to look after all our cows because we need to produce as much milk as we can, and she's just part of that," he said.

Showing is also important to the family, with the whole family, including Steve and Deanne and children Kelsie, Marty and Brady involved.

"Showing is a lot of work," Steve said.

"There's a lot of stress to it, and we couldn't do it without our family support.

"They work hard all of January to make it happen, so they are a big part of it.

"There's nothing nicer than sharing it with them."

Judge Kiichi Matsushima, Kumamoto, Japan, said the top Holsteins all expressed the type he liked.

The champion from the seven-year-old class had a correct frame and a youthful mammary system.

The intermediate champion was Avonlea YF Windbrook Cinnamon, shown by Cinnamon Partners, Finley, NSW.

One of the partners retired dairyfarmer Lindsay Marshall said the partnership was about friendship and fun rather than a business.

Cinnamon is owned by Mr Marshall, his son Adam and his wife Meagan, the family farm's herd manager Kit Davidson and Adam's friend Gold Coast cabinet maker Craig Devlin.

The cow is housed and looked after by its breeder John Gardiner at Avonlea Holsteins at Cardinia, Vic.

Mr Gardiner reared the cow's granddam before selling it and then buying one of its calves in partnership with Mr Marshall at an IDW sale.

The pair enjoyed considerable show success with that cow, including winning the last supreme champion dairy cow award at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Cinnamon was the first female produced by that cow and the pair decided to sell it at IDW.

"My family convinced us to retain a share in her," Mr Marshall said.

So the "quite diverse" syndicate was formed.

"She lives with John at Avonlea and he manages her, and it is his outstanding cow skills and dedication that have got her to where she is today," he said.

"It has been an amazing journey for he and I buying the calf here; we've had a lot fun together."

Sun Vale Holsteins, Yarroweyah, Vic, went back to back in the junior Holstein championship.

This year they took the top award with Sun Vale Lotus Donna, owned in conjunction with Leah Orton.

But they went one better, also taking the interbreed championship.

Sisters Katie and Renee Anderson brought 30 head to the show.

Katie said it was "pretty exciting" to win the top award.

"It is nice to know our work is paying off," she said.

"I've always loved her (Lotus Donna) since she was a little calf.

"She looks really good underneath so we hope to get a great udder and keep her going."

The show work took a lot of time for the girls, who were also studying and working.

"Mum and Dad support us 100 per cent - but they don't get involved," Katie said.

It was also special for the Leah Orton to be part owner in the champion.

"Leah's helped us at shows for seven years - it is a special day," Katie said.

But Katie said the girls felt a lot of pressure after winning in 2017.

"But we proved that we could do it again; it wasn't just a fluke," she said.

HOLSTEINS

Grand champion: Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11, Elmar Holsteins, Leitchville, Vic.

Senior champion: Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11

Reserve: Hawova R Reginald Tamie, Shaw, Clarke & Sieben, Torrumbarry, Vic.

Best udder: Hawova R Reginald Tamie

Intermediate champion:Avonlea YF Windbrook Cinnamon, Cinnamon Partners, Finley, NSW.

Reserve:Bluec hip Golden S Whynot, Bluechip Genetics, Sykview and Long Lanes, Zeerust, Vic.

Junior champion: Sun Vale Lotus Donna, Sun Vale Holsteins & L Orton, Yarroweyah, Vic.

Reserve: Bluechip EV Awesome Destini, Sunrise Holsteins, Rochester, Vic.

Premier sire: Atwood, Genetics Australia

Premier breeder: Bluechip Genetics, Zeerust, Vic

Premier exhibitor: Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Vic

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