Holstein proves a wise choice

22 Jan, 2018 08:55 PM
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She's my first Holstein and now she's made me proud.

An Ayrshire breeder's first Holstein purchase proved a wise choice when it won the All Breeds National Youth Show at International Dairy Week on Monday.

Karl Munden, who has a 700-cow farm at Nilma, Vic, selected Fairvale BC Armani Nola as an in-calf heifer at the Blue Chip Big Bang dispersal sale in 2016.

"She was a very fancy young heifer .... and I couldn't resist buying her," Mr Munden said.

"She's my first Holstein and now she's made me proud."

Mr Munden said Armani Nola was a great cow in the herd.

"She's an extremely high-producing two-year-old; she's done everything right," he said.

The cow is from the Fairvale Nola family.

"So it's an incredibly strong family, she has a huge pedigree behind her; she's out of a 91-point cow, out of a 92, who is out of another 91-point cow," he said.

Armani Nola scored 84 when classified as a two-year-old and Mr Munden hopes it will improve on that.

Judge Brian Behnke, United States, said the show had featured beautiful heifers.

The champion was what he looked for in a young cow, with a high, tight, shallow udder, beautiful feet and legs and a great dairy open rib.

"She's flat boned, she's a cow that spells milk from the tip of her nose to the end of her tail," he said.

Mr Munden praised the work of handler Cally O'Shannassy, who scored a triple, also winning the junior champion award and the most successful handler award.

Mr Munden said 17-year-old Ms O'Shannassy had worked for him for a couple of years at shows.

"She's a fantastic help around the shows and has done a great job leading the cows," he said.

Ms O'Shannassy, who has been involved in showing cows since she was three, said it was good to have won both the senior and junior champion awards.

Her secret when leading cows was to stay calm so the animals stayed calm.

The junior champion win was special as the heifer Wyena B Mac Caboose was one of her own.

Ms O'Shannassy's family milk about 120 cows on a farm at Carpendeit, Vic.

She has three or four show heifers each year.

"I get the heifers in and pick out the best ones and take them to the show and see how they go," she said.

Mr Behnke was impressed with the heifer in the earlier judging.

"This black yearling heifer is a heifer that has no holes - a complete heifer from end to end," he said.

"She's a heifer that's got the width, the strength, the power that you need to go on to be a great cow.

"And she's so well balanced with that depth of fore rib and heart and chest along with the hard top, the wide rump and a heifer that walks out on a beautiful set of feet and legs."

YOUTH SHOW

Grand champion heifer: Fairvale BC - handler Cally O'Shannassy.

Reserve: Elmar Firstclass Jessica - handler Brady Hore.

Senior champion in milk heifer senior leader: Fairvale BC Armani.

Reserve: Elmar Firstclass Jessica.

Senior champion in milk heifer junior leader: Diamond Hill SSM Victoria - handler Hayley Braedlear.

Reserve: Eclipse Goldchip Paradise - handler Mia Deenan.

Junior champion senior leader: Wyena B Mac Caboose - handler Cally O'Shannassy.

Reserve: Llandovery Foremans Emma 1906 - handler Zoe Hayes.

Junior champion junior leader: Finesse Burdette Marcie - handler Heath Treloar.

Reserve: Hawoba Doorman Tammy - handler Georgia Sieben.

Most successful handler: Cally O'Shannassy.

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