It was an excited trio of owners, Glen Gordon, Ben Govett and Daniel Bacon that celebrated when their classie mature-age cow took home the broad ribbon for Supreme Champion Illawarra Exhibit at International Dairy Week for 2019.
The group of mates bought the cow, Wullumlands Sunstorm 8, from Terry Tidcombe.
Daniel Bacon said they bought the cow “out of the paddock” because they could see she had a good udder and that she was a cow that was “going to keep getting better with age”.
“We’ve always had a bit of an interest in the Illawarra breed and thought we’d give it a go,” he said.
“We’re three best mates and we just wanted to have a bit of fun as well.”
They first showed the cow under their names in 2015 when she went all the way being named grand champion interbreed cow that year.
The 2010 drop female sired by Apples Absolute-ET (Red) was the only Illawarra to date to achieve that honour. In 2017 she returned to the ring at IDW and was judged the Grand Champion Illawarra and now again in 2019.
Mr Bacon said the trio had diverse breed interests - Holstein (Gordon), Brown Swiss (Govett) and Jersey himself.
They have sold a number of females from the cow and Sunstorm 8 has a bull, Gorbro BT Sunstorm Supreme at Agri-Gene.
A heifer from the cow, sold two years ago, was the junior champion at IDW in 2018.
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Illawarra judge Max Hyland said the senior cow was a “super dairy cow”.
“She was chock full of dairyness, with a lovely mammary system,” he said.
Mr Hyland said the champion had overall dairyness on her side.
“When you lined up the cows in the best udder class they were an outstanding line-up of udders,” he said.
Reserve senior champion was Sun Vale Kian Peta, shown by Dakota Doyle, Ontario, Canada, and Katie and Renee Anderson, Sun Vale, Cashmore, Vic.
The reserve received an honourable mention in the senior championship in 2018.
Honourable mention this year went to Eagle Park Anticipation Pamela shown by R and K Bailey, Carpendeit, Vic. The cow was out of the four years in-milk class.
Earlier an entry from Brad and Jess Gavenlock, Cherrylock Cattle Co, Tallygaroopna, Vic, was named intermediate champion. She was Panorama Angeline 48 from the two-and-a-half your old in milk class.
Reserve intermediate was Illunga Visions of Victory a senior three-year-old from Robert Coburn, Port Campbell, Vic.
Mr Hyland said the winner and reserve were “quite outstanding cows”.
In the junior champion section, it was an entry from Rachel Barnes, Finley, NSW, with Llandovery Queens Clarie 1969.
The reserve was Panorama Blossom 2 entered by Cherrylock Cattle Co and A Dorries, Tallygaroopna, Vic.
Mr Hyland said the junior champion had come from a class of one, but “would have stood some competition”.
He congratulated all the class winners for an outstanding lineup of heifers.
ILLAWARRA HONOUR ROLL
Grand champion: Wullumlands Sunstorm 8, Gordon, Bacon and Govett, Cohuna, Vic.
Senior champion: Wullumlands Sunstorm 8.
Reserve: Sun Vale Kian Peta, Dakota Doyle, Ontario, Canada, and Katie and Renee Anderson, Sun Vale, Cashmore, Vic.
Best udder: Wullumlands Sunstorm 8.
Intermediate champion: Panorama Angeline 48, B & J Gavenlock, Cherrylock Cattle Co, Tallygaroopna, Vic.
Reserve: Illunga Visions of Victory, Robert Coburn, Port Campbell, Vic.
Junior champion: Llandovery Queens Clarie 1969, Rachel Barnes, Finley, NSW.
Reserve: Panorama Blossom 2, Cherrylock Cattle Co and A Dorries, Tallygaroopna, Vic.
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