State over-judging: Queensland
Judge: Dean Malcolm, Zeerust, VIC
Entries: 331 (2015 - 305)
Farms: 49 (2015 - 38) Queensland’s champion four-year-old in the Semex-Holstein Australia On-Farm Competition was one of the competition finds.
Grade 744 Cox is owned by Les and Helen Cox, and their sons, Brian and David.
They milk 170 cows on an immaculate property at Beaudesert, Qld. They don’t register, classify or herd test.
Yet their dairy is adorned with multiple Bulk Milk Cell Count milk quality awards from milk processor Parmalat. It underscores their attention to daily detail.
Brothers Brian and David met Rodney Thomas (from Instyle Holsteins at Dorrigo, NSW) during a Dairy Australia tour to Western Australia in 2015.
Rodney suggested to fellow breeder and Morton sub-branch member Rodney Teese (of Glencrest Holsteins, at Beaudesert) that he approach the Cox family and encourage them to enter their local on-farm competition.
When Mr Thomas was appointed to judge Morton, Brian and David decided to enter – more to catch-up because they thought Grade 744 Cox was “just a cow, in a cow competition”.
However, it was to be the start of an interesting ride because Mr Thomas elevated her to win her age class – qualifying her for the state final.
Victorian dairyman Dean Malcolm, from Bluechip Genetics at Zeerust, who then judged the Queensland final, made it his four-year-old champion within a quality list of cows from a state that carries a number of the country’s profile breeders.
“She stood out to me straight away,” Mr Malcolm said.
“She’d had three calves – more calves than any other entry in that class.
"She was in the strongest age-group, which included fantastic animals in their own right the way through.
"But, for me, she [Grade 744 Cox] is what the competition is all about. She was so dairy; she had so much quality, and from every angle she looked phenomenal.”
Brian Cox was stunned.
“It’s the first time we’ve entered this competition, and we won a state Champion,” Brian, 32, said.
“It started as more of a social thing to go along to the dinner and say ‘hi’. To be honest, I didn’t really think she would do that.
"I wouldn’t have thought our cows are show quality. But to be placed first by two people involved in the show scene – yep, we’ll take it.”
Judge Dean Malcolm’s overall champion came out of the mature class.
Tony and Leesa Northfield, of Kaloola Holsteins at Tatham, Qld, won back-to-back mature Champion with a different cow.
This year it was Kaloola Fortune Meg EX91-3E, who took the limelight and the highest points in the competition.
It is backed by a VG88 Maughlin Storm with fourth dam Wyoming Rising Meg 2nd-Twin VG86. It peaked at 46.1 litres with 3.2 per cent protein and 3.7 per cent fat.
The couple milk 120-head on 105 hectares. The eight-year-old, who had had six calves, descends from a purchase at the former combined Masterton and Wyoming sale.
Mr Malcolm said the five-year-old, Leader Hialexander Satin, owned by Travis and Melissa Deans at Oakey, Qld, was a fairly comfortable winner.
The Deans are currently milking 65 head after selling 30-head recently. They are on a 54.5 cent/litre milk price.
While they had had a late spring and a subsequently drawn out harvest they finally had 14 months of hay and silage safely in storage with no weather damage, and they were bedding down to take their foot of the pedal for a couple of months, before heifers started calving in February.
Mr Malcolm could not go past a young entry from Caniaba to win the two-year-old class.
Clarkdale Defiant Bronze is owned by Allan and Julie Clark.
The couple milk 180-head on 242ha and are well-known for having incredible Guernseys as well as exciting Holsteins.
“The two-year-old was a pretty easy winner for me,” Mr Malcome said.
“She was the most complete cow in that class by a fair way. She had no holes in her at all.
"I think she will go on and make a great cow if she does everything right. She had a beautiful rump, a beautiful leg and she had the right angles right through, along with a nice spring of rib and great balance through her udder.
"She’s a cow that wasn’t extreme, but I think she’ll be a great cow."
Julie Clark said the VG85 Bronze is out of Clarkdale MrSam Brooke EX90-1E (the Supreme Holstein exhibit at the North Coast National Dairy Spectacular for 2015 and 2016).
Bronze’s second dam, Clarkdale Dundee Brooke App1 EX92-1E, was the 2013 Champion Holstein at the Brisbane Royal and Supreme Udder at the Ekka in 2013 and 2014.
Bronze is already adding its own accolades to the family name. It was Reserve Intermediate at the 2016 North Coast National Dairy Spectacular and Reserve Intermediate and Best Udder Intermediate at the 2016 Brisbane Royal.
The three-year-old was a tussle between Albion Park Alexander Precise 2ND-IMP-ET (owned by Bernice Jannusch, at Albion Park Holsteins, Pittsworth, Qld) and North Queensland’s Ourway Atwood Jackie 348 (owned by Ourway Holsteins, Millaa Millaa, Qld).
Mrs Jannusch said Precise was the result of her investing in embryos after Semex advertised them.
They were sired by Alexander out of MS Savage-Leigh Precise-ET. Precise 2nd was the result of that investment.
Two year old 1st: Clarkdale Defiant Bronze, Clark Partnership, Clarkdale Holsteins, Caniaba, Qld.
2nd: Leader Bradnick Ada, TW & MJ Deans, Leader Holsteins, Oakey, Qld.
Three year old 1st: Albion Park Alexander Precise 2ND-IMP-ET, B.E.R. Jannusch, Albion Park Holsteins, Pittsworth, Qld.
2nd: Ourway Atwood Jackie 348, CJ & SJ Daley, Ourway Holsteins, Millaa Millaa, Qld.
Four year old 1st: Grade 744 Cox, Cox Partnership, Beaudesert, Qld.
2nd: Arabella Miss Olivia-ET, Arabella Farming Co., Arabella Holsteins, Brookstead, Qld.
Five year old 1st: Leader Hialexander Satin-ET, TW & MJ Deans, Leader Holsteins, Oakey, Qld.
2nd: Anne Well Braxton Fairy, Black & Gold Dairies, Anne Well Holsteins, Monto, Qld.
Mature 1st: Kaloola Fortune Meg, TK & LM Northfield, Kaloola Holsteins, Tatham, Qld.
2nd: Wild Oats Shottle Georgia, CR Parker and Miss Holsteins, Wild Oats Holsteins, Kenilworth, Qld.