A Northern Victorian cow has become the first to win the Jersey Australia/Semex Great Australian Challenge Supreme Champion title two years in a row.
Loxleigh Badger Iris 4, bred by Geoff and Natalie Akers of Loxleigh Jerseys stud at Tallygaroopna near Shepparton, was announced as the winner during the Jersey Australia annual general meeting and conference in Lismore, NSW.
Loxleigh Badger Iris 4’s performance in 2016 surpassed the previous year.
It had a top lactation record of 9764 litres, with 412 kilograms fat, 358kg protein and a production index (PI) of 134.
The previous year it recorded 8612 litres, 378kg fat, and 306kg protein and had a PI of 114.
The eight-year-old is classified as Excellent 94.
“It’s a great thrill to win again,” Mr Akers said.
“She’s now the only one to win the Great Australian Challenge twice.
“We were a little worried. We weren’t sure that she was quite as good but she’s come up very well.”
The cow has good shape and pedigree.
“She’s a larger cow with a good frame, dairy strength on the front end and an exceptional udder,” Mr Akers said.
“She has a very strong pedigree…she’s probably the best-bred cow we’ve had.”
Loxleigh Badger Iris 4 won both the Great Southern Challenge mature cow and Great Australian Challenge title last year.
Loxleigh Jerseys has previously won four titles in the Southern Challenge.
The Challenge starts with local club on-farm challenges in five age group classes.
The winners then enter the Great Southern Challenge in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria or the Great Northern Challenge in Queensland and New South Wales.
The five winners from the Southern and Northern Challenges then compete for the coveted Great Australian Challenge Supreme Champion title.
The challenge is sponsored by Semex.