Tandara Dairies, Dingee, Victoria’s, decision to bring a team of 11 cattle to this year’s International Dairy Week has paid dividends, with the stud dominating the Brown Swiss section.
Tandara took out the grand champion, senior champion, reserve senior champion, best udder, intermediate reserve champion, premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.
Tandara’s Ben Govett was prominent in last year’s Save the Dairyfarmer rally, when he took his champion Swiss Brown cow Tandara Sarajevo 11 through the streets of Melbourne.
He said the Grand Champion, Tandara Mobby Sarajevo 101, impressed American judge Nathan Thomas with her cleanliness.
“I think he liked her dairyness and extreme mammary system, she has a beautiful high level udder, a beautiful texture of udder and fore attachment,” Mr Govett said.
The cow was bred for commercial production and was expected to produce 10,000 litres of milk, this year, at a rate of 400 kilograms of fat and 280kg of protein.
Mr Thomas said Sarajevo was a “beautifully balanced cow, with a tremendous udder.
“She is a cow that looks like she works extremely well, a cow that any dairy, and any breeder in the world, would be happy to milk,” he said.
Mr Govett said Sarajevo was three months fresh.
It had given birth to three calves.
He said the industry was still facing tough times, as the milk price had not yet improved.
“They can talk all they like about improved milk prices, but until it happens, it’s still going to be a bit tough,” he said.
Tandara was milking a herd of 250, down from 300.
“We will just continue doing what we normally do, the reality is that we go back on Friday to the reality of an unsustainable milk price, we can’t pay our bills on time and we don’t get support from the government.
“Now, we have to go back to the hard grind of working seven days a week, for the privilege of it."
He said showing cattle was “a passion of mine,” and he enjoyed the camaraderie of the showring.
Grand champion: Tandara Mobby Sarajevo 101, Tandara Brown Swiss & Matt Dennis, Dingee, Victoria.
Senior champion: Tandara Mobby Sarajevo 101.
Reserve: Tandara Denver Lunda 216, Tandara.
Best udder: Tandara Mobby Sarajevo 101.
Intermediate champion: Roland Lodge Dairy Queen, Canobie Partnership, Drouin West, Victoria.
Reserve: Miss Payssli Lola, Tandara Brown Swiss, Dingee, Victoria.
Junior champion: Grasslands Huray Playgirl, Grasslands, Mt Gambier, South Australia.
Reserve: Tandara Assay Ada, Hanson & Flemming, Tocumwal, NSW.
Premier sire: Scherma Glenn Blooming-ET
Premier breeder: Tandarra Brown Swiss and Matt Dennis.
Premier exhibitor: Tandara Brown Swiss