Top BPI cow named Jersey champion

23 Jan, 2019 10:41 PM
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I don't think ever in the history that a number one BPI cow has been named champion at dairy week.

The highest rated Jersey cow in Australia was named the grand champion Jersey at International Dairy Week on Wednesday.

The champion, Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11 , shown by Alan and Janine Carson's Cairnbrae Jersey stud, Irrewillipe East, Vic, has a Balanced Performance Index of 387.

"She's a top-of-the-tree cow," Mr Carson said.

"I don't think ever in the history that a number one BPI cow has been named champion at dairy week."

The cow is a Valentino.

Mr Carson said they were one of the first people in Australia to use Valentino and were milking 85 of them in their 350-cow herd.

Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11 classified 94 points in the spring.

It finished second in its class as a three-year-old at IDW in 2017.

Mr Carson said the five-year-old cow had had four calves - all heifers - and was at the top of the Production Index for his herd.

Judge Brian Leslie said the champion was from an "incredible" group of cows on show.

"I didn't think I would see them this good," he said.

"I want the sort of cattle that can pay bills.

"The only way we paid our farms off was to get a lot of milk and that's what these cows do.

"I just love this champion cow, she's my kettle of fish.

"She's just all the things I think we want in a modern dairy cow.

"She's big, she's wide, she's extremely correct through her top, through her rump.

"She has an amazing rear udder, she's just milk to the back teeth and yet she's got so much style and quality with it."

Check out our gallery of some of the action from the Jersey judging

Mr Carson said he was proud of the cow.

The championship win completes a lifetime ambition for Mr Carson.

"I've been a classifier in the Jersey breed for 35 years and I have had goals: I've always wanted to achieve winning at dairy week," he said.

"I'm 64-years-old, I don't know how much longer I will milk cows for.

"This is the epitome of it all."

Frank Walsh, the owner of the intermediate champion Windy Ways Galaxies Dawn 7, said the win was one of his life's highlights.

"I played a lot of football in my days and this is up there with it or better," he said.

"I've won premierships, I've coached premierships, and this is up there with the best."

Mr Walsh said the champion had been a standout since it was a calf.

"She's a magnificent cow - she's not a cow yet - she's only a young cow," he said.

"She's producing 30 litres of milk at the moment, which we are pretty happy with."

Mr Walsh said he milked 300 cows, which were all Jerseys, at Tongala, Vic.

"I found out in the 2007 drought they don't quite eat as much, so they don't eat your profits as quick," he said.

"A few years ago I had 50/50 but it was after 2007, I decided the Friesians were eating too much."

Mr Leslie said the champion was just "way out good news".

"When she came in the ring, I looked at her and I thought 'crikey'," he said.

"She is just so good; I think she's just one of the finest young second-calf three-year-old Jersey cows I've seen for a long time.

"She's just a marvellous, marvellous, marvellous young cow.

"I look at her and I can't see any holes in her - she's a beautiful headed cow, a tremendous long-necked cow, a lovely clean-fronted cow, shes got that beautiful open frame, square rump and marvellous udder."

The junior champion Kings Ville Lassie 37 was bred by the Anderson family's Kings Ville stud at Drouin West.

Rob Anderson said the calf was from a family they had developed, the Lassie family.

"We've had success with them in the past," he said.

"If we go back to her great-great grandmother, she was champion at the Melbourne Royal Show."

The Lassies were consistent producers and in the top group of cows in the family's 220-cow herd.

Mr Leslie said the junior champion was exactly what he wanted in a dairy heifer at its age and stage.

"She's a big heifer, she covers a lot of ground, she's got tremendous squareness of frame, tremendous length, tremendous depth of rib, she's grown up, she can grow down," he said.

JERSEY HONOUR ROLL

Grand champion: Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11, A&J Carson, Irrewillipe East, Vic.

Senior champion: Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11

Reserve: Broadlin Vanessa 2950, Broad family, Lockington, Vic,

Best udder: Bluechip Galaxies Rory, Ben Pedretti, Tallygaroopna, Vic.

Intermediate champion: Windy Ways Galaxies Dawn 7, Windy Ways Jerseys, Tongala, Vic.

Reserve: Salvation Black Ginger, D Schirm, D Jordan, C Lucas & Sun Vale, Yarroweyah, Vic.

Junior champion: Kings Ville Lassie 37 P, R&K Anderson, Drouin West, Vic.

Reserve: Rivendell Getaway Rose, Rivendell Jerseys, Numbaa, NSW.

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