Wallumlands storms to top of Illawarras

17 Jan, 2017 10:13 PM
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It's good to share with two of your closest mates.

A cow that won the supreme interbreed award and champion Illawarrra award at International Dairy Week (IDW) two years ago returned on Tuesday to claim to top Illawarrra award again.

Wallumlands Sunstorm 8 made history in 2015 when it was the first coloured cow to win the supreme award, making it only the second time a breed other than Holsteins had topped the country's premier dairy event since it started.

It did not compete last year after a difficult caesarian calving had meant it had not been in calf.

But the owners - Glen Gordon, Cohuna, Vic, Daniel Bacon, Tennyson, Vic, and Ben Govett, Dingee, Vic - had the cow set to compete this year, calving it down in October.

The trio bought the cow in 2014 from the breeder Terry Tidcombe, Tatura, Vic, after seeing it compete at IDW in 2014.

Mr Gordon said the six-year-old cow had "a great udder and was extremely dairy".

It was part of his herd at Gorbro Holsteins and competed well against the Holsteins, averaging 10,000-11,000 litres of milk per lactation.

The win was a great reward for the trio.

"It's good to share with two of your closest mates," Mr Gordon said.

Judge Michael Heath, United States, said the champion cow ticked all the boxes and was "very special".

"This cow ... is my kind of cow, she gets my motor running," he said.

"She's the kind that ... keeps me revved up in this business, trying to find them or trying to breed cows like this.

"This is a cow that has one incredible frame.

"She has incredible feet and legs and a beautiful mammary system."

Mr Gordon celebrated a double success as part of the partnership that owned the reserve champion cow Llandovery JR Joan 982.

The Hayes family, from Girgarre, Vic, continued their success at IDW taking the intermediate championship as well as the premier breeder and exhibitor awards.

Judge Mr Heath said he intermediate champion Llandovery Thorpes Stella had a great mammary system.

"It's just welded on," he said.

"She's got a great set of feet and legs.

"I think there is a lot of future in this young cow, she just has an incredible mammary system."

The cow was sold later in the day at the Illawarra Revolution Sale, fetching the second top price of $6700.

It will now be heading to Lachlan Alwer's Illawarra stud at Invergordon, Vic.

The junior champion Panorama Angeline 48 has in its pedigree the great Illawarra cow Panorama Angeline 8, a previous IDW champion.

It is owned by Brad and Jessica Gavenlock, Cherrylock Cattle Co, Tallygaroopna, Vic, who bought it in October.

Mrs Gavenlock said she had grown up with Illawarras and her husband had bought her Panorama Angeline 48 because it was a nice heifer.

The couple, who returned from the United States in late 2015, are now building up their show herd.

"i was pretty excited to win - I didn't expect it at all," Mrs Gavenlock said.

Judge Mr Heath said the heifer was exceptional.

"She's extremely balanced, she's square cut, a heifer that has that big mid section and a heifer that has a lot of fullness to her rib and great feet and legs," he said.

ILLAWARRA

Grand champion: Wallumlands Sunstorm 8, Gordon, Bacon & Govett Cohuna, Vic.

Senior champion: Wallumlands Sunstorm 8

Reserve: Llandovery JR Joan 982, Gordon & Rapley, Cohuna, Vic.

Intermediate champion: Llandovery Thorpes Stella, Hayes family, Girgarre, Vic.

Reserve: Riversleigh Pingerly Dorris 4, Tuhan family, Tatura, Vic.

Junior champion: Panorama Angeline 48, B & J Gavenlock, Cherrylock Cattle Co, Tallygaroopna, Vic.

Reserve: Riversleigh Pingerly Dorris 4, Tuhan family.

Premier Sire: Treeton Pingerly

Premier Breeder: Hayes family.

Premier Exhibitor: Hayes family.

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Carlene Dowie

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