Win a swansong for Bluechip

06 Jul, 2018 04:27 PM
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Associate judge Henry Bevan, judge Justin Burdette and part-owner Dean Malcolm with the intermediate champion Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118.
She is a project cow, I've been milking her at home for the last three months by myself.
Associate judge Henry Bevan, judge Justin Burdette and part-owner Dean Malcolm with the intermediate champion Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118.

Dean Malcolm, the owner of the Victorian Winter Fair supreme intermediate champion Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118, says it is "one of the best-uddered cows I've seen in this country".

And Mr Malcolm should know.

With his wife Dianna, he established Bluechip Genetics, which took home a swag of ribbons and premier breeder and exhibitor titles at shows throughout Australia, before the stud was dispersed in 2016.

Mr Malcolm saw the intermediate champion last year at the first stage dispersal of Fairvale Holsteins.

He and Fairvale had owned the cow's dam, EX 94 Baxter Josie 64, which had enjoyed success at International Dairy Week.

Mr Malcolm bought Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118, in conjunction with Fairvale, for $12,500, one of five he picked up at the sale.

But he knew it was special.

Although he had had only dry heifers on his Zeerust, Vic, property since the stud dispersal, he decided to milk Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118, rather than send it to another dairy, where he could not oversee its preparation.

"She is a project cow, I've been milking her at home for the last three months by myself - just one cow - but I knew how good she could have been if she did everything right, so it's pretty exciting," he said.

"I just love her.

"Her frame is phenomenal and her udder is unbelievable."

Victorian Winter Fair judge Justin Burdette, Pennsylvania, United States, and associate judge Henry Bevan, Queensland, agreed.

Mr Burdette said the cow had excellent size and scale, a "beautiful dairy frame and a tremendous udder".

"She's a cow that when you get behind her, she has height and width and fullness right to the top of her rear udder," he said.

"She has that beautiful turn to her rear udder.

"You certainly admire the lovely quality she carries through to the fore udder."

Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118 will be sold at Bluechip Genetics Tag Sale to be held from July 13-15.

The winter fair, where Bluechip Genetics also took out the premier breeder award, and the tag sale mark the end of the stud as the Malcolms have put their property on the market and plan to move to Mrs Malcolm's homeland New Zealand.

The couple is already involved in the industry in NZ and will undertake several ventures there.

Check out the Australian Dairyfarmer Facebook page for galleries and videos from each class at the Victorian Winter Fair

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