A Tallygaroopna Jersey cow has sealed her reputation as a leading Australian champion after winning the interbreed supreme champion dairy female at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Windy Ways Galaxies Dawn 7, owned by Brad and Jess Gavenlock and Frank Walsh, had earlier been judged the supreme champion dairy cow.
Mr Gavenlock admits the stud had had a “fairytale run” but said every win remained special.
Mr Gavenlock said the keys to success included having good cows, a lot of luck and the right management, which came from years of learning what worked and what didn’t work.
He said it was hard to fault the cow.
“There hasn’t been a Jersey cow that has beaten her yet,” he said.
“She has very few faults and is so well made. They haven’t made a perfect cow and she’s not perfect, but I don’t know where I’d change her and she’s got even better with age.”
He said they would continue to show her while she was handling it well.
The rising six-year-old was in-calf in time for next year’s International Dairy Week and they will also use IVF with her.
Jersey Australia general manager Glen Barrett said Dawn 7 was now the benchmark cow in Australia.
“She is a tremendous cow and this win follows her recent supreme champion win at the Central Gippsland Jersey Fair in March.”
She has also experienced considerable success at International Dairy Week.
Brookbora Valentino Sweet Elfa took home the intermediate champion Jersey cow as well as the supreme intermediate champion dairy female for the Bacon family’s Brookbora Jerseys at Tennyson.
Lightning Ridge MB VIP Feliz-ET rounded out the Jersey clean sweep winning junior champion Jersey and supreme junior champion female for D Patten, J Lindsay, C Moscript, and F and D Borba.
The Wilson family from Tamworth took home the final interbreed class, winning the supreme dairy pen of three.
It was the first time Brookbora Jerseys had shown at Sydney, making victory even sweeter.
“Sydney was one of the first shows I went to and we always wanted to show there so we were fairly ecstatic when we won,” Daniel Bacon said.
“It was exciting to be part of the overall Jersey success.”
Mr Bacon described Brookbora Valentino Sweet Elfa, who was also intermediate champion at the recent Central Gippsland Jersey Fair, as a stand-out cow in the herd.
“When she calved in, we thought she looked pretty good and she just kept getting better and better,” Mr Bacon said.
“She’s the kind of cow we like to breed; a long flat-boned dairy cow with a good udder and a cow that should last a long time.”
Lightning Ridge MB VIP Feliz-ET, which is based at Mr Gavenlock’s Cherrylock Cattle Company, was imported as an embryo from North America and her mother was a grand champion at World Dairy Expo.
Co-owner Declan Patten said she had an incredible pedigree from one of the best Jersey cows in the world and was following in her mother’s footsteps.
“We were over the moon with the result because the Holstein was also an incredible heifer,” he said.
Mr Patten said it was pleasing to see Victorian cows win junior, intermediate and senior interbreed titles.
“That shows the level of support from Victorian exhibitors, which is a massive positive.”
Mr Barrett said this year’s clean sweep of the interbreed titles was further proof that Jerseys were dairy’s finest cows
Jersey Australia is running a promotional campaign called Dairy’s Finest to highlight the strength of the Jersey cow, its milk and its success in Australian farming conditions.
Brian Wilson said the success of Jerseys in the interbreed challenge was a compliment to the breed.
“It was a very good showing of Jerseys and that was borne out in the interbreed results, especially when you’ve got all judges involved,” Mr Wilson said.
Source: Country News