THE White family of Leongatha South have been recognised as Master Breeders at the Holstein Australia annual competitions and awards night in South Australia recently.
The Master Breeder Award recognises the long-term achievement of herds that have bred at least 300 registered animals over a minimum of 20 years.
The White family of Les and Dianne, with Russ and Amy farm at Dilee, Leongatha South.
Only seven other Master Breeders were selected from around Australia.
The Holstein Cow of the Year award went to Somerelle Leader Lassco EX-91-3E, owned and bred by Master Breeders Scott and Nirrelle Somerville from Timmering in Northern Victoria.
Guest judge, Mike Huth, Genetics Australia, said Lassco stood out for her outstanding achievements in every category the judges were looking for including lifetime production performance, regular lactations, high components, brood cow performance, show record and influence on the breed as Australia’s Holstein ambassador.
“Lassco sets herself apart as a true champion in her breeding performance, with an impeccable 87 per cent VG or better on nine progeny, for me these attributes make Somerelle Leader Lassco a true Australian Holstein Champion,” Mike said.
The prestigious competition recognises all-round excellence in production, classification, breeding and overall contribution to the Australian Holstein breed.
The Hore family, Elmar Holsteins, from Leitchville, Victoria dominated this year’s All Australian competition, taking out both the Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards.
The Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards are based on points allocated to each finalist, honourable mention, reserve and winners in each category.

The winners in each category are:
Mature 6yrs and over: Mooramba Talent Randell EX-91-1E
Breeder: ST and JA Flynn, Toolamba Victoria
Exhibitor: LP and VL Flanaghan
Mature 5yr old: Elmar Ice Jessica EX-91-1E
Breeder and Exhibitor: Elmar Holsteins, Leitchville, VIC
4yr old: Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11-ET VG89
Breeder and Exhibitor: Elmar Holsteins, Leitchville, VIC
3yr Old: Linsand Damion Riche VG87
Breeder: LR and SJ Thompson, Bracknell Tasmania
Exhibitor: LR and SJ Thompson and Bradley Cullen
2yr Old in Milk – Over 30mths: Avonlea Windbrook Lulu 2nd-IMP-ET VG87
Breeder: Lexis Holsteins and David R Dyment, CAN
Exhibitor: Elmar Holsteins, Leitchville, VIC and RJ and LE Blackburn, Cookernup WA
2yr Old in Milk – 30mths and under: Benlargo Atwood Aura VG85
Breeder and Exhibitor: Benlargo Holsteins, Glencoe SA
Snr Yearling Dry: Bluechip Sid S Whynot
Breeder and Exhibitor: Bluechip Holsteins, Zeerust, Vic
Youth Calf Class: Hillview Park Look Atme-IMP-ET
Breeder: Conant Acres Inc, USA
Exhibitor: GG and JD McPhee, Finley NSW