A 55-YEAR tradition of Jersey excellence was on display at the Central Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club Fair at Warragul last month.
Among the crowd of 230 people was the first winner of that inaugural event. John Blum from Warragul took out the champion cow honour at the first show with Blueberry Hill Golden Girlie 2 in 1961.
Also in the crowd was Jersey matriarch Winsome Anderson, of Kay Vee Jerseys, Clyde, who has never missed a Warragul fair.
Her father established the Lucinvale Jersey stud in 1925 at Weering in western Victoria before the move to Gippsland “for the better climate”.
The family breed tradition is kept alive with studs operated by her sons: Lindsay with Kings Vista stud at Athlone, Ian with Kings View Jerseys at Nar Nar Goon and Robert with Kings Ville stud at Drouin West.
Meanwhile, one of the youngest attendees was Montana Egan 5, who came with her mum Belinda from Camperdown in western Victoria.
The visit was successful, Belinda’s cow Kingsville Tinkerbelle 62 won the four year old in milk class and went on to be named senior champion cow.
The cow also won the Vic Wallace Memorial best udder and the Roy Battley Memorial champion type and production cow.
Northern Victoria was also represented with first-time competitors, the Bacon family from Tennyson.
Daniel Bacon, 24, son of Robin and Sandra of Brookbora Jerseys, exhibited four cows. He took time away from his day job as a nutritionist for Reid Stockfeeds based at Colbinabbin.
Among the ribbons the Bacon family gathered on the day were Reserve Intermediate Champion with Brookbora Love Lies 678.
They also claimed the Reserve Senior Champion title with Brookbora Love Lies 607. The Bacon family also claimed the Len Jakobi Memorial Pen of Three award.
Judge at this year’s show was Brian Wilson of Tamworth. His Shirlinn Icy Eve EX95 was supreme cow at this year’s IDW. He awarded the Russ Carroll Memorial supreme champion honour to Salvation Tequilla Belle 2, the same cow that won the intermediate champion honours.
She is owned by B & J Gavenlock & O’Meara Family both of NSW.
“This young cow has the ‘wow’ factor,” said the judge. “She’s so good in her feet and legs and udder and the extra length is what she has.”
The Philmar Dairy Co from Tocumwal was named most successful exhibitor.
The fair is not all about ribbons.
Mardan’s Tanya Privitera used the event to get back into the judging ring for the first time since she became mum to Ava, 3 and Levi, 5.
She had only 12 days to get Inverlair Heights Jack Teeny EX92 ready for the challenge. The cow was fitted for the Warragul contest by Gavin Broad of Lockington.
While there were no ribbons this time, the outing gave Tanya a taste for showing. “I’ve missed it so much,” she said.
Attending the show was Jersey Australia’s newly appointed general manager Mike Weise.
Celebrating Jersey excellence