THE South Gippsland Jersey Club recently held their Annual General Meeting in July at the RSL in Leongatha.
Two new members were welcomed to the club over dinner, Won Wron farm managers Sue and Dirk, before Colin Dowel made a special presentation detailing his recent tour of farms and factories in China.
Colin attended the tour with Burra Foods and members of Dairy Australia.
New committee members for the club include Darien Matthews as president, Cheryl and Alan Launder as secretary, Wayne Kuhne as treasurer, Callum Moscript as senior vice president, Brian Launder as junior vice president, and Tanya Privitera for public relations.
The Jersey club’s most successful event for the year was, as always, the On Farm Challenge, where a judge travels to each farm and judges the cows ‘in their working clothes’.
The points are tallied up and winners announced at a presentation evening.
From there, the age champions go on to compete in the Great Southern Challenge, which is judged across four states of Australia against the best cows in their respective ages.
Last year the South Gippsland Jersey Club had 188 cows entered from 22 different herds.
This year’s challenge dates have been set. Judging will take place on October 24, 25 and 26 by two judges from New Zealand – Lloyd Wilson from Denson Dale Jerseys and Tony Luckin from  Leithlea Jerseys.
The presentation evening will be on
October 27 at the MDU Football Club rooms in
Meeniyan and catered by local Brent Sinclair Catering.
In May, the club hosted its first heifer tour around the Yarram area.
The club thanks the Mumford family, Kelvin Trotman, Warren Lace and Trent Crawford for taking time out of their busy schedules to get some heifers out for everyone to admire!
Alta Genetics sponsored the lunch which all appreciated as it was the day the well-publicised #Dairyincrisis was bought to our attention so there were some lengthy discussions about the dire situation.
This Heifer tour will be an annual event as it was so popular and a great day off farm.
The club welcomes new members, so contact Tanya Privitera at tanya_zelda@hotmail.com if you would like to know more information.