SOUTH Gippsland cows were among the stars in the 16th annual Semex-Holstein Australia On-Farm competition.
The challenge involved close to 3000 Holsteins, and 500 farms across the country.
It celebrates the dairy cows that produce Australia’s milk without fanfare.
Cows were judged for their conformation on-farm without preparation.
The first and second placegetters in each class within Holstein Australia’s 29 sub-branches then moved forward to the state finals – where they were re-assessed by a fresh over-judge to find the state champions.
Victoria’s four-year-old Champion came with a personal story for Maree Deenen of Leongatha.
Carisma Demolish Victory is a VG87 Budjon-Nitzy Demolish daughter out of Murribrook Goldwyn Victory VG86 x the 2008 IDW Intermediate Champion – Strongbark Linjet Victory EX90-1E.
Maree said, that together with her parents, Trevor and Rosalie Zanders, they had bought the four-year Champion’s dam, Murribrook Goldwyn Victory. They later split the partnership by taking pick-for-pick on the calves.
“She was my pick,” Maree said with a huge smile.
Judge Murray Polson said he was excited to see her.
“She put it together for me,” he said.
“She had so much width and openness of chest, and you look at her side profile, and she has that beautiful sharp shoulder; she’s so wide in her pins and she tracks so nicely on those feet and legs.”
Terry and Janine Clark of Harklaje Holsteins at Nerrena also had success with Harklaje Boliv Japonica.
Roger and Helen Perrett (Kongwak) and Les and Louise Calder from Meeniyan came fourth with their cows.
Two year-old: 1st Budgeree McCutchen Angelina-ET – JH & CJ Gardiner, Avonlea Holsteins (Cardina); 2nd Brindabella Goldchip Natalie – J & S Sieben, Brindabella Holsteins (Torrumbarry)
Three year-old: 1st Luccombe Fulton Lady – R & L White, Luccombe Holsteins (Finley); 2nd Harklaje Boliv Japonica – TJ & JE Clark, Harklaje Holsteins (Nerrena).
Four year-old: 1st Carisma Demolish Victory – J & M Deenen, Carisma Holsteins (Leongatha); 2nd Gunwilla Park Freida Medallion – RL Gundry, Gunwilla Park Holsteins (Gunbower).
Five year-old: 1st Sleepy Hollow Jasper Posey-ET – Oakwood Partnership, Oakwood Holsteins (Tocumwal); 2nd Avonlea Braedale Bettine, JH & CJ Gardiner, Avonlea Holsteins (Cardinia)
Mature: 1st Grasslands Lou Lois – AH & JA Van Rijthoven, Grasslands Holsteins (Mt Gambier); 2nd Fairvale Baxter Josie 64-ET – Fairvale Holsteins & Sun Vale Holsteins (Yarroweyah).
Supreme champion: Sleepy Hollow Jasper Posey-ET – Oakwood Partnership, Oakwood Holsteins (Tocumwal).
Judge: Murray Polson, Oxley Island, NSW.
Entries: 1285 (last year – 1616)
Farms: 187 (last year – 203).