Its not all black and white

24 Apr, 2001 10:00 PM
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BREED variety spiced up the Autumn Dairy Fair with Guernsey, Brown Swiss and Jersey heifers shown in addition to the popular black and white Holstein breed, at Brunswick last week.

The judge, Andrew Cunningham, Waterloo, was impressed with the line up of young cows which tend to be overlooked and under-represented within the larger dairy industry.

In appreciation of various attributes of these alternative dairy breeds, Mr Cunningham acknowledged some advantages to be gained from opting for the less popular breeds.

"The milk from Guernseys, Jerseys and Brown Swiss cows offer high components of butter fat and protein which is economically beneficial for the breeders.

"Breeders are becoming very select in their genetics usage which is also resulting in higher literage," he said.

According to Mr Cunningham, the vastly improved types of cattle emerging within these breeds will offer the dairy a great alternative.

The types of cows Mr Cunningham was referring to were revealed in the Guernsey section by the supreme champion Guernsey female and intermediate champion, Bogar Rhy Julie, bred by principals Mark Rose & Co, Talarah stud, Roelands.

This well-balanced cow was sired by Bogar Roses Hytime and out of Bogar LJ Dodo Julie.

The Jersey section was adequately represented with 26 entrants over nine classes.

Talarah stud was a very successful Jersey competitor, winning supreme champion and senior champion cow for Taringa Brook Hilda and reserve supreme champion and intermediate champion cow for for Talarah Lester Ruby - two cows that were "very dairy and of exceptional quality," according to the judge, Mr Cunningham.

Mr Cunningham described Taringa Brook Hilda as a "well-balanced super dairy cow."

"She is put together well, showing very good refinement and femininity through the neck and shoulders and has a well-balanced body with an exceptional udder and teat placement," he said.

The Rose family's cattle were led by their children, Michael, Sarah and 11 year old Neil who won the Junior Handlers award in the Under 12yo division and led the cow that won the Best Udder class.

Michael Rose said that receiving an honourable mention at Perth's Royal Show was the highlight of his cattle career, prior to the results of this year's Autumn Dairy Fair.

Benleigh stud principals, Ian and Jenny Trigwell, Dardanup, did exceptionally well in the Brown Swiss section with Benleigh TF Swiftly winning supreme champion cow and junior champion heifer and Benleigh Jewel Donna winning supreme reserve champion cow and senior champion cow.

Sired by Nova TDP Floor and out of Benleigh Governor's Swiftly, Benleigh TF Swiftly was a "very stylish young heifer with depth of flank right through," according to judge, Mr Cunningham.

"She has appealed to me all day as she is strong on top and has a great deal of character showing," he said.

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