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TAS Country : October 27th 2011
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 28, 2011 News Royal Hobart Show SUPREME EFFORT: Haylee Bennett and Damian Hingston with Corinda Downs Entree and her calf. Drive dishes up winning Entree KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE long drive from Gaw- ler to the Royal Hobart Show paid off for the Dam- lee Simmental Stud. Stud owners Haylee Ben- nett and Damian Hingston had plenty of reasons to smile when their 26-month- old cow Corinda Downs Entree was sashed Su- preme Beef Exhibit. During Thursday's in- terbreed classes, the cow won the Champion Inter- breed Senior Female award, before going on to win the Grand Champion Female title. Entree was shown with her eight-month-old bull calf at foot, which Ms Bennett said was a bit of an accident. ''She wasn't actually meant to be in calf, but that's the thing with these cattle, they're quite early maturers so they tend to start cycling quite young,'' she said. Ms Bennett said that despite having a calf so young, Entree had grown into a top-quality cow. Interbreed judge John Bell from Carrick agreed. ''This is a very nice young cow,'' he said. ''She's only a two-year- old and when you look at that calf behind her she's doing a very good job. ''She's very balanced in her structure and has good bone that's not too heavy or too light.'' Renee Robertson was also judging Thursday's in- terbreed classes and said the cow was hard to beat. ''This is a young cow with a tremendous calf behind her,'' she said. ''The job she's doing on that calf is fantastic.'' The couple bought En- tree as a calf at foot with her dam from the Corinda Downs stud. ''I really liked the cow and she was only a month old, but I thought she would be a nice heifer,'' Ms Bennett said. Entree is no stranger to the show ring and last season won the Champion Interbreed Junior Heifer award at the Burnie, Ulver- stone and Devonport shows. Dairy passion on display PRIDE: Brothers Brad and Liam Millhouse, left and right, with the family's junior champion interbreed Holstein bull. Bellow, Ben Geard of Broadmarsh. ROGER HANSON Two families milk a great tradition BROADMARSH dairy farmer Ben Geard is doing his best to bring Tas- mania's rich dairy tra- dition to the urban areas. Ben, 31, along with his parents Paul and Elizabeth, runs the dairy stud Green Glory Holsteins at their Jordan House property, at Broadmarsh. ''It will be a sad day if the Hobart Show doesn't have dairy cows on display,'' Mr Geard said. ''The public is losing touch with the dairy indus- try, the farming industry in general, and by us bring- ing animals to the show helps people stay in touch. ''Thousands of people go through the shed every day. Kids these days have got no comprehension where milk comes from, so they stop and we talk to them. We even bring some calves for the children. The Hobart Show has the big- gest passing crowd of any of the shows'' he said. And the public gets to view quality animals --- the Green Glory Holsteins took the sashes for su- preme champion dairy cow and senior champion Holstein with Strongbark Advent Candy. Almost fours old, with a second calf, the cow is by Kite Advent from Strongbark Calvin Candy. ''She has amazing poten- tial. The judges said she has a high, wide rear udder with good texture to the udder. She has good com- bination of dairyness and strength,'' Mr Geard said. The Geards also picked up the sash for supreme champion dairy bull with almost three-year-old Mur- ribrook Regal by Wedg- ewood Laramie. ''The bull market is a significant market for us, we sell 80 bulls a year, and with about 100 bulls out on lease in spring,'' Mr Geard said. Brothers supreme THE Millhouse family from Riana scored a personal achievement when 12-year-old Liam collected the prize for champion show handler. 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