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TAS Country : January 3rd 2013
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 4, 2013 STANDOUT: Datumvale Igniter Victoria, the clear winner. TOP PRODUCER: Leader Famous Favour took out the mature cow class. Two-year-olds like no udder TOP TWO-YEAR-OLD: Fairvale Montgomery Butter. KAROLIN MacGREGOR BEST FOUR-YEAR-OLD: Fairvale Damion Josie. CHAMP: Three-year old Cradleview Aladdin Reunion. GOOD genetic choices by Tasmanian Holstein breeders is seeing the state's dairy herd keep pace with the mainland. This was the assessment by Semex- Holstein Aust- ralia Tasmanian On-Farm Challenge judge Jenny Grey, who recently visited properties across the state. There were 101 cows from 16 breeders entered in the this year's challenge. ''There is no doubt Tas- mania has the same cal- ibre of cows as the main- land,'' Ms Grey said. ''I think they're doing a great job of using sires that are giving them the right kind of structure through- out, and I was particularly impressed with the udder on the two-year-olds. That was a feature for me.'' Ms Grey said the longevity of some of the cows in the mature classes was also impressive. ''One 12-year-old had had 10 calves, and there was no wear and tear throughout the aged cows at all,'' she said. A visit to Marcus and Jacqui Young's property at Ridgley provided Ms Grey with two class winners. Their five-year-old cow Datumvale Igniter Vic- toria was a clear standout. ''I had a really good five- year-old in first place at that point,'' Ms Grey said. ''But I felt that the Ig- niter Victoria was a won- derful cow. She could walk around the yard and she stood up so well every time. She had a lot of capacity throughout, a lot of width throughout and her udder was very well attached. It was high and wide with a really good seam.'' The Youngs milk about 350 cows on their property and this year entered just three cows, two of them for the first time. Victoria was sired by Summershade Igniter and has produced 10,473 litres with 357kg of protein and 505kg of fat over 300 days. ''I love Victoria for her overall style, bone quality and her will to milk,'' Mr Young said said. ''She's a great cow to work with, she's trouble-free and both her and our other cham- pion are always in the first run in the dairy.'' The Youngs' second- class champion Leader Fa- mous Favour EX91-2E took out the highly competitive mature cow class. The couple bought Favour from the Leader Holstein stud in Queens- land three years ago for $11,000. The seven-year-old cow recently peaked at 64 litres a day. Favour was sired by Tamrook Famous Dante and has recently been join- ed to Gillette Windbrook. The Youngs are hoping Favour will produce a daughter so they can con- tinue her bloodlines. ''She's just a pleasure to milk,'' Mr Young said. Well-known Holstein breeders Ross and Leanne Dobson also won two clas- ses this year with cows from their Fairvale Hol- stein herd. The Dobsons milk 385 cows on their property at Bracknell, which has pro- duced the most Inter- national Dairy Week win- ners in the country. This year the Dobsons won both the two and four- year-old classes with cows bred from their two strongest female lines. Two-year-old Fairvale Montgomery Butter 175 was bred out of VG86 Morty, who placed third in the 2007 on-farm challenge. ''Jim [judge Jim Gil- more] loved her Morty dam and he wanted to buy her that year,'' Mr Dobson said. ''But we didn't get her back in calf and this is the only calf she has had since. Butter 175 is very similar to her dam.'' Butter was producing over 30 litres a day at the time she was judged. The Dobsons' four-year old cow Fairvale Damion Josie 45 is producing 9549 litres with 331kg of protein and 342kg of fat. There was very little between the top six in the four-year-old class, Ms Grey said. ''It was a really close class right through with big capacious cows that had really tight udders right up in them from start to finish.'' The champion three- year old was Cradleview Aladdin Reunion NYC. The cow is owned by 16-year-old Jayne Walters and her partner Brad de Bomford. Miss Walters lives with her parents Ken and Tania on their Kindred property where they milk 150 cows. She was an easy winner for me,'' Ms Grey said. ''She was just a really good balanced young cow. I liked the capacity through- out the cow and I loved her dairy strength. She had the best udder you would ever want to see and she had so much room to grow.'' Second place in the two- year-old class was won by the Thompson family's Linsand Laurin Tobi. The Hortle family won second place in the three- year-old class with Panatana SI Rosebud and the four-year-old class with Panatana Powerplay Pru- dence. 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