Dairy champ a crowd-pleaser

Countryman - - NEWS - Zach Relph

A Cook­er­nup dairy farmer has cel­e­brated a re­turn to the IGA Perth Royal Show cat­tle com­pe­ti­tions with a win, se­cur­ing the supreme se­nior cham­pion all-breeds dairy fe­male ti­tle.

Ex­hibit­ing at the Show for the first time since 2010, Al­bert Ieraci, of Ier­avale Stud at Cook­er­nup, won this year’s gong with Ier­avale Steva Black­rose.

Com­pe­ti­tion judge Michael Hentschke, an Ayr­shire cat­tle breeder from Glencoe in South Aus­tralia, said the cow’s chest depth and well-bal­anced stance had made it a crowd-pleaser.

Mr Hentschke also deemed Ier­avale Steva Black­rose the grand cham­pion fe­male and se­nior cham­pion cow dur­ing the class judg­ing, with it stand­ing out for “over­all power” and “strength through the front end”.

Mr Ieraci praised the vic­tory and said Ier­avale Steva Black­rose, out of Ier­avale Sanchez Black­rose, was an im­pres­sive Hol­stein Friesian.

“It was a pretty quick de­ci­sion to en­ter, so we prob­a­bly didn’t get the en­tries as tip-top as we wanted to get them,” he said.

“If you’ve got a good cow you have to have a go at the Royal — she’s a good cow.”

Mr Ieraci’s Ier­avale Freeze Shar­lene was also sashed the supreme in­ter­me­di­ate cham­pion all-breeds dairy fe­male.

Broselinda Park stud prin­ci­pals Wayne and Belinda Ow­ston, of Don­ny­brook, en­joyed a stel­lar com­pe­ti­tion, with Broselinda Park Jelly­baby crowned the supreme ju­nior cham­pion all-breeds dairy fe­male.

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter, Brid­gette Ow­ston, han­dled Broselinda Park Jelly­baby in the class judg­ing.

Mr Hentschke said Broselinda Park Jelly­baby’s power, strength and depth were ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tors in the win.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Brid­gette Ow­ston leads Broselinda Park Jelly­baby dur­ing the dairy judg­ing at the IGA Perth Royal Show.

With the supreme se­nior cham­pion all-breeds dairy fe­male, Ier­avale Steva Black­rose, are judge Michael Hentschke, han­dler Wayne Ow­ston and Ier­avale Stud prin­ci­pal Al­bert Ieraci.

With the supreme in­ter­me­di­ate cham­pion all-breeds dairy fe­male, Ier­avale Freeze Shar­lene, are judge Michael Hentschke, dairy hand Jonny Ital­iano and han­dler Belinda Ow­ston.

With the supreme ju­nior cham­pion all-breeds dairy fe­male, Broselinda Park Jelly­baby, are judge Michael Hentschke, cen­tre, and Broselinda Park stud prin­ci­pals Wayne and Belinda Ow­ston.

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