Ex­cel­lent herd re­sults

Shepparton News - Country News - - HOLSTEIN MASTER BREEDERS -

Dairy farm­ers Charles and Carolyn Smith from An­des Hol­steins have brought to­gether more than 20 years of hard work to se­cure recog­ni­tion as Mas­ter Breed­ers at the Hol­stein Aus­tralia awards last month.

The Smiths, who have been on their 369 ha St Ger­mains farm since 1998, milk 500 cows at their peak and Mr Smith said they prided them­selves on pro­duc­ing qual­ity cows.

From those clas­si­fied, the cou­ple has had eight cows clas­si­fied as ex­cel­lent and a fur­ther 21 cows av­er­ag­ing 85 points.

Mr Smith said they fo­cused on mak­ing de­ci­sions that would pro­duce qual­ity cows phys­i­cally and ul­ti­mately en­sure high pro­duc­tion.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously, if she’s bet­ter phys­i­cally she’s more able to walk and she’s bet­ter able to pro­duce and pro­duce for a long pe­riod of time in a com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said.

With the grow­ing ge­nomics mar­ket, Mr Smith said he and his wife tried to en­sure they were do­ing what was best for their own farm, even if it took them in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion to other farm­ers.

‘‘I prob­a­bly have a bit of a dif­fer­ent phi­los­o­phy to some oth­ers, I be­lieve tried and tested is worth more than maybes,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m a big be­liever in see­ing is be­liev­ing.’’ The Smiths have had what Mr Smith de­scribes as a ‘‘good run’’ and are now shift­ing their fo­cus to pro­duc­ing beef at their Hol­brook and Wagga Wagga prop­er­ties, with an Oc­to­ber 17 sale at their prop­erty the first step.

‘‘I think 20-odd years is a fair in­nings,’’ he said.

Awarded . . . Hol­stein Aus­tralia has recog­nised An­des Hol­steins’s Carolyn and Charles Smith (pic­tured) with a Mas­ters Breed­ers award.

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