Geards in glory

Tasmanian Country - - ROYAL HOBART SHOW -

THREE ex­cep­tional cows bat­tled it out in the arena for the Cham­pion Dairy sash at the Royal Ho­bart Show, with an an­i­mal from the Geard fam­ily at Broad­marsh win­ning the top award.

It was a big turnout of cat­tle in the dairy pav­il­ion, twice as many as last year.

For more than 60 years the Geards, who run Green Glory Hol­steins from their Jor­dan House prop­erty at Broad­marsh, have main­tained their tra­di­tion of show­ing prized an­i­mals. They showed 14 cat­tle.

Glo­mar Lau­thor­ity Lucky won In­ter­breed Cham­pion Dairy Cow, adding to their cham­pion sash at Burnie show.

Dairy judge Lind­say Moxey, from the Hunter Val­ley, said the three cows in the run­ning for the cham­pion sash were ex­cep­tional dairy cows, with the win­ner be­ing in full flight and beau­ti­fully clean. Ben Geard said he was de­lighted with his cow’s win. “She’s on to her third calf and as the judge said she was in fine form to­day,” Mr Geard said. The cow was han­dled by Mr Geard’s niece, El­iza Howlett, 17. Dairy farmer Sa­man­tha Johns, 23, who works the fam­ily farm with par­ents Brian and Judy at South For­est in the North-West, won the ju­nior cat­tle han­dler cham­pion award. “I love an­i­mals and work­ing on the dairy farm,” she said. Other win­ners were: ju­nior eight years and un­der Leila Geard, nine years and un­der Lachie Gil­lam, 15 years and un­der 18 Jax­son Gil­lam and 18 and un­der 25 Sa­man­tha Johns.

Judges look at how a heifer is pre­pared by the han­dler, pa­raded and how the han­dler blends with the an­i­mal.

BEEF CAT­TLE SUPREME EX­HIBIT

A 16-month-old Sim­men­tal heifer, Damelee Mav­er­ick, won Supreme Ex­hibit of the show along with be­ing Ju­nior In­ter­breed Fe­male and Grand Cham­pion In­ter­breed Fe­male.

Haylee Ben­nett, who started her Damelee Sim­men­tals stud in 2007, was de­lighted with the win.

“I am re­ally happy with the string of wins. I love ev­ery­thing about her,” Ms Ben­nett said.

“This heifer’s grand­mother won at Ho­bart in 2012.”

BEEF I NTERBREED WIN­NER

ROUND­ING out the scales at 784kg Short­horn bull Dun­roan Mav­er­ick was named Grand Cham­pion In­ter­breed Bull.

The 19-month-old bull also won the Cham­pion In­ter­breed Ju­nior Bull ti­tle and Stud owner Phillip Loane was de­lighted with the re­sults.

The Dun­roan Short­horn Stud is run by Mr Loane, his wife Richele and their daugh­ters Catie and Emily. “We are ex­tremely happy with the win,” Mr Loane said. “The judges said he had good fer­til­ity traits, struc­tural sound­ness and an all-round smooth­ness.” The bull was han­dled by Catie. In the Se­nior In­ter­breed Bull class it was 24-month-old Cath­nal Up­shot, from Cather­ine and Allan Mur­fet’s Cath­nal Santa Gertrudis stud that won the cham­pion sash.

The same bull, weigh­ing 804kg, also won Supreme Ex­hibit for the Santa Gertrudis breed.

“We are happy with this an­i­mal’s cor­rect struc­ture and he has such a great, calm tem­per­a­ment,” Mr Mur­fet said.

It was also a great day for the own­ers of the new Fire-Ro-Park Mur­ray Grey stud at Ex­eter, win­ning Se­nior In­ter­breed Fe­male with four-year-old Wooburn Jean­nette.

Own­ers Re­bekah Henri and Richard Goss es­tab­lished the stud about four years ago and have 20 reg­is­tered an­i­mals.

Ms Henri said they first be­came in­ter­ested in Mur­ray Greys be­cause of their tem­per­a­ment.

They have been show­ing now for about three years and are aim­ing to breed mus­cu­lar, well struc­tured and easy-do­ing cat­tle.

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