Geards in glory
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.