Breeder hits bulls­eye

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

JUSTIN John­ston has a goal to ser­vice two mar­kets when he breeds bulls. And the two-time win­ner of the supreme cham­pion heifer of the Royal Mel­bourne Show reck­ons he is get­ting closer than ever to achiev­ing his am­bi­tions.

“My aim is to get a cow that wins big shows, but is a high BPI (bal­anced per­for­mance in­dex) cow as well,” he said.

“To be able to make bulls for both mar­kets, the show mar­ket and the in­dex mar­ket, and we are clos­ing that gap now.”

This year’s supreme cham­pion heifer of the show, Glo­mar Com­man­der Lucky, is no ex­cep­tion.

Her mother, Glo­mar Shot­tle Lyn 4088, is a full sis­ter to the No. 1 BPI cow, Gold­wyn Lucky 4319, while she is full sis­ter to SHG Gen­eral, the high­est type bull in Aus­tralia based on ge­nomics.

Glo­mar Shot­tle Lyn 4088 also took out the se­nior cham­pion in-milk heifer award and best ves­sel in show.

Judge John Gar­diner, from Avon­lea Hol­steins, Car­dinia, said the East Gipp­s­land heifer was in “won­der­ful form”.

“She’s in out­stand­ing form,” he said.

“She’s silky beau­ti­ful, (with a) clean, longer neck, wide muz­zle, wide chest... and a fore-ud­der that blends right into the body.”

He also said she suited the “true type model” of a cow.

The cham­pion will at­tend lo­cal shows in the com­ing months, with plans to “carry her through” un­til In­ter­na­tional Dairy Week in Jan­uary.

This year she came fourth in her class at the Tatura show.

Last week, she had been calved for five weeks – she had a heifer by Crush – and had been in the John­ston’s fresh cow herd of up to 140.

Justin and part­ner Shorna Ross said they could not keep up with com­mer­cial dairy farmer de­mand for bulls.

This year’s Royal Mel­bourne Show dairy cat­tle com­pe­ti­tion was the small­est in its his­tory, with 16 en­tries across the en­tire show. Last year there was 50 en­tries.


TOP NOTCH: Rachel Dick­son leads a Hol­stein owned by Justin John­ston and Shorna Ross of Glo­mar Hol­steins.

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