Heifer a show­stop­per

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

JENNY and Steve McCarthy won a num­ber of rib­bons with their jersey cat­tle at the Toowoomba Show on Fri­day.

The McCarthys run As­cot Park Jersey Stud in East Green­mount.

“I bought the fam­ily dairy farm 30 years ago,” Mr McCarthy said.

“My fa­ther started the farm in about 1945.”

Their jersey heifer, As­cot Park Vanahlem Beauty 4, won the 2½ years and un­der in milk class, won the Supreme In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pion Heifer, won Supreme Ju­nior Ud­der and led the Supreme Pen of Three Heifers.

The char­ac­ter­is­tics the judges were look­ing for in­cluded a good top line, clean flat bone, good feet and legs, ud­der at­tach­ments and width.

Mr McCarthy shared what he en­joyed most about show­ing cat­tle.

“Be­ing able to show your cat­tle off and com­pete and to keep im­prov­ing,” he said.

“Com­pet­ing helps you im­prove and it’s good ad­ver­tis­ing. Peo­ple can see that you have good cows.”

The McCarthys are hav­ing an on-prop­erty sale at As­cot Park Jersey Stud on April 27. There will be 137 fe­males, seven bulls and four em­bryo pack­ages avail­able.

“Our last on-farm sale was in 2004,” Mr McCarthy said. “We sold about 40 head. “I’m 66 this year so I want to take a bit eas­ier.

“The cows are in good form at the mo­ment and af­ter a suc­cess­ful Toowoomba we hope the sale goes well.

“We’ll sell off all the younger ones next year, about an­other 90 head.”

PHOTO: CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER

ON SHOW: Jenny and Steve McCarthy, of East Green­mount, with their prize-win­ning jersey heifer.

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