The Goulburn Valley has been well represented at the Semex-Holstein Australia On-Farm Competition, securing four first place finishes.
A total of 1248 cows were entered in the competition encompassing Victoria and south-east South Australia, with 153 farms represented.
Cohuna’s Gorbro Holsteins entry Gorbro Atoutside Meg-ET was judged to be the best two-year-old by judge Nick Flanagan of Woodlawn Holsteins in Finley, with Corra Lea Holsteins’ entry Corra Lea Windbrook Fanny from Kerang judged to be the best three-year-old.
Invergordon product Lightning Ridge Goldsun Jane from Horizon Holsteins secured the number one four-year-old title and Hawova R Reginald Tamie from Torrumbarry’s Clark & Sieben won the five-year-old category.
In total, this year’s competition involved close to 2500 Holsteins, and 357 farms across the country.
Semex national sales manager Vaughn Johnston said the on-farm challenge had never been more relevant.
‘‘Shows globally are getting harder and harder to get the numbers, and it’s a high-cost operation,’’ Mr Vaughn said.
‘‘So, for many, this competition is the country’s No.1 contest for the year. It’s very important we continue it, and make the effort.’’
The first and second placegetters in each class within the country’s former 29 Holstein-Friesian Association of Australia sub-branches moved forward to the state finals, where they were re-assessed by a fresh over-judge to find the state champions.