Dairy

Ready for the big time

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January 22, 2018

Young exhibitor Mitchell Burgoine will be launching into the big league at International Dairy Week, with his own Brown Swiss heifer.

Young exhibitor Mitchell Burgoine will be launching into the big league at International Dairy Week, with his own Brown Swiss heifer.

The 16-year-old Rochester student is keen to do more in the show ring, and has purchased embryos from Canada that he expects will be calved down in February.

Mitchell will be taking Restdown Brooking Ripple into the main arena at dairy week. She is a five-month-old heifer, who he believes shows some promise.

Working towards his goal, Mitchell has been attending youth shows and getting some advice from veteran Brown Swiss breeder Ben Govett.

He attended International Dairy Week last year, showing with his father, Andrew, and now has his own stud, Campaspe Brown Swiss, and a handful of cattle.

Over the past month he has been handling Ripple and feeding her with a mixture of lucerne, grain and oaten hay.

‘‘She’s going okay, though she does tend to put her head down,’’ Mitchell said.

He often helps his father milk the main herd of 470 Brown Swiss in the 50-stand rotary dairy on the Restdown Pastoral property, owned by his grandparents Ian and Denise Burgoine and his parents Andrew and Belinda Burgoine.

The Brown Swiss herd has been developed since the early 1990s by Ian and Denise.

Mitchell is a Year 11 student at Rochester Secondary College and recently completed his Certificate II in Agriculture through Wodonga TAFE.

He has his sights set on a career in farming.

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