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Woolvie 2276 2019 JERSEY AUSTRALIA / SEMEX GREAT AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE CHAMPION


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FROM THE FRONT DESK Developing and Promoting the Jersey Breed

Jersey AUSTRALIA Jersey Australia Inc C/- AGRIBIO 5 Ring Road Bundoora, VIC. 3083 PH: (03) 9370 9105 Fax: (03) 9018 4391 Email: Jersey@Jersey.com.au www.Jersey.com.au President Chris McKenzie - 0447 736 179 859 Cooriemungle Rd, Timboon VIC 3268 jirehJerseys859@gmail.com Senior Vice President & Chair - Genetics Sub Committee Lisa Broad - 0427 862 624 388 Johnson Rd, Lockington VIC 3563 lisa.broad@bigpond.com.au Junior Vice President Brian Wilson - 0407 176 425 204 Wallamore Rd, Tamworth NSW,2340 brianwilson.shirlinn@gmail.com Treasurer Paul Lenehan - (03) 5568 7330 201 Sheehans Rd, Crossley VIC 3283 lynette.lenehan@gmail.com

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ur recent AGM and Conference was a wonderful event and it was great to spend time catching up with members. Great weather, great locations and great cows coupled with great company certainly was the order of the day For me there where two standout moments that demonstrated the passion and love for the Jersey cow. Two moments from two contrasting members at vastly difference phases in their dairying careers. Commitment can come in many ways and one cannot value appropriately the long-term ongoing commitment from our President Chris Mackenzie to the Jersey Cow, Jersey Australia and you the members. Shock and surprise combined with stunned humble pride, on receiving a much deserved Distinguished Service Award, is certainly a small description of a man who has spent a lifetime dedicated to the Jersey breed. People don’t typically volunteer their time to the things they believe in for personal recognition and Chris is certainly in this category. Breeding cows can be a highly passionate emotional journey and to be awarded champion cow from a field of champion cows in an incredible achievement. The raw emotion and humility shown by Owen Barry in accepting the award for Champion Mature Cow and to follow this with Supreme Champion for the Great Australian Challenge is the moment that will stay with me quite some time. Well done to Chris and Owen. Two richly deserved award winners Congratulations to the Western Districts Club for hosting the membership for the conference. You should be proud of the conference and the vibrant atmosphere you create for members. To Daryl, Lynette and the organising team a huge thank you on behalf of all members. Glen Barrett GENERAL MANAGER Jersey Australia

Chair Promotions Sub Committee Jane Sykes - 0422 640 533 839 West Maurice Road, Ringarooma TAS 7263 jane.sykes@utas.edu.au BOARD MEMBERS

Trevor Saunders - 0427 266 374 saunders-day@dcsi.net.au Alan Carson - (03) 5235 3201 janine.carson@activ8.net.au cairnbraeJerseys.com Hayley Menzies - 0428 765 767 signaturegraphics@bigpond.com Wayne Kuhne - 0438 088 660 bushleafarms@bigpond.com Jamie Drury - 0427 008 088 jamie@emmie-rfarms.com General Manager / Secretary Glen Barrett - 0418 466 371 Glen.Barrett@Jersey.com.au

STATE SECRETARIES NEW SOUTH WALES Milton Johnston - (02) 6552 5915 johnston_Jersey@yahoo.com.au QUEENSLAND Diane Reeves - (07) 5485 4585 W: (07) 3221 3182 ajbsqld@bigond.com SOUTH AUSTRALIA Amy McDonald - (08) 8562 8113 PO Box 13, Greenock SA 5360 sa.branch.Jersey.australia@outlook.com

TASMANIA Max McCormack - 0409 252 232 8 George St, Devonport TAS 7310 pegandmax@bigpond.com VICTORIA Andrew Younger - 0409 572 484 162 Zeerust Church Rd, Zeerust Vic 3634 motor5@bigpond.com

GENETIC RECOVERY OFFICERS Chris McKenzie (Western Districts) Ph: (03) 5598 7222

Barry Monson M: 0429 343 903 Ph: (03) 5625 3176

Margaret Cockerell (Northern Vic) M: 0407 641 132 Ph: (03) 5864 1133

Susan Lutey (Western Australia) Feast Rd, Serpentine WA 6125 Ph: 08 9525 2407 hope1@iinet.net.au

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6 CONTENTS Jersey Australia / Semex Great Australian Challenge … … … … … … … … … 6 AGM Wrap … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 8 Production Awards… … … … … … … … … … … … 10-11 Jersey Australia Awards… … … … … … … … … … … 12

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Around the Grounds … … … … … … … … … … … … … 12 Young Breeders Enter The Big Time … … … … … 16 Shows: 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show … … … 21 Obituary: Barbara & Ian Conochie … … … … … … 23 Jersey Milk: The Key To Success… … … … … … … 24 Jersey Island – My Time … … … … … … … … … … 28

24 FRONT COVER 2019 GREAT AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE CHAMPION:

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Woolvie 2276 Owen & Carlie Barry

Judges’ Comments: The champion being our mature cow is one you must admire for her overall balance and correctness. She displays tremendous length and width throughout. This combined with her attachments and snugness of udder that is hard to match for a cow of her age makes her a very deserving winner

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Jersey Australia / Semex GREAT AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE The 2019 Great Australian Challenge was judge by Milton Johnson from Taree NSW, Reece Attenborough Poowong Victoria and Andrew Younger Victoria

Milton Johnston

Reece Attenborough

Andrew Younger

Milton Johnston is no stranger to members across the country having spent a lifetime breeding, promoting and supporting the Jersey breed.

A fourth-generation dairy farmer, Reece manages his parents’ mixed breed farm at Poowong Victoria and runs ATTAVIEW Jersey stud with wife Toni.

While recently selling his KADDY Jersey herd, Andrew Younger retains an ongoing passionate involvement in the Jersey Breed

Together with his brother and their families, Milton farms the INGALALA Jersey herd near Taree in Northern NSW, was a longtime board member of Jersey Australia and a senior judge having officiated at many shows across the country.

Reece is an experienced classifier and keen judge and is also the President of the Central Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club and has been a finalist and Oceania representative in the prestigious World Jersey Cattle Bureau JETA Award

Andrew is the current President of the Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club in Northern Victoria and has recently been seen looking after the Alpacas at Wanstead Jerseys!

2019 GREAT AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE CHAMPION: Woolvie 2276 – Owen Barry Judges’ Comments: The champion being our mature cow is one you must admire for her overall balance and correctness. She displays tremendous length and width throughout. This combined with her attachments and snugness of udder that is hard to match for a cow of her age makes her a very deserving winner

(l-r) Chris Mackenzie, President Jersey Australia, with Great Australian Challenge – Supreme Champion Cow Winners Carlie and Owen Barry and Peter Dickson, Semex Australia.

2-YEAR-OLD: Darryn Vale Tequila Satin – Darryn Hourigan Judges’ Comments: This was a very close placing, 2 heifers that you must admire for their overall length. The winner displayed a little more width throughout and a distinct advantage in the height and width in her rear udder and the way the fore udder blends onto the belly wall Runner Up: Instyle Premier Jessie – RJ Thomas

Great Australian Challenge winners (l-r) Reece Attenborough (judge), Darryn Hourigan, Carlie Barry, Owen Barry, Anthea Day, Trevor Saunders, Natalie Booker, Andrew Marks and Andrew Younger (judge). 6 // The Australian Jersey Journal – July/August 2019


3-YEAR-OLD: Araluen Park Vanahlem Beauty 2 – Trevor Saunders & Anthea Day Judges’ Comments: The winner in this class displays a great combination of width throughout and lovely clean dairy morning. She has a clear advantage in width and overall capacity. Combine that with a snugger udder with an advantage in here attachments she was a clear winner in this class

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Runner Up: Mikandan Barnabas Mabel 2390 – Marks Family 4-YEAR-OLD Winvarl Plus Diamond – Marks Family Judges’ Comments: This was a very close class, both cows had good dairyness and bone quality with well attached udders. When you break these cows down the winner was a little better balanced in the udder and had better rear teat placement than the cow in 2nd. Both cows you’d love to milk Runner Up: Jackiah Valentino Mimosa 2797 – Simon Reid 5-YEAR-OLD: Mikandan Vanahlems Belle 2259 – Graeme and Rohan Sprunt Judges’ Comments: In this class we had two different types of cows, one a powerhouse that displays a lot of capacity and a smaller cow that is very correct with clean dairy bone and a very snug udder. However, the extreme width, power and overall capacity throughout of our winner gets her to the top in this class. Combine that with her extreme height and width at the top of her rear udder she wins the class quite handily. Runner Up: Bralock Celebrity Molly – Cameron Yarnold Mature Cow: Woolvie 2276 – Owen Barry Judges’ Comments: In this class we have two long extreme dairy cows that you must admire. However, our 2nd placed cow you could almost say is dairy to a fault, she has extremely clean dairy bone, but she doesn’t quite have that overall width, capacity and balance that our winner displays. She also shows a clear advantage in the height and width at the top of her rear udder and the way her fore udder attaches. Runner Up: Mikandan Surefires Mabel 2190 – Marks Family

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1969 was a monumental year across the globe. The Beatles had their last public concert, the Concorde took to the air for the 1st time, Woodstock came to define a generation, Neil Armstrong took man’s 1st step on the moon and the Australian Jersey Journal was published for the very 1st time. Woodstock could never be repeated, and the Beatles are nothing but a memory, the truthfulness of the moon landing is often debated, and the Concorde is now a museum piece leaving the Australian Jersey Journal as truly standing the test of time from the heady years of 1969. Fifty Years is a monumental achievement and Jersey Australia will celebrate this with a special 50th Anniversary Full Colour edition. We will look back through the archives are some of the more interesting stories published in the journals and here from some of the people involved over time in putting the Jersey Journal to print. If there is any interesting stories that have stayed with you from editions of the past please let us know on jersey@jersey.com.au Jersey Australia will also be offering members advertising specials to celebrate your stud with our 50th Anniversary Edition of your Jersey Journal. More information on rates will follow for the advertising special.

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I N D U S T RY

AGM WRAP

The 2019 Conference and AGM was a resounding success with members from around the country converging on Warrnambool to celebrate the wonderful Jersey Breed and our Association. Over 100 members and guests from across the country enjoyed the farm visits, celebrations and meeting across the conference. It was great to see a high level of spirit and enthusiasm amongst members. The conference started at Cairnbrae Jersey with hosts Janine and Alan Carson warm welcome and a great lunch provided by AGRIGENE. With Graeme Heaver and Rob Only on the BBQ, members enjoyed a delicious lunch before converging over in the paddocks to inspect some of amazing cows in the Cairnbrae herd where a couple of members may have been spied getting a selfie with the IDW 2019 Champion Following lunch and a herd inspection member moved onto Jireh Jerseys of Chris and Pam Mackenzie’s. A great bunch of cows were set aside for a herd inspection and there is never a more passionate Jersey breeder than our President to talk us through his herd. Members then proceeded through to Warrnambool with a planned afternoon tea stop at Timboon Ice Cream however some members did mange to get lost on the way and stop to gather their bearings at Timboon Railway Shed distillery. Dinner in the evening was a celebration of the host clubs 75th Anniversary. Our congratulations to the Western Districts Jersey Breeders Club. It was a fantastic trip down memory lane as tales or yesteryear regaled the audience and was great to many pioneers of the local club in attendance.

Professor Ben Boyd – AGM Guest Speaker

Jersey Australia Board

Members at AGM

Jane Sykes was among members who enjoyed aquick stop at the Timboon Distillery Tasting.

Day 2 started at Green Pines Jersey where our hosts Greg and Leesa Bryce show us through their herd. The quality of cows on show was again of the highest order before members moved onto Wanstead Jersey. Host Roger and Amanda Heath have a great herd of highquality jersey cows and an alpaca (or was that a llama) for the members to walk through. Our compliments to Amanda and her team Daryl Bryce – Western Districts Club for the amazing lunch President provided. Our final day started with Professor Ben Boyd providing us an update on progress on his research into the use of milk as a carrier and inhibitor for vaccines. Our AGM was conducted where we not only welcomed 2 new board members Wayne Kuhne and Jamie Drury but also acknowledged and thanked retiring members Tim Beattie and Sarah Hill for their commitment to Jersey Australia. Our conference finished with lunch at Mt Pleasant Jerseys of Daryl, Leesa and Tim Bryce’s and a great BBQ lunch provided by the ANZ Bank.

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Jersey Australia 2018 Production Awards Criteria

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Herd production period July 2017 – June 2018 Herd test records Min 20 completed lactations Platinum >540kg milk solids with minimum 240kg protein

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Gold Silver Bronze

>500kg milk solids with minimum 220kg protein >460kg milk solids with minimum 200kg protein >420kg milk solids with minimum 180kg protein

Platinum Awards – Minimum 540kgs of Milk Solids (240kg minimum protien) N008473 V010788 N008639 Q090260 V011180 V001196 V000580 V000222 V010512 N002077 V000905 V006189 V011440 N008731 S000785 V002236 V000596 V008118 N001977 V000919 V001590 W009009 V007931 V011181 V010757 V003766

Member

Milk LT

Fat Kg

Protein KG

Milk Solids

GF, RF HERNE & TL RUSSELL G BRYCE SC SALWAY D & J GREVETT RANLEIGH FARMS UNIT TRUST JR & MA COCKERELL BROOKBORA PTY LTD DARRYN HOURIGAN Murray Brook - P,L & A Lenehan IR & SL LINDSAY RP & LJ SMETHURST C GLENNEN & CO SOUTHERN RIVERINA DAIRY GROUP P/L RH & CW BAKER PG & VM WHITFORD D AND L PARISH AG & JA CARSON RG & KL ANDERSON R.J & S.A CONNELL DB & AT VAN POPERING GC & RG SPRUNT DM & LM FRY DJ & SM ANDERSON S & T HOLLINGWORTH D & A MATHEWS CR, ME, KA & MJ BRERETON

8126 6911 7383 7740 6785 7463 7067 6875 6609 6876 6572 6336 5839 7031 6735 6590 6725 6451 7026 6510 6924 6587 6669 6582 6608 6703

387 369 361 341 338 328 338 338 342 343 338 332 335 327 333 323 323 326 309 322 318 319 318 315 313 297

279 275 281 275 267 273 260 256 247 246 251 257 251 255 248 253 250 244 258 244 248 242 240 242 240 249

666 643 642 616 605 602 598 594 589 589 588 588 586 583 581 576 573 570 567 566 565 560 558 557 553 546

Gold Production Awards – Minimum 500kg of Milk Solids (220kg minimum protein) Member V000110 N002209 V011238 N001959 V000248 V005449 V010581 V010688 N002199 S009032 V000884

BALNAGEITH JERSEY STUD YURAMIE PASTORAL CO BUSHLEA FARMS W K & R L BURLEY LAUNDER FARMS PTY LTD GJ, LK & CM EMMETT L & M WALLACE B PEDRETTI S&F WATERS TW & CJ SCHUTZ GA LAWSON & W & M DEBOER

Milk LT

Fat Kg

Protein KG

Milk Solids

6073 5992 6510 6557 6231 6311 6169 6520 6065 5883 6031

384 381 331 331 315 309 312 297 304 307 298

227 221 239 239 236 231 227 239 232 223 233

611 601 570 570 551 540 539 536 536 530 530

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V007017 N002203 V010248 T000738 V000150 V007719 V000313 V000887 V010627 V005223 V007151 V000684 V004768 N008668 V001188 S009134 V000901

PA & LM MUMFORD WILSON FAMILY NICHOLSON FAMILY G & A HEAZLEWOOD WT & PK COCHRANE L & L BROAD JR & NE PARKER NR & JM MCDONALD COLNARCO PTY LTD C J & PL MACKENZIE DJ & WJ PARKER AF MACKENZIE M & H MURRAY SD & KA WHITTEN HG, JO & A BROWN HERMITAGE MEADOWS PTY LTD BP & L RUSHTON

5809 6203 6355 6172 6053 6318 5900 5929 5792 5943 5829 5959 5836 6257 5733 5989 5721

301 300 292 284 288 283 290 298 289 290 290 287 284 276 281 281 279

229 230 236 237 233 237 230 221 223 222 222 220 222 229 222 220 221

530 530 527 521 521 520 520 519 512 512 512 507 506 505 503 501 500

Milk LT

Fat Kg

Protein KG

Milk Solids

6054 6011 6347 5506 5426 6057 5815 5866 5667 5600 5569 5590 5686 5711 5241 5744 5952 5746 5816 5294 5290 5357

323 299 296 294 298 286 288 284 288 289 285 284 277 277 282 268 269 271 268 269 265 260

212 219 215 209 205 217 213 215 209 208 209 209 216 211 205 217 213 207 208 202 204 206

535 519 511 504 504 503 501 499 497 496 494 493 492 488 487 485 482 478 476 471 470 466

Silver Production Award – Minimum 460kg of Milk Solids (200kg minimum protein) Member N002059 S009146 N054038 V007806 V010977 S000833 V007015 V001197 N008579 V010876 N005489 V007082 V008600 V007489 V001243 V011046 V000138 V010850 V000102 V010476 V000915 V002813

JOHNSTON BROS AMDENA NOMINEES PTY LTD SJ & LJ COOMBES S REA CA & CE SMITH PC & WJ NESS BT & CA MCMANUS DF & NM COLLINS S & H MENZIES J & J BILNEY CREEBANK PARTNERSHIP ME CJ & JM MOSCRIPT JB HEWETT T SAUNDERS, A DAY & L RUTH IL, JL & JL RICHARDS A & S CHANT TJ & JH CAMPBELL T SAUNDERS & A DAY GW & N AKERS KA MCGARVIE & LW FINNEY KELVIN P TROTMAN LJ & AE BENNETT

Bronze Production Awards – Minimum 420kg of Milk Solids (180kg minimum protein) N054078

Member BRUNCHILLI FARMING TRUST

Milk LT 5417

Fat Kg 273

Protein KG 199

Milk Solids 472

N001636 V000609

PG MCDONALD

5378

278

193

471

C & J DOWEL

5244

265

195

460

V007680

W & R & R MCVEAN

5273

258

195

452

V008392

DD & RL ROSS

5277

247

198

445

V000324

R & H PERRETT

5147

245

191

437

V001850

JB, FZ & TZ ALLAN & PRIVITERA

4841

251

182

433

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Jersey Australia Awards Distinguished Service – Chris MacKenzie Chris Mackenzie (pictured) can be characterized for his passion and dedication for the Jersey Breed and as one who is not afraid to put his hand up to drive the message that the Jersey Cow is the best in the industry. He has had a long involvement with Jersey committee’s including his local Jersey clubs, Vic branch and Jersey Australia, holding numerous executive roles during this time including his current role as President of the Assocation. Chris, wife Pam and family operate the Jireh Jersey stud in Cooriemungle in Western Victoria, registering since 1987. Chris enjoys showing his cattle, exhibiting at many of his local shows, Melbourne Royal, IDW and On Farm Challenges and also founding the Jersey Futurity class at IDW. The family are big supporters of multi-vendor sales, with one of their animals being top price at IDW in recent years. It was a pleasure for Jersey Australia to award Chris with a Distinguished Service award in recognition of all his hard work and commitment to the Jersey Breed.

50 Year Stud Award - Green Pines Jerseys Daryl and Leesa Bryce were the founders of the Green Pines Jersey Stud but in 2000, Daryl ‘retired’ to what he thought was a nice spot in Warrnambool. However, he still did a bit of milking after his elder son Greg who now owns and operates the stud. The herd is synonymous with high quality cows and has also had great success in its time in the bull game with the award-winning AI bull Green Pines Dante (GANT). Green Pines continues to this day to produce highly classified and productive Jersey cattle.

75 Year Stud Award – Wanstead Jerseys Wanstead Jerseys came into being as the brainchild of Mrs. Elsie Heath and her young son Mr. Peter Heath Snr and many of the cow families they purchased are still present in the herd today. Peter Heath Snr and his wife Mrs Jean Wright and continued with the Wanstead Jersey stud and were very regular exhibitors at the Melbourne Royal where they had lots of success. The stud passed through the hands of his son Peter Heath Jnr and is now run by grandson Roder Heath. Roger, his wife Amanda and family are very proud to see Wanstead Jerseys get to the 75-year mark and look forward to the future whatever it may bring including the hope of increasing the size of the herd to 400cows.

50 Year Stud Award – Cairnbrae Jerseys Situated in South West Victoria, Cairnbrae Jerseys was founded in 1946 by William and Marabel Carson with foundation cows inherited from Marabel’s parents Maxon Jersey Stud. Today the stud is run by Alan and Janine Carson who are both active members of Jersey Australia. The couple are passionate about the Jersey cow and this year saw a lifelong dream fulfilled when they took home Jersey Supreme Champion with Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11 at International Dairy Week in January. This capped a great year for Daisy 11 having classified 94 and topped the ABV list. Cairnbrae is also a prolific breeder of bulls for AI companies and have bred some of the legendary AI bulls of the modern era

Around the Grounds Governance and Leadership Workshop In June Jersey Australia hosted a Governance and Leadership workshop where members of our board and club leaders where joined by board and leaders from Ayrshire Australia, Illawarra Australia, Guernsey Australia, Holstein Australia, Aussie Red Breeds and the NHIA in a 2-day workshop at Dairy House. The workshop was facilitated by Board and Governance consultant Stuart Horsborough and provided and in-depth program on the role and responsibilities of the Association, Board and Management.

Membership Development Program Jersey Australia is pleased to announce the launch of its new Membership Development program that encourages clubs and members through the sharing of initial membership and service fee revenues to be more proactive in supporting new members in joining Jersey Australia The program is a direct outcome of last year’s strategy and planning meeting where investing in membership development and the appointment of a field officer to support increasing membership was considered a priority. While engaging a field officer is a little beyond our current financial means, providing promotional grants and incentives to clubs and individuals is a reward incentive to clubs and members for support membership growth. Conditions will apply. Contact Glen at the Jersey Australia office for more details.

China Trade Mission Export Heifer has long been a mainstay of not just a major heifer and bull sales opportunity for members and jersey breeders but also of our Association’s profitably for many years and together with growing opportunities for semen exports and also potential opportunities for export of embryos, Jersey Australia will be travelling to China in July to attend the China Dairy Expo 2019 and participate in the Australian/China Dairy Forum.

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Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club President: Andrew Younger 0409 572 484 Secretary: Geoff Akers (03) 5829 8478 Stud Profile

Kaarmona Jerseys Owner:

Graeme & Robyn Sprunt Rohan & Claire Sprunt Est 1965. Fourth generation on this farm settled in 1874 Farm size: 600 acres owned + 400 acres Leased for Fodder conservation Mainly flood irrigation with 2 pivots for Lucerne. All runoff water is retained on farm Milking Herd size: Ave approx. 300 all year round, peak at about 360 (60% Jersey 40% Holstein) Total herd size: Nearly 600 head all remain on farm (no agistment) Milking Platform: 60 ha Perrenial Ryegrass, 80 ha Annuals Best bulls used: Lester, BWParade, Vanahlem 2yo’s sired by: Valentino, Hatman, Oliver, Bontino, Lynbrook Terrific, Caspian, Griff, Matt Heifers sired by: David, Tahbilk, Chrome, Oliver, Valentino, Vanahlem, Invincible, Terrific Bulls in use at present: David, Vanahlem Best Cow Families: Babe, Marie, Charo, Achievements: • IDW Res Champ ’06 • 2 x Great Southern Challenge overall Champion cow (same cow) • Top 10 BPI Hostein herd (for numerous years) • Top 15 BPI Jersey Herd • Since 2007, we have bred at least 1 bull every year that has returned to active AI service (except for 2012 & 2015) • Importing bloodlines from USA & then being able to sell descendant embryos back to USA. • Biological farming for last 8-9 years (ie make our own compost and no synthetic fertilisers). Goals: To continue to improve farm profitability and reduce debt levels. Hopefully one day retire.

Kaarmona Vanahlem Marie 84, Ex92 4th generation Ex92

Kaarmona Vanahlem Babe 232, Ex92 Now owned by R & K Anderson

Kaarmona Vanahlem Babe 200, Ex93 Overall Champion Cow GMJBC OFC 17

Feel free to contact any GMJBC member on this page to learn more about their herd. BEULAH JERSEYS Daryl and Lani Hoey 160 Christies Rd, Katunga 3640 (03) 5864 6473 BRUNETTA D & A Van Popering Invergordon 0488 655 315 CHERRYLOCK Brad and Jess Gavenlock Tallygaroopna 0437 299 205 DELRAE AND READVALE H & S Read – P & F De Lia Katandra (03) 5831 3775 FROGLANDS JERSEYS Ben Pedretti Tallygaroopna 3634 0447 429 828 GARCOLA JERSEYS Gary & Christine Maddern 305 Kenny Rd, Koonoomoo 3644 (03) 5873 2330 | 0419 217 142 maddern@adam.com.au

GLENARRON JERSEYS Ron, Glenyss & Grant Baker 52 Hutchins Lane, Katunga (03) 58646246 info@glenarron.com

LOXLEIGH JERSEYS Geoff and Natalie Akers Victoria Rd, Tallygaroopna 3634 (03) 5829 8478 geoffakers1@bigpond.com

GLENFERN JERSEYS Peter & Bev Farrell 579 Healesville-Kooweerup Rd, Healesville 3777 0409 503 352 peter.farrell7@bigpond.com

WAIANIWA JERSEYS Lindsay Hamilton 1045 Hawkers Rd, Nathalia 3636 (03) 5864 1380

HAZELVALE Jason Hayes Invergordon 0410 135 420 KAARMONA JERSEYS Graeme & Robyn, Rohan & Claire Sprunt 228 & 235 Kaarimba Hall Rd, Kaarimba 3635. (03) 5826 9506 kaarmona@bigpond.com KADDY JERSEYS Andrew Younger 1025 Mulcahy Road, Gillieston 0409 572 484 motor5@bigpond.com jersey.com.au/jweb/uploads/kaddy/kaddy_intro.html

WARRAIN JERSEYS John & Margaret Cockerell 1219 Rendells Rd, Numurkah 3636 (03) 5864 1133 warrainjerseys.m@gmail.com YALCARA JERSEYS Peter & Lyn Sprunt 926 Sandmount Road, Katunga 3640 (03) 5873 2583 yalcara57@gmail.com YENOLAM JERSEYS Neil, Wendy & Dick Maloney 1119 Boals Rd, Numurkah 3636 (03) 5864 1064 WendyLeeMal@hotmail.com

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME


South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club Inc

PRESIDENT: BRIAN LAUNDER | SECRETARY: TANYA PRIVITERA | TREASURER: ALEX MATHEWS

Upcoming event: Spring 2019 –Farm walk to 'Araluen Park Jerseys’, T Saunders and A Day.

2nd combined ‘Autumn On Farm Challenge’ competition In May, South and Central Gippsland hosted their 2nd combined 'Autumn On Farm Challenge' competition. Special thanks to Glen Gordon 'Gorbro Holsteins' for judging. There were 87 entries from 18 exhibitors, with the maximum number of head allowed per farm being 6. We would like to make a special shout out to our event sponsors; Genetics Australia including Kelsie Hore as the photographer. Reid Stockfeeds, including Kim Price driving on day 2, Provico and also to Colin Dowel for driving on Day 1. Presentation night was held at Poowong Footy rooms, with approximately 40 in attendance, they enjoyed a meal catered for by the Poowong Football club.

Champion Senior 2, Best Udder & Champion Cow Bushlea Farms - Bushlea Val Fernleaf 21

Champion Junior 2 D & A Mathews - Langdale Hatman Impish

Junior 2 D & A Mathews Jake Mathews I Anderson & C Brewster Boyd Family R & K Anderson

Champion 3-Year-Old R & K Anderson - Kings Ville LV Melmiss 47

Langdale Hatman Impish Murray Brook Premier Hattie Kings View Aileen 181 Ranleigh Savilla 5345 Kings Ville Melmiss 51

Champion 4-Year-Old R, H & M Perrett - Rye Valley Navarian Spanish

New members are always welcome please contact Tanya Privitera on 0408 649 259 if interested. The South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club would like to thank Vic Feeds for their ongoing support with sponsorship of our club page.


CENTRAL GIPPSLAND JERSEY BREEDERS CLUB INC President Reece Attenborough 0400 597 341 • Secretary Tahnee Wilson 0408 220 249

Senior 2 Bushlea Farms R & K Anderson L & M Wallace S Reid & B Egan L & M Wallace

Bushlea Val Fernleaf 21 Kings Ville LV Columbine Wallacedale Navarian Melys 5 Jackiah Phoenix Primrose 3010 Bemersyde Bontino Eileen

3 yr old R & K Anderson Bushlea Farms Bushlea Farms Karl Munden Launder Family

Kings Ville LV Melmiss 47 Bushlea Melvara Jenny Bushlea Tornado Peach Munden Farms Valentino Iris Glenmaple Tequila Luck

4 yr old R, H & M Perrett T Saunders & A Day D & S Anderson R & K Anderson S Reid & B Egan

Rye Valley Navarian Spanish Araluen Park Navarian Katie King's Vale Brunette 343 Kings Ville Cowslip 115 Ripponlea Brax Bubbles 2890

5 -6 yr old R, H & M Perrett S Reid & B Egan R & T Attenborough R & K Anderson Saunders & Day

Mytee Tequila Marie Jackiah Valentino Mimosa 2797 Attaview Tbone Nakita Kings Ville Canary 42 Araluen Park Tbone Posh 2

Champion 5-6 Year Old R, H & M Perrett - Mytee Tequila Marie

7yrs + over S Reid & B Egan Launder Family L & M Wallace R, H & M Perrett R & T Attenborough

Kings Ville Tinkerbelle 62 Glenmaple Van Miss Wallacedale Tbone Melys Rye Valley Eclipes Spanish Darryn Vale Jims Satin

Best Udder & Champion Cow – Bushlea Val Fernleaf 21 Most Successful Exhibitor – R & K Anderson

Judge Glen Gordon pictured with two of the 87 entries in the combined club challenge.

Champion 7yrs + over S Reid & B Egan - Kings Ville Tinkerbelle 62

Recently a combined meeting / discussion between our two clubs was held at Poowong with the discussion focused on the recent changes to our breeding values and how those changes have affected sires BPI’s. We would like to thank Matthew Shaffer, CEO of DataGene for making himself available for the day and to help clarify some questions and or concerns some of our members had. It was a very informative and valuable day for all present!

Burra Foods proudly supports the Central Gippsland Jersey Club. For Milk Supply enquiries please contact either Peter Fort 0417 332 141, Jamie Serong 0477 992 274 or Tom Wyatt 0429 138 235.

AITKEN FARM B, H, O & G Aitken ALLANDALE P & E Allan ATTAVIEW JERSEYS R & T Attenborough BENELLI JERSEYS B Elliott BLUEGUM PARK J Mathews BUSHLEA JERSEYS K, P, W & L Kuhne COLONSAY D & P McPhie FARNBOROUGH R Kingham

GIPPSLAND DAIRY YOUTH INVERLAIR HEIGHTS B, S & T Allan JACKIAH & RIPPONLEA JERSEYS S Reid and B Egan JINALDI L & L & S Ronalds KAY VEE W Anderson KINGS VALE D & S Anderson KINGS VIEW I Anderson KINGS VILLE R & K Anderson

KINGS VISTA L & J Anderson MAJESTIC T & A Bradley MONTA VALE T & J & W Monson MUNDEN FARMS K Munden Noble Park B Noble PROGRESS R Cayzer & J Pilgrim-Cayzer PROM VIEW A & M Richards RIVIERA JERSEYS S & T Wilson

SILONDA B Ziero SPEEDWELL C Swindlehurst WALLACEDALE & BEMERSYDE C, M, L & M Wallace WILWARD M & C Wilson WINSDALE C & T Bawden YOUNGSTAR D & R Ross

Central Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club – Life Members ✰ T Saunders & A Day ✰ B & M Monson ✰ E & S Johnson ✰ K & R Collins ✰ G Peck ✰ G Hardie ✰ David Anderson


WORDS // RICK BAYNE

YOUNG BREEDERS ENTER THE BIG TIME


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estern Victorian farmers Owen and Carlie Barry says he’s not a big-time stud breeder but his success this year means he might be selling himself a bit short. Their Woolvie Galaxies 2276 was named Supreme Champion at this year’s Jersey Australia/Semex Great Australian Challenge, by far his greatest success in seven years of competing. With typical farmer modesty, Owen praises those who had the herd before him for laying the foundations for success. “We just poke along and do our thing,” he said. “We’re not big-time breeders but we’re trying to create a brand and develop a cow that is a good milking cow, is good looking with plenty of type and appeal and longevity is a key.” The judges had no qualms about praising Woolvie Galaxies 2276, which was also named the best mature cow. One of the judges, Andrew Younger, said she was a clear standout winner. “She was a capacious cow with a well-attached udder and showed what she should for the age of the cow.

Woolvie Galaxies 2276 was named Supreme Champion at this year’s Jersey Australia/Semex Great Australian Challenge

“I joked at the presentation that the only thing I’d change about the cow – the owner and the registration paper. I’d take her.” Owen has entered his local Western Victorian club competition for the past seven years, sometimes having minor

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successes but only once progressing to the Great Southern Challenge stage. He knew that eight-year-old Woolvie Galaxies 2276 was a good cow and the best of his entries, but he’s not sure why she was such a standout in the eyes of the judges.


surprisingly, he finds it less stressful milk to solids ratio is better and they’re easier on the country because they than anticipated. weigh less. They still eat nearly as “Apart from the debt it’s actually less much as a Friesian but you get more stressful, believe it or not,” he said. out of them. They’re easy to feed and While lucky with supportive they seem a bit hardier.” owners under their previous leasing At the moment the cows produce an arrangements, Owen and Carlie say the average 480kg/Ms. independence of owning makes Owen started buying farming easier. the herd in 2010 and The new farm’s gradually moved layout has an easier “She looked through the ranks flow and isn’t good at the time. She’s of sharefarming restricted by the and leasing before rolling hills of the just a good-all-round, wellinvesting in the leased farm, and balanced cow. She was the new farm. Amy the new 13-a-side Wright had been double up with oldest cow in her correctively cup removers is class but she held her mating the herd an easier option before he took for their backs form really well.” over. “Prior to Amy than the lease farm’s there’s 40-odd years 25-a-side swingover. Owen Barry of AI breeding in this Their main herd herd,” he said. moved to the new 175ha “The herd has come a long way Carpendeit farm, where they milk since I took over but I’m not going to around 250-260, while about 270 are take all the credit. It’s Amy and the cows milked by a couple managing the themselves; I just look after them.” leased property. The name Woolvie Jerseys stems The home herd is about 98 per cent from Alvie where Owen grew up on pure Jerseys and it’s about 50 per cent Wool Wool Road. Carlie is the main on the leased property but Owen hopes driver of the business and the couple to improve that ratio with more Jerseys. make joint decisions about its future. “We’re still trying to build numbers They want to continue growing through opportunistic buying and and improving the herd while also rearing extra calves,” he said. renovating pasture and installing new “It comes down to economics. The yards at their farm. Jersey is a more economical animal They have a split calving system with in our system. Their conversion and 70 per cent in autumn starting in April, 20 per cent in spring from September to October and 10 per cent in February. “The smaller group in February NSW JERSEY STATE SHOW & AGM I want to bring back in the autumn 2019 N.S.W. State Jersey Show and Youth Show Wednesday 30th – Thursday 31st October 2019 group,” Owen said. “I don’t want a Camden Showground really big spring herd. This gives the OPEN JUDGE - Mr Jeff Sayles (Bridon Farms) Canada later calving cows a chance to get back YOUTH SHOW JUDGE - Mr Lachlan Fry (Katandra Park) WA into the autumn group.” Their system is designed to optimise Jersey Australia (NSW) Inc. Annual General Meeting milk flow and to retain good cows. Tuesday 29 October, 2019 They use a pasture-based feed system, Camden Showground relying almost exclusively on home2019 is an Election year for the N.S.W. Committee grown feed. If you are a N.S.W. Member and interested in the administration and promotion of the Although south-west Victoria hasn’t Jersey Breed in N.S.W., you are invited to nominate for the N.S.W. Committee. Nominations close 24 September, 2019 been subjected to the same harsh dry conditions as other parts of Australia, Owen doesn’t believe the seasonal For further information conditions contributed significantly to or a nomination form contact; Milton Johnston, Executive Secretary Woolvie Galaxies 2276’s success. Jersey Australia (NSW) Inc. (p) 0427 525915 “It comes back to how I feed them (e) johnston_jersey@yahoo.com.au NEW SOUTH WALES and look after them. They get fed before I do,” he said.

NEW SOUTH WALES

“I was surprised when she won her age class to start with and then I heard it announced that she won supreme I was overwhelmed,” he said. “I just do what I do. There are heaps of breeders out there better than me but it’s quite humbling to be recognised alongside some of the big guys.” Owen said Woolvie Galaxies 2276 was the standout cow on his farm. “She looked good at the time. She’s just a good-all-round, well-balanced cow. She was the oldest cow in her class but she held her form really well. “She’s recently had another calf and still looks good.” Apart from pleasing the judges, Woolvie Galaxies 2276 is a good cow on the home front. “She’s a good producer and she’s fairly fertile and has had a calf every year,” Owen said. Owen and Carlie continues to progress the stud and will continue entering competitions. “We’re developing different families in the stud. I’m not that advanced yet; I don’t have names for them, I just run on numbers.” It has been a big year for Owen and Carlie. Earlier this year they moved onto their first purchased farm at Carpendeit while continuing to lease a farm at Weerite. They are also expecting their third child. At 38, owning a farm fulfils a longheld ambition for Owen and, somewhat

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COLAC JERSEY BREEDERS CLUB President: Des Parker – Secretary: Kerry McGarvie Life members: Bob Mellross, Anne Mercer, Ted Codling, Jim Parker and Jim & Glenda Carson

Wow! Another year flown by. These are some of the things we've been getting up over the last year, so bring along your ideas for the next seasons activities to our AGM on the 24th July (Beeac Hotel, 11am). From farm walks, to On Farm Challenges, to sponsoring this club page, RIDLEY AGRIPRODUCTS have been with us all the way. Thanks Ridley’s and Paul Hardiman! To keep up to date with club days and other news – find us on FACEBOOK or contact us via our NEW EMAIL ADDRESS – colacjerseyclub@gmail.com WARRION JERSEYS Sarah & Roslyn Chant PH: 0400 092 337 CAMO JERSEYS David & Raelene Hallyburton PH: 03 5595 1566 BOGGABILLA JERSEYS RJ, WJ & RM Rundle PH: 03 5566 2313 Alan & Margaret Halliday PH: 03 5231 4421 Castle Family, (Peter and Carol) PH: 0439 204 032

GLENBRAE JERSEYS Jim & Glenda Carson PH: 0352 322 230 or 0409 188 161 jgcarson@activ8.net.au Jake Harkness C/- Alta Genetics PH: 0448 634 533 jake.harkness@altagenetics.com CAIRNBRAE JERSEYS Alan & Janine Carson PH: 03 5235 3201

JIREH JERSEYS Chris & Pam McKenzie Cooriemungle PH: 03 5598 7222

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VENOMA JERSEYS Jim & Norma Parker PH: 03 5235 3209

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BUBBLEFROST JERSEYS Geoff & Ashlea Church PH: 0448 910 565

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TWICE

PREMIER BREEDER PREMIER EXHIBITOR SHIRLINN JOEL MELYS 2

JUNIOR CHAMPION & SUPREME Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018 & 2019

SUPREME CHAMPION

SYDNEY ROYAL 2018 & 2019

Sydney Supreme Junior Champion 2 years in a row!

SHIRLINN PREMIER MARY

SHIRLINN JOEL MELYS 2

1st 2.5yr & best udder in class Sydney Royal Easter Show 2019 Dam; Grand EX 93 / EX 91

SHIRLINN JOEL RUMOUR

RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION Sydney Royal Easter Show 2019 Dam; Shyster VG 87 / EX 91 / EX 96

SHIRLINN TEQUILA MARY

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SHIRLINN TEQUILA DAWN EX 90

JUNIOR CHAMPION & SUPREME Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018 & 2019 Dam; Reagan EX 90 / EX 90 / EX 90

Dam; Grand EX 93 / EX 91

2nd 5yr in-milk & HON MENTION CHAMPION COW Sydney Royal Easter Show 2019 Dam; Freeagent EX 92 / VG 86 Owned with N. Lowman & C. Yarnold

SHIRLINN THE RUMOUR

Dam; Shyster VG 87 / EX 91 / EX 96

‘The Wilson Family’

Brian & Vicki (p) 02 6767 0627 (Brian) 0407 176 425 Todd & Sarah (p) 02 6767 0418 (Todd) 0404 081 352 Lindsay & Shirley (p) 02 6760 7456


SHOWS

2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show 22nd-23rd APRIL, 2019 Judge: Wayne Kuhne, Bushlea Farms

Senior Champion Jersey & Supreme Champion Sydney Royal 2019 Brunchilli Vanahlem Eileen 2

Heifer, Over 4 & Not Over 6Mths 1st Diamond Hill Hg Stephanie Mark Mangold 2nd Rivendell Cheers Tammi Hayley & Stewart Menzies Heifer, Over 6 & Not Over 9Mths 1st Cherrylock Be My Valentine Brad & Jess Gavenlock 2nd Orana Gordon Rarity - John Quin Heifer, Over 9 & Not Over 12Mths 1st Parrabel Bp Colton Ricochet C C & J Cochrane 2nd Silverlie Joel Merle - Susan Morrison Heifer, Over 12 & Not Over 16Mths 1st Avon Valley Joel Miley Tim Wilson & Miss Kate Forbes 2nd Parrabel Bp Fizz Chrissy C C & J Cochrane Heifer, Over 16 & Not Over 20Mths 1st Shirlinn Joel Rumour Brian & Vicki Wilson & Family

Junior Champion Jersey & Supreme Junior Champion Sydney Royal 2019 Shirlinn Joel Melys 2

Intermediate Champion, Champion Udder & Supreme Intermediate Champion Sydney Royal 2019 - Windy Ways Galaxies Dawn 7

2nd Silverlie Margarita Merle Susan Morrison Heifer, Over 20 & Not Over 24Mths 1st Shirlinn Joel Melys 2 Brian & Vicki Wilson & Family 2nd Foxton Action Dulcie Robert & Sandra Brown Junior Champion Female: Shirlinn Joel Melys 2 Reserve: Shirlinn Joel Rumour Female, Over 2-3 ½Yrs, In Calf, Dry 1st Orana Icy Daisy - John Quin Female, Under 2Yrs, In Milk 1st Rivendell Getaway Tammy Hayley & Stewart Menzies 2nd Orana Awesome Opal - John Quin Female, Over 2-2 ½Yrs, In Milk 1st Shirlinn Premier Mary Brian & Vicki Wilson & Family 2nd Rivendell Feather Nadia Rivendell Jerseys & K & J Easterbrook Female, Over 2 ½-3Yrs, In Milk 1st Silverlie Tequila Merle Miss Susan Morrison Female, Over 3-3 ½Yrs, In Milk 1st Windy Ways Galaxies Dawn 7 Brad & Jess Gavenlock & Windy Ways 2nd Rivendell Colton Viscountess Hayley & Stewart Menzies

Female, Over 4- 5Yrs, In Milk 1st Brunchilli Vanahlem Eileen 2 Brunchilli Farming Trust 2nd Shirlinn Tequila Dawn Wilson & Yarnold & Lowman Female, Over 5-6Yrs, In Milk 1st Cedar Vale King Floss Graeme & Lisa Cochrane 2nd Bralock Celebrity Molly-ET Yarnold, Lowman & Wilson Female, Over 6Yrs, In Milk 1st Salvation R Regal - C & J Omeara 2nd Brunchilli Nextinline Jess Gr3 Brunchilli Farming Trust Best Senior Udder Brunchilli Vanahlem Eileen 2 Three Females, Any Age. 1st Brunchilli Farming Trust 2nd Hayley & Stewart Menzies Dam’s Progeny Group 1st Shirlinn Flower Eve 2nd Bralock Special Force Merle Five Females, Any Age 1st Brian & Vicki Wilson & Family 2nd John Quin Senior Champion Female Brunchilli Vanahlem Eileen 2 Reserve: Salvation R Regal

Intermediate Champion & Best Intermediate Udder: Windy Ways Galaxies Dawn 7 Reserve: Rivendell Colton Viscountess

Most Successful Jersey Breeder Brian & Vicki Wilson & Family Most Successful Jersey Exhibitor Brian & Vicki Wilson & Family

Female, Over 3 ½Yrs, In Calf, Dry 1st Foxton PP Doris Robert & Sandra Brown Female, Over 3 ½-4Yrs, In Milk 1st Hazel Vale Valentino Benita 2-ET Jason Hayes 2nd Silverlie Governor Merle Susan Morrison

DAIRY INTER-BREED COMPETITION Supreme Junior Champion SHIRLINN JOEL MELYS 2 Supreme Intermediate Champion WINDY WAYS GALAXIES DAWN 7 Supreme Champion Female BRUNCHILLI VANAHLEM EILEEN 2

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s s e t n u o c s i V

RIVENDELL COLTON

VG 87@2yr

Debut Show

2ND 3yr in-milk to the SUPREME INTERMEDIATE, Sydney Royal 2019 (biggest class of the show)

Bred to: Pleasent Nook HG Venue We are very excited about the future of this young cow! Dam: Rivendell Getaway Viscountess EX 91 Senior Champion & Reserve All Breeds, Berry Show 2016 GDAM: VG 86 Jamaica / EX 90 Country

RIVENDELL CHEERS

Tammi

RIVENDELL GETAWAY

Tammy

JUNIOR CHAMPION , South Coast All Breeds Heifer Classic 2018 2nd 6mth IDW 2019 JUNIOR CHAMPION, Five Breeds Youth Show, Sydney Royal 2019

1ST MILKING YEARLING & BEST UDDER in class. HON MENTION INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION, Sydney Royal 2019 Daughter by; FIZZ

Dam: Brunchilli Visionary Tammi EX 90 / VG 87 Saber MATERNAL SISTERS; Rivendell Cheers Tammi (Jnr Champion IDW ‘18’), Rivendell Jadestorm Tammi EX 92 (Snr Champion NSW State Show ‘15’)

Dam: Rivendell Iatola Tammy VG 88 / EX 92 FROM THE SAME LINE AS; Rivendell Feather Tammy EX 91 (Int Champ NSW State Show ‘17’

RIVENDELL JERSEYS Stew, Hayley & Fletcher Menzies 211 Jindy Andy Lane, Nowra, NSW Phone: 0428-765-767 Email: signaturegraphics@bigpond.com

RIVENDELL FEATHER

Nadia

2ND 2yr in-milk, Sydney Royal 2019 INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION, Berry Show 2019 Owned with R&J Easterbrook

Dam: Rivendell RE Celebrity Nadia EX 90 GDam: Brunchilli Sambo Noelene EX 93 (2x RES Champion IDW) GGDAM: Coleshill Mandrake Noelene EX 91 (3x Sydney Champion)

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS

Thanks to Mum, Dave, Brooke, Tyler, Autumn & Elly for your help at the show. Well done to Elly Simms on winning the NSW State Paraders with Cheers Tammi! Congratulations to Brunchilli Jerseys on SUPREME and the other Jerseys exhibitors on a great show! VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME ARTWORK: HAYLEY MENZIES | PHOTOS: BRADLEY CULLEN


EULOGY by Margaret Harrison

Barbara Helen Conochie and Ian Stewart Conochie

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31.1.1932 – 1.12.2018

16.6.1928 – 11.5.2019

an and Barbara Conochie of Brookland Jersey Stud she attended St Aidan’s for 4 years, where she played many sports were well known and respected within the Jersey and was sports captain, vice house captain and a prefect. industry. The Brookland Stud is one of the oldest studs For two and half years after leaving school she worked at the in Queensland being established by Ian’s father, William Animal Research Institute at Yerongpilly as a laboratory assistant Stewart Conochie in 1909 with the purchase of Jess, then on marrying Ian on the 21st August 1952, she had to leave, their first Championship and they moved to a cottage winner. Brookland can be on Ian’s fathers dairy farm. traced back to the great In 1962 the farm was taken dams of the foundations of over by the government to be the herd and many leading converted into the Brisbane studs had Brookland bred Markets. The family moved cows as their base stock. to Manumbar, near Nanango, Ian joined the Australian to dairy in partnership with Jersey Breeders Society, QLD Ian’s brother Malcolm but the Branch in 1950 with his own partnership did not last long stud name “Brooklyn” but as a family tragedy occurred after taking over his father’s in 1964 and the family then cows in 1961, he took on moved to Kalbar in 1966. the Brookland name. He Their love of Jersey cows became a councillor in 1962, took them on several World was elected treasurer in Jersey Conference Tours. 1971, a position he held for These travels took them many years and was also a to Jersey Island, the UK, classifier. He visited many Holland, Germany, Canada In 1998 at the Brisbane Royal Exhibition, Ian and Barbara were presented with the studs in Qld to classify cows and the USA. As Ian’s brother first National Life Memberships, for the Australian Jersey Breeders Society. and prior to the change of Bruce, another well-known classification in 1997 he was Jersey breeder, lived in New one of the state’s leading classifiers and it was under his guidance Zealand, they had many visits there aswell. new classifiers were given the opportunity to classify in Qld. Ian retired from milking the cows in 2001 after some ill Over the years Barbara and Ian attended as many local health. In the following years his mind unfortunately began to country shows as they could, Ian judged at many, showed at many deteriorate with the onset of dementia. He continued to live at with their children and grandchildren and hosted many Jersey the farm and was very happy where he could see his beloved meetings at their Kalbar property. Up until the last 5 years they cows and did his regular jobs of feeding the chooks and the pigs. had only ever missed 1 Ekka in 1964. Prior to that year he was During this time, he was cared for by Barbara and other family a regular exhibitor but after that year he never exhibited again. members until December 2014, when after a long stay in hospital For many years he was the Jersey Breed Inspector at the Ekka. It Barbara moved into the Fassifern Retirement Village as she was a job he took seriously but it also gave him the opportunity could no longer look after Ian. Between scrabble, trivia, bowls, to see each and every animal and to have a catchup with all movies, bus trips, and ladies’ lunches, the family had to nearly the exhibitors prior to Judging Day. Due to their long service make an appointment to be slotted into her busy schedule. She to the Jersey Breed in 1998 at the Brisbane Royal Exhibition, would drive out to the farm two or three times a week to visit Ian. Ian and Barbara were presented with the first National Life Being able to enjoy living in the village and visiting the farm gave Memberships, for the Australian Jersey Breeders Society. her the best of both worlds. Ian was born on the 16th June 1928 to well-known breeders, Ian continued to be looked after by the family and the William Stewart and Constance Conochie and resided on the Churches of Christ Home Care for the next 3 years. In 2017 his family dairy farm on the banks of the Brisbane River where the dementia worsened, and he was put into care at Southern Cross Brisbane Markets are now located. He attended Sherwood State Care Allora. Barbara would travel up to Allora every couple of School until Grade 7, Toowoomba Grammar School for 3 years weeks to spend the day with him. from 1942 to 1944 and then went onto Gatton College for a year The dairy gate has closed for the final time for Ian and Barbara, until his father fell ill, then he had to go home to run the family but their legacy will live on. Their two sons will continue to run farm. Brookland Jerseys and they have two grand daughters who are Barbara was born on the 31st January 1932, to Lenore and 4th generation fulltime dairy farmers. Although both married Cameron Marshall and lived in Sherwood until she was 8 year’s into other breeds, their love for Jerseys still lives on with them as old and then, when her mother’s uncle died, the family moved to it does with all of the family and a third granddaughter works on Oxley, to her mother’s original family home, to reside with her the family farm part-time. grandmother. Barbara and Ian will be missed around the show rings and by She started her schooling at Sherwood State School where Ian their 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grand-daughters and was already a student, then on moving to Oxley, she completed great grandson. primary school at Corinda State School then for secondary school The Australian Jersey Journal – July/August 2019 // 23


THE KEY TO SUCCESS What’s the key to making a good cheese? Dan McCaul stirring pure Jersey Milk.

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good Jersey milk, according to Dan McCaul from Alexandrina Cheese on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia and as a thirdgeneration cheesemaker he’s calls on plenty of experience in reaching that conclusion. “The milk is the main ingredient we have control over,” Dan says. “We still get curveballs with the weather but making our products from Jersey milk has always been part of our story, and our most important marketing advantage.” Alexandrina Cheese’s story stems back to 1973 when George and Cathe Manowski purchased a 111-hectare farm at Mount Jagged, although family connections to cheesemaking can be traced back as far as 1902. Second generation farmers Krystyna McCaul (née Manowski) and Dan McCaul joined the business in the 70s and third generation farmer Rebekah McCaul joined in 2001. Today the business has the equivalent of eight full-time staff, with a total pool of 20 employees on the books for busy times, but it’s still largely a family affair. Crystelle McCaul, 87, wife of Kevin who moved to South Australia in the 1960s to become a superintendent of cheese factories, is still involved sewing caps and cheesecloths. Krystyna McCaul remembers their first milking was a handful of Jersey cows. ‘Buttercup 6’ calved in the pouring rain a few days later and the nucleus of the original ‘Jul-Krys Dairy Farm’ Jersey herd was purchased within the first six months. The Mt Compass Jersey Cattle Club was a wonderful supporter to the family since the beginning, and the family returns the favour with Krystyna’s daughter Rebekah assisting as the club’s secretary. The majority of the farm is used for dry land grazing, with six hectares irrigated for the 80 Jersey cows. Dan said Jerseys were always part of the farm. “Early in the piece they had a few Friesians but the Jerseys shone out on the long, dry summers and out-performed the Friesians “Their milk is high protein and has a high butter fat. That improves the yield

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and we can get up to 14 per cent yield from the milk for our cheddar, even higher for the semi-hard cheeses. “There are other benefits; the taste and the colour and the fact that it’s digested differently because the fat and protein are much bigger.” “We use jersey milk because it tastes rich, creamy and luxurious.” The threat of dairy deregulation in 2000 promoted the McCaul family to go into on-site cheese production, taking the risk of borrowing money to establish the processing plant. Rebekah, now the company’s marketing manager, explains. “We wanted to keep farming, and we wanted to stay living in this fantastic area, and we wanted to maintain family traditions, which are very important to us. This had been Krystyna’s parents place, and Dan’s father was a once-valued cheese maker, besides it had been sad seeing such lovely Jersey milk going into the general pool.” “Without doing something different we wouldn’t be dairying on the area we had,” Dan added. Today all processing is done on site, with the milk transferred from their herringbone dairy to the factory about 800 metres away in a tanker pulled by a tractor on cheese making days. The first process is pasteurisation, then the cream is separated from the milk. Once the milk is standardised it enters an open vat, whereby fermentation begins after the starter culture is added, and coagulation occurs after the rennet enzyme is added. Each variety of cheese, cheddar, edam, gouda, romano, pepato and feta, has a different processing method. They make cheese in an open-vat and adhere to age old handmade methods, passed from first generation cheesemaker Jerry McCaul who started in 1902. Dan and Krystyna established Alexandrina Cheese in 2001. Their children all have some involvement in the business, and their grandchildren are also learning the trade. They spent more than a decade researching the dairy food manufacturing business, while also learning on the technical assistance of Kevin McCaul. After starting to make cheese on April 10, 2001, the family continued to supply part of their milk to National Foods until 2006, as a financial safety measure as the business was consolidating, but since then have used all their milk in making premium Jersey products, ranging from semi hard and hard-style jersey cheese, as well as feta, and gourmet shred, double cream, crème fraiche, ricotta, yoghurt and bottled milk. Jerseys have been the cornerstone of Alexandrina Cheese’s success.

[top] Cheddar cheese in the maturing room. [bottom left] Jersey cows provide the best tasting milk. [bottom right] Transporting milk to the processing plant.

Rebekah says the smaller cow uses fewer natural resources and produces a small carbon footprint. “We can operate our farm sustainably and also utilise regenerative farming practices, farming in a natural way without chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics,” she said. “We use grazing-based dairy farming and when we do tastings, we like to highlight that our cows are grass-fed, which is really important,” Dan adds. “Our cows on average produce more than 4-5 times their body weight in milk each lactation and they are exceptionally good grazers, are superbly quiet, calve easily usually without any assistance, and have a wonderful structural endurance and longevity.” Every cow has a special place as part of the business– and a name. There is a chef family with names such as Maggie, Delia and Poh, an S family including Spot, Splodge and Speck, and a Z family with Zeta, Zelda and Zora. There are rock cows – Ruby, Emerald and Diamond, and rock star cows Madonna, Whitney and Kylie. “They get looked after very well,” Dan said. “I always say we take everything to them on a silver platter. This year has been tough with a long dry winter and early spring but we’ve got rain now and they’re out grazing and seem to be much happier.” Alexandrina Cheese produces only

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800kg of cheese a week, keeping the hardstyle Jersey cheese and luxury Jersey dairy products as a niche market, premiumpriced product. Most of the cheddar is sold at 12 months old. Specialty green grocers and cheese shops are their main outlets, although about one third of their sales come from an on-farm shop. The response from consumers has been one of the company’s biggest successes, and mentioning the Jersey connection is always a priority. “We have an overwhelmingly supportive customer base, both those who frequent our retail farm shop and about 30 stockists who order from us week after week,” Rebekah said. With trade partner, Cheese Culture, the products are now available in Victoria and NSW. The quality of the produce was recognised in 2014 with the Grand Dairy Award best milk in Australia and best cheddar in 2015. Alexandrina Cheese continues to look to improve production efficiencies, install more renewable resources, improve profitability, and develop and launch new varieties of cheese. And they continue to appeal to discerning tastes, both young and old. “It’s pleasing that children of customers come back for another piece,” Dan said. “That’s a good indication it’s something nice to eat.”


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Jersey Island My time ‘On the ROCK’

elling my first bull into AI gave me the best opportunity! ‘Inverlair Heights CSC Ferrari’ funded my lifelong dream to travel to Jersey Island! A few reasons made me decide to bring my 40th birthday prezzie to myself a year forward, but one of the deciding factors was attending Wendy Seargents funeral. Wendy always supported me with all my Cow loving adventures and she made me realise just how precious life can be and to just go ahead and book my trip. RIP Wendy, you are missed! Leaving my kids and the farm for a month was hard, but I feel incredibly lucky to have finally had the chance to do some more travelling overseas. As well as Jersey Island I was able to find ‘Inverlair’ in the Scottish Highlands, this property is where my Great Great Great Grandfather farmed

Jersey Island products Ansom Jerseys farm

in Scotland 80 years before my Dad was born! Such a surreal experience to walk the land my ancestors farmed from 1846 to1860, before they made the big move to Australia! I was very lucky that a farming friend from home was living over in Scandinavia and joined me for Scotland, Jersey, Spain and Portugal, we then parted ways and I cruised the Greek Islands and visited Dubai en route to home. Sara Scott had been to Jersey Island twice before but jumped at the chance to head back to the Rock! There were two people who made our time at Jersey perfect.... a HUGE thanks to Derrick Frigot past President of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau and Steve Le Feuvre the current WJCB President. Derrick and Steve drove us around all 12 parishes of Jersey, I was awestruck most of the time as we weaved up and down tiny little roads, flashing other cars as a courtesy to let them pass (not like in Australia as a danger warning etc!!!) Some of the roads are only just wide enough to fit one car through, luckily our drivers knew the roads so well and were used to the conditions, so the cars remained intact and only once did Derrick try and drive off on Sara as she was still half out of the car taking photos! Our first visit was to ‘Ansom’ Jerseys, I don’t think anyone in the Jersey world would have not heard of Anne Perchard, I was lucky enough to meet her on her WJCB trips to Australia over the years. She did so much for

the breed. Meeting her family was fantastic. Anne’s son Robbie and his son Tom gave us a tour of the girls as they were eating morning tea. It was a lovely fresh Spring day and the Cows were all still housed in doors. A very impressive setup and it was obvious the impact of importing genetics from the all over the world has improved their herd. Tom said the most influential bull in their herd is ‘Action’ They used him heavily following the legalisation of semen importation. He bred extremely consistently and really clicked with their Cows as well as improving production significantly. Other sires Tom mentioned who have also had a big influence are Iatola, Sultan and DJ May. All of them lifted production, added stature and dairyness and really improved udders! More recently they have been really pleased with their Joel daughters who have been extremely consistent and outstanding udders. Not surprising when you see his dam Tom stated ‘Fermar Paramount Joy’, who is an absolutely incredible cow! The Perchards are also really happy with their early Chrome daughters who are not only easy on the eye but also putting a lot of litres in the tank. They are now using Craze heavily and really like his pedigree and genomic numbers. They are also using a lot of genomic Viking bulls with the primary aim of increasing fat and protein but also with an increased focus on health traits and daughter fertility. The Perchards are currently milking 280 cows but are in the process of increasing to 350 over the next 18 months. Lots of investment going on, including extending there milking parlour to 14 a side from 10 a side. They are also looking at building another young stock shed for the growing number of heifers. Tom is partners with his Dad Robbie in the business and he is the 3rd generation

Sarah Le Feuvre, Derrick Frigot and Sara Scott with 'Natalie's Flash Dream'


of the Perchard family to farm their after his grandparents purchased the property in 1957. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity and is hopeful that he can give his 3 kids the same opportunity should any of them wish to give dairy farming a go in the future. After a busy morning we met up with Steve and enjoyed a yummy lunch, I was not game to try the ‘Jersey beef’ but did enjoy some Jersey Royal Potatoes (although they were the greenhouse grown ones during Winter so not as good as ones grown in the fields.) Derrick would leave us in the afternoons in the trusty hands of Steve, they are a great combination as Derrick could go home for his afternoon nap!!! :) and Steve could work the mornings and then be our tour guide in the afternoons! Steve toured us to ‘Westlands’ where his Jerseys are owned. The standouts to me were the Bransons, Rileys and Oliver P’s. We enjoyed our tour around their milking and dry barn, calf rearing facilities and surrounding setups. That evening we were treated to a delicious Seafood dinner with Robbie and Jo Perchard, Steve and Derrick. Day 2 consisted of another lovely drive around Jersey, a spot of shopping where of course I bought a Jersey Granite pendant necklace and a visit to the bronze Jersey Statues in St Helier (capitol city of Jersey)! Our next herd visit was to ‘Elite Jerseys’ John, Sarah and John James Le Feuvre. Getting to see the current Island Champion Cow ‘Natalie’s Flash Queen’ in the flesh and grazing in the field was amazing, she is the third Island Supreme Champion close up in her maternal line. Derrick and John breed and own the ‘Natalie’s’ and the ‘Day Dreams’ ( joint ownership with a half share each) She is due to Tanya and Sara with the Jersey Sculptors

Cairnbrae Bontino in our Spring. A standout to me was ‘Daydream 321’ a 2yr old Colton who I think has a big future! Sarah said that of the early international sires available to use on the Island, Action was definitely the bull who worked best for them. Today they are using Viral, Dazzler, Nuance, Joel, Barcelona, Casino, Barnabas and Chrome. The Le Feuvre family have been breeding cows since 1938, with emphasis on type, longevity and profitability. Cattle have been exported across the world and many prize winners have been produced! They rate the importance of Cow families as paramount to their breeding programs and decisions. While their animals are housed through winter, their diet is based on a combination of grass and maize silage, fodder beet and whole crop. Sarah and John took us all out for a lovely lunch before Steve toured us around the West side of the island where we saw views of Alderney, Sark and Guernsey, also felt like home with the crazy wind almost blowing us off the cliff! I was lucky enough to spend some time at the Jersey War Tunnels, the island was under German control during the war and the tunnels were a hospital back in 1945, very sad that some farmers had only 48 hrs notice to evacuate their land to flee from the Island. My journey to ‘the Rock’ was all that I imagined it would be, thank you so much to our fantastic tour guides and hosts. A trip I will never forget! CORRECTION TO THE ARTICLE: Derrick kindly proof read my article and would like to state that he goes home to ‘MEDITATE’ each afternoon, not to nap!! (Hehehe, sure Derrick!)

Tanya on the rock!, Tanya and Sara at Ansom Jerseys

Robbie Perchard, Sara Scott, Tom Perchard, Tanya Privitera and Derrick Frigot Tanya from 'Inverlair Heights Jersey stud' visiting 'Inverlair' in Scotland


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Lindsay and Jacinta Anderson are thrilled to announce the marriage of their youngest daughter Renee to Aaron Frescura.

Jersey Australia congratulates Julia Paulger from Kenilworth Qld, Zoe Hayes from Girgarre Victoria, Sam Hall from Australind, WA, Ricky Nelson from Irrewillipe Victoria and Brady Hore from Leitchville Victoria for being selected to represent Australia at the European Young Breeders School in Belgium in August / September. This is an exciting opportunity for Australia’s Dairy Youth to learn and compete at this prestigious competition. The opportunity has been brought together with the combined support and sponsorship of Jersey Australia, Holstein Australia, RASV, Genetics Australia, ST Genetics Australia, Dick Smith, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dairy Australia, Gippsland Dairy Youth and Royal Melbourne Show The RASV is looking to rejuvenate the dairy cow section at the Royal Melbourne Show and have a planned full suite of dairy classes at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show with $20,000.00 in prize money across the youth and dairy cattle shows. Check out more at https://www.rasv.com.au/dairycattle/competition-info/schedules-and-forms/

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