50 Years Young – Atherton & North Queensland Sub-Branch
“History never looks like history when you are living through it”
On Sunday, 26th May 2019, past & present Holstein breeders & their families gathered at Far North Queensland’s Malanda Hotel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North Queensland Holstein Friesian Association – the Atherton & North Queensland Sub-Branch.
Colin Daley welcomed guests, including Holstein Australia Board Director, Jenny Grey, with Bill Tranter saying the “Grace” before the meal. John Reynolds reflected on the early days of the breed on the Atherton Tablelands & Carol O’Connell said a poem.
A highlight was the photo presentation of “days (and cows) gone by, put together by Rachel & Catherine English.
“The lunch was all we wanted it be,” says Anne Daley. “People talking and reminiscing and a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. The celebrations only drew to a close because many people had to go home and milk that afternoon!”
Of course, there was a cake, cut by Tara & Baylee Bevan and Carol Norbury. An excellent cake, adorned with a picture of North Queensland’s highest classified cow, Bevandale Colorado Rosalie EX-93-E8.
The Excellent birthday cake!
Holstein Australia's Jenny Grey with past FNQ breeders.
Cutting the cake.
Sub-Branch President's past & present.
Sub-Branch secretaries past & present
Jenny Grey & Sub-Branch President Colin Daley.
What does 50 years of history look like?
In 1969 as the popularity of the Holstein breed grew on the Atherton Tablelands, the North Queensland Friesian Sub-Branch was formed. First President was Les Burton (Leston Stud) & first Secretary was Henry Tranter (Renarlivale Stud). Five breeders attended the first meeting.
To date, there have been 195 studs here on the Atherton Tablelands
First stud on record was in 1954 “Renoyle” – Reynolds Brothers, Millaa Millaa
1956 “Greenhaven” (M & M Farquharson) 1959 “Myrtle Dale” (A & M Sigley)
Newest registered stud is “Glengarriff” – Terese Daley, Millaa Millaa
Stud Prefix operating for the longest – “Millaa View”- MB Daley P/L commenced in 1971 & “Meadowland” John, Dianne, Brad & Annaliise Daley commenced in 1973.
The first classification tour on the Atherton Tablelands was in 1970. This tour produced the Tablelands first “Very Good” cow – “Renarlivale Fairybelle Voyager owned by the Tranter Family of Millaa Millaa.
There have been 227 Excellent Cows since computerised records commenced:
Holstein Australia would like to acknowledge Sub-Branch Presidents past and present - Les Burton, Owen Daley, Russell Walmsley, Rodney Hartin, John Norbury, Joe Strazzeri, Colin Daley, John Bevan, Kevin Lambert, Michael Daley, Bob Hapgood and Bart Doohan.
The Atherton & North Queensland Sub-Branch Presidents, and indeed the Sub-Branch members, have also been looked after over the years by their Sub-Branch secretaries - Henry Tranter, Bill Tranter, Paul Newland, Rodney Hartin, Colin Daley, Cherie Bevan, Mark Cuda, Ted Morris and Anne Daley.
1969 to 2019 - 50 years young! Congratulations and thank you from Holstein Australia to all our members in Far North Queensland for all you have contributed to our Association and to the breed over the last half century.