Judge Olivia Millhouse, Courtney Afford, Junior Champion Heifer, Windy Vale Mirand Elegance-Red-PO with leader Michael Atkins & Hayley Madden
The 58th Annual Holstein Autumn Fair was back in full swing this March, as keen breeders from across SA journeyed to Mount Pleasant to impress judge, Olivia Millhouse (of Southwick Holsteins, Riana, Tas and compete for top honours.
Numbers were strong in the junior section. The Judge selected Jess Seeliger's stylish entry, Jaybrooke Landslide Marion as winner of the All-Australian Calf Class.
Yearling, Windy Vale Mirand Elegance-Red-PO won top honours as Junior Champion for young breeders Bridget Liebelt, Courtney Afford and Hayley Madden (CBH Syndicate) who purchased her at the Windy Vale A-Z sale only a few weeks prior to the show.
Mt Pleasant judge, Olivia Millhouse said the Junior Champion was a standout with her extreme correctness, strong top line, nice depth, openness to her rib and correct rump.
“She’s obviously quite young and I’m keen to see her develop and participate at some of the larger shows,” said Olivia.
She was closely followed by Brett Fiebig's 18-month-old entry, Warrabell Sidekick Luck; a daughter of 2021 National Virtual Holstein Spectacular Champion, Warrabell Blade Lucky EX-92-5E.
Intermediate Champion was earned by the well-framed 3-year-old Esjay Merlot Phemie. She was bred and is owned by the Seeliger family of Esjay Holsteins who are long-time supporters of the show.
She was followed in Reserve by Senior 2, Glenunga Undenied Sandmaiden (Glenunga Proprietors). She is a sharp daughter of 2021 Champion Cow, Glenunga Goldchip Sandmaid EX91.
Although there was only a handful of competitors in the senior section, quality was not amiss. Taking out the Supreme Best Vessel and Senior Champion was Glenunga Barossa Whynot (Glenunga Proprietors) of the Koch family. This young 4-year-old oozed dairy quality and is sired by Glenunga Dorcy Barossa; a Dorcy son from the well-respected Butter family. She prevailed over her herd mate, aged cow Glenunga Sentry Mayfair (Glenunga Proprietors) as Reserve Senior Champion.
Olivia said “the Senior Champion was a beautifully balanced cow, displaying lots of dairy-ness and a well attached udder”.
Mt Pleasant Committee member, Courtney Afford thanked the exhibitors, volunteers and sponsors for their help on the day.
She said “I would like to thank everyone for their effort over the last couple months and we hope to see you all next year”.