Fairvale Bolton Nola 23 EX95-3E, Fairvale Holsteins
Fairvale Bolton Nola 23 EX95-3E of Fairvale Holsteins and Fairvale Reg Josie 34 EX95-4E of Coleshill Farms now join only a handful of cows classified 95 or above.
Both cows originated from Fairvale Holsteins from breeders Ross and Leanne Dobson and Holstein Australia Classifier Phil Hentschke says ‘it’s very special for a cow to score this high’.
"Nola was the cow I first saw on her 4th lactation when she made 94 and am still thunderstruck by how she looked then and she looks more magnificent now two lactations later. She is also STP, so a milker” says Phil.
He explains it was great to be working alongside fellow classifier Shane Patten on that day she received the score because he acknowledged and supported his appreciation of this cow.
“She is the ultimate cow” says owner and breeder Ross Dobson.
“She’s like all Fairvale animals; she’s got a mind of her own and she’s the boss. We certainly don’t tell her what to do. She tells us what to do!”
Nola is the dam of the highest priced animal at the Dobson’s Fairvale’s sale back in 2017.
“Her Solomon daughter classified 86 on her first classification and she is breeding exceptionally well for us” says Ross.
He says he is also extremely proud that Fairvale Reg Josie 34 also classified EX95 this year.
“That’s why we are in it…to breed EX cows” says Mr Dobson.
Josie 34 was bought by Coleshill Farms at Fairvale’s Farewell Sale back in 2017. She is currently PTIC to Thunderstorm and has a Solomon daughter calving in autumn.
Classifier Phil Hentschke says "Josie is by far the best cow I've ever seen for her age, (14) on her 10th lactation”.
He notes “she’s youthful and balanced for a cow of her age. She has an amazing udder and incredible mobility. Some time ago she also got an STP award”.
There are only 8 cows in Australian Holstein History that have been classified 95 or above.
Mr Hentschke says “they are all just great cows and their scores reflect that. Their owners should be very proud because they are really special cows”.