A group of Australian breeders ignored the tough winter and appalling milk prices, putting together what US judge Eddie Bue has described as a world-class display at the Victorian Winter Fair in Australia.

The Bendigo event – funded and run by four dairy farmers – decided to push on and host the Holstein and Red & White Holstein show despite slightly less numbers and advise to the contrary. Their decision was validated when the Champions were named and judge Eddie Bue, from Illinois, (together with his Australian associate Cameron Yarnold) explained themselves.

Windy Vale Contender Rose-ET EX93 wins Grand Champion at the 2016 Victorian Winter Fair, Australia. Photo Credit Brooke Somerville.

Windy Vale Contender Rose-ET EX93 wins Grand Champion at the 2016 Victorian Winter Fair, Australia. Photo Credit Brooke Somerville.

This year’s Grand Champion is also the reigning International Dairy Week (IDW) Senior Champion from Bluechip Genetics’ string – Windy Vale Contender Rose-ET (co-owned by Windy Vale Holsteins and Frank and Diane Borba, of California).

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She had a tough five-year-old class to win first – beating the cow who would go on to be Reserve Champion – the 2015 former Reserve Senior IDW Champion, Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11. Honourable Mention was the well-known and respected High Green Bolton Noni (owned by the Joyce family) who had six calves to her credit and was 10 years old.

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“I thought there was quality cattle all the way down the line,” judge Eddie Bue said. It was an awesome show. The top end of the cows – especially the Grand Champion – is a cow that can compete anywhere in the world. She was a beautiful uddered, beautiful framed cow – just an incredible exhibit.”

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Another highlight for the Bluechip string was winning Intermediate Champion with Bluechip Goldwyn Frosty – last year’s Reserve Intermediate Champion – who freshened just before the show. Co-owned by Toi Toi Genetics and Averill Leslie (NZ) Frosty cost the syndicate $72,000 when she sold through a Bluechip sale as a yearling. She is the granddaughter of Harvue Roy Frosty EX97 out of Harvue Dundee Foxy. Eddie pulled her into first at the last minute in a close senior three-year-old class. Reserve was the second-placed senior three-year-old Eclipse Atwood Satin, owned by Woodlawn Holsteins and JK Turner. The Honourable Mention Intermediate Champion was the junior two-year-old winner, Bluechip Dempsey Noni (co-owned by Bluechip, Fairvale Holsteins and Eclipse Holsteins).

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“That pair of three-year-olds that were my Intermediate and Reserve Intermediate was pretty much unbeatable for the championship,” Eddie said. For me, the winner carries her top a little nicer, she’s just a little sharper at the point of her shoulder, she moves a little more freely on her feet and legs, and she’s a little cleaner through the head and neck than my Reserve.”
The show was nostalgic for the Bluechip team – because it will hold its dispersal on October 13 and the Winter Fair was the final show for Dean and Dianna Malcolm and their partner. Bluechip showed 28 head – taking home 11 class wins, 12 broad ribbons, Supreme Champion, Supreme Best Udder and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor.
Dean Malcolm said their Grand, Contender Rose, never put a foot wrong in the lead-up to the show and on show day.

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“Six to eight hours out from judging we knew she was bang on from our perspective,” Dean said. “For me, Rose is a world-class cow and it was just great to see her do everything right for Frank and Diane [Borba], and for Geoff Hutcheson, who bred the cow.

“For Frosty to come out in the Intermediate and do what she did for us – was everything we needed. Her result was validation for her and her profile and for what she sold for. We knew she was capable of it. She was VG88 last year and Reserve Intermediate at this show last year. To go one step better being that fresh, we couldn’t have wished for anything better for her. She’s a cow for the future. Her legs are her feature and her five daughters are just like her. Her Golddust daughter won two classes – and I believe she is every bit as good as her mum at the same age – maybe even better.”

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Bluechip also won four of the nine Best Udder awards, and announced it had sold a half share of the second-placed four-year-old, Fairvale Damion Melody, to Spain’s Alberto Medina before Melody’s class. Dean said the show’s officials continue to get it right and add profile to the registered industry.

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“For me, it was an honour to show under such a great judge/cowman. I know it’s easy to say when you have a great show, but the cows that finished out of the top placings were validated and we were 100% satisfied with Eddie’s decisions and congratulations to the committee for running such an amazing event and for continuing to focus on bringing in such great judges.

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“I also wanted to applaud all the exhibitors and spectators who came despite it being such a tough season. The Junior Champion, owned by Aaron Johnston was a great heifer and truly world class. We all know numbers were down a little bit, but I think perhaps the people who came dropped off the bottom of their strings and it was still an awesome show.

“Murray and Jane Polson bought down cows from New South Wales for two class wins, including two Best Udder of class. Congratulations to them.”

Show officials said when milk processor Murray Goulburn announced an opening milk price of $4.31 (33c/litre) during the show was on, everyone recoiled. The whole show committee supplies Murray Goulburn.
“We did make the right decision to carry on. The Murray Goulburn opening price happened the second day into the show and I think if people had been at home – they’d sitting in the corner rocking backwards and forwards. But we were all here, together, surrounded by our friends and that made it a little easier to cope.

“The people that show are not just exhibitors – they’re our friends and that’s the whole point of it. We like everyone there and what makes the show so great. Without the exhibitors and the sponsors we couldn’t do it.”

The Junior Champion was a super story for her owner Aaron (Rock) Johnston. He bought Linsand Reginald Chocolat – a granddaughter of former IDW Grand Champion, Avonlea Robthom Connie 2nd EX93-3E – privately last year. Chocolat’s dam is Linsand Aspen Chilli-ET.

Chocolat had originally been slated for the show’s sale, but Linsand withdrew her for Aaron and Willy McKay and Lisa Thompson have continued to house and manage her for him because he doesn’t own a farm. Aaron said he appreciated their expertise developing her.

Aaron couldn’t stop smiling after the two-year-old owned the Junior show, ahead of Reserve Champion and a profile heifer who has been unbeaten in her age class at IDW and the Victorian Winter Fair, Bluechip Hero Marion. He hopes to calve Chocolat down and take her to IDW in January.

“I did get a shock,” Aaron said of his first Championship win. “When I saw Eddie walk up and pat her for champion, I thought: ‘You beauty’.”

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The Red & White show was won by Rusty Red Apple Redrose, owned by Judson Jennings, followed by two Bluechip prepared entries for Reserve and Honourable Mention.

The intermediate Red & White was sold in the sale at the show for $11,500 the night before by the Andrew Pacitti, of Myponga, South Australia. Empire Destry Pearl VG88 is out of a Talent and she is now owned by the Hogg family, from Biggara in Victoria.

The follow pictures and results by Holstein Australia

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SUPREME SENIOR EXHIBIT  – Windy Vale Contender Rose, Bluechip Genetics, Windy Vale Holsteins and F & D Borba

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SENIOR CHAMPION  – Windy Vale Contender Rose – Bluechip Genetics, Windy Vale Holsteins & F & D Borba
RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION – Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11 – Elmar Holsteins Australia

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RED SENIOR CHAMPION – Rusty Red Apple Redrose – Judson Jennings Rusty Red Holsteins
RESERVE RED SENIOR CHAMPION – Lightning Ridge Contender Jane – Bluechip Genetics

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SUPREME SENIOR UDDER – Windy Vale Contender Rose – Bluechip Genetics, Windy Vale Holsteins & F & D Borba

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SUPREME INTERMEDIATE EXHIBIT  – Bluechip Goldwyn Frosty – Bluechip Genetics & Toi Toi Genetics
RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION – Eclipse Atwood Satin – Woodlawn Holsteins & G K Turner

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RED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION – Empire Destry Pearl – A & J Hogg
RESERVE RED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION – Sun Vale Redliner Wonka – Sun Vale Holsteins

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JUNIOR CHAMPION – Linsand Reginal Chocolat – A Johnson
RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION – Bluechip MH Hero Marion – Bluechip Genetics and Miss Holsteins and Jerseys

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RED SHOW JUNIOR CHAMPION – View Fort Barbwire Redfoo-Red – Matt Templeton
RED SHOW RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION – Avonlea Acme Pompeil 2nd-ET-Red – J H & C J Gardiner

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YOUTH SHOW JUNIOR CHAMPION – Strongbark Gold Tara – B & J Gavenlock & J & S Maloney
RESERVE YOUTH SHOW JUNIOR CHAMPION  – Quality Ridge Windbrook Versace – J & B Fisher

PREMIER BREEDER and EXHIBITOR  – Bluechip Genetics

ADHIS Balanced Performance Index highest female Award. Presented to the cow shown at the Victorian Winter Fair with the highest BPI – Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11 – Elmar Holsteins Australia

Class 1: Junior handler under 12 years of age

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1st: Leah Dickson
2nd: Kaitlyn Joyce
3rd: Anna Dickson

Class 2:  Intermediate handlers 12-15 years of age

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1st: Renee Anderson
2nd: Georgia Sieben
3rd: Charlie Lloyd

Class 3: Senior Handlers, over 16 years of age

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1st: Zoe Hayes
2nd: Brady Hore
3rd: Courtney Pulham

Class 4:Autumn calf born after 1/4/2016

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1st: Lloyd Star Monterey Vanilla – Charlie Lloyd

Class 5: Summer calf born 1/1/16-31/3/16
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1st: Lara TD Millie-Red – Lara Holsteins
2nd: Gorbro Fevatwod Tiffany – Gorbro Holsteins
3rd: Bluff Glen Silver Ariel 2609 – Bluff Glen Holsteins
Red Show
1st: 1st: Lara TD Millie-Red – Lara Holsteins
2nd: Gorbro Awesomeref Jodie-Red – Gorbro Holstein

Class 6: Spring calf born 1/10/15-31/12/15

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1st: Horizon Brady Hague – Darren Crawford
2nd: Bluechip Dream F Marion – Bluechip Genetics, P Hurley & D Palmer
3rd: Bluechip Golden F Marion – Bluechip Genetics, P Hurley & D Palmer
Red
1st: Kayton LaddP Felicity-Red – Kayton Holsteins

Class 7: Winter calf born 1/7/15-30/9/15

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1st: Bluechip TT Golddust Frosty – Bluechip Genetics & Toi Toi Genetics
2nd: Horizon Archrival Lucy – Darren Crawford
3rd: Strongbark Gold Tara – B & J Gavenlock & J & S Maloney
Red Show
1st: Bluechip Contender Cherrypop-Red – Bluechip Genetics & Simon Tognola
2nd: Lightning Ridge Armani Licorice-Red – Declan Patten Lightning Ridge Holsteins and Brad Salmon Westmuir Holsteins

Class 8:  All Australian Calf Class, heifer born after 30/6/15. Handler under 17 years of age

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1st: Bluechip TT Golddust Frosty – Bluechip Genetics & Toi Toi Genetics
2nd: Vron Goldendreams Betty – B, K & M Goss
3rd: Bluechip Dream F Marion – Bluechip Genetics, P Hurley & D Palmer
Red show
1st: Bluechip Contender Cherrypop-Red – Bluechip Genetics & Simon Tognola
2nd: Lightning Ridge Armani Licorice-Red – Declan Patten Lightning Ridge Holsteins & Brad Salmon Westmuir Holsteins

Class 9: Autumn yearling born 1/4/15-30/6/15

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1st: The Points Goldendreams Billy – McKie Family The Points Holsteins
2nd: Bluechip FV Atwood Bonnie – Bluechip Genetics & Fairvale Holsteins
3rd: Quality Ridge Windbrook Versace – J & B Fisher
Red show
1st: Jaguar Absolute Rose-twin-Red – Ricky Nelson Jaguar Holsteins

Class 10: Summer yearling born 1/1/15-31/5/15

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1st: Bluechip MH Hero Marion – Bluechip Genetics & Miss Holsteins and Jerseys
2nd: Bluechip Uno Lila Z – Bluechip Genetics
3rd: Bluechip Braxton Rae – Bluechip Genetics
Red show
1st: Beclah Park Ladd Dreamer-Red – S & R Joyce Beclah Park Holsteins

Class 11: Spring yearling born 1/10/14-31/12/14

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1st: Kayton DL Kay – Kayton Holsteins
2nd: Beclah Park Nath Perfection – S & R Joyce Beclah Park Holsteins

Class 12: Winter yearling born 1/7/14-30/9/14

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1st: Lindand Reginald Chocolat – A Johnston
2nd: Bluechip Golden S Whynot – Bluechip Genetics
3rd: The Points Goldendreams Flossy – McKie Family The Points Holsteins
Red Show
1st: Avonlea Acme Pompeil 2nd-ET-Red – J H & C J Gardiner

Class 13: 2 years old heifer dry born 1/1/14-30/6/14

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1st: Bluechip Goldchip Beciee – Bluechip Genetics
2nd: Pooley Bridge Goldendreams Felicia 72 – Leslie Farms
3rd: View Fort Barbwire Redfoo-Red – Matt Templeton
Red Show
1st: View Fort Barbwire Redfoo-Red – Matt Templeton

Class 14: Junior 2 years old in milk born after 1/1/14

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1st: Bluechip Dempsey Noni – Bluechip Genetics, Eclipse Holsteins & Fairvale Holsteins
2nd: Bluechip Goldchip Whynot – Bluechip Genetics
3rd: Gorbro Atwood Berline – Gorbro Holsteins

Class 15: Senior 2 years old in milk born 1/7/13-31/12/13

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1st: Avonlea Stanleycup Renita – J H & C J Gardiner
2nd: Eclipse Atwood Princess – Bluechip Genetics & Eclipse Holsteins
3rd: Quality Ridge Fever Sally – J & B Fisher

Class 16: Junior 3 year old in milk born 1/1/13-30/6/13

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1st: Bluechip Damion Beauty – Bluechip Genetics
2nd: Avonlea Dempsey Tammy – J H & C J Gardiner
3rd: Bluechip Goldchip Bonnie – Bluechip Genetics & Fairvale Holsteins
Red Show
1st: Sun Vale Redliner Wonka – Sun Vale Holsteins
2nd: Lightning Ridge Attitude Jane 2 – Mat Robertson

Class 17: Senior 3 year old in milk born 1/7/12-31/12/12

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1st: Bluechip Goldwyn Frosty – Bluechip Genetics & Toi Toi Genetics
2nd: Eclipse Atwood Satin – Woodlawn Holsteins & G K Turner
3rd: Empire Destry Pearl-Red – A & J Hogg
Red Show
1st: Empire Destry Pearl-Red – A & J Hogg

Class 18: 4 year old in milk born 1/7/11-30/6/12

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1st: Mario Park Sid Alicia – Murray & Jane Polson
2nd: Fairvale Damion Melody – Bluechip Genetics & Toi Toi Genetics
3rd: Avonlea Sid Mistress 2nd-ET – J H & C J Gardiner
Red Show
1st: Rusty Red Apple Redrose – Judson Jennings Rusty Red Holsteins
2nd: Ryanna Contender Blackrose – Bluechip Genetics & Next Generation Holsteins & Ashridge Swiss

Class 19: 5 year old in milk born 1/7/10-30/6/11

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1st: Windy Vale Contender Rose – Bluechip Genetics, Windy Vale Holsteins & F & D Borba
2nd: Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11-ET – Elmar Holsteins Australia
3rd: Murribrook Jasper Reba-ET – J H & C J Gardiner
Red Show
1st: Ryanna Contender Redrose-ET – Matt Templeton

Class 20: 6 year old in milk born 1/7/09-30/6/10

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1st: Mario Park Howie Aleece-ET – Murray & Jane Polson
2nd: Carisma Cairnhill Paradise – Darren Crawford
3rd: Wellstrand Goldwyn Lulu 4th – Whatman Family

Class 21: 7 year old and over in milk born before 30/6/09

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1st: Sky View Talent Connie – Sky View Holsteins
2nd: Clydevale Mrsam Pisa – Clydevale Holsteins
3rd: Shevron Outside Jazz – Whatman Family

Class 22:Veterans Cow, any age in milk, min 6 lact. 50,000 liters, 1875kg fat & 1600kg protein

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1st: High Green Bolton Noni – J & B Fisher & S & R Joyce Beclah Park Holsteins