It was a clean sweep for the Jersey breed in Tuesday’s dairy interbreed competition at the Sydney Royal Show with a rising five-year-old cow winning supreme in a competition for that ribbon which has been a long time coming.
Kathleigh Gun Grace, from Kathleigh Astound Grace by SV Jade Hired Gun, bred by Kathleigh Jerseys at Forbes, and prepared for show by Brad and Jessica Gavenlock, Tallygaroopna, Victoria, took the title by just one point.
But her winning history at Sydney goes back some years, nearly equal supreme champion last year, winning supreme intermediate champion in 2016 and taking out best Jersey udder three years in a row.
Reserve supreme champion dairy female, just one point behind, was the rising six-year-old Holstein Murribrook Windhammer Cybele-ET-OC, from Murribrook Goldwyn Candace-IMP-ET by Gillett Windhammer-ET-BLF-CBF, exhibited by Samurah Pty Ltd, Mossvale.
Honourable mention went to the five-year-old Ayrshire female, Rockvale Burdette Olga, from Rockvale Lone Olga by Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette, bred by Stewart and Rebecca Cole.
Supreme Junior Champion was a Jersey, Shirlinn Joel Melys 2 from Shirlinn Reagan Melys by Gumo Joel bred by the Wilson Family, Tamworth.
Reserve junior champion went to rising one-year-old Illawarra heifer Llaandovery Foremans Emma 1906th from Llaandovery Empires Emma by Llaandovery Stells Foreman bred by the Hayes family, Girgarre, Vic.
Honourable mention went to the Holstein breed, Murribrook Doorman Lauren exhibited by Samurah Pty Ltd tied with the Ayrshire, Liddel Gentle Flora, bred by Stewart and Rebecca Cole, Wagga Wagga.
Intermediate champion dairy female went to the Jersey, Miami Verbatim Cowslip 4930 from Miami Tequila Cowslip 4660 by Arethusa Verbatim Response exhibited by the Philmar Dairy Company, Tocumwal.
Reserve champion went to the Holstein, Wintercrest Atwood Peg from Euroma Export Peg by Maple Downs-I GW Atwood exhibited by the Walsh and Duncan families, Jasper’s Brush.
Honourable mention was handed to the Ayreshire, Liddel Jumper Olga exhibited by the Cole family.
Pen of three was awarded to the Jersey breed with a perfect score, all judges in agreement, going to Philmar Dairy Co.
Reserve ribbons went to the Holstein breed exhibited by the the Walsh and Duncan families.
Honerable mention went to the Ayreshire breed exhibited by the Cole family.