Benleigh sweeps up in the Brown Swiss ring

Benleigh take every place in the Brown Swiss senior females at Sydney Royal Show


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Brown Swiss champion senior female, Benleigh Marshall Sasha, Mr R. and R. J. Wake, Benleigh, Whittingham via Singleton. Pictured Gavin Wake, Whittingham and judge Lachlan Fry, Brunswick, Western Australia.

Brown Swiss champion senior female, Benleigh Marshall Sasha, Mr R. and R. J. Wake, Benleigh, Whittingham via Singleton. Pictured Gavin Wake, Whittingham and judge Lachlan Fry, Brunswick, Western Australia.

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Sashes for Sasha at the Sydney Royal show Brown Swiss dairy cattle judging.

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The Wake family of Benleigh stud, Whittingham have dominated the Brown Swiss breed awards at the Sydney Royal Show.

Benleigh won every place in the senior female section including champion, reserve and honorable mention, also taking away the best senior udder and best group of three females.

In the intermediate section they had the champion, reserve and best intermediate udder.

Benleigh's Gavin Wake said it was really pleasing to have such a successful show.

"A lot of work goes in at home beforehand and there's a lot of cost involved so to get some great results makes it all worthwhile," Mr Wake said.

See full list of dairy milking female results here.

Judge Lachlan Fry, Brunswick, Western Australia said the senior champion, Benleigh Marshall Sasha, had a lovely combination of diaryness and strength.

"I couldn't go past this five-year-old for my champion cow, a cow that I really have to admire for its balance and openness and a cow that has a fantastic mammary system," Mr Fry said.

Mr Wake said it was the first time the cow had ever been shown, setting the bar high on her first outing.

"She's a cow that we've always had our eye on but she's never really been in form at the right time," he said.

"She's had three calves now and each calve she's got better and better so this year we bit the bullet, taught her to lead and she got the job done."

He said they hoped to bring her back to Sydney next year to defend her title.

The champion cow was from their Sasha family, which Mr Wake said was one of their most successful.

The Wakes have been breeding Brown Swiss cattle since the 1970s, making them one of the oldest stud's in Australia.

They're also one of the stalwarts of the dairy competition at Sydney with Gavin's father, Max Wake, showing cattle at the show for more than forty years straight.

Brown Swiss junior champion female, Tandara Bender Lola 71 shown by Tekoa and Simon Atkins, Dorrigo and sashed by judge Lachlan Fry (middle), Brunswick, Western Australia.

Brown Swiss junior champion female, Tandara Bender Lola 71 shown by Tekoa and Simon Atkins, Dorrigo and sashed by judge Lachlan Fry (middle), Brunswick, Western Australia.

It was only in the heifers that another team was able to grasp the spotlight from Benleigh, with Simon and Tekoa Atkins' 12-month-old heifer, Tandara Bender Lola, named champion junior.

Tandara stud at Dorrigo have been showing Jersey's for many years but Ms Atkins said the winning heifer was their first Brown Swiss.

See full list of heifer and dry cow results here.

Mr Wake said it was a good sign that new exhibitors were entering the breed.

"The numbers at Sydney were not terribly strong but the quality was fantastic, especially considering the place the dairy industry is in at the moment", he said.

"Hopefully the breed continues to grow, particularly in NSW, in the next few years and we can get some new people in, improve genetic base and continue moving forward."

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