4th Saturday in February 

Foster & District
Agricultural Show

4th Saturday in February

On Farm Commercial Dairy Cow Challenge

2022 Champion Commercial Dairy Cow

Cow 3252 owned by Dan Knee, Toora

1st place 7yo cow – tremendous overall balance and style to this cow, a very worthy champion

2022 Reserve Champion Commercial Dairy Cow

Cow 2302 owned by Wendy Whelan, Toora

1st place 2yo – May be going out on a limb here to place a 1st lactation 2yo in reserve champion but just love how beautifully this young cow blends

2022 Honourable Mention 

Cow 2487 owned by Hayden Need, Hazel Park

1st place 5&6yo – Perhaps not as stylish as the cows ahead of her but a very functional dairy cow

2022 Highest Production Cow

Cow 2302 owned by Wendy Whelan, Toora 

(Current BPI 410, 10252L, 3.7% Protein, 4.47% Fat, in 305 days, SCC<100)

2022 Class Results 

1st Place: 

Cow 2302, Wendy Whelan, Toora

2nd Place: 
Cow 2732, Hayden Need, Hazel Park
3rd Place and Highest Production in Class: Cow 3097, Belinda Egan & Simon Reid, Leongatha South
4th Place: 
Cow 5836, Boyd Family, Foster
5th Place: 
Cow 2739, Hayden Need, Hazel Park


6th Place: 
Bird Anna, Tanya Allan, Mardan

Judges comments 

1st – Beautifully balanced, little longer and silkier udder than 2nd place

2nd – Matches 1st nicely, shorter neck and fore udder than 1st but her width throughout places her over 3rd.

3rd – Snugness of udder places 3rd over 4th

4th – Very milky heifer, moves on better feet and legs to place over 5th

5th – Neater through rump to place over 6th.

1st Place: 
Cow 2250, Wendy Whelan, Toora
2nd Place: 
Cow 2230, Wendy Whelan, Toora
3rd Place: 
Cow 1812, Tim Cashin, Leongatha South
4th Place: 
Cow 3066, Belinda Egan & Simon Reid, Leongatha South
5th Place: 
Cow 4242, Tracey Byrnes, Buffalo
6th Place:
Cow 3821, Billy & Deb Davy, Yanakie

Judges comments 

1st - Very similar to 1st 2yo who is a little longer through her fore udder to place her over 2nd

2nd - Her rear udder height and width and wide rump places her over the snug uddered cow in 3rd

3rd – Her width throughout that places her over 4th

4th – In turn has better rump angle and overall balance to place over 5th

5th – Udder attachments and capacity places over 6th

Highest Production in Class: 
Cow 3820 Billy & Deb Davy, Yanakie
1st Place and Highest Production in Class:
Cow 2072, Wendy Whelan, Toora
4th Place:
Cow 4920, Tracey Byrnes, Buffalo


2nd Place: 
Cow 3805, Dan Knee, Toora
 
5th Place: 
Cow 1746, Belinda Egan & Simon Reid, Leongatha South

3rd Place: 
Cow 210, Paul Cocksedge, Nerrena
6th Place: 
Cow 6021, Stuart & Jacqui Tracy, Waratah Bay

Judges comments

1st – Great texture and balance this cow, whose texture and dairy bone places her over 2nd

2nd – Her dairiness and openness places her over 3rd

3rd – Snugness and texture of udder and better fore teat placement places her over 4th

4th – Openess and width throughout places her over 5th

5th – Udder quality places her over 6th

1st Place: 

Cow 2487, Hayden Need, Hazel Park

2nd Place: 
Cow 472, Belinda Egan & Simon Reid, Leongatha South
3rd Place: 
Cow 5060, Boyd Family, Foster
4th Place: 
Cow 5219, Boyd Family, Foster
5th Place: 
Cow 2590, Hayden Need, Hazel Park
6th Place: 
Cow 3698, Dan Knee, Toora

Judges comments 

1st – Cow has clean shoulder, hard top, great wedge and rump angle and moves better on feet and legs to place over 2nd

2nd – More balanced and open throughout to place over 3rd

3rd – Her udder attachments and texture place her over 4th

4th – Body depth and length of rump places her over 5th

5th – Blends nicer through the shoulder and has more capacity than 6th

Highest Production in Class: 
Cow 181, Paul Cocksedge, Nerrena
1st Place and Highest Production Cow: 
Cow 3252, Dan Knee, Toora
 
 
4th Place: 
Cow 2414, Hayden Need, Hazel Park
2nd Place: 
Cow 3291, Dan Knee, Toora
 
5th Place: 
Cow 5018, Wendy Whelan, Toora
3rd Place: 
Cow 667, Clint Ballagh & Amy Cosby, Leongatha South
6th Place: Cow 4822, Boyd Family, Foster

Judges comments

1st – Hard to believe we could find a cow this good hiding in the hills of Toora. It’s hard to fault this cow on her fifth lactation. She has more strength and openness to place over the beautiful dairy cow in 2nd

2nd – Blends nicer in the fore udder to place over 3rd

3rd – 11yo, 9th lactation cow whose snugness of udder places her over the nice cow in 4th

4th – A little neater in the udder and moves better on feet and legs than the massive cow in 5th

5th – Length and overall capacity place her above 6th


Special thanks to Terry Clark for judging and Matt DeCicco for stewarding this challenge in 2022

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