Dairy

Second time’s a charm

By Rodney Woods

After losing Supreme Champion Senior Cow by the smallest of margins at last year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Gavenlocks were determined to go one better in 2018.

Tallygaroopna’s Jessica and Brad Gavenlock were eyeing a third win in consecutive years after Kathleigh Gun Grace — a Jersey they co-own with the Kath family, of Forbes in NSW — took out Supreme Intermediate in 2016 and the Senior Champion Jersey in 2017.

Last year after winning the Jersey crown, the cow tied for the Supreme Champion Senior Cow title, leading to a count-back that still could not separate her from the rival Holstein.

This resulted in a tie-breaker awarding the Holstein victory.

Twelve months on and the trophy that was so nearly theirs in 2017 is now in the hands of the Gavenlocks.

‘‘We were very excited,’’ Mrs Gavenlock said.

‘‘It was more exciting that the Kath family were there to help us celebrate. It’s the icing on the cake, I guess.’’

The Gavenlocks have been preparing since December to get the Jersey up to Supreme Champion Senior Cow standard.

‘‘When she’s not showing, she lives at Jugiong Jerseys in Girgarre,’’ Mrs Gavenlock said.

‘‘She’s been here since October, calved in December, and we’ve been getting her ready since then.’’

The couple has been showing cows in Sydney since 2010, and Mrs Gavenlock said it was a show they always enjoyed.

‘‘It’s one of our favourite shows. The facilities are world class, our friends show there, it’s a great competition and it’s a great time of year,’’ she said.

The family took three other cattle to Sydney, with a Jersey calf winning Reserve Junior Champion in the Youth Show and two Holsteins finishing third in their respective classes.

Kathleigh Gun Grace also backed up her 2017 Best Udder victory with a win in the same class in this year.