Dairy

Jersey club celebrates 60 years

By Country News

The Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club will mark its 60th anniversary at the end of May with three days of celebrations, including a sale, national conference, dinner and farm tours.

Club members have successfully bred royal show champions, top production cows and contributed to genetic improvement across the country.

Included in this history are 12 royal show champion cows, six Great Southern Challenge supreme champions, two Great Australian Supreme Champion cows, and four top 10 ASI bulls bred by breeders in the club.

Some notable contributions to genetics include the bull Badger, bred by Daryl and Lani Hoey, which is the only bull to have sold 100000 doses of semen internationally, and a record price paid in 1981 to Stan and Audrey Walker of $34000 for Warwick Daisy Lee. This record price for a Jersey was not broken until 2017.

Club members Frank and Belle Burgman have the distinction of owning the only bull to have won 10 consecutive royal show champion bull titles between 1973 and 1982 with Katandra Royal Wonder.

The Burgmans, from Katandra, were also the only people to have sold a bull to the Queen, in 1987.

The club — based around Shepparton, Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah — will run a range of celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary, including hosting Jersey Australia’s conference and its AGM on Thursday, May 31.

Farm tours will begin on Tuesday, May 29 and that night there will be a celebratory dinner at the Shamrock Hotel in Numurkah.

Farm tours will run on the Wednesday, as well as a tour through Rex James Stockfeed and Fertilizers, followed by a Jersey Australia dinner at Monichino Winery, Katunga.

Towards the end of the celebrations, on Thursday, May 31, at noon, the club will run the Diamond Jubilee Sale at Kaarmona Jerseys, Kaarimba Hall Rd, Kaarimba, followed by an inspection of the Kaarmona herd.

■Anyone interested in registering for the events can phone Peter Sprunt on 0458 005 255 or email yalcara57@gmail.com