Adelaide Show success for Glencoe breeders

By Sophie Baldwin

Dairy cattle numbers might have been down slightly for this year’s Royal Adelaide Show but morale was high across exhibitors in all sections.

It was a particularly great show for Glencoe's Ben and Angela Tweddle from Benlargo Holsteins.

Their five-year-old Benlargo Sid Furry was named Supreme Senior Holstein, while 2.5-year-old Benlargo Elijah Ding was crowned Supreme Intermediate Champion.

The Tweddles' 11-year-old daughter Shae experienced her own success, winning Supreme Juvenile Champion with her 11-month-old Jersey heifer, Merseybank Tequila Alice, a calf she bought with the money she got from selling her pony.

Show committee deputy chair Ray Fiebiger said he was pleased with entry numbers, considering what the dairy industry had been through over the past 12 months.

“Showing cattle helps keep the industry alive. Exhibitors are able to get together and compete against each other which boosts enthusiasm within the industry while giving them a chance to promote and show off their own genetics,” Mr Biebiger said.

He said the Adelaide show had a strong and proud history of showing cattle, and a strong focus on encouraging youth in the industry.

This year’s junior show was well represented with large entries across all categories, along with eight schools attending with their own show teams.

Royal Adelaide Show was the first show to introduce udder scanning and teat inspection to protect the welfare of all cows in-milk.