First Australian cow to achieve EX97

By Dairy News

FAIRVALE MORTY Lady 51, jointly owned by Lisa and Will McKay of Linsand-V Holsteins, Victoria, and Lindsay and Sandra Thompson, Linsand Holsteins, Tasmania, has been recognised by Holstein Australia as the highest classified cow in Australia.

Purchased from breeders Ross and Leanne Dobson of Fairvale Holsteins as a 2-½ year old, the 12-year-old Fairvale Morty Lady 51 is in her 7th lactation and achieved EX97 points (EX97–5E).

Lisa said she was “blown away” by the reaction to Morty Lady 51’s classification.

“It’s been incredible. We’ve had hundreds of calls and messages from all round the world. She is a very special animal.

“With most dairy cows reaching their peak at between 4 to 6 years old, not only did she win IDW at the age of 9, but has gone on to achieve Australia’s highest ever classification at the age of 12.”

Holstein Australia uses the internationally recognised Linear Evaluation System to provide an objective, consistent and accurate method of conformation assessment.

Classification Supervisor at Holstein Australia, Leanne Summerville, said “she is without doubt the best cow I’ve seen in Australia”.

“She just takes your breath away. Great capacity, outstanding udder and real strength with dairyness, and she just keeps getting better with age.”