Dairy

Jerseys crowned in on-farm challenge

By Country News

The Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club awarded champion cow and three-year-old winner to Geoff and Natalie Akers’ Valentino Empress Loxleigh in the club's recent on-farm challenge.

More than 80 cows were judged by Darryn and Ellie Hourigan from Millewa, with the judges visiting five farms and scoring each cow out of 880 points.

The highest pointed two-year-old was awarded to John and Margaret Cockerell's Valentino Empress Warrain.

Prizes were sponsored by Genetics Australia, with first prize receiving a $65 semen voucher.

Jersey breeders celebrated at a presentation dinner at the Shamrock Hotel in Numurkah at the end of the competition.

The competition's winning cows from two to seven years old will go on to compete in the Great Southern Challenge, which includes all the Jersey clubs of Victoria, southern NSW, South Australia and Tasmania.

The on-farm challenge was held on Thursday, October 24 across the club's area, which takes in Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah, Strathmerton, Katunga and Tallygaroopna.