Dairy

A ‘good distraction’ in tough year

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January 11, 2017

Glen Gordon from Gorbro Holsteins is busy preparing his cattle for International Dairy Week.

Gorbro Holsteins' cattle.

Preparations are underway for Gorbro Holsteins.

Glen Gordon from Gorbro Holsteins has been busy preparing his show team for International Dairy Week.

The Cohuna dairy farmer is looking forward to the week, despite going through one of the toughest financial years he has ever experienced.

‘‘IDW is a good distraction in a year like this and it is why we milk the cows we do, we love to show them,’’ Mr Gordon said.

‘‘It is social and always good fun when we get there.’’

He will be taking a team of six cows in milk and five heifers, which will include Supreme Champion Illawarra from 2015, Wallumlands Sunstorm 8.

‘‘Sunstorm is fresh and ready to show in the mature class,’’ he said.

‘‘We are selling two of her daughters in the Illawarra sale on the Tuesday night — Pingerly Sunstorm and Pingerly Sunstruck.

‘‘Sanchez OShimmer was crowned reserve champion in Nowra in 2016 and she will be showing in the six-year-old Holstein class.

‘‘We are selling four animals in total — we have a February-born red Holstein, Awesome Joan, and another Illawarra heifer, Maxima Joan.

‘‘If we sell a few animals it subsidises the cost and helps pay for the week.

‘‘It probably costs $1500 to $2000 per head to go by the time we pay for labour, cartage, food and accommodation.’’

As part of the on-farm preparations, the cattle are treated to a pre-clip by Mitchell Fleming.

‘‘We like to give our girls a pre-clip to remove the rough hair,’’ Mr Gordon said.

‘‘The new hair that grows is a lot nicer to work with and it helps keep the cows cooler and cleaner.’’

The team is also treated to a wash every day and a stint under the shade and sprinklers when temperatures get too warm.

 - Sophie Baldwin

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