The Goulburn Valley has again tasted success at International Dairy Week, with three mates taking out top honours at this year’s event.
Wallumlands Sunstorm 8th — co-owned by Tennyson’s Daniel Bacon, Dingee’s Ben Govett and Cohuna’s Glen Gordon — was awarded Australian Grand Champion, beating plenty of tough competition.
The eight-year-old Illawarra also took out the event’s Grand Champion Illawarra Exhibit last week, with judges congratulating the trio on a ‘‘magnificent dairy cow’’.
Alan and Janine Carson, from Irrewillipe East in south-west Victoria, won the Australian Reserve Champion title with Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11, which was also awarded Grand Champion Jersey.
Entry numbers were mixed compared to last year because of tough seasonal conditions, and those who did attend had to battle the elements with temperatures hitting the high 30s and low 40s across the five days of competition at Tatura Park.
And the seasonal conditions that stopped many from attending also slowed the bids at the Jersey and Holstein sales, with top prices of $8000 and $16000 respectively.