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Canterbury A&P On-Farm Competition

North Canterbury exhibitors flexed their collective muscle in the Canterbury A&P On-Farm dairy competition last week.

More than 90 entries were tabled for the contest, which replaced the cancelled dairy judging at the Canterbury Show in the wake of Covid-19. Instead, the exhibitors prepared their cows at home on-farm, as they would have done at the show. And, the judge – Corey Ferguson, from Otorohanga – moved between farms pointing and placing the animals between November 11 and 13.

North Canterbury names were on three of the four Supreme awards (in the all breeds section), all nine Holstein champions, two of the nine Jersey champions and all three of the Combined Breed Champions.

It gave North Canterbury 67% of the broad ribbons [Champion, Reserve or Honourable Mention] on offer. While Tahora Farms (Tai Tapu), an historically powerhouse exhibitor decided not to show this year for the first time. There was no getting around the compelling North Canterbury result.

 

A young cow with a big future

The Supreme Champion of all breeds was Sherraine Gold Charm-ET, owned by Sherraine Holsteins, at Ohoka. Charm is one of four ET [embryo transfer] sisters in the Sherriff family’s 150-cow herd. Sired by Braedale Goldwyn, Charm came into the competition with runs already on the board after winning the national two-year-old title in the New Zealand Semex On-Farm competition in June.

Olivia Cahill, who runs Sherraine Holsteins with her husband, Jared, and father Peter Sherriff, said they were thrilled when Charm won the senior three-year-old class, Intermediate Champion and Intermediate Best Udder. But when judge Corey Ferguson then took Charm all the way to Supreme Champion of all breeds, it was the icing on the cake for the young cow with a big-ticket future. Olivia is the fourth generation of her family to show Holsteins at the highest level.

“She’s always been such an exciting cow for us,” Olivia said. “And, she’s probably always been the pick of the sisters. And, she’s probably one of the most exciting young cows we’ve had.”

Charm is on her second calf and currently producing more than 32 litres at a 3.5% milk fat and 3.3% protein. Out of an EX Damion, Charm’s granddam is Sherraine Windstar Charm EX3, one of Sherraine’s best brood cows. Her family traces all the way back to the 1930s.

Olivia said while it was a little different not being able to show as usual at Canterbury, they were grateful to the on-farm competition’s organisers for the opportunity to bring their cows out.

“It was probably easier on us preparing them at home, in terms of not having to be away from the farm,” Olivia said. “But at the same time, it was hard to concentrate solely on the show cows, because we still have to run the farm.

“And, we really did miss having the cows at the show and having the competition right there with us, and doing it all together with everyone else.”

 

Wakelins were awake

The Wakelin family didn’t show last year’s Supreme Champion, Clover-Lane Aftshk Sue-ET EX. However, they proved there is plenty of depth in their herd, taking home four broad ribbons. They also tellingly won seven of the eight classes they entered. It was a complete performance, which confirmed them as a force in the registered industry.

At the pointy end of the business, the Rangiora-based herd won Senior and Reserve Senior Champion with Belbrook Smokin Piper and Belbrook Alonzo Jamie respectively. They also won Reserve and Honourable Mention Junior Champion.

 

Cresslands back on-board

The return of another family whose annual trip to the Christchurch Show was first thwarted by the worry surrounding M.Bovis, added some welcome weight to the competition.

Cresslands Holsteins, at Rangiora, proved it had lost none of its spark, winning three broad ribbons. Graham Stewart said while it was lonelier preparing at home on-farm, they were thrilled to be involved, and for their cattle to be seen by the wider industry again. 

“Under the circumstances with the show being cancelled, it was brilliant to be able to at least have the on-farm competition,” Graham said. “To me, it was easier showing from home. But you do miss the social part, which is why you go to the show to a degree.  

“But we love trying to get the cows looking as good as they can, and having them out there for people to have a look at one way or another.

“And, it was great to see how strong North Canterbury’s entries were. In the early days at Christchurch Show, most of the winners came from south of Christchurch, but we’ve picked up on them in the last five years or so, I think.

“We did miss having Tahora involved, and it would have been great to have them there, but we [Cresslands] didn’t show over the last two years, and this year they made the decision not to – so we totally get that.”

Graham acknowledged the efforts of his nephew, Josh Norton, who has worked overseas in some noted show herds for his interest, knowledge and the finish he put on the Cresslands Farms’ team.  Graham said it was definitely worth the additional work.

“Absolutely. To get the comments we got from people about the cows who either came to the farm while the judging was on, or who saw the photos on Facebook, that definitely makes it all worthwhile.”

*M. bovis is a pathogen that causes respiratory disease, otitis media (middle ear disease), arthritis, mastitis and a variety of other diseases in cattle worldwide.

NOTE: The “all breeds” competition is also commonly referred to as “supreme champions”. It basically means, these are the best of the best of all the breeds that competed.

So, we have will have winners (below) in their individual breeds (Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire etc) and then those champions were judged a second time, but this time against one another to get the “supreme champions” of all the breeds…

 

SUPREME CHAMPIONS ALL BREEDS

SUPREME JUNIOR CHAMPION ALL BREEDS

Cresslands B52 Peggy – Holstein – Cresslands Farms (Rangiora)

 

SUPREME INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION/INTERMEDIATE BEST UDDER ALL BREEDS

Sherraine Gold Charm-ET – Holstein – Sherraine Holsteins (Ohoka)

 

SUPREME SENIOR CHAMPION ALL BREEDS/SUPREME BEST UDDER 

Pukekaraka Elle Delilah – Ayrshire – Gilbert family (Ashburton)

 

SUPREME CHAMPION ALL BREEDS

Sherraine Gold Charm-ET – Holstein – Sherraine Holsteins (Ohoka)

 

HOLSTEIN

SENIOR CALF

1st – Cresslands B52 Peggy (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR YEARLING

1st – Belbrook Sidekick Carrie (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Cresslands Laua Delia (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

 

SENIOR YEARLING

1st – Belbrook Kick Lizabeth-ET (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Cresslands Lavant Cici (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

3rd – Stormrose Bee Shari (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

4th – Fermanagh DL Sheila (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR CHAMPION

Cresslands B52 Peggy (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

RESERVE 

Belbrook Sidekick Carrie (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

HONOURABLE MENTION

Belbrook Kick Lizabeth-ET (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR TWO YEARS

1st – Belbrook US Seisme-Red-ET (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Snowfed Unix Nelda (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

3rd – Cresslands Bytes Paris (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

4 – Glenalla Salt Cappie (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

5 – Riverbrae Control Julia (Riverbrae Dairy Farm Ltd, Springston)

 

SENIOR TWO YEARS

1st – Belbrook Bardo Plum (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Stormrose BM Solar (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

3rd – Riverbrae Windbrook Cara (Riverbrae Holsteins, Springston)

4th – Sherraine Solomon Lime (Sherraine Holsteins, Ohoka)

 

JUNIOR THREE YEARS

1st – Belbrook Solomon Sierra (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Paretai Mogul Pandora (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

 

SENIOR THREE YEARS

1st – Sherraine Gold Charm-ET (Sherraine Holsteins, Ohoka)

2nd – Cresslands Bankroll Trish (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

3rd – Sherraine Gold Charas-ET (Sherraine Holsteins, Ohoka)

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION/BEST UDDER

Sherraine Gold Charm-ET (Sherraine Holsteins, Ohoka)

RESERVE

Cresslands Bankroll Trish (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

HONOURABLE MENTION

Cresslands Bytes Paris (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

 

FOUR YEARS

1st – Belbrook Alonzo Jamie (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Sherraine McCutch Emily (Sherraine Holsteins, Ohoka)

3rd – Brookview Lau Duvel (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

4th – Cresslands Solomon Chloe (Cresslands farms, Rangiora)

5th – Paretai McCutch Kenzie (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

6th – Taonui Doorman Lavana (Taonui Holsteins, Rangiora)

7th – Riverbrae Numero Uno Ivy (Riverbrae Dairy Farm Ltd, Springston)

 

FIVE YEARS

1st – Cresslands Doorman Karla (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

2nd – Sherraine Doorman Carrie (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

3rd – Paretai Beemer Ingrid S3F (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

4th – Tararua Seaver Serena (Taonui Holsteins, Rangiora)

 

SIX YEARS

1st – Belbrook Smokin Piper (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

2nd – Cresslands Impression Lily (Cresslands Farms Rangiora)

3rd – Cresslands Corvette Daisy (Cresslands Farms, Rangiora)

4th – Belbrook Smokin Explosion (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

5th – Sherraine Genesis Lucy (Sherraine Holsteins and Dylan Lynch, Ohoka)

6th – Snowfed Legend Tonio (Gilbert family)

7th – Sherraine Atw Charque-ET (Sherraine Holsteins)

 

SEVEN YEARS

1st – Cresslands Windbrook Dana (Cresslands Farms)

2nd – Belbrook Lobby Penny (Wakelin family, Ashburton)

3rd – Riverbrae Talent Tulip (Riverbrae Dairy Farm Ltd, Springston)

 

SENIOR CHAMPION HOLSTEIN

Belbrook Smokin Piper (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

RESERVE

Belbrook Alonzo Jamie (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

HONOURABLE MENTION

Sherraine McCutch Emily (Sherraine Holsteins, Ohoka)

 

GRAND CHAMPION HOLSTEIN/BEST UDDER HOLSTEIN/SUPREME DAIRY COW ALL BREEDS

Sherraine Gold Charm-ET (Sherraine Holsteins)

 

JERSEY

SENIOR CALF

1st – Lilac Grove Tequila Vinnie (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora) 

 

JUNIOR YEARLING

1st – Lilac Grove Recharge Riviera (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

 

SENIOR YEARLING

1st – Glenalla Hired Wendy – Gilbert Family

2nd – Glenalla First Eva – Gilbert Family

3rd – Lilac Grove Colton Ring (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora) 

4th – Glenalla Winning Belle-ET – Gilbert Family

 

JUNIOR CHAMPION

Glenalla Hired Wendy (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

Reserve Junior Champion

Glenalla First Eva (Gilbert family, Ashburton) 

Honorable Mention Junior Champion

Lilac Grove Colton Ring (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR TWO YEAR OLD

1st – Belbrook Joel Lulu – Wakelin Family

2nd – Lilac Grove Recharge Rehma (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

3rd – Glenalla Celebrity Glee (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

4th – Lilac Grove Recharge Cameo (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

 

SENIOR TWO YEAR OLD

1st – Calmtide Royal Viola (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR THREE YEAR OLD

1st – Glenalla Apple Maggie – Megan Thomas & Michael Gilbert

2nd – Glenalla Rudolph Courtney (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

3rd – Lilac Grove Tequila Ring (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION/INTERMEDIATE BEST UDDER

Glenalla Apple Maggie (Megan Thomas & Michael Gilbert, Ashburton)

RESERVE

Glenalla Rudolph Courtney (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

HONOURABLE MENTION

Belbrook Joel Lulu (Wakelin family, Rangiora)

 

FOUR YEAR OLD

1st – Premier Tequila Sweet (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

 

SIX YEAR OLD

1st – Glenalla Dons Nemo (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

2nd – Glenalla Black Luna (Joanna Owers, Springston)

 

SEVEN YEAR OLD & OVER

1st – Lilac Grove Imp Chanel (Lilac Grove Jerseys, Rangiora)

 

SENIOR CHAMPION JERSEY

Premier Tequila Sweet (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION/SENIOR BEST UDDER 

Glenalla Dons Nemo (Gilbert family, Ashburton)

GRAND CHAMPION JERSEY

Premier Tequila Sweet – Gilbert Family

 

AYRSHIRE

SENIOR YEARLING

1st – Broadlea HOB Crystal (Cheryl Ford & Geoff Chapman, Leeston) 

 

JUNIOR CHAMPION

Broadlea HOB Crystal (Cheryl Ford & Geoff Chapman, Leeston)

 

JUNIOR TWO YEAR OLD

1st – #274 (I & J Ackerman Ltd, Leeston)

2nd  – #162 (I & J Ackerman Ltd, Leeston)

3rd –  #145 (I & J Ackerman Ltd, Leeston)

 

JUNIOR THREE YEAR OLD

1st – Broadlea Starbright (Thomas Lilley, Springston)  

 

SENIOR THREE YEAR OLD

Broadlea Burs Princess (Cheryl Ford & Geoff Chapman, Leeston)

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION/INTERMEDIATE BEST UDDER

Broadlea Burs Princess (Cheryl Ford & Geoff Chapman, Leeston)

RESERVE

Broadlea Starbright (Thomas Lilley, Springston)

 

FOUR YEAR OLD

1st  – Burnlee Jumper Violet (Thomas Lilley, Springston) 

 

SIX YEAR OLD

1st – Pukekaraka Elle Delilah (Gilbert family, Ashburton) 

 

SENIOR CHAMPION/BEST UDDER 

Pukekaraka Elle Delilah (Gilbert family, Ashburton) 

RESERVE

Burnlee Jumper Violet (Thomas Lilley, Springston)

GRAND CHAMPION 

Pukekaraka Elle Delilah (Gilbert family, Ashburton) 

 

COMBINED BREEDS

SENIOR YEARLING

1st – Stormrose CDNC Violet S3B (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR CHAMPION

Stormrose CDNC Violet S3B (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

 

JUNIOR TWO YEAR OLD

1st – Bluemoon Allure Lotto (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora) 

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION/BEST INTERMEDIATE UDDER

Bluemoon Allure Lotto (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

 

FIVE YEAR OLD

1st – Blac Olive Zephire Janey (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora) 

 

SENIOR CHAMPION /BEST SENIOR UDDER

Blac Olive Zephire Janey (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

GRAND CHAMPION COMBINED BREEDS 

Stormrose CDNC Violet S3B (Stormrose Holsteins, Rangiora)

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