Great support for annual Manning District on-farm Jersey challenge

Top: Best Udder Hastings Excite Shelley, Res Champion Cow Shirlinn ILB Zara 3. Bottom: Champion Cow: Gold Label Tequila Daydream and Champion Heifer: Ingalala Denominator Lad: Photos: Tim Wilson

Top: Best Udder Hastings Excite Shelley, Res Champion Cow Shirlinn ILB Zara 3. Bottom: Champion Cow: Gold Label Tequila Daydream and Champion Heifer: Ingalala Denominator Lad: Photos: Tim Wilson

The 2017 Manning District Jersey Club's on-farm challenge attracted 80 entries with the champion cow awarded to Gold Label Tequila Daydream ET, exhibited by Lochie Polson, Oxley Island near Taree.

This year’s judge was Todd Brown from Queensland and his efforts were much appreciated by the organising committee.

CHAMPIONS:

Junior Champion Heifer: 

Ingalala Denominator Lady - exhibited by the Johnston Brothers, Taree

Reserve Champion Heifer:

Tarcoola Exatation Bee – exhibited by the Coombes family, Long Flat.

Best Udder:

Hastings Excite Shelley - exhibited by the Lindsay Family, Huntingdon

Reserve Udder:

Shirlinn ILB Zara 3 – exhibited by Susan Morrison, Wingham

Reserve Champion Cow:

Shirlinn ILB Zara 3 - exhibited by Susan Morrison

Champion Cow:

Gold Label Tequila Daydream ET - exhibited by Lochie Polson, Oxley Island

AGE WINNERS:

Two years:

Avon Valley Van Ahlem Eran – exhibited by Tim Wilson and Kate Forbes. Avon Valley, Gloucester

Three years:

Avon Valley Drunk Carol – exhibited by Tim and Kate Forbes

Four years:

Gold Label Tequila Daydream ET

Five years:

Hastings Excite Shelley 

In other dairy industry news the Federal Government has moved a step closer to implementing the Commodity Milk Price Index with Webber Quantitative Consulting Pty Ltd winning the tender and will commence building this useful tool for the dairy industry to better understand and interpret price signals.

The index and associated resources will become available in early 2018 and will be updated monthly.

“The Coalition Government committed to establish a Commodity Milk Price Index at the last election and we are delivering,” Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston said.

“This government knows it is vitally important that Australian dairy farmers are able to understand and interpret price signals from the global dairy market to help drive decisions on farm.

“The index will deliver greater price transparency and improve market signals to dairy farmers. The index will help to avoid a situation such as the retrospective price cuts imposed on dairy farmers by Murray Goulburn, Fonterra and National Dairy Products late in the 2016 season.

“The analysis and information resources will assist dairy farmers to incorporate available price information, including the index, into their business decisions and planning.”