Rob and Katrina Kelly with prize-winning calf Fairview Wind
Jasmine ET. Photo by Sally Rae.
When Rob and Katrina Kelly entered a 7-month-old calf in
the New Zealand Dairy Event - the country's biggest dairy show
- they were hoping to win the calf class.
If they had only won that they would have been ''absolutely
stoked'', but they went on to win the junior show with
Fairview Wind Jasmine ET.
The New Zealand Dairy Event, which was in its fifth year and
held at Feilding, attracted 330 entries from as far south as
Wyndham, with 153 young stock entered.
The two-and-a-half-day event included Jersey cattle owned by
Queen Elizabeth, in conjunction with long-time Otorohanga
breeder Don Ferguson, and other breeds included Ayrshire,
Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein Friesian and Milking
Mr and Mrs Kelly have only missed one of the events, although
they had only previously been spectators.
The couple, with their two children Jason and Jessica, own
the Kailey Holstein Friesian stud in North Otago. They
established their stud in 2000.
Along with their pedigree herd, they also have a high
breeding worth (BW) herd at Ardgowan, near Oamaru.
They bought Jasmine at the Canterbury Collection Sale, as
pick of the flush from Philippa Trounce, from Timaru, with Mr
Kelly describing her as ''pretty outstanding''.
Jasmine went with the Trounce family to the Canterbury A and
P Show in November and was third in the breed class and
second in the all breeds.
That was followed by a trip to the South Island championship
show, held in conjunction with the Wyndham A and P show, and
she won her calf classes, both in breed and all breeds.
Jasmine was a late entry in the New Zealand Dairy Event and
was dispatched north in a horse transporter.
Mrs Kelly described watching the judging as ''nerve-racking''
as it was on such a big scale and it was the first time they
had entered. Ms Trounce exhibited Jasmine and ''did a great
They were thrilled to win the calf class and did not expect
any more than that. Then she went forward for the junior
championships, which was the first and second place-getters
in the four classes - junior and senior yearling and junior
and senior calf.
There were some nice heifers in the line-up and usually it
was a heifer that won the award, rather than a calf, Mrs
Welsh judge Iwan Morgan moved down the line and, when he got
to Jasmine, he ''just raved about her''.
Even though they did not breed Jasmine, to do so well was
''mind-blowing'', she said.
Mr and Mrs Kelly might take Jasmine north again next year to
defend her title and there was the possibility of flushing
her for embryos and then getting her in-calf.
Always looking to improve their herd, they have imported
embryos both from Canada and the United States and were
waiting for the latest batch, from a cow called Windy Knoll
View Pledge in the US, to calve this year.
The couple hoped to one day go to Madison, Wisconsin, and
attend the world dairy expo, one of the biggest shows in the
Meanwhile, the show season continued and they had entered
cows, yearlings and calves for the North Otago A and P
Association's 150th show next week.
Mr Kelly, who is a senior Holstein-Friesian judge, is judging
at the Southland A and P show in Invercargill on March 2 and
the Oxford A and P Show on March 30.