Ayrshire cows judged, awarded

Ayrshire cow Fairleigh Burdette Annalva won Ayrshire New Zealand’s Otago/Southland regional on-farm class for mature cows (6-8 years old), and also took out the South Island championship title recently. Photo: Supplied
Ayrshire cow Fairleigh Burdette Annalva won Ayrshire New Zealand’s Otago/Southland regional on-farm class for mature cows (6-8 years old), and also took out the South Island championship title recently. Photo: Supplied
Port Molyneux dairy farmers Tim and Katy Button were delighted when their Ayrshire cow won the Ayrshire New Zealand South Island championship title recently.

Fairleigh Burdette Annalva won the Otago/Southland regional on-farm class for mature cows (six to eight years old) for Ayrshire New Zealand.

The competition was judged on-farm and looked at conformation and cow type.

‘‘Annalva was the Supreme Dairy Exhibit and Supreme Animal of the South Otago A&P Show on November 30,’’ Mrs Button said.

‘‘She is a great producer also, producing 7337 litres (579kg milk solids) during the 2018-19 season.

‘‘She was herd tested on November 21 and that showed she was producing 28 litres (2.03kgMS).

‘‘In the October test she was pumping 41.8 litres (3.02kgMS).’’

The competition provided an opportunity for dairy farmers to participate in a competition without the cost and time constraints of travelling to A&P Shows.

‘‘It is a unique opportunity for farmers to gain exposure and recognise the importance of conformation in productive dairy cows,’’ she said.

Shane Wadley, of Auchenroad Ayrshire, Australia, travelled to Southland to judge the competition.

Second place went to the Morton family’s Ingleside Crown Tart, of Ingleside Limited, at Seaward Downs.

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