The work of Goulburn Valley dairy farmers has been recognised at the Holstein Australia Annual Awards Dinner held in Nowra, NSW, last month, with a number awarded Master Breeder status.
Charles and Carolyn Smith from Andes Holsteins in St Germains, Athol and Birute Hyland from Stanhope-based Amelia Park Holsteins, Pam Malcolm from Paringa Holsteins in Invergordon and Jim and Dot Gilmore from Ingoldale Holsteins in Pyramid Hill were among nine who received the award.
The title recognises the achievements of herds that have bred at least 300 registered animals across a minimum of 20 years.
A number of awards were also handed down in the Semex Holstein Australia All Australian competition, recognising excellence in conformation and showing in Holstein females, with the Gordon family from Gorbro Holsteins in Cohuna taking out Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor at the awards night.
Leader Durham Satin EX-91-5E was crowned Cow of the Year, in recognition all-round excellence in production, classification, breeding and overall contribution to the Australian Holstein breed.
In a feat never previously achieved, Durham Satin is the third generation in a row to receive this prestigious award after her dam Leader Rudolph Satin EX-90-2E received the award in 2011, and her granddam Toolamba Broker Satin EX-1E won it in 2005.