The Railtons don’t have a dairy on their property, but they will be entering five young stock in International Dairy Week.
In fact, if you see their 40ha farm near Echuca you might find more sheep than dairy cattle.
But don’t mistake them for rookies.
Shane and Jenny Railton’s two daughters have been busy preparing some well-bred Holstein heifers for entry in the youth show and expect to see more of them on the show circuit this year.
Shane grew up on a dairy farm and worked for a number of years in show preparation, including fitting in the 1990s and clipping for the Rockwood Park sales.
The son of John and Chris Railton who ran Ropadema Park at Tongala, Shane is focusing on good type cows with strong genetic backgrounds, rather than one-off winners. He likes to go a long way back in pedigrees.
He now sees an opportunity to develop a specialised business in growing young stock to market, and also to encourage his two daughters — Tahlia, 14 and Aisha, 11 — in their own cattle interests.
Tahlia has been working with cattle since she was five and now has her own animal to show.
Her show experience includes a previous dairy week, the Bendigo Winter Fair and local shows at Deniliquin, Rochester, Finley and Kyabram.
‘‘We clip the cows, fluff up their tails, get them ready and go into the arena,’’ Tahlia said.
At a Finley Show she won the junior champion handler title and led the champion Holstein cow into the ring for McPhees’ Hillview Park stud.
Aisha has also been leading cows since she was little. She spends time with the cattle after school and sees they get accustomed to handling and are well-fed leading up to the shows.
Both girls will have two young stock to show in the youth section of dairy week.