Taking the International Dairy Week Holstein championship was special for the Templeton family with the cow View Fort Dictator Dottie being a third-generation animal bred on their farm at Tarwin, Vic.
The Templetons - Matt and Nicola and Matt's parents Bruce and Jan - have enjoyed considerable success at IDW over the years.
View Fort Dictator Dottie took all before it at this year's event, claiming the Australian Grand Champion Cow award, as well as the Holstein championship.
But this year's win was especially satisfying with the winner View Fort Dictator Dottie the embodiment of their View Fort Holsteins breeding philosophy.
Matt Templeton said being a home-bred cow meant a lot.
His father imported the cow's grandam as an embryo from Canada in 2006.
He had been impressed with embryo's dam Bridgeview Gibson Dottie when he saw it before the Royal Winter Fair.
Bridgeview Gibson Dottie went on to win the long-time production cow class in Canada.
"She's a 96-point cow - and just a cow that exemplifies what we try to breed for still today," Matt said.
"Just overall balanced dairy quality and very good udders, that's the main thing.
"We milk cows every day of the year and udders is how we make money."
Eight-year-old View Fort Dictator Dottie had had five calves and was a no-fuss cow in the herd.
Nicola said Dictator Dottie was a great herd cow, who had two daughters and two granddaughters in the herd already.
"She's a prolific breeder and we think the ideal dairy cow," she said.
Matt said they hadn't yet decided what was next for the cow.
Dictator Dottie calved only in November and was on heat the day before the show.
The Templetons milk a rolling average of 240 cows in their herd in Gippsland.
Matt said after a wet season, it had finally dried out in December and would hopefully roll through to autumn.
"But we don't need another wet winter," he said.
Holstein judge Murray Sowter, Moss Vale, NSW, said it was difficult to go past the aged cow for his champion.
"A cow that just about ticks all the boxes for me, a cow that is beautifully balanced, hard-topped, long-necked, open of rib and a particularly nice mammary," he said.
"Her correctness of structure, the youthfulness of her udder, the strength of her attachment and her overall style and balance just gets her to the top of the show today."
Red cow takes intermediate champion
The intermediate champion was a red Holstein, Eclipse Altitude J Princess - Red, exhibited by Robsvue Myponga, SA, and Busybrook Holsteins, Oamaru, New Zealand.
The classy junior two-year-old swept all before it in the intermediate class taking the red intermediate championship and best udder, as well as the overall intermediate championship and best udder.
Eclipse Altitude J Princess - Red was also named overall red Holstein champion of the show and reserve interbreed intermediate champion.
None of the owners was able to attend the event with work commitments keeping the SA connection away and COVID restrictions preventing the NZ contingent from attending.
One of the owners Rob Walmsley, Robsvue, Myponga, said the partners had picked up the champion sight unseen at the dispersal sale of master breeder Richard Hull's Eclipse Holsteins at Jancourt East in June.
The heifer was sold due to sexed Mirand-PP for $9000.
"We liked her pedigree and thought she could turn into something but never imagined she'd turn out that good that quick," Mr Walmsley said.
"We are pretty blown away."
Mr Walmsley said despite not being able to attend it had been a real buzz to watch the event's livestream and be a part of the win.
"You always go to IDW with dreams and ambitions and it doesn't always come off but sometimes it does," he said.
He also praised the efforts of Mal Nikora and Kelly Bleijendaal, who prepared the animal for the show.
"We took her across to Gippsland just before Christmas ... and they got her ready," he said.
Mr Walmsley wasn't sure yet what was next for Eclipse Altitude J Princess - Red, which calved in November.
They might carry the young cow through to the Victorian Winter Fair or might look to flush it.
"It would be good to get some embryos back to our partners in New Zealand," he said.
Judge Murray Sowter said he was impressed by the overall correctness of the heifer.
"This junior two-year-old is an outstanding heifer," he said.
"She's a beautifully balanced heifer, an unbelievable correct set of feet and legs, and has the ability to walk around her udder.
"She got such a beautiful top and extension of neck and the height of the rear udder."
Junior championship reward for show specialists
The junior Holstein champion Lightning Ridge Thunderstorm Nico was exhibited by a young couple who show cows as a hobby.
Kelly Bleijendaal and Mal Nikora, Longwarry, Vic, who own the heifer with Busybrook Holsteins, NZ, both work in the dairy industry but are not dairy farming.
Ms Bleijendaal is a calf rearer while Mr Nikora works for genetics company STG Australia.
The pair have been involved in showing for more than 10 years and have taken three strings of animals to IDW as a couple.
They raise their small herd of 15 show animals on the farm on which Ms Bleijendaal works.
Ms Bleijendaal said the championship win was unexpected but was a great reward for the work they put in to preparing their animals.
They picked up the champion calf at the Lightning Ridge Genetics sale in December for $8000, after having previously worked with and being impressed by its dam.
"We liked the family," Ms Bleijendaal said.
"She has six generations of excellent behind her and she's just a pretty fancy heifer herself so we thought she'd have a bright future."
Judge Murray Sowter said the calf "has a wonderful frame and style and width, so hard on top".
HOLSTEIN HONOUR ROLL
Grand champion: View Fort Dictator Dottie, B, J, M & N Templeton, Tarwin, Vic.
Red grand champion: Eclipse Altitude J Princess - Red, Robsvue & Busybrook, Myponga, SA.
Senior champion: View Fort Dictator Dottie.
Reserve: Avonlea Rival Ruth, Gorbro Holsteins, Cohuna, Vic.
Red Holstein senior champion: Robley Park Dback Shakira, G & K Wilson, Irrewillipe, Vic.
Reserve: Cairnsdale Absolute Red Delight, Menzies Farm & View Fort Holsteins, Tarwin, Vic.
Senior best udder: View Fort Dictator Dottie.
Red senior best udder: Cairnsdale Absolute Red Delight.
Intermediate champion: Eclipse Altitude J Princess - Red.
Reserve: Byrne Lea Octane Buttersnap, Rowlands Park, Mead, Vic.
Red Holstein intermediate champion: Eclipse Altitude J Princess.
Reserve: Gorbro Unstopabull Admire, Gorbro Holsteins.
Intermediate best udder: Eclipse Altitude J Princess.
Red intermediate best udder: Eclipse Altitude J Princess.
Junior champion: Lightning Ridge Thunderstorm Nico, Bleijendaal & Nikora/ Busybrook Holsteins, Longwarry, Vic.
Reserve: Windy Vale Warrior Rose, Windy Vale Holsteins, Myponga, SA.
Red Holstein junior champion: Rusty Red Avalanche Georgia-Red, Judson & Claudia Jennings, Simpson, Vic.
Reserve: Mario Park Unstopabull, Murray & Jane Polson, Oxley Island, NSW.
Premier breeder: Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Vic.
Premier exhibitor: Gorbro Holsteins.
Check out our complete International Dairy Week coverage:
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