FORMER Shoalhaven dairy farmer Alexz Crawford has tasted success at the Victorian Winter Fair, taking out supreme senior champion.
Crawford, formerly of Brundee, east of Nowra, claimed the top gong with Eagle Ridge Amazing G Pollyanna, which he co-owns with Glen Gordon, of Gorbro Holsteins, Cohuna, Vic.
The feisty four-year-old cow stole the show, taking the supreme award ahead of older cows in the event.
Crawford, who is now working for Gorbro, and purchased the VG88 cow by Mr Atlees Amazing out of Eagle Ridge Goldroy Pollyanna, with Gordon, at the Eagle Ridge first stage stud dispersal in April.
But it was Crawford who picked her out at the sale.
"There was something about her," Crawford said "I just liked her from the start.
"This success is special."
"We bought her as a show cow for this show - we knew how good her udder was," Mr Gordon said.
"We knew she was going to show as a second-calf four-year-old.
"We just thought she had the quality to come and compete, and we thought we could have a fair bit of fun with her."
Judge Matt Templeton agreed with the assessment, also awarding Pollyanna supreme senior udder.
He said the four cows he selected for the final judging were tremendous representatives of the Holstein breed.
"Our senior champion today, this cow comes to the top of the line," he said.
"She's just been growing on me all day.
"She blends so well through all her parts."
Mr Gordon said they had joined Pollyanna with the plan to try to get her back to the event next year.
"Being her first show, she's only new to it; she has taken a little bit of breaking in so hopefully next year we think she will look better," he said.
"We will get her a little bit more developed out through her rib and her flank, and we think she will make a very nice third-calf five-year-old next year."
For now the cow would return to be part of the Gorbro 600-strong herd.
"She's got plenty of will, so she's a big herd cow," he said.
"She will get in and compete."
Crawford said the win was rewarding and satisfying.
He has worked at Gorbro for the past 14 months and has about 20 cows that run in the herd.
"One day I would love to be able to run my own herd and my own farm," he said.
"It's just the way the industry is going, you have just got to try to work and build equity."
The win caps what has been a stella year for Gorbro - in January they claimed supreme champion cow at International Dairy Week with the lllawarra, Wallumlands Sunstorm 8th, the entry of Glen Gordon, Daniel Bacon and Ben Govett, the second time she has won the top award at dairy week, only the second cow to achieve the feat.
Crawford and his younger sister Iszi also worked on the team that helped prepare the winner.
Mr Gordon said the win was rewarding, particularly when things were challenging at home on the farm.
"So to have the release and excitement and the adrenalin rush, I guess the show is something to look forward to," he said.
But Mr Gordon was hopeful of a better year.
"The industry is in a better position today than it was six weeks ago," he said.
"Milk prices look good, we are getting good rain; the Mallee's got the rain, so hopefully grain and hay prices will come back.
"Whether the government will ever sort this water job out is a whole different story."
Supreme Senior Champion: Eagle Ridge Amazing G Pollyanna, Gorbro Holsteins & Alexz Crawford.
Reserve Senior Champion: Glenunga Wind Butterbrook, JH & CJ Gardiner.
Honourable Mention: Benlargo Sid Furry Imp ET, Benlargo Holsteins.
Supreme Senior Udder: Eagle Ridge Amazing G Pollyanna, Gorbro Holsteins & Alexz Crawford.
Premier Breeder: Gorbro Holsteins.
Premier Exhibitor: JH & CJ Gardiner.
This story first appeared on Australian Dairyfarmer