South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club Celebrates 100 Years!

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Reid Stockfeeds would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club on their 100 Year Anniversary. The Club recently held a three-day event to celebrate, and Kim Price and Naomi Bakker of Reid Stockfeeds were in attendance.

The celebrations kicked off with an elite cow sale on Monday, May 28th, at the Stony Creek Racecourse. The “Devondale 100 Years of Jersey Excellence Sale” attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd including potential buyers from all across Australia. The 37 lots on offer were truly impressive representatives of the Jersey breed, with all live lots classified VG or EX.

The first lot offered was Gelbeado Park Navara Bonita EX90, from Paul and Lisa Mumford at Won Wron. Bonita reached $16,000 and set the pace for the remainder of the sale. South Gippsland Jersey Club and the Vendors were not disappointed; the sale set an impressive new National record Jersey sale price average. DLS agents reported the average sale price was $5,611. This was made up of 4 embryo packages (av. $4050), 8 joined heifers (av. $4131), 14 unjoined heifers (av.$6196) and 11 cows (av. $6505). Top price was $16,500 for a rising 3 year old by Blackstone, on offer from R & J Richards of Foster, and sold to M Templeton. Congratulations to all the vendors and buyers on a fantastic line up of cattle and some excellent results.

Tuesday’s highlights were the luncheon and dinner, which were both extremely well attended. The luncheon was a true celebration of the past 100 years, honouring those achievements made by the breed, breeders and the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club in this time. A history book was unveiled, containing much of the rich history of the Jerseys in Gippsland. Many stories were told and fond memories relayed. The evening dinner allowed for time to consider the future of the breed, looking forward to what the next 100 years can bring. Rabobank presented forecasts for the coming season, the Dairy CRC discussed the latest in Genomic research for both pasture and cattle, and guest speaker, Jude Capper, from Washington State University in the USA presented a study on the efficiency of Jersey milk production and the potential this has for the futures marketplace.

To finish up the official program of the week was a bus tour of some South Gippsland farms. The first farm visited was Gelbeado Park, Paul and Lisa Mumford’s farm at Won Wron (pictured). Also on display were selected cattle from Morningside Jerseys, Aaron Thomas. Paul did an excellent job of presenting the cattle and discussing the pedigrees. Paul and Lisa are longtime Reid Stockfeeds customers, and we are proud to be associated with their farm business. Next visit was to the neighbouring farm, Kelvin Trotman, who discussed which bulls he has found work best with his herd. A short drive later and the bus load of farmers disembarked at West Yarram, to see Warren Lace’s herd. After Lace’s the Port Albert pub provided a chance to chat amongst one another and enjoy a cooked lunch. The bus then travelled the windy roads to see Brendon & Melinda Scott’s new farm (pictured). Brendon spoke about each of the cows he had on display and about the plans for the farm development. Last visit for the day was Bushlea, Kuhne’s farm at Leongatha South (pictured). Just in time for milking we were able to relish the room in the pit and many people saw a rapid exit dairy in action for the first time. Multiple farmers left Bushlea with green eyes over the well lit, spacious and clean shed! That night was the Jersey Australia dinner, wrapping up what was a most successful and enjoyable 3 day event.

Reid Stockfeeds would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club on not only the fantastic achievement of the last 100 years, but also on the commendable celebration event. The committee put in an immense amount of work to pull off what was a very worthwhile and noteworthy three full days. Congratulations and well done from all of us here at Reid’s.

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B&M Scott Dairy Farm

B&M Scott Dairy Farm

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Gelbeado Park, Paul & Lisa Mumford

Gelbeado Park, Paul & Lisa Mumford

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Bushlea, Kuhnes

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