Monday, February 26, 2024

Sweet story for 14-year-old dairy newbie

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Supreme Junior Champ keeps it all in the family at NZ Dairy Event in Feilding.
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The Supreme Junior Champion at the New Zealand Dairy Event in Feilding came with a great story for her 14-year-old owner, Toby Whytock.  

Eighteen months ago, Toby and his parents, Newlands Whytock and Lee Morris, decided to shift their focus on their 40 hectare farm from horses to cows. 

At the event, they not only won Holstein Junior Champion and Supreme Junior Champion with Glenidol Lambda Cookie, they had two animals finish in the top two of the six Holstein classes that peaked at 26 head in one class. 

It was a punchy start in the registered industry at the country’s premier show for this tight-knit family which supplies Open Country Dairy.

“We’ve got a small farm, and we thought if we can have only a small number of cows we’ll have 50 really nice cows,” Lee said.  

She said they had secured foundation cows from the Barclay family (Okawa Holsteins) and later from Tahora Holsteins’ Party at the Pub sale in Canterbury in April 2022. 

One of the those cows, sired by High Octane – Tahora Octane Cookie – bred them Cookie. It’s worth noting that Tahora Holsteins had a quiet hand in two of the three Supreme Champions of the show.

“We bought seven amazing animals, and her mother was one of them,” Lee said. Newlands said he had always followed the production awards and had always been impressed by Tahora’s results. 

“Now we’re buying some of their animals,” he said.

They both said – as Toby rushed straight from the win to join his team in the youth challenge – that it was an incredible feeling not just to show cattle, but to show cattle together.

“Because it’s such a family thing … kind of ‘united we stand’,” Lee said.

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