Daisy chain continues to flourish
Alan and Janine Carson from Cairnbrae Jerseys at Irrewillipe already knew Cairnbrae Valentino Daisy 11 was a pretty special cow – after all, she currently holds the honour of the number one BPI cow in the country.
She classified 94 points in spring, and after International Dairy Week 2019, she can add Senior and Grand Champion Jersey along with Reserve Champion All Breeds to her already impressive CV. “We think she is one of the elite cows in the country but not only that, she is lovely tempered cow to work with in the herd and she produces heifer calves,” Janine said.
The couple took only three cows to IDW this year: Valentino Daisy 2, who won the six-year-old class; Valentino 16,
who was third in her class and last year’s intermediate champion; and of course, the successful Valentino Daisy.
The trio also won pen of three owned by the exhibitor.
Janine said 2019 had been their most successful year at IDW to date – something she attributed to their hard work
and determination over the past decade.
“We won reserve champion in 2005 and only missed one IDW in-between; it has taken us fourteen years to get where we did this year,” she said. “Winning intermediate champion with Valentino Daisy 16 last year was a highlight
for us in 2018 but this year has certainly topped that.”
The Daisy line was introduced to the Cairnbrae herd in 1948 and while there are several branches, Janine said the one characteristic they all shared was their ability to breed exceptionally well.
The Carson family are proud they have been able to breed such a strong family into their herd, and of course, they are particularly proud of Daisy 16. They currently have 52 Valentino Daisy cows in the herd and they believe Valentino has been one of the best sires they have ever used.
As a classifier for 38 years, Alan's passion has always been cows and throughout it all, Janine has worked alongside and supported him. She was just as excited by the win as Alan.
“Alan knows what a great cow looks like and his philosophy has always been to breed a good, strong dairy cow first and then the show cow will follow down the track,” Janine said.
Janine also added that showing was an expensive hobby so the cows most definitely needed to pay their way.
“It has been a lifelong dream for Alan to finally get what he calls his 'Black Caviar' rug with our own bloodlines, but he is not ready to retire yet,” she said.
“I am sure we will be back again next year.”
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