Timaru beauty declared top cow
A cow from Timaru jazzed things up at last week's Dairy Event, in Feilding, being named the best bovine beauty on show.
It was the Miss New Zealand of dairy cows at Manfeild Park on Thursday with the country's best cows and calves all aiming to put their best hoof forward.
The Supreme 2014 All New Zealand Champion, or the top cow award, went to Fairview Dolman Jazz-ET, a 5 -year-old holstein friesian cow, from Timaru.
The judges deemed the South Island stunner "best in show", topping all other cows in the competition.
A family affair helped Fairview win - she was put through her paces and led along by Andrew Trounce, while her owner, Philippa Trounce, watched on.
Ms Trounce said Fairview had fortunately travelled well from South Canterbury.
She looked shiny and was happy to be on show, she said.
Holstein friesian judge Jenny Grey, from New South Wales, said Fairview was a fine specimen.
"She was a balanced cow with a tremendous udder ... and she had great length and breadth".
Fairview's teats were also well placed and she walked well, with great feet and legs - which is often an attribute underestimated in cows, as they have to walk long distances to the milking sheds, Ms Grey said.
The week-long Dairy Event saw some of the country's best cows and calves line up for a range of different competitions.
The event, in its sixth year and growing, attracted 415 cows and dairy cattle. It finished yesterday.
- Manawatu Standard