Wyndham A & P all set for champ

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 01/12/2012

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The South Island's prestigious champion Holstein Friesian will be announced at the Wyndham A & P Show today.

The championship is hosted at a different A & P show each year and organisers say they cannot remember the last time the event was held in Wyndham.

Wyndham A & P Society president Allen Maxwell said the prestigious 2012 Holstein Friesian South Island Championship had attracted more cattle entries at this year's show.

There are about 260 cattle entries and 200 of these are Friesians, he said.

An overall 2012 South Island champion would be named at the end of the class sections. The cows are judged on overall conformation such as bone structure and weight, as well as dairying quality, he said, adding the winner is usually a more mature cow.

Wyndham A & P Society secretary Fiona McCabe said more than 4000 people went to last year's show and they expected another good turnout.

Wyndham offers a "traditional" A & P show with good sheep, cattle and horse entries, she said. There is also good entertainment, food and fun for children and the grand parade is set to be a favourite.

Spurhead Holstein breeder Nathan Chilton started preparing his four cows for the show about two weeks ago. Mr Chilton is a third-generation Holstein breeder and said his fingers were crossed.

Timaru Holstein Friesian breeder Philippa Trounce and her brother Andrew had two cows entered. Their yearling heifer Fairview Atwood Leighoc won Reserve Champion for its class in Christchurch two weeks ago.

Gates open at 8am today at Wyndham showgrounds. Cost: $10 adults, children free.

terri.russell@stl.co.nz

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