Another generation wins at show

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 21/01/2013

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At Allan Hamilton's first Winton A & P Show he was a young bachelor in his 20s, now, 57 years on, he braved the rain at the weekend to watch his daughter and grandchildren pick up winners' ribbons.

The Hamiltons have a proud history at the show, having attended since 1956 and taking home numerous ribbons.

Saturday was a special day as his grandchildren Kelsi, 16, and Kieran, 14, won the dairy heifer calves section and the all-breeds yearling heifer section, and his daughter Joanne won the champion award in the milk category.

Mr Hamilton and his wife, Jocelyn, stood proudly as they watched the younger generations parade around the ring with the family's cattle.

"We're proud for the next generation."

Joanne Hamilton, who now runs the family farm, has been attending the shows since she was about 3 years old.

She was so successful in her field that, in 1991, she helped show the queen's cattle in England.

But, despite being halfway around the world, Ms Hamilton said it was all the same no matter the country - the cows were still treated the same and weeks of preparation still went into teaching the cattle to walk on a lead, and making sure they were clipped to perfection.

Ms Hamilton, who farms at Waianiwa, had been up since 3am on Saturday to milk the cows before going to the show.

However, she brushed off the early start as a minor part of a job she loved.

She often enlisted the help of her niece and nephew on her dairy farm and, with the teenagers showing an interest in farming, it was likely the Hamilton family would continue to attend the Winton show.

Show president Jim Zwies said next year would be the centenary show and he hoped it would be bigger than it was on Saturday.

The weather may have deterred people from attending the show in the morning, but it did not dampen the spirits of the organisers and the sun came out just in time for lunch.

He was happy with crowd numbers, he said.

"I'm very pleased with the day."

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