They have not shown at the royal since falling below 75 entrants
TORONTO – There’ll be two new girls in town when Canada’s dairy cows and heifers battle it out in the Quality Seeds Supreme Dairy show on the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s closing day.
For the first time in almost two decades Milking Shorthorns will grace the ring alongside the Holsteins, Jersey and Ayrshire queens of their breeds.
An invitation went out earlier this year to dairy breeds which hold their national shows elsewhere, RAWF dairy show chairman Tim Sargent said. Both the junior champion and grand champions were invited.
The “colored,” breeds have not shown at the RAWF since failing to meet the threshold of at least 75 head for their respective shows.
In a release the Canadian Milking Shorthorn Society said it “was keen to participate and we are happy to have both of our national champions heading to Toronto next week,” to “parade on the shavings at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.”
Sargent said that while he was disappointed not all breeds had chosen to accept the invitation, he understood why.
“You’ve got to be Royal ready,” he said, pointing out that can be difficult for a late lactation cow.
“The offer was made,” he said, leaving the door open for “maybe next year. We thought we invited them in time,” he said.
CMSS was promoting its champions in a release last week.
“Our 2019 National Grand Champion is North Star Jacks Dorito VG-88 (4-4), owned by the Ashton Family of Port Perry, Ontario. Dorito was the 1st place mature cow and grand champion this year after placing multiple times in the top three in previous years, both as a heifer and a cow. Dorito was bred by the Pederson Family of Minnesota and was imported to Canada as a heifer. In third lactation, Dorito produced 8380 kgs of milk at 3.9% fat and 3.5% protein for BCAs of 279-273-302,” CMSS said.
Sargent acknowledged that attending the RAWF’s dairy show is “not a cheap event.” It can cost $150 per day to have someone look after your cow “Whoever’s got the champion of the breed, they have to justify sending that animal and leaving it there for two weeks,” he pointed out.
The CMSS also promoted its 2019 junior champion “Prinsville Bolero Stars, owned by Prinsville Dairy Farms of Bloomfield, Ontario. Stars was the first place senior yearling and comes from a cow family that includes two previous national show grand champions, with her dam (Prinsville Pingerly Star VG-87-2y) named reserve grand champion in 2017. Stars is sired by Rovin Bolero-EXP and her dam had a two year old record of 8003 kgs milk at 4.1% fat and 3.5% protein for BCAs of 331-334-352,” the release said.
A spokesman for the Brown Swiss Canada said it had received a query about possible attendance in the show and considered the offer a work in progress.
Guernsey Canada vice president Jim Eby said there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for the idea, considering the expense of tying a cow at the RAWF for the duration of the dairy show.
“The exposure would be nice,” Eby said.
Guernsey Canada holds its national championship in Ancaster in September while the Canadian Milking Shorthorn Society holds its national show at Lindsay; also in September.
The Brown Swiss national show is held in Quebec in August.