First Aussie to take on Jerseys

By Country News on February 16, 2016
  • First Aussie to take on Jerseys

    Robert Anderson has a lot to consider as he judges high-quality cattle in the National Jersey Show at IDW 2016.

When he is not milking his herd of 220 cows at his Gippsland dairy farm, Mr Anderson keeps his hands full preparing his cattle for showing or judging at dairy competitions.

Up until this year, Mr Anderson had been a competitor at IDW however he said it was good to experience being on the other side of the fence. 

``It’s been different for me this year … it’s an honour to be asked to judge, I couldn’t say no,’’ Mr Anderson said.

``It’s such a prestigious event.’’

A fourth generation dairy farmer, Mr Anderson’s family has worked with Jersey cattle since the 1800s.

At the age of 16, Mr Anderson established Kings Ville Jerseys and now, with his wife Kerrie and three daughters, milks 210 Jerseys, as well as 10 Holsteins.

Showing is in Mr Anderson’s blood and the 1886 Royal Melbourne Show marked his family’s first ever show.

``It’s a big tradition in the family.’’

Mr Anderson has a wealth of experience in judging and IDW director Brian Leslie said he could not think of anyone better for the job.

``I’ve judged at all the major shows like the state show in NSW, I’ve judged twice in New Zealand and all the major Royal shows (in Australia),’’ Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson thanked his wife and children for accepting his decision to judge at IDW and was also grateful to have such good assistance on his farm.

``I have a very reliable relief milker who allowed me to get here today.’’

Although it was a tough job given the quality of the cattle competing, Mr Anderson enjoyed judging.

Nonetheless, he hoped to get back into the showing at next year’s IDW.

``We have a great time showing and have a lot of friends around,’’ he said.

``It’s a great week.’’

By Country News on February 16, 2016

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