Mon, 21 May 2018


High Octane for New Zealand Holstein Friesian breeders
Thursday, 6 July 2017
HFNZ members felt the need for speed at the 2017 Annual Conference
High Octane: HFNZ members got a wild ride on the water
Held from 19-22 June 2017 in Central Otago, this year’s Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) Annual Conference was a huge success, with the well-attended HFNZ Awards night and two new Board announcements, as well as action-packed activities to show off the region.
Hosted by the Otago Branch of HFNZ, the conference welcomed 59 delegates for the entire four days, 72 on both bus trip days, and peaked at 105 for the Awards dinner on the Tuesday. HFNZ members made up the majority of delegates, with the number being rounded out by sponsors and industry officials.
HFNZ Otago Branch President and Conference Committee Chairperson Judith Ray says it was a great undertaking for the branch with a great result.
“We’re thrilled with how the Conference ran over the week. There was a lot of effort put in by very dedicated and passionate people and we think Central Otago really turned it on,” says Judith.
The conference theme High Octane: Gold – Wine – Speed didn’t disappoint, with an itinerary including gold panning, jet-boating, wine tasting and race cars, as well as few black and white cows.
HFNZ General Manager Cherilyn Watson says the Annual Conference was great mix of business and pleasure, providing an excellent platform for hard-working members to get off the farm and reunite, or meet for the first time, with like-minded individuals from all over the country. 
“For some of our members it’s the only time they’ll take off the farm all year, so to have such a well organised conference was great,” says Cherilyn. 
“The Board was able to conduct a full meeting the weekend prior to the conference, and again after the AGM on the Thursday,” she says.
“We had a well-attended and constructive AGM, with in-depth reports given by myself, the President, Treasurer, Discovery Project Chairperson, and the Black & White Youth Committee Chairperson.
“Attendees were in agreement that Association spending is on the right track and income generation will be the focus for the upcoming year.”
Board announcements
The HFNZ Board welcomes a new director to the Board representing Wards 6 & 7 – Nelson/Marlborough/Golden Bay and Christchurch/West Coast Branchs. As Adrian White, Pukematai Farm Ltd, stepped down and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership for ten years of service, eight of which were as the Association’s Treasurer, Graham Stewart, Cresslands Farms Ltd No 1, has been elected to the Board in Adrian’s place.
HFNZ Board President Wendy Harker retains the position of President and Hennie Verwaayen steps into the role of Vice President.
High Octane Sale
A total of 25 animal lots and four semen lots went under the hammer in the HFNZ Annual Conference’s High Octane Sale. Convened by Richard Ray, Array Holstein Friesians, and run by Brian Robinson Livestock Ltd, the total animal sale value came to $102,800, with the top priced lot taking $7,200 and an average lot value of $4,112. The semen lots totalled $2,500, with a top price of $650 and an average value of $96 per straw.
HFNZ Awards
New Zealand’s best Holstein Friesian animals and breeders were awarded for their efforts and contributions to the breed in the highly-anticipated annual HFNZ Awards night, held on 20 June 2017. 
The 2017 Valden Cow of the Year, awarded to the cow deemed to have, or have the potential to contribute to the Holstein Friesian breed on a continual basis, went to Okawa Tony Serenity EX2, owned by Okawa Limited, Te Awamutu.
The 2017 Mahoe Trophy, awarded to the New Zealand-bred Holstein Friesian sire whose 2015/16 Sire Proof earns the most points for daughter production, conformation, and management, went to Maire IG Gauntlet-ET, with 587 points, owned by Maire Farms Ltd, Palmerston North. Gauntlet is marketed by LIC.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Progeny Competition (previously Merial Ancare) is split into two categories – Junior Team and Senior Team. The Junior Team placings are based on a team of four two-year-old daughters by one sire and calculated on points gained from Udder Overall, Classification Award, PW and BW. Senior Team placings are based on a team of five daughters by one sire, with only one allowed to be a two-year-old, and are calculated on the same points as above. 
Junior Team winner: A & N Harvey Family Trust – Ambzed Greenhalgh Wyld on 217.42 points.
Senior Team winner: Henley Farming Partnership – Fairmont Mint-Edition on 407.08 points.
The DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition is split into five classes, as below. Judges in this competition were Tony O’Connor, Kerry Robbins, and Marcus Young (Australia).
Senior Cow: Kauri Glen Lheros Tracie EX, owned by Kauri Glen Ltd
Intermediate Cow: Sherraine Congress Maria EX, owned by Sherraine Holsteins Ltd
Junior Cow: Te Hau Windrook Cleo-ET VG87, owned by T & F Bennett
Yearling Heifer: Kauri Glen Atw Duchess-ET, owned by Kauri Glen Ltd
Heifer Calf: Tahora McCutchen Torsi-ET, owned by J, J & D Geddes
The Nutritech Performance Awards cover the 2015/16 season, and are awarded to the herd owners with the highest dollar earning herd average, based on the Fonterra A+B-C payment system for the applicable season, and are split into Ward categories.
Ward 1 (Northland): A & N Harvey Family Trust – $2,233.37
Ward 2 (Waikato): Ash Farm Ltd – $2,274.98 
Ward 3 (Bay of Plenty): Glenmead Farms Ltd – $1,971.80
Ward 4 (Taranaki): Parry Trading Ltd - $2,511.04
Ward 5 (Hawke’s Bay/Manawatu/Wairarapa): Ridgeline Farms (2012) Ltd – $2,082.29
Ward 6 (Nelson/Marlborough/Golden Bay): Waimeroa Farms Ltd – $1,988.44
Ward 7 (Canterbury): Robinson Dairy Farm Ltd – $2,600.57
Ward 7 (West Coast): Farwest Farming Ltd – $1,580.56
Ward 8 (Otago/Southland): J Adamson – $2,507.78
Overall winner: Robinson Dairy Farm Ltd – $2,600.57
The 2017 Semex On-Farm Awards judged 802 cows from 103 breeders on type at their home property in natural conditions, without being fitted or halter led. Breeders enter into six milk age groups for regional judging. The top two animals in each class in each region go through to the national competition. The top animals are judged again by a national judge (this year was Lindsay Marshall, Australia) to award NZ Champion and NZ Reserve Champion in each class, as follows:
Maughlin Storm Two-Year-Old Cow
Champion: Te Hau Windbrook Cleo-ET, owned by G & L Deane and T & F Bennett, Morrinsville
Reserve Champion: Tahora Aftershk Tootsie, owned by D Berendt, Eketahuna
Comestar Leader  Three-Year-Old Cow
Champion: Champion: Cresslands  Lauthority Dori, owned by Cresslands Farms Ltd No 1, Rangiora
Reserve Champion: Velvaleen Gold S Toni-ET, owned by Velvaleen Farm Ltd, Feilding
Townson Lindy Four-Year-Old Cow
Champion: Champion: Deloraine Wind Pamela, owned by Rowland/McCormack P/ship, Palmerston North
Reserve Champion: Rivendell Sham Beatric-ET, owned by Rivendell Farm Ltd, Otautau
Hanoverhill Raider Five-Year-Old Cow
Champion: Champion: Cresslands Seaver Dai-ET, owned by Cresslands Farms Ltd No 1, Rangiora
Reserve Champion: Richfield Gold Lavana-ET, owned by C & B Cox, Carterton
Conant-Acres JY Broker Mature Cow Class
Champion: Deloraine Niger Vilima, owned by A, B & J Sherriff, Temuka
Reserve Champion: Sherraine Fortune Carra, owned by Sherraine Holsteins Ltd, Kaiapoi
Comestar Laurie Sheik Veteran Cow
Champion: Deloraine Talent Vila, owned by A, B & J Sherriff, Temuka
Reserve Champion: Tahora B Goldwyn Tori-ET, owned by J, J & D Geddes, Christchurch
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