High achievers commended at the 2023 HFNZ Awards

HFNZ Patron Denis Aitken with 2023 Valden Cow of the Year breeders Judith & Stephen Ray

The best of the Holstein Friesian breed was celebrated at the 2023 Holstein Friesian NZ Awards held in Nelson on June 26, as part of the 2023 HFNZ AGM & Conference.

Eighty Holstein Friesian breeders, sponsors and supporters gathered at the Tides Hotel to see awards presented to breeders whose animals excelled in production, performance, progeny, components, genomics, youth, showing and photography categories.

The 2023 Valden Cow of the Year was awarded to Raymac Oman Tansy EX2 3* SP, bred by Stephen and Judith Ray of Balclutha.

2007-born Tansy, who passed away in April 2022, has been a top-six finalist in the Valden Cow of the Year four times, and did her best production as a nine-year-old: 10,588 litres (737kgMS – 385g fat, 352kg protein) in 291 days.

“Tansy’s family originated from when we first started sharemilking in 1987,” Judith Ray said. “And perhaps a little bit more specially, she came from my father’s herd, as part of a group of heifers we bought from him.

“Cows you buy in that do well for you is thrilling, because often they don’t fit into your system. Persistence is the word with these older cows, in terms of if they hang around long enough, keep their udder, produce heaps of calves and you end up with a good bunch of animals from them. With Tansy, that’s been the case.

“I commend the Association for rewarding persistence, because it’s something that we all have to do.”

The 2023 Mahoe Trophy went to Glenmead Gaunt Motto S1F, bred by Kevin and Felicity Clark of Glenmead Farms Ltd (519.89 points). The Mahoe Trophy is awarded to the New Zealand-bred Holstein Friesian sire whose sire proof, as at the April 2023 AE Run, earns the most points for traits, daughter production, conformation and management. Motto is marketed by CRV.

Henley Farming Company Ltd (Nathan and Amanda Bayne) was the convincing winner of the Holstein Friesian NZ Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Senior and Junior Progeny Competitions with San Ray FM Beamer-ET S2F (446.00 points) and Meander SB Arrow-ET S2F (304.78 points) teams respectively.

These awards are presented to the Junior and Senior Progeny teams with the highest points for classification based on the 2022/23 seasons inspections, scores for udder overall and final score, production worth and protein BV.

CView Trust (Stefan Buhler, Hawera) was the overall winner of the 2023 Nutritech Performance Awards, with $6,979.30.

For this award, prizes are awarded to herd owners with the highest dollar earning herd average for their region based on the Fonterra A+B-C payment system for the 2021/22 Season.

In the Black & White Youth Awards, Charlie Scherer of Hamilton won the Kingsland Trophy, awarded to the Senior Black & White Youth Member who earned the most points in the All NZ Calf Class Competition. Charlie was also the overall winner of the 2023 All NZ Black & White Youth Class Calf Competition.

Holly Powell of Palmerston North was the winner of the 2023 Frank Pfister Award, awarded to the highest scoring Youth member (16-21 years) at an official Holstein Friesian NZ Judging School.

In the 2023 Black & White Youth Photo Competition, Annike Buhre of Otautau placed first in the Junior section, and Holly Powell of Palmerston North placed first in the Senior section.

The winners were judged on calf conformation, background, presentation of animal and presentation of handler, by 2023 judges Michael Gilbert and Isaac Kelsen.

And in the popular DeLaval-HFNZ All NZ Photo Competition, DB & PS Fullerton (Waipiri Holsteins, Hamilton) placed first in the All NZ Yearling Heifer, All NZ Junior Cow and All NZ Intermediate Cow classes with Waipiri Flare Suri, Waipiri Crusha Shinto-ET and Waipiri Solomon Topsy-ET VG88 respectively.



Arapeta Trophy: Gabrielle Scherer, Hamilton

Kingsland Trophy: Charlie Scherer, Hamilton

All NZ Calf Class Competition: Charlie Scherer, Hamilton

Paramount Cup: Holly Powell, Palmerston North

Dennis Terry Memorial Trophy: Caitlyn Stewart, Leeston

McDonald Family Trophy: Chloe Thomson, Wyndham

Frank Pfister Award: Holly Powell, Palmerston North

Pitcairns Trophy: Annie Gill, Otorohanga

Black & White Youth Photo Competition – Junior: Annika Buhre, Otautau

Black & White Youth Photo Competition – Senior: Holly Powell, Palmerston North

Aitken Family Senior Youth Heifer Competition: Gabrielle Scherer, Hamilton with Charbelle Tatoo Pearl VG86

HFNZ Scholarship: Kimberley Simmons, Invercargill


Boehringer Ingelheim Progeny Competition Senior Team: Henley Farming Company Ltd, Oamaru with San Ray FM Beamer-ET S2F

Boehringer Ingelheim Progeny Competition Junior Team: Henley Farming Company Ltd, Oamaru with Meander SB Arrow-ET S2F

Valden Cow of the Year: Raymac Oman Tansy EX2 3* SP, Stephen and Judith Ray, Balclutha (Raymac Holsteins)

Mahoe Trophy: Glenmead Gaunt Motto S1F, Kevin and Felicity Clark, Glenmead Farms Ltd, Waimana

Overall Nutritech Performance Award: CView Trust, Stefan Buhler, Hawera with $6,979.30

Snowline Trophy: Buelin FME Francis S0F VG88 (CView Trust, Stefan Buhler, Hawera) with $9,439.44

World Wide Sires Protein Awards: Overall winner Velvaleen Windbrook Topsi EX, Ron and Amy Baker (Fusion Genetics Ltd, Palmerston North) with 516kg protein

Tokaora Trophy: Charbelle Tatoo Pix VG89 (Charbelle Farms Ltd, Hamilton) with 235 points

Sherriff Memorial Trophy: Lawwal Holsteins Ltd, Hamilton (K & MK Singh) with an average score of 83.69

Withers Trophy: Meander Govrnr Ari-ET S1F GP83 (R & A Bruin, Meander Holsteins, Otautau)

CDCB Net Merit Index Award: Carse-O-Fern Ein Githa (D & L Courtman, Otorohanga) with 440 points

CDCB Type Award: Bushview Mirand Adeen (D & L Courtman, Otorohanga) with 3.76 points

DataGene BPI Award: Muritai Arist Whiteny-ET (W & L Taylor, Waitara) with 64 points

DataGene Type Award: Cresslands Ross Dina (Cresslands Farms Ltd, Rangiora) with 209 points


Lenslea Trophy: Brad Seager, Otorohanga (Bradwyn Holsteins)

Virtual Autumn Heifer Competition: Charbelle Helix Carli S1F – Charbelle Farms Ltd, Hamilton

Promotional Photo Competition: Louise Winter, Rangiora

HFNZ DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition Class 1: Sherraine Doorman Carrie EX2 – Belbrook Farming Ltd, Rangiora

HFNZ DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition Class 2: Waipiri Solomon Topsy-ET VG88– DB & PS Fullerton, Hamilton

HFNZ DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition Class 3: Waipiri Crusha Shinto-ET – DB & PS Fullerton, Hamilton

HFNZ DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition Class 4: Waipiri Flare Suri – DB & PS Fullerton, Hamilton

HFNZ DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition Class 5: Cavan Chief Tonio – O’Reilly Tye Ltd, Tirau

Click the button below to view the full HFNZ DeLaval All NZ Photo Competition results and judges comments.

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