Holstein heifer Tomargo Recluse Sidekick Dee has taken out the dairy all breeds youth competition at the 2021 Sydney Royal Show.
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Tomargo Recluse Holsteins owner Steve Chesworth of Dubbo, normally brings only a line of cows for the milking display, however, this year decided to enter heifers as well.

“We don’t normally show heifers at Sydney, but it just so happened that this year we had two young girls helping with our string and we thought we better throw a few heifers in,” Mr Chesworth said.

“Of course, that led to having them entered in the youth show and we’ve done well.

“It’s a fairytale for us, we had no expectations and so we are really surprised and rapt that we got a broad ribbon at the Sydney Royal.”

Tomargo Recluse Sidekick Dee is sired by Walnutlawn Sidekick and from dam, Tomargo Recluse Bradnick Dee.

Hailing from Tamworth, Jersey heifer Shirlinn Viral Evening took out reserve champion.

Judge Brad Gavenlock from Shepperton, said while numbers were down, the quality of the competition was outstanding.

“It was great to see a good representation of the breeds and them being extremely competitive across the board,” he said.

“The most important thing is getting the kids out there and getting them involved for the day – it’s their time to shine.”

Mr Gavenlock said it was difficult to split the champion and reserve champion heifers.

“The champion heifer was in the most form,” he said.

“I’ve grown up showing heifers and it has always been a passion of mine.

“For me, showing heifers is more difficult than showing cows, a good milk cow will get herself ready, where heifers take a bit of managing with skill, and I always want to put the heifer that’s in the best form on top.”

Heifer four to six months – Shirlinn Topsy Rumour (Jersey)

Heifer six to nine months – Shirlinn Chrome Silk (Jersey)

Heifer nine to 12 months – Tomargo Recluse Sidekick Dee (Holstein)

Heifer 12-16 months – Shirlinn Viral Evening (Jersey)

Heifer 18-24 months – Tandara Superstar Sarajevo 146 (Brown Swiss)

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