TORONTO — It’s been quite a year for Oakfield GC Darby-ET, capped off by being named reserve grand champion in the Black and White Holstein show at the Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto last month.
Darby, who is partly owned by Gerald Coughlin of Trent Valley Holsteins at Peterborough, Ont., was also named reserve grand champion at this year’s World Dairy Expo and grand champion at the Ontario Summer Show in August.
Coughlin told Farmers Forum in October that Darby was a modern-day kind of cow that “has no holes in her. She’s not a giant, she’s got a tremendous udder, good set of feet and legs, lot of dairy strength about her, angularity and dairyness.”
Here are some of the dairy winners with links to Eastern Ontario at this year’s Royal.
Herdsman competition: Michael and Monique Bols of Drentex Jerseys at Russell, Ont.
Honourable mention junior champion female: Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable, bred by Eaton Holsteins at Marietta, N.Y., Jamie and Petra Black of Constrable, N.Y. and Windcroft Farm at Gananoque, Ont., owned by Irreplaceable Syndicate at Canaan, Conn.
Reserve junior champion female: Knonaudale Ohyah, bred by Carl, Muriel, Mark and Craig Smith of Sunnylodge Farms Inc. at Chesterville, Ont. and Chris and Bobbi-Jo Uhr of Knonaudale Farms Inc. at Crysler, Ont., owned by JM Valley Holstein at Amqui, Que., Jean-Philippe Proulx at Victoriaville, Que., and Stephane Gendreau at Rimouski, Que.
Junior champion female: Miss OCD Doorm Georgette-ET, bred by Barclay Phoenix at Uxbridge, Ont. and Oakfield Corners Dairy at Oakfield, N.Y., owned by Doeberiener, Bowen & Schilling at West Salem, Ohio
Reserve grand champion: Oakfield GC Darby-ET, owned by Gerald Coughlin of Trent Valley Holsteins at Peterborough, Ont., Jason David Mell at Merrill, Wis., T & L Cattle Ltd. at Rosedale, B.C. and Frank and Carol Borba and Frank and Dianne Borba at Escator, Calif.
Reserve champion bred and owned: Kingsway Sanchez Armadillo, bred by Hanover Hill Holsteins at Port Perry, Gord, Pauline, Morgon, Emma, and Ethan McMillan of Kingsway Farms at Hastings, Ont., and Jason David Mell at Merrill, Wis., owned by Kingsway Farms
Red and White Holsteins
Intermediate Champion: Weeberlac Tickle Me Red, bred by Tim and Diane Groniger at Carlsbad Springs, Ont. and Scott Groniger at Carlsbad Springs, Ont., owned by Simon Lalande and Kim Côté of Ferme Blondin at St. Placide, Que., Kurt Wolf at Epworth, Iowa and Alyson Philips at Lingleville, Tex.
Junior Exhibitor Banner: Kevin Johnston and Tammy Van Der Linden of Cherry Crest Holsteins at Martintown, Ont.
Junior Breeder Banner: Cherry Crest Holsteins at Martintown, Ont.
Reserve champion 4-H banner: Payneside 2nd’s Of Mac N Cheese ET, bred by Douglas B. Robinson of Payneside Farms Inc. at Finch, Ont., owned by Dani Karn at Woodstock, Ont.