Agri-Expo Livestock hosts 20th SA Holstein National Championships

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Brett Puttergill with the previous SA Holstein National Champion (2016) Puttergill Goldwyn Sweetie 969 who was also crowned Dairy Queen at Agri-Expo Livestock for three consecutive years (2014 to 2016). The crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen on Saturday 13 October is the highest honour awarded to a dairy breeder at Livestock’s dairy show.

The National Championships of the SA Holstein Breeders’ Society will take place from Thursday 11 October to Saturday 13 October at Agri-Expo Livestock at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. It is the 20th time that the championships are being presented, but only the third time in the Western Cape, in the 106 years of the society’s existence. The first championships were held at the Rand Show in Johannesburg in 1949.

According to Johan Ehlers, chief executive officer of Agri-Expo, the fifth and seventh championships were held in 1970 and 1981 at the Cape Show in Goodwood, also by Agri-Expo. “It is therefore highly appropriate that Agri-Expo Livestock, as the biggest dairy show in South Africa, which is being presented for the fifth time this year, hosts the championships,” says Ehlers. “Homage will also be paid to Holstein role-players who made their mark in the industry during a special Night of the Legends.”

According to Herman Duvenage, breed director of SA Holstein, visitors will see animals of excellent quality from all over South Africa in the ring. “Livestock is considered an excellent platform for breeders to showcase their best animals to both the public and prospective buyers,” says Duvenage. “Our national show is always a highlight for anyone who has the interests of this breed at heart.

SA Holstein’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 10 October, followed by the National Championships from Thursday 11 October to Saturday 13 October.

Livestock is especially sought after for its dairy interbreed show, supported by the three largest dairy breeds, namely, the Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey breeders’ societies. The crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen on Saturday 13 October is the highest honour awarded to a dairy breeder. A Holstein cow, Milagro Sexie 13140 from Andrew Masterson, well-known breeder of the Eastern Cape, carried this crown last year.

International Holstein judge

A highlight at this year’s dairy show is the participation of the international Holstein judge, Brian Carscadden of Canada. Carscadden has judged in more than 28 countries, including at national shows in 18 countries. Carscadden’s participation is made possible by Semex South Africa and the Holstein Breeder Society of Canada.

Agri-Expo Livestock is open to the public daily from 08:00 to 18:00 from Thursday 11 October to Saturday 13 October. The programme includes beef cattle interbreed championships, a regional youth show, sheepdog and horse auctions, a free schools’ programme, beef cattle and dairy goat information days and the Groot Plaasproe food stalls.

Visit www.livestock.org.za for the full Livestock programme. Tickets are available at Computicket and at the gate at R100 for adults and R30 for scholars (free for scholars on Thursday and Friday). Access for children under six years is free. Pensioners pay only R50 on Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact Agri-Expo at 021 975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za. – Press release