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The Bourke family has again reigned supreme in the Queensland Illawarras’ Production Cow of the Year competition, this time with Myrtleholme Empress 32. They retain the Michael Ledger Memorial Shield following on from their success in 2008 with Mytleholme Lemon Empress 14 and will receive further prizemoney of $250 donated by the Ledger Family.
Empress produced a whopping 13472 litres of milk and 944 kgs of fat plus protein at an average of 3.3% protein and 3.71% fat.
Not only does Empress put milk in the vat, she looks good too, taking out Honourable Mention in the Champion Cow lineup at the 2009 Toowoomba Royal Show. Empress is by Myrtleholme Kieran.
The Bourke family is new to the show ring, creating great interest amongst other breeders and dairy people. Their herd features heavily in the top ten production figures for each age group with a major achievement being the top ten animals in the Mature Milk section.