Despite torrential rain and thick fog across the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds, judging proceeded on time due to the availability of wonderful all-weather facilities.
Toowoomba's Mike Henry commented that he hadn't seen such heavy rain in over ten years but with a little bit of shuffling of cattle and gear to create two rings, judging was able to proceed in the warm, dry dairy shed much to the delight of exhibitors, spectators and the cattle.
Judge, David Moxey of Clarefield Farm, Rollands Plains, NSW, was impressed with the standard of cattle presented and congratulated exhibitors on putting forward such a great display. Competition was very close in most classes.
The Ledger Family took out Champion Junior Heifer with Treeton Lady Jean and Champion Cow with Venvale Miranda13 but were especially pleased to take the first three placings in the Junior Best Udder with Lady Jean and two home bred heifers - Riverwood Joan 2 and Riverwood Model.
Jondene Sandy 2 (F S Johnston & Sons) continued her good form, being awarded Best Uddered Cow in Milk and Reserve Champion Cow.
The Jondene Stud was also successful in the Juvenile Heifer championship with Jondene Jessie 6 (Champion Juvenile) and Jondene Dainty 97 (Reserve). Reserve Junior Champion Heifer also went to FS Johnston & Sons with Jondene Kay 13.
Wide Bay Burnett Illawarra Cattle Club Chairman, Steven Ledger, thanked exhibitors for making the effort to come to Maleny, particularly those who had to travel long distances. He said that the Maleny Showground was one of the most picturesque in the country and it was a shame that after several months of dry weather it had to rain on judging day however he thanked Dairy Steward, Ed Lawley and his band of helpers for ensuring that the needs of the exhibitors were met and the Maleny Show Society for providing such great facilities. He also thanked the many sponsors who had helped to ensure the success of the Feature Show.