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farms, including Mr Wood's.
In support of the centenary celebra-
tions, the association held beard growing
and cheese making competitions. Mr
Wood won the beard growing competi-
tion and David Murphy won the cheese
making competition. Both men took
home $100 gift vouchers from Allflex
''Everyone was very pleased overall
with it,'' Mr Wood said of the confer-
The conference also discussed the
idea of having an autumn conference
next year in the South Island.
Association executive member Logan
Kelly said he had attended about 12
conferences and they had adhered to the
same format and held at the same time
of the year. He said he would like to add
some sparkle to the 2014 conference.
''We still have to have other things
happening, maybe a day in Queenstown.
The other idea was to go to Australia --
it's nice and warm and there are good
cows to look at in Australia, too. People
could carry on afterwards and have a
And he wants other dairy farmers to
join them in their tours, so that they can
get to know that Milking Shorthorns
''are a commercially viable option now''.
''After 100 years, we want to make it
modern -- by bringing people together,''
Mr Kelly said.
''Our cows are not the same as they
were 100 years ago - they are completely
different and can compete with the
other herds now. We've had big gains in
the past 15 to 20 years -- in production,''
Milking Shorthorn Association historian Graeme Knight indicating a photograph of a cow owned by N
Bluhardt from the 1900 Whangarei A&P Show which appeared in the November 23,1900, supplement of
the Auckland Weekly News.
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The Milking Shorthorn Association Centenary
book, written by historian Graeme Knight, will
be released early this month. Mr Knight said he
spent 18 months on the book.
The book is filled with the achievements of
various Milking Shorthorn breeders and their
herds, stock and records in New Zealand. The
A4 size book is bound to supply much informa-
tion from across the 100 years of the associa-
tion. Over the years, Mr Knight has compiled
similar publications including the Ayrshire book
published in 2009, so he knew what needed to
The Milking Shorthorn Centenary is filled
with lots of photographs, black and white and
colour, along with vital information related to
the photos and history.
''It's a record of 100 years in 100 pages,''
Mr Knight said. ''It's a record of the 100 years
of the Milking Shorthorn Association 1913 to
2013 -- the book is full coverage of Milking
Shorthorns over the years, the herds, the stock
and a record of breeders, studs and cattle.''
''This is record of all the happenings of the
breed in New Zealand. There are a lot of pages
devoted to individual breeders,'' he said.
''The cover of the book is important cow
standard of exports imported by Dilworth
School of Agriculture and sold at dispersal sale
in 1919 to a Canterbury breeder.
"The association and the powers that be,
considered it to be the type of cow that was
used for the standard of excellence --- as the
sort of cow to strive for. She had been brought
in from Australia and then sold for 160 guineas.
Mr Knight said most people in the associa-
tion would probably purchase a copy.
''If people are interested in livestock breed-
ing, they will enjoy reading it.''
The other idea was to go to Australia
-- it's nice and warm and there are
good cows to look at in Australia, too.
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