Miss April adds to Blossom’s suite of titles
Winning titles has become something of a habit for Blossom, the matriarch of Steve and Rachel Eagles’ Ayrshire dairy herd at Gooloogong in central west New South Wales.
Blossom previously won intermediate champion and Champion Ayrshire cow at the Sydney Royal Show before adding All Australian Ayrshire Cow of the Year in 2013 to her titles.
Now Blossom is enjoying a new honour after being named Miss April in the 2017 Legendairy online calendar.
The calendar is part of Dairy Australia’s celebration of the special bond Australia’s Legendairy farmers have with their animals.
While Blossom, or Paschendaele Bonnie Brae Blossom, as she is formally known, has always impressed the judges, she’s also found her way into Steve and Rachel’s hearts.
“She’s a special cow in the herd,” Rachel said. “She’s been very successful but she’s also an amazingly sweet natured cow. The Blossom family has a beautiful temperament; they’re a pleasure to work with. Blossom is a much loved family member.”
Blossom’s pleasant nature has continued in her nine daughters, 11 grand-daughters and a bull that has been used in the Eagles’ herd.
They’re so gentle that Rachel and Steve’s daughters Lilly, 6, and Bethany, 4, have been breaking in and showing the progeny.
“That’s a testament to how sweet the family is and at the same time, it’s fostering passion for the next generation of dairy cattle and showing,” Rachel said.
Being named Miss April is a special achievement for 10-year-old Blossom, sitting nicely alongside her previous national accolades.
“It’s humbling to think we could win against a lot of other beautiful cows,” Rachel said.
“We’re very proud and I got a bit teary when I got the message.”
Rachel and Steve, a third generation farmer, milk about 290 Ayrshires and Holsteins at their farm on the Lachlan River.