Young cattle breeder hits the jackpot with Miss June

Young cattle breeder hits the jackpot with Miss June

Young cattle breeder Bridget Liebelt continues to hit the jackpot with her cows.

Bridget’s cow Torlea Poker Katisha, or Keesh for short, has been named Miss June 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.

Bridget, 18, from Meadows in South Australia, bred Katisha after winning her mother at the Adelaide Show in 2010.

“I won the youngest handler class and the prize was an Ayrshire calf,” Bridget said. “I’m only 18 and I own nine cows, two Ayrshires and seven Holsteins,” she added.

Katisha was born in September 2013 and has since had two calves of her own.

The winning photo shows Katisha grazing last spring. “She is a bit special,” Bridget said. “She had an accident when she was four months old when she got tangled in a fence and cut a blood vessel in her leg,” Bridget said. 

“The vet said she only had a 50 per cent chance of surviving but she stitched her up and applied pressure bandage and she made it.

“We’re lucky to have her and she walks perfectly fine now. She’s very quiet and you can give her hugs. She’s funny and bossy in a way, but not too bossy.”

The family has recently sold their herd but Bridget still owns her cows which have now gone to different farms to be milked. 

After finishing school last year, Bridget is taking a gap year but wants to work in the dairy industry where she was born and raised.

“I’ve always enjoyed the industry, particularly the cows,” she said. “I did the Cows Create Careers program at school and I’m really interested in the breeding side of it.”