DARREN Crawford knew he wanted Carisma Cairnhill Paradise when he saw her at last year's International Dairy Week.
Owners the Zanders family weren't willing to part with her then, after she had won her class, but at last week's International Dairy Week at Tatura it was a different story. The Invergordon dairy farmer, of Horizon Holsteins, picked up his "complete package" - for $90,000.
The three-year-old Holstein, who was reserve intermediate champion last week, is the granddaughter of 2010 champion Dryfield Dundee Paradise. The transaction set a record for an in-milk animal sold in Australia and New Zealand. Darren said: "She puts it all together, she's a really nice type animal. Reminds me of cows from North America."
Darren, who moved to northern Victoria seven months ago and milks 280 cows, says the show ring has been a lifelong passion.