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Dateline Cowichan: Westwick was putting the ‘cow’ in Cowichan

Cowichan pioneer Joseph Drinkwater with two horses at Somenos in 1895.  - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives
Cowichan pioneer Joseph Drinkwater with two horses at Somenos in 1895.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives

At one time, agricultural news had its own slot in the Cowichan Leader. And in the 1970s, locals could keep up on farming news from around the district by reading Henry Westwick’s weekly report. Here are excerpts from a May, 1979 article:

“Judges’ top cow (at the Cowichan Dairy Herd Improvement Association production achievement awards) was nine-year-old Jager Farm A. P. J. Pride Loah with 10,235 kg milk, 456 kg fat for an average milk-fat Breed Class Average of 235.5 per cent. Her sire is Jager Farm Presentation Jewel.

“S. H. Fox had the second highest mature cow with an eight-year-old Holstein having an average BCA of 227.5 per cent. A Brondell Majority five-year-old with 225 per cent BCA was third for Ben Groenenwold.”

Hans Frueh garnered three production trophies that day: the Gerry VanJaarsveld trophy for the highest small herd (less than 36 cows) average and the Cowichan Co-op and Top Shelf trophies for the top records from two and three-year-olds. Gerry VanJaarsveld earned the Buckerfields trophy for the top producing large herd; the B&K trophy for the top mature cow went to K. Judge and sons and the Harvestore trophy for best four-year-old to Leo Kasbergen.

1979: airports

While in Duncan, B.C. Premier Bill Bennett handed over a $10,000 cheque to the Cowichan Valley Regional District as the provincial government’s contribution to a feasibility study that would determine location and costs for a new airport with a 3000-foot paved runway.

1979: golf

In a Par competition at Cowichan golf course, Carrol Giles was the winner in the A division with a plus 3; Gladys McBride won the B division with a plus four; and Carrolle Lynn Price was the winner of the C division.

1979: more golf

Cowichan Golf Club director Fred Mills scored the first hole in one of the season in the men’s club with an ace on the 7th hole. The first inter-club match of the season saw a loss to Colwood.

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