IDW goes from strength to strength

12 Jan, 2018 04:00 PM
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Wayne Kuhne with his four-year-old Jersey cow that took all before it at International Dairy Week, snaring the supreme interbreed award last year.
Among the other highlights are "a fantastic seminar program" and the Power of Women in Dairy Network
Wayne Kuhne with his four-year-old Jersey cow that took all before it at International Dairy Week, snaring the supreme interbreed award last year.

Entries for International Dairy Week (IDW), to be held at Tatura, Vic, in the third week in January, would be every bit as strong as previous events, according to event manager Robyn Barber.

IDW served to showcase the latest developments in dairy cattle, farming practices, breeding, genetics, machinery, equipment and technology.

It will be held between January 21 and 25, and Ms Barber said a late flood of entries for the event mirrored last year.

"Entries for 2017 were very strong, we were extremely thrilled with how it turned out and we are anticipating 2018 will be every bit as strong, if not stronger," Ms Barber said.

IDW usually attracted more than 900 entries, with breeders and exhibitors from all states of Australia.

The event kicks off with the ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show, on Monday, where young people had the chance to showcase their skills.

Among the other highlights were "a fantastic seminar program" and the Power of Women in Dairy Networking Forum, featuring Di Schubert.

Ms Schubert would be speaking about the highs and lows of dairyfarming, including breeding the IDW Champion Cow Braeford Vale Twilight.

Judges for this year's breed shows were drawn from Australia, America, England, Canada and Japan.

All Breeds National Youth Show - American Brian Behnke will judge the National Youth Show.

Mr Behnke was born and raised in Brooklyn, Wisconsin, United States on his family's farm, Bur-Wall Holsteins, a prominent Registered Holstein farm in southern Wisconsin.

The IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Awards will be judged by Australian Mark Patullo, owner of Walmar Ayrshires and Holsteins.

The National Illawarra Show will be judged by Northumberland, England, dairyfarmer Paul Morrison, who runs a 100-head milking herd and 20 pedigree dairy Shorthorns and 80 pedigree Holsteins.

Canadian Blair Weeks will just the National Ayrshire Show.

The National Guernsey Show will be judged by Patty McMurray, also from the USA.

It will be her third judging assignment in Australia. She previously judged Guernseys at the Royal Melbourne and Adelaide shows.

Girgarre, Vic, dairyfarmer Pat Nicholson will judge the National Jersey Show.

Rounding out the panel was Kiichi Matsushima, Japan, who will judge the National Holstein Show.

The judging of the Grand Champion will be held at the conclusion of the Holstein Show on the Thursday afternoon.

There will also be four sales conducted during the week -- for Ayshires, Guernseys, Jerseys and Holsteins.

IDW director Brian Leslie said the sale line up was "as good as you would see.

"There are outstanding line-ups, in each of them," he said.

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