Dairy

Cows to converge

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January 02, 2018

International Dairy Week is shaping up as another major event for the region, with more than 1000 entries booked from 180 exhibitors for the Tatura competition which starts on Sunday, January 21.

International Dairy Week is shaping up as another major event for the region, with more than 1000 entries booked from 180 exhibitors for the Tatura competition which starts on Sunday, January 21.

The international flavour will be enhanced this year with four judges from the United States, England, Canada and Japan.

Cattle have been entered from most Australian states, including one exhibitor from Tasmania.

Event manager Robyn Barber said they were looking forward to a good show with strong entries in an excellent line-up.

The youth show, scheduled for Monday, January 22 and to be judged by Brian Behnke from the US, will have more entries than last year.

Zeerust breeders and exhibitors Dean and Dianna Malcolm are planning to take a group of mostly younger stock, including some heifers purchased at a recent Fairvale dispersal sale in Bracknell, Tasmania.

‘‘We expect to have between 15 to 20 in the string this year,’’ Mr Malcolm said.

The couple has taken the biggest teams in the past and has won premier breeder and exhibitor awards in previous years.

About 40 exhibitors are coming from NSW and at least one is coming from Tasmania.

Kyle Barker from Riana, south of Burnie, will be bringing three Jersey heifers and one mature cow.

West Australian dairy farmer Colin Gilbert will bring three Guernseys from North Dandalup, 80km south of Perth, to Tatura. He has entered them in the cattle shows and will also offer them for sale.

‘‘It’s the place to be if you are into stud cattle,’’ Mr Gilbert said about International Dairy Week. The three heifers are due to be trucked to the Goulburn Valley in the next few weeks and Mr Gilbert will fly over just prior to the event, which he last attended about four years ago.

Almost 30 exhibitors will be making the trek from South Australia.

All eyes will be on the judging of the grand champion on the Thursday, after the Holstein show has concluded.

The dairy farm and machinery field days will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the neighbouring football oval.

The week will start on Sunday, January 21 and run until Thursday, January 25.

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