Exhibitors travel to IDW

January 24, 2018

Long trip...One of the heifers coming from WA to dairy week.

International Dairy Week is drawing entries from most states of Australia, including Tasmania and Western Australia, for the annual show this week.

Western Australian dairy farmer Colin Gilbert has brought 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 were trucked to the Goulburn Valley ahead of Mr Gilbert, who flew 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.

Kyle Barker from Coles Hill Farms stud is bringing four Jerseys from Tasmania to International Dairy Week.

Mr Barker believes their breeding program gives the industry a different perspective of Jerseys.

‘‘We believe we are preserving some traits that some bloodlines have lost, like depth of body,’’ Mr Barker said.

‘‘It’s important to demonstrate those qualities in showing.’’

The stud brought three heifers across Bass Strait last year for the Royal Melbourne Show, picking up a first and second in classes.

It will be the second consecutive year at International Dairy Week for the stud, which is based at Riana, south of Burnie, in north-west Tasmania.

â– International Dairy Week started at Tatura Park on Sunday, and will finish on Thursday.

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