20th January – 24th January 2019

Cattle Shows

  • National Cattle Shows
  • National Show Judges
  • Prizes
  • How to Enter
  • 2018 results

National Cattle Shows

During Australia’s International Dairy Week over 900 cattle are entered into seven National Shows, with breeders and exhibitors from all States of Australia competing fiercely for the pride and honour of winning at IDW.  Dairy Cattle enthusiasts can take in the spectacle with reknown Australian and International Judges in action over the week.

ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show – Monday at 8.00 am

The youth of the dairy industry have the chance to showcase their skills in showring etiquette, showmanship, preparation of cattle for showing, washing, clipping, feeding and herdsmanship. Interested entrants need to be between the age of 8 and under 21 years.

IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Classes – Monday from 3.00 pm

At the conclusion of the Show, the young handlers are encouraged to enter the IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Classes with prizes supported and presented by Ridley. There are four sections for young handlers to participate in:

  • Senior Section (aged 18 – 20 years on day of show; ie not to have turned 21 on Show Day)
  • Intermediate Section (aged 14-17 years on day of show)
  • Primary Section (aged 11-13 years on day of show)
  • Junior Section (aged 8-10 years on day of show)

Named in honour and in memory of the late Sheri Martin of Rochester, Victoria.  Sheri Martin developed her dairy showmanship skills as a young person attending youth camps.  She worked for Genetics Australia and volunteered her time to run many camps. All Sheri’s spare time went into teaching young people about showmanship. Sheri was a great person, a great contributor and it is indeed an honour to present these awards in her memory.

National Illawarra & National Ayrshire Shows – Tuesday at 8.00 am

The ring is split into two and on Tuesday morning the National Illawarra and Ayrshire Shows are held from 8.00 am.

National Guernsey & Brown Swiss Shows – Tuesday – at 1.30 pm

Action in the ring on Tuesday afternoon will see the National Guernsey and Brown Swiss Shows taking place from 1.30 pm to approximately 4.30 pm.

National Jersey Show – Wednesday – at 8.00 am with the Jersey Australia Futurity Class at 1.30 pm.

The National Jersey Show takes place on Wednesday commencing at 8.00 am concluding at approximately 11.00 am for a break.  The Jersey Australia Futurity Class is held at 1.00 pm.  The National Jersey Show commences again at 1.30 pm with Supreme Champion judging at approximately 4.30 to 5.00 pm.

National Holstein Show – Thursday – at 8.00 am

Thursday is National Holstein Show Day.  Action starts at 8.00 am with a break after Class 8 from approximately 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.

The IDW Interbreed Champions

Held during Thursday, the Junior Champions, Intermediate and Senior Champions of each of the Ayrshire, Illawarra, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Jersey and Holstein Breed Shows will take to the show ring again to compete for the IDW  Interbreed Champion Awards and Australia’s Grand Champion.

Australia’s Grand Champion – Thursday – from 4.30 pm

At the conclusion of the National Holstein Show, the Senior Champions from each of the 6 breed shows will come back into the ring for the Grand Parade and judging of Australia’s Grand Champion.



2019 National Shows Judges

Introducing the Judges officiating at Australia’s National Breed Shows at IDW 2019:

Australia’s National Illawarra Show – Mr Max Hyland from Australia

M Hyland Head and ShouldersMax Hyland established the Rockvale Ayrshire Stud in Tasmania in 1962 before he, Jenny and family moved to Victoria in 1973. Max and Jenny dispersed their milking herd in 2015 and the finale heifer sale was in 2017, spanning 55 years of breeding and showing Ayrshires for the family.

Showing was done at all major country shows in Tasmania, Melbourne Royal, Sydney Royal, Shepparton National Dairy Show, International Dairy Week and country feature shows winning many championships and production awards.

Max is a life member of Australian Ayrshires and also the Victorian branch of Australian Ayrshires.

Max has judged at many shows through out Australia and New Zealand including International Dairy Week, Sydney Royal (twice) Adelaide Royal, Melbourne Royal, Brisbane and many country shows through out Australia. New Zealand appointments have been The Royal at Waikato, the NZ Royal in Invercargill (all breeds), Feilding (all breeds), North Island championships at Whangarei and Masterton as well as on farm competitions in New Zealand.

Max has judged the Victorian Illawarra on farm competition and also the Jersey Semex Great Southern on farm competition.

Australia’s National Guernsey Show – Mr Chris Lang, United States of America

Chris Lang 2No stranger to dairying, Chris owns Springhill Farm at Big Prairie in Ohio in the United States of America.  Springhill Farms is located in Holmes County, in the heart of the world’s largest Amish population, halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Chris milks 80 Registered Guernseys and Holsteins and is assisted by several key staff including long time employee Marshall Overholt.

The farm itself was established in 1819 on land ceded by the U.S. government to the Lang family’s ancestors. In the late 1800s, it became primarily a dairy farm, complete with a herd of purebred Guernseys. By 1920, that Guernsey herd was well established.  “My great-great-grandfather owned [the farm] at the time,” said Chris Lang. “He had a nationally recognized herd.”  Although Springhill Farms has seen many changes since that time, one thing has always remained the same: the Lang family’s passion for good cows.

Springhill has had All-American Nominations in four breeds, over 65 All-American and Junior All-American nominations in the Guernsey breed in the last nine years, including five National Junior Champions and has bred and owned the 2017 Sr. & Grand Champion and the 2016 and 2014 Intermediate Champions  at World Dairy Expo, National Grand Champion (Louisville) and two times HM National Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo.

Chris is currently the Vice President and Board Member of The American Guernsey Association, Type Committee Chairperson American Guernsey Association, and former Treasurer and past President of Purebred Publishing.

No stranger to the show ring, Chris’ judging highlights include: Lead Judge at the Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Illinois and Minnesota State Fairs; Pennsylvania Farm Show, Eastern States Exposition (Big E), Western National In Washington, National Guernsey Show in Louisville, several times in the UK, Associate Judge at The World Dairy Expo and this Fall will be judging all breeds at the North Carolina State Fair.

Australia’s National Jersey Show – Mr Brian Leslie, Australia

B LeslieBrian founded IDW in 1990 and remains a director today. He judged the IDW youth show in 1990 and 2000 and Holsteins in 2011 but this is his first time judging Jerseys.

Brian has vast experience judging the Jersey breed in Jersey Island, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Royal shows, the NSW State Fair, Northern Victorian Jersey Fair, and the 50th anniversary Gippsland Jersey Fair among others.

Brian has travelled the world looking at top Jersey cattle, he has worked with and learnt from some of the greatest Jersey breeders as an auctioneer for their sales for nearly 40 years and pleasingly Brian has sold every record-priced Jersey in Australia.

Australia’s National Holstein Show – Mr Adam Liddle, United States of America

LiddleAdam Liddle and his wife Nicole own Liddleholme Farm in Argyle, New York, with their children, Anthony, Brock, and Hailee.

Liddleholme, a 200 Acre farm, is home to 65 milking Holsteins with 38 of them being scored EX. Including Two at EX 96, and Seven at EX 94. Liddleholme’s showing accomplishments have culminated in many ALL-NEW YORK and All-American nominations. 10 consecutive years they have had an All-American nomination. Adam serves on the state show committee for New York Holstein Association, is a Tri-County Director, and is a delegate for Holstein USA.

His past judging experiences include multiple state and county shows. He has judged the Red and White show, in 2012, and the Holstein show, in 2017, at The World Dairy Expo. He has also judged shows at the National level in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, and Italy.


A vast array of awards, including memorial awards and prize money is on offer at IDW.

The total Prize Pool for exceeds $55,000.00 including prize money, trophies, plaques, banners and ribbons. IDW is also thrilled to have a number of special awards presented during the week including:

The Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Classes – proudly sponsored by Ridley

There are four sections where participants will be judged on their showmanship skills:

  • Senior Section – aged 18 to 21 years on day of show
  • Intermediate Section – aged 14 to 17 years on day of show
  • Primary Section – aged 11 to 13 years on day of show
  • Junior Section – aged 8 to 10 years on day of show

The Grand Champion of the National Brown Swiss Show

The Barmaroth Perpetual Trophy Grand Champion Supplied by the Brown Swiss Association

The Ayrshire Junior Champion Heifer – The Keith Buchanan Memorial Trophy

The Jersey Australia Futurity – conducted on Wednesday during the National Jersey Show

The National Holstein Show – The Les Ward Memorial Trophy – Winner of Class 16

Best Udder Awards – proudly sponsored by The Australian Dairyfarmer Magazine including the John Stephens Memorial Trophy for the Holstein and Guernsey Breeds

Exhibitor Encouragement Awards – these awards are presented at the conclusion of each of the National Breed Shows to recognise the achievement of a new exhibitor or an exhibitor who has competed at IDW for less than 3 years.

Premier Breeder & Premier Exhibitor Awards – proudly sponsored by NAB Agribusiness including the Lex and Ian Bunn Wattle Park Trophy for the Ayrshire Breed

The Australian Grand Champion – During IDW, the six prominent dairy breeds in Australia; Holstein, Jersey, Illawarra, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss, are judged and each breed selects a Junior Champion, an Intermediate Champion and a Senior Champion.  At the conclusion of each breed’s show, a Supreme Champion Exhibit is then selected as Australia’s Grand Champion.

The Australian Grand Champion will be selected by all IDW judges and the successful winner will take home a trophy, prize money and be inducted into the coveted IDW Hall of Fame.



How to Enter & Cattle Exhibitor Information

Entries for IDW 2019 will open in November.

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