21st January – 25th January 2018

Cattle Shows

  • National Cattle Shows
  • National Show Judges
  • Prizes
  • How to Enter
  • 2017 results

National Cattle Shows

During IDW over 900 cattle are entered into 7 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.

Please click here for the 2017 Show Entries.  These lists do not include withdrawals, late entries or class changes.

Youth Show Schedule 2017

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 three 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)
  • Junior Section (aged 8-13 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 Guernsey & National Ayrshire Shows – Tuesday at 8.00 am

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

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

Action in the ring on Tuesday afternoon will see the National Illawarra 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 RASV 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 RASV Interbreed Champion Awards.

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.

Exhibitor Information Pack & Shed Allocation for 2017

Please click below to view and download the 2017 Exhibitor Information Pack together with Shed Allocations.



2017 National Shows Judges

We are thrilled that the following personnel will make up the Judging Panel officiating at IDW 2017.

All Breeds National Youth Show – Mr Dan Carroll, United States of America

dan-carrollDan Carroll from College Station Texas, is the Dairy Programs Manager for Sexing Technologies. In this role Dan has connection to coordinating the male and female program at ST Gen. Dan is also the Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Dan Carroll is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Animal and Plant Systems. Upon graduation Dan has worked in multiple roles in AI, from Mating Cows Breeding cows as Technician to Picture and Tour coordination and Sire Analyst work.

Judging has taken Dan to multiple international countries including South America, Australia Central America, Asia as well as numerous State and National Shows in the USA. Dan has judged at IDW and at the Royal Sydney Show.
Dan and his wife Candace reside in College Station TX and have two sons, Casey and Drew.

IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Awards – Mr Cameron Yarnold – Australia

c-yarnoldCameron Yarnold, 22 is the owner of Arrallik Holsteins based at Wingham, New South Wales. Cameron comes from a strong family farming background where he is the fourth generation dairy farmer on his mother’s side, Oxley Vale Holsteins, two times master breeder and third generation on his father’s side, Killarra Park Holsteins. Cameron established his stud “Arrallik Holsteins” in 2007 and combined with Master Breeder herd Killarra Park, Cameron and the Yarnold family farm and milk around 120 stud Holsteins and Jerseys on 350 acres. Arrallik Holsteins has had great success with winning IDW Juvenile Champion in 2009 and Supreme Champion at Sydney Royal in 2010 Reserve Intermediate Sydney Royal 2015 and recently Reserve and Honourable mention Juvenile at Sydney Royal 2016.

Cameron is a leader at the National All Breeds Youth Camp. He was the winner of the NSW state Junior judging final in 2013. Cameron has judged shows at Toowomba Royal, Sydney Royal, Murray Bridge, Gympie, Berry, Wauchope, Cobargo, Tasmania, Adelaide Royal and most recently has been The Associate Judge for the 2016 Victorian Winter Fair.

National Illawarra Show – Mr Michael Heath – USA

michael-heathMichael Heath was brought up on Spring Valley Jersey Farm,Westminster, MD where his family instilled his passion for Purebred Dairy Cattle at a young age. Michael has made a living as a cattle merchandizer and breeder. He started as a cattle fitter which enabled him to have the contacts to start in the cattle marketing business.  Heath has managed many sales over the Years, most recently Rendezvous at River Valley which was the 2nd highest Jersey Average of all time.
In the beginning these two Holstein cows got Heath up and going in the Holstein business:
Freundly Acres Linjet Murphy, EX96 and Kingstead Cheif Adeen, EX94. Current prominent Holsteins & Jerseys that he has owned and is developing families from are:
•MD Delight Durham Atlee, EX92. Atlee is the Dam of; Atwood, Aftershock, Ariel & Shottle Aubrey to name a few
•Starmark Ad Hotstuff-Red-ET, EX94 Reserve Grand, 2012 International Red & White Show. She is the dam of the young sire Mr Hotstuffs Hypnotic-ET-RC at St Jacobs ABC
•Ms Apples Ainsley, EX 90, dam of Addiction-P-RED at St Jacobs ABC
•Family Hill Connection Chilli-ET EX91 Dam of; Chilli Action Colton (Hot Type Sire @ Select) and Chilli Premier Cinema -ET EX93 Res & Hm Intermediate Champ 2015 International Jersey Show
•Pleasant Valley Prime Heather EX96 Dam of; SV Jade Hired Gun (Type Specialist @ St Jacobs ABS) and SV Impression Holly-ET EX91Intermediate Champ 2016 International Jersey Show

On top of this Michael has owned and sold many All Canadian and All American Nominations over the years. Currently Heath owns approximately 75 head of Holsteins and 60 head of Jerseys.

Heath has judged Shows Internationally in Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, Holland, Mexico, Brazil and Canada, Argentina, & the UK. Major Shows he has officiated at include; the 2015 Royal Winter Fair (Holsteins); 2015 International Jersey Show; 2012 International Holstein Show; 2011 Quebec International Fall Holstein Show; 2013 Swiss Expo (Holsteins); 2013 IDW Jersey Show; 2013 Eastern National Holstein Show; 2013 International Red & White Show; 2009 International Jersey Show; 2005 Royal Winter Fair (Jerseys); 2014 All American Jersey Show and the 2015 Sydney Royal Jersey Show.

National Ayrshire Show – Mr Warren Ferguson – New Zealand

warren-ferguson-2Warren is from the Waikato/King Country area in New Zealand. The dairy farm is 2nd generation and owned by Warren and Michelle, who have three sons. Josh is the eldest and is marrying Danica in March 2017, Corey is their 2nd son, and he works on the home Dairy farm and Ashley is an engineer. Warren and Michelle also have four grand children, Toia, Cody, Maddison and Aylah.

Ferdon was founded in 1945 by Warren’s father Don with Jersey cows. The stud now hosts all three breeds, Jersey, Holstein and Ayrshire. All three breeds have been shown with success over the years. At the 2016 Waikato Show Ferdon won every all breeds in-milk class (except for the age cow) and also winning All Breeds’ Intermediate and Senior Champion and Reserve Champion Cows.  In the All Breeds’ Best Udder, Ferdon took the 1st 4 placings.  Ferdon Comerica Viyella has been a great matriarch of the Jersey breed being the only cow to win Supreme Champion 3 times at New Zealand Dairy Event. At the home farm the Ferguson’s milk off 135 hectares and production is pasture based with grass silage and PKE for supplementary feed.

Warren’s judging has taken him all over New Zealand and Australia with major appointments being the NZ Holstein Friesian Semex on Farm Final in 2016 and IDW Jersey Judge in 2012.

National Guernsey Show – Ms Carla Stetzer – USA

 Carla StetzerCarla has been working in the AI industry for 15 years.  As an Area Sales Manager with Accelerated Genetics, she has worked with dairy genetics, linear evaluation, reproduction protocols, and helped provide numerous sales tools.

Carla has judged numerous district and state shows in the United States of America.   She was also a successful coach for the Jackson county dairy judging team.  Carla has judged the Guernsey Show at the Wisconsin State Fair and was the 5th highest individual in the Guernsey breed at the National Collegiate Judging Contest.

National Brown Swiss Show – Mr Nathan Thomas – USA

nathan-thomas-headshotNathan Thomas hails from North Lewisburg, Ohio. He owns and operates Triple-T Holsteins and Jerseys along with his family. Nathan with wife Jenny along with children Colton, Kendall and Camryn have been part of the family operation since its establishment in 2006. The operation consists of a 35 head Holstein and Jersey milking herd along with over 100 head of heifers and dry cows. In addition, the farm makes over 200 acres of hay yearly which is used on the farm and marketed in the area.

Triple-T Holsteins has garnered over 90 All-American and All-Canadian nominations in the last 11 years and many high scoring individuals have called the farm their home. Homebred highlights include T-Triple-T Gold Prize EX94 who was named Jr Champion at the 2009 World Dairy Expo and Royal Winter Fair and 2012 All-American Four-Year-Old and Nom All-American Five-Year-Old in 2013. In addition, her dam T-Triple-T Dundee Paige 3E-EX96 was Nominated All-American twice and has developed into a prolific brood cow. Paige and her daughters have been nominated All-American Best Three Females and offspring have been Nominated All-American Produce of Dam. Other notable individuals include Starmark Ad Hotstuff-Red-ET EX94 the 2012 Reserve Grand Champion of the Grand International Red & White Show, Extreme Electra EX95 who has garnered many accolades on both sides of the border including 2013 HM Grand Champion at Central National Jersey Show and Reserve Grand at the 2008 Royal Winter Fair Jersey Show, lastly Ms Exels Dundee Beauty 3E-EX95 has earned All-American and Reserve All-Canadian honors as an Aged Cow in 2011.

Nathan most recently judged the Grand International Red & White Show in Madison, Wisconsin, the National Holstein Show in Brazil and the National Show in Quettero, Mexico. In 2015, Nathan judged the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo. He also judged the Central National Jersey show in Madison, WI in 2014. Other highlights include recently serving as official judge for the 2015 Canadian National Holstein Convention Show in New Brunswick, Canada and the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Jersey Show.

National Jersey Show – Mr Chris Lahmers – USA

chris-lahmersChris Lahmers has been the Dairy Programs Specialist for COBA-Select Sires for 15 years. He, along with his family, own Brown Velvet Brown Swiss and Lah-Dale Holsteins, consisting of 20 and 15-head respectively. Brown Velvet has bred five All-American Brown Swiss and owned the 2005 Brown Swiss Intermediate Champion at World Dairy Expo. Chris has served as an official judge across North America. Highlights include officiating the 2014 TB Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the 2013 All-American Jersey Show, the 2012 International Junior Holstein Show, 2011 International Brown Swiss Show and 2011 National Jersey Jug Futurity. Chris Lahmers, his wife Elizabeth, and children Elaina, Ava and Audrey live in Marysville, Ohio.

National Holstein Show – Mr Paul Trapp – USA

paul-trappWith over 20 years of industry experience, Paul Trapp is currently a Product Acquisition Specialist for Semex. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics with a Marketing emphasis. Paul, along with his wife, Sarah, and sons, Kole and Beau own an elite group of Registered Brown Swiss, Jerseys, and Holsteins, where they have received All-American nominations across all three breeds. He is also a partner in Pit-Crew Genetics, which has received 21 Brown Swiss All-American Nominations since 2007, including the 2015 All-American Summer Yearling.

Paul has judged shows in 20 different states at the local, state, and national levels, and internationally in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom. Paul has judged at World Dairy Expo, serving as the 2010 International Guernsey Show associate judge, 2011 International Milking Shorthorn Show lead judge, 2013 International Ayrshire Show lead judge, 2014 International Holstein Show lead judge and the 2015 International Brown Swiss Show lead judge. He has served on All-American panels and has judged national shows for all seven dairy breeds. Paul has also served for five years on the World Dairy Expo Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee, has served 12 years as an official for the WDE Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest, and was a member of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute inaugural class.



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 Most Successful Youth Handler Award – proudly sponsored by Goulburn Murray Water

At the conclusion of the ABS Australia/Ridley Dairy Feeds All Breeds National Youth Show, Goulburn Murray Water will proudly recognise the efforts of the most successful Goulburn Valley based youth handler competing in the Show.

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

There are three 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
Junior Section – aged 8 to 13 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.

Prize Money for 2017 can be downloaded below.


How to Enter & Exhibitor Information

Entries for IDW 2018 will open from 1 November 2017.


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