- National Cattle Shows
- National Show Judges
- 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
The Judges officiating at Australia’s National Breed Shows at IDW 2019 will be announced in due course.
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.
Results of 2018 Breed Shows are available for download.