20th January – 24th January 2019

Cattle Shows

  • National Cattle Shows
  • National Show Judges
  • Prizes
  • How to Enter
  • 2019 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 from 8.00 am

The ring is split into two and on Tuesday morning the National Ayrshire Show (8.00 am) and Illawarra Show (9.00 am) are held.

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 1.00 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 Presentation 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 Junior Champion 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:

Brent WalkerABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show – Mr Brent Walker from Canada

Brent Walker is no stranger to the ring at International Dairy Week, having previously judged the Holsteins back in the days under the big gum tree and the Jerseys in 2010. At the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, Brent has judged the Hays Classic – the largest youth show in Canada as well as the Holsteins in 1998, Jerseys in 1999 and again in 2017. In Australia he has also judged the Jerseys twice at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Residing in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Brent is an owner in the family-owned, multi-livestock enterprise Walkerbrae Farms, with his father Jim, brother Scott, son James and nephew Tyson. Last year the Walker’s built a new dairy barn with free-stalls and a parlour for their 150 head Holstein and Jersey herd. They also run 100 head of beef cattle (Angus and Speckle Park), a 10,000 bird turkey growing facility as well as still breeding and showing Percheron draft horses.  An owner and the auctioneer at Brubacher Sales, Brent has sold many of the top herds in Canada when they disperse.  Brent visits Australia annually to spend time with his family in Gippsland – wife Robin, daughter Alex and her husband Darien and their daughter Ivy.

Lisa Thompson Profile PicIDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Competition – Mrs Lisa McKay from Australia

Lisa currently manages her family farm in Irrewillipe, Western Victoria – with her husband Willy McKay. Where we milk a 200 cow registered Holstein and Jersey herd under the Linsand prefix.

Showing has been a huge part of Lisa’s life for many years. She has been fortunate enough to own and exhibit three IDW Supreme Champions and various All-Australian winners. A farm favourite is Fairvale Morty Lady EX97-5E, who has had a decorated show career and is currently the highest classified cow in Australia.

Lisa has travelled extensively throughout Australia and North America – working for numerous breeders both on farm and at shows/sales. An experience that has been invaluable.

In the past few years she has judged in every state of Australia. Like numerous cow enthusiasts, Lisa was lucky enough to be one of many that Sherri Martin encouraged and educated. Lisa feels very privileged to have the opportunity to officiate the showmanship classes named in her honour.

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.

DavidMayoAustralia’s National Brown Swiss Show – Mr David Mayo from Australia

David was raised on his parents Parkvale stud at Albion Park, NSW. He worked with his father as Herd Manager up until 1990, when the herd was dispersed, which at that time broke sale price records for herd dispersal average. David and wife, Sharon have continued this tradition with their small Regal Park stud, which was established in 1990 and is still operating. The stud’s achievements include winning several Championships at IDW, Sydney Royal and many feature shows. Sharon and David have two children Ashleigh Wright (married to Ben) & Joshua.

Since early June 2002 David was employed by Semex as Market Development Manager in Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, he was appointed General Manager of Semex New Zealand then in 2018, General Manager of Semex Australia; David continues to be employed in both positions.

David has judged at most shows in Australia including: International Dairy Week: Ayrshire, Guernsey, Dairy Youth Challenge (3 times);  Sydney Royal: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, All-Breed Youth Show, NSW Dairy Junior Judging Final (5 times), National Dairy Junior Judging Finals (3 times), Dairy Youth Challenge (3 times), NSW Dairy Paraders Competition & National Dairy Paraders Competition; Brisbane RNA: Ayrshire (twice), Jersey & Brown Swiss; Adelaide Royal: Ayrshire (twice), Holstein, Guernsey, Brown Swiss & National Dairy Junior Judging Final; Melbourne Royal: Ayrshire (twice), Holstein, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Kubota Youth Classic & All Breeds; Perth Royal: Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire & Brown Swiss; Toowoomba Royal: Ayrshire & Holstein; Canberra Royal: Holsteins & Jerseys and Internationally at multiple shows in Canada, Finland, Scotland, South Africa and New Zealand.

Australia’s National Ayrshire Show – Mr Gregory Evans from The United States of AmericaGregory Evans

Gregory Evans, of Georgetown, New York, operates Sunny Acres Farm along with his parents Doug and Kathryn, and girlfriend Kathy.  Sunny Acres is a sixth generation dairy consisting of 100 head of registered Ayrshires. Sunny Acres has bred, owned or developed over 200 All-American or Junior All American nominations. Currently the herd is comprised of 26 Excellent, 22 Very Good and 4 Good Plus individuals with 5 animals reaching the maximum score of 94. Sunny Acres has exhibited 14 Grand National Champions since 1992 including the Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo in 2013 with Sunny-Aces TSB Silk-EX94. Multiple bulls have been placed in AI that called Sunny Acres home including Libby’s Lochinvar.  Sunny Acres has achieved the Constructive Breeder award 28 times which accounts for the herd’s performance in both production and classification. At the 2013 National Convention, Greg received the Young Ayrshire Leader award for his involvement in many aspects of the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Association including serving on multiple committees and selecting for three National Convention Sales. Greg was selected to represent the US at the 2013 World Ayrshire Federation young breeders’ summit.

Along with working the farm, Greg has been entrusted by various farms to procure top animals for their own show strings. Cows such as Marilie Gentlman Karmina EX-93 the Grand Champion at the past two Royal Winter Fairs, and two former Reserve Intermediate Champions at World Dairy Expo De La Plaine Vicking Lady and DVC Potter Paprika have been bought and sold through Greg as well as many other national show winners. Greg also has also ventured into reading pedigrees working multiple top end sales in the past two years.  Judging and evaluating cattle has always been a passion for Greg. He has judged over 50 local, district and state shows in the past seven years taking him to five different states and one province in Canada.

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

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Brian Leslie has been involved in the pedigree Dairy Industry his entire life. Having grown up on the Family farm originally in West Gippsland and for the past 30 years the Leslie Family have farmed at Arcadia near Shepparton.

Brian has spent most of his time as an auctioneer, selling mainly dairy sales in all States of Australia as well as overseas. He has proudly sold the record priced animals in all dairy breeds including the record priced $251,000 heifer at IDW in 2017. He is a partner of Dairy Livestock Services who have representatives throughout Australia and sell several thousand dairy cattle both domestically and internationally each year.  Brian has judged All Breeds at Major and Royal Shows in every State of Australia and has judged in Canada many times including the huge Hayes Classic Royal Winter Fair. Many times in New Zealand as well as Germany, Northern Ireland, Jersey Island, Argentina and Japan. He is the only Australian to judge the Holsteins at IDW.  Brian has enjoyed a long relationship with Jersey Breeders all his life and sites showing at several Melbourne Royals with the late Bert Anderson has one of his life highlights. He has judged the Jerseys at Sydney Royal, Brisbane Royal, Adelaide Royal (twice), Hobart and Perth Royals along with the NSW State Fair, Northern Victorian and Gippsland Jersey Fairs. Also several major Jersey Shows in New Zealand including the NZ Dairy Expo. A major highlight was judging the Diamond Jubilee Royal Spring Show on Jersey Island 2012.  Being involved with his parents and two brothers in the family enterprise Leslie Farms has seen their herd win more than 30 Championships including 3 Grand Champions and no less than 13 Premier Breeder and/or Exhibitor Banners at IDW along with countless Champions including 3 Supreme Champion Dairy Cow awards at Melbourne Royal. Leslie Farms have also sold record priced animals at IDW to $40,000 and proudly bred the National production record holder in Japan.  Brian along with Daryl Brown founded IDW in 1990 and has been a director ever since.  Brian is married to Diane and lives with their daughter Rachel at Kialla.

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 2019 IDW Breed Shows have closed.

Please click here to download Competition, Arrival and Departure Exhibitor Information and Shed Allocations for IDW 2019.


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