19th January – 23rd January 2020

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 from 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 Ayrshire Show – Tuesday from 8.00 am

On Tuesday morning the National Ayrshire Show (8.00 am) will be held in the Blackmore & Leslie Show Pavilion.

National Illawarra & Brown Swiss Shows – Tuesday – from 3.00 pm

Action in the ring on Tuesday afternoon will see the National Illawarra and Brown Swiss Shows taking place from 3.00 pm to approximately 5.30 pm.

National Guernsey Show – Wednesday – from 8.00 am to 10.00 am

Action in the ring on Wednesday morning will see a split ring with the National Guernsey Show taking place from 8.00 am to approximately 10.00 am.

National Jersey Show – Wednesday – from 8.30 am

The National Jersey Show takes place on Wednesday commencing at 8.30 am concluding at approximately 11.00 am after Junior Champion for a break.  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 – from 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.



2020 National Shows Judges

Introducing the Judges officiating at Australia’s National Breed Shows at IDW 2020:

ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show – Judge to be announced

IDW Sheri Martin Youth Showmanship Classes – Judge to be announced

Australia’s National Ayrshire Show – Mr François Beaudry, Canada

Francois FB 2nd pictureMarried to Hélène Tremblay and father of four children, François Beaudry has always had a deep passion for the Ayrshire breed. Based in Quebec, Canada, he is the co-owner, with his wife, of the Des Prairies herd which has always thrived for great milk production and won many awards in that field throughout the years. François’s farm is also known around the world for the quality of the animals it produces with many all Canadians titles to its record. A great satisfaction is to sell individuals that bring success to their new owner such as Des Prairies Toutou which won 6 grand champion titles at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair of Toronto. The farm also sells embryos around the world and is always happy to welcome foreign visitors at its place. To crown these accomplishments, he has also won the master breeder title twice.

François is a member the Canadian Ayrshire Association and has served as chairman of the board of directors in 2015 and 2016. He was also the Canadian delegate on the world Ayrshire federation for the past years.

In addition to the work on his farm and his involvement in the Ayrshire associations, François is a member of the board of directors for the Estrie Richelieu Group, a farm mutual insurance company, in which he was the chairman for 15 years.

François is an experienced judge and has judged dairy shows in many countries including Canada, the United-States, Columbia, Finland, Sweden, South Africa, and New Zealand. Throughout his travels and his career, he has had the chance to meet many other passionate breeders and learn alongside them.

Australia’s National Illawarra Show – Mr Greg English from Australia

Greg EnglishGreg English has grown up in Malanda in Far North Queensland. His family were pioneers of the region and in 1908 they transported the first dairy cows there from the Northern Rivers area in New South Wales, walking them to Brisbane then boating them to Cairns before again walking them up to Malanda on the Atherton Tablelands. The Eachamvale Illawarra Stud was established there in 1908.

Greg worked on the family farm all his life and in 2001, he and his wife, Bronwyn bought out his parents and took over the Eachamvale Stud. Since then he has focused on breeding  quality, high production Illawarra cows with good udders. He now milks a predominately Illawarra herd of 180 – 200 cows.

Greg proudly exhibited at the 2016 Malanda Century Show marking 100 years of continuous exhibiting for the Eachamvale Stud. A fantastic milestone which was shared with his 7 children who have all vowed to show for the next 100.

A highlight for the Eachamvale stud was taking out the Supreme Intermediate with Eachamvale Erin 4 and Supreme Champion Cow with Eachamvale Precious 7, at this year’s Royal Brisbane Show. A terrific achievement considering it was a 3600 km round trip.

Stud dairy cows and showing have always been a huge part of Greg’s life, but in conjunction with this a fair bit of time is also devoted to off farm activities. Greg is currently the Federal Senior Vice President of the Illawarra Cattle Society of Australia and Vice President of the Qld Branch, President of the Malanda Show Society, Chairman of the School Bus Committee along with being a board member for the local AI Co-op.

Australia’s National Guernsey Show – Mr Grant Liebelt, Australia

Grant LiebeltGrant Liebelt, 64, grew up in Echunga in the Adelaide Hills, SA, where, after leaving Urrbrae Agricultural School, he worked with his family on their dairy farm where they bred stud Guernseys under the ‘Dalrymple’ prefix.

Grant became interested in showing cattle when he was around the age of 17, entering Guernsey cows in the Tanunda Feature Show and Royal Adelaide Show, gaining Senior Champion Guernsey cow in his second year of showing at Tanunda. Although changing to the Holstein breed in future years (under the Grantley prefix), Grant maintained an interest in the breeding development of the Guernsey breed.

The greatest success for the Liebelt family was at the Royal Adelaide Show in 1983, winning Supreme Champion Dairy Cow with Grantley Marquis Flora EX4E. The Flora family has continued to excel to this day.

His daughter Bridget, 20, shares her father’s passion for dairy cattle and has had successes at both the Royal Adelaide Show and IDW.

After receiving Master Breeder status in 2016, Grant retired from dairying with a herd dispersal in 2017, but continues to endeavour to breed top quality progeny from cattle he retained, who along with Bridget’s animals are housed at the Altmann family’s Blackwood Park Illawarra and Holstein Stud in Murray Bridge, SA.

Grant still resides in the Adelaide Hills with his partner Bronwyn on their 250 acre farm in Paris Creek, where they continue to raise heifers.

Australia’s National Brown Swiss Show – Mr Kevin Ziemba, United States of America

Ziemba-mugshot-Aug-2019 (002)Kevin Ziemba is currently employed at the Eastern USA Manger for STgenetics.  In this position he manages the Eastern USA Sales team and specializes in genetic and reproductive tools that aid in dairy profitability.  Kevin also has a role at STgenetics in the Sire Development department assisting in matings, acquisition and program direction.  In addition to Mr. Ziemba’s responsibilities at STgenetics he is the coach of the Cornell University Dairy Judging Team that has been a top 5 finishing team at World Dairy Expo for the past 7 years.  Prior to joining STgenetics Kevin has worked in the AI industry for 17 years as an employee manager, trainer and on-farm technical specialist.

Kevin along with his wife Barb and son Mason also enjoy breeding and developing good cattle.  They currently have over 40 head that they own under the ZiemBarbWay (ZBW Genetics) farm name.   They have focused predominantly within the Holstein breed having bred over 60 EX cows, numerous All-American, Jr All-American and All-NY award recipients.  They also work with a small group of Jerseys and Brown Swiss and have bred All-American nominees in all 3 breeds.  The ZBW herd has exhibited cattle at numerous shows throughout North America including World Dairy Expo since 2004.   ZBW also focuses on genomic production and type traits putting numerous bulls into AI under the ZBW and Woodcrest prefixes.  A predominant portion of their current business model is focusing on genomic type having 8 animals in their current IVF program over 4.0 GPTAT with AI and embryo interest.

Kevin has also had the privilege to judge cows throughout the US and Canada, judging numerous State, National and Regional Shows and has served as judge of the Hokkaido National Show in Japan.  Kevin has also served as a delegate representing NY at the National Holstein Convention and works extensively with NYs 4-H programs assisting in developing the next generation of future dairy leaders.

Australia’s National Jersey Show – to be announced

Australia’s National Holstein Show – to be announced



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 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 2020 IDW Breed Shows will open from 1 November 2019 and close on 1 December (posted) or 10 December (on-line).

To enter on-line return to our home page and click on the Enter button located in the far right bottom of the home page.

Please download the 2020 Exhibitor Pack for Class Information and other required details for entering cattle into IDW 2020.


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