14th to 19th of January, 2023

Cattle Shows

  • National Cattle Shows
  • National Show Judges
  • Prizes
  • How to Enter
  • 2020 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)
  • Peewee Fancy Dress up (aged 7 years and younger 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 & Guernsey Shows – Tuesday from 8.00 am

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

National Illawarra & Brown Swiss Shows – Tuesday – from 11.30 am

Action in the ring mid day on Tuesday will see the National Illawarra and Brown Swiss Shows taking place from 11.30 am to approximately 2.30 pm.

National Jersey Heifer Show – Tuesday – from 3.00 pm

The National Jersey Heifer Show takes place on Tuesday commencing at 3.00 pm concluding at approximately 6.00 pm.

National Jersey Cow Show – Wednesday – from 8.00 am

The National Jersey Cow Show takes place on Wednesday commencing at 8.o0 am concluding at approximately 11.30 am.

National Holstein Heifer Show – Wednesday – from 1.30 pm

The National Holstein Heifer Show takes place on Wednesday commencing at 1.30 pm concluding at approximately 5.00 pm, followed immediately by the competition for Supreme All-Breeds Junior Champion Heifer.

National Holstein Cow Show – Thursday – from 8.00 am

Thursday is National Holstein Cow Show Day.  Action starts at 8.00 am to conclude at approximately 3.00pm.

The IDW Interbreed Champions

Held during Thursday, the 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 3.00 pm

At the conclusion of the National Holstein Show, the Champions from each of the 3 Supreme titles will come back into the ring for the Grand Parade and judging of Australia’s Grand Champion.



2022 National Shows Judges

Introducing the Judges officiating at Australia’s National Breed Shows at IDW 2022:

ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show – Mrs Jade Sieben, Australia


Jade Sieben, originally from Gympie Queensland has been immersed in the dairy industry her whole life. She attended the University of Queensland Gatton College and graduated with an Associate Diploma of Applied Science Animal Production majoring in grazing animals.

While at university she kept up her interest in showing and travelled the country showing cows and representing Queensland twice in the National Young Judges Competition. Currently Jade, alongside her family is milking 200 cows at Brindabella Holsteins, on 240 acres in Northern Victoria.

Jade is one of the three founders of the extremely successful “Power of Women in Dairy” event, held annually at International Dairy Week which has been running for the past 5 years. Recently Jade was elected to the ADFC (Australia Dairy Farmers Corporation) board. She is excited in ADFC’s future and looking forward to being part of it. She has also been the secretary of the North West Holstein Sub-branch for the past 7 years.

Jade has been a part of the National Holstein Judging panel for almost 25 years and has had the privilege of judging shows and on farm challenges right across the country. In addition to her judging career Jade has had the opportunity to mentor and assess at Victorian Judging Schools.

Some of Jade’s judging highlights include:

  • Brisbane Royal
  • Canberra Royal
  • NSW on farm state final



IDW Sheri Martin Youth Showmanship Classes – Miss Zoe Hayes, Australia

Zoe Hayes alongside her family runs a 500 cow herd in Northern Victoria consisting of 50% Illawarras and 50% Holsteins. Llandlovery Illawarra’s have been competing at IDW every year since the Illawarra show began in 1999.

Our family has shown at IDW every year since the Illawarra Show began in 1999.

Showing has been a huge part of my life. My most memorable show moments would be winning Supreme Junior Champion 2020 at IDW and getting the trifecta in the Illawarra breed in 2016 at IDW. As well as this, we get just as much enjoyment out of animals we’ve sold going and winning for other exhibitors; these include Llandovery JR Joan EX94 coming Reserve Supreme Senior Cow and Llandovery Thorpes Stella winning Supreme Intermediate at IDW in the same year of 2018.

I have been lucky enough to have travelled showing cows as well as winning Showmanship competitions at major shows in Australia, where I have won 5 times at IDW in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018. The most recent trip was to Belgium for the European Young Breeders School, placing 2nd in Handlers, 3rd in fitting competition and 7th overall out of 163 competitors. It was an amazing opportunity and I encourage all youth enthusiasts to apply.

I feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity to judge the Showmanship Competition at IDW named in memory of Sherry Martin.



Australia’s National Ayrshire Show – Mr Mark Patullo, Australia

Mark Patullo (58) Married to Tracey. They have two children Bree & Hayden. Grandparents of six girls and one boy.

Mark has been involved in the dairy industry for most of his life, leasing a dairy farm in Gippsland before moving to the Goulburn Valley in Northern Victoria. There he purchased a farm at Katunga with his parents.  He farmed there for over twenty years with registered Ayrshire & Holsteins.

After selling the farm Mark turned to the AI industry, working with three different AI companies over the years and now with World Wide Sires Aust. He is the Regional Sales Manager for QLD, WA, Northeast Victoria & South Coast NSW.

Herd Evaluator for World Wide Sires.

Sales Manager for World Wide Sires Evolution Sale at IDW.

Marks achievements.

Owner of Walmar Ayrshires & Holsteins.

He was in a partnership to import the first Ayrshire heifer to Aust from Canada. Her dam was highest Canadian classified Ayrshire cow 97pts.

Mark either owned or bred Ayrshire cows that have won Champions at Melbourne Royal, Sydney Royal, Adelaide Royal, Brisbane Royal and Shepparton National.

Walmar Farms twice won Champion Ayrshire cow at IDW in 1998 and 1999.

IDW Ayrshire Premier Breeder five times.

IDW Ayrshire Premier Exhibitor three times.

IDW Reserve Champion Holstein cow [Partnership]

IDW Reserve Champion Holstein Cow.

IDW Intermediate Champion. (Partnership)

IDW Intermediate Champion.

Holstein Champion cow twice at Sydney Royal. (Partnership) One of the highlights being the Holstein World Conference. Both times taking out Supreme Dairy Cow as well.

Mark has had the privilege of preparing cattle and leading for many breeders and owners across the country.

He has been leads person for many sales for well-known Holstein Breeders, also for many sales at IDW.




Australia’s National Illawarra Show – Mr John Gardiner, Australia

John Gardiner of Cardinia Victoria is well known for his highly regarded Holstein herd Avonlea Holsteins which was founded in 1948. The herd of currently 200 has achieved a master breeder status on 2 occasions. John, along with his wife Cherie and two children Luke & Amy have shared many successes in the show ring over the past years, some highlights including:

  • Premier Exhibitor and Breeder VWF 2021
  • Premier Breeder IDW 2020
  • Most Successful Exhibitor IDW 2018 & 2019
  • Exhibited Champion Cow Winter Fair 2018
  • Most Successful Exhibitor VWF 2017 & 2018
  • Bred IDW Champion Cow in 2009
  • Bred and exhibited Champion Cow in 1993

John has had the pleasure of judging many major appointments of multiple breeds over the years some of his highlights including:

  • Adelaide Royal- 2013, 2005, 1995
  • Brisbane Royal- 2016, 2004, 1991, 1986
  • Christ Church New Zealand- 1988
  • IDW- 2010, 2000
  • Melbourne Royal- 2018, 2009, 1993
  • NSW State Show- 2014, 2008
  • NZ Dairy Event- 2011
  • Perth Royal- 1990
  • Sydney Royal- 2000, 1998, 1997
  • Victorian and NSW State OFC

The farming operation and showing have always been a huge part of John’s life. In conjunction with this he is currently involved in Youth Leadership programs and a member of the Follow Baptist Church.




Australia’s National Guernsey Show – Mr Pat Nicholson, Australia

Pat Nicholson is married to Carmen and has two sons Riley aged ten and Tyler aged seven.  Pat is part of a family operation at Girgarre in Northern Victoria with his brother Brendon and his wife Tenealle.  Together they run “Jugiong Jerseys” milking 400 Jerseys on 220 ha of flood irrigated land.  The Jugiong herd has over the years, been home to some of Australia’s highest classified and production Jerseys. Pat is the fourth generation of the Nicholson family to own and operate Jugiong Jerseys.

In 2019 the Milking herd was dispersed before a huge crowd and a very successful average of over $2,800 achieved, topping at $15,000. Animals sold to all states of Australia, except WA. The herd is currently building again from the large numbers of young stock that were retained.

Pat is the past President and current Secretary of the Northern District Jersey Breeders club and has an extensive background in the development of the breed as a past classifier with Jersey Australia and past Sale Manager ‘Northern Lights Sale’.  He also currently represents Jersey Australia on the National All Breeds Ethics Committee and is a member of the Jersey Australia Genetics Sub Committee.

Pat was also a leader and manager of the National All Dairy Breeds Youth camp for many years. Having always seen it as vital that each generation gives back to teach and promote dairy to the younger generation. Having benefited greatly from participating in camps himself and developing his love of judging from attending such camps.

He was also involved in calf shows and judging competitions from a young age and see’s these as a great way for young people to get started with showing and judging.

Pat is a member of both the Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia Judging panels and has been Overjudge for both Jersey, Holstein and Ayrshire Judging Schools over the years.  Pat is a strong supporter of the youth of the dairy industry and regularly shares his knowledge and provides advice to the next generation be it at Youth Camps, Youth Days or local shows.

Pat’s judging experience is extensive, commencing as a 16 year old judging the Jerseys at the Wonthaggi Agriculture Show. Since then he has become one of the leading Judges of all breeds in Australia.

Some highlights of his judging experience include:

  • Jerseys at Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane & Toowoomba Royals. NSW State Jersey Show, South Australian Autumn Fair, Gippsland Fair & many feature shows.
  • World Conference Jersey Show at the New Zealand Dairy Event.
  • National Guernsey Show, International Dairy Week
  • National All Breeds Youth Show, International Dairy Week.
  • National Jersey Show International Dairy Week
  • Holsteins at Adelaide, Toowoomba and Perth Royals and many All Australian Shows.
  • Great Southern Challenge
  • Semex/Holstein Australia Victorian On Farm Challenge
  • On Farm Challenges across Australia in Jerseys, Holsteins, Illawarra & Guernsey’s.
  • Overjudged many Junior judging and handler’s classes and been involved mentoring young breeders.

Australia’s National Brown Swiss Show – Mr Brian Leslie, Australia

Brown Swiss judge Brian Leslie is Australia’s pre-eminent dairy auctioneer and founded Australia’s best-known dairy show International Dairy Week.

He was raised on a Holstein farm, which operated under the prefix of Pooley Bridge.

Mr Leslie developed a love of pedigree Holsteins at a young age and enjoyed showing cattle.

Pooley Bridge has exhibited grand champion Holstein at International Dairy Week three times, won premier breeder and exhibitor 13 times and more than 20 championships.

Mr Leslie’s career as a judge has taken him to many prestigious shows around the world including Canada, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and Australia.

He has judged every dairy breed at all royal shows throughout Australia.





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

Brian Wilson resides in Tamworth NSW.  Along with his wife Vicki, they own and manage a family operation which includes Shirlinn Jerseys and Peel Valley Milk Company.  The farming enterprise consists of 3 properties in Tamworth with a total of 865 acres.  Brian and Vicki have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Brian has been involved in the dairy industry all his life, and is a fourth generation dairy farmer and Jersey breeder.  His parents commenced the Shirlinn Jersey Stud in 1969.  Brian and Vicki took ownership of the family business in 2000, and moved the operation from Wingham to Tamworth in 2002.

The Shirlinn stud has had much success over the years, including

  • Premier Breeder IDW Jersey show 2016 and 2017
  • Premier Exhibitor IDW Jersey show 2013 and 2016
  • Shirlinn Icy Eve, winning Grand Champion Jersey and Supreme Champion All Breeds IDW 2016
  • Champion Cow at Sydney Royal 7 times, plus 2 Shirlinn cows winning Champion Cow for other owners
  • Shirlinn Icy Eve, winning Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Sydney Royal 3 times. The only cow to have won 3 times.
  • Winning Breeders Group All Breeds Sydney Royal, a record 9 times

Brian has had the privilege of judging all over Australia as well as 3 times in New Zealand, including the New Zealand Dairy Event.  Some highlights in Australia include, judging Jerseys and Brown Swiss at Sydney Royal, Jerseys and Holsteins at both Melbourne Royal and Adelaide Royal, Holsteins, Brown Swiss and Illawarras at Brisbane Royal, Perth Royal and Hobart Royal as well as feature shows in all States.

Sport has also played a big role in Brian’s life, and in his younger days played football for the Wingham Tigers as well as coaching Junior and Senior sides.  He was selected in their team of the century and is a life member of the club.  He also served a term as president of West Tamworth Football Club.

Brian has been heavily involved in industry, having spent time on NSW Farmers committee, ADF Policy Advisory Group, Tamworth Show Committee and Local Cattle Clubs.  He is also on the council of the NSW Royal Agricultural Society, and is serving his 9th year on the board of Jersey Australia and is currently Vice President



Australia’s National Jersey Show Associate – Mr Lachlan Fry, Australia 

Lachlan Fry alongside his family own and operate ‘Katandra Park Jerseys & Holsteins’ located at Brunswick Junction, in the south west corner of Western Australia. The herd consists of 50% Holstein & 50% Jerseys, with the stud achieving its Holstein ‘Master Breeder’ award in 2019. Lachlan and his family regularly exhibit at their local shows in W.A, with their last outing claiming Supreme Champion Dairy Cow at Brunswick Show in 2019.

Lachlan has had the honour of judging multiple breeds in every state in Australia, which has included Royal Shows, State Shows, Youth Shows and On Farm Challenges. His most recent appointment and a career highlight was judging the Jersey’s at this year’s 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Lachlan has always held a strong passion for supporting and mentoring youth in the industry. He continues to be actively involved in Western Australia’s annual youth camp, which is a regular success. Lachlan had the privilege of over judging the Australian/NZ National Final for Young Judges & Paraders, held at the Perth Royal in 2019.

Lachlan is honoured to be given the opportunity to be this year’s associate judge for the 2022 Jersey Show alongside Mr Brian Wilson.


Australia’s National Holstein Show – Mr Murray Sowter, Australia

Murray Sowter owns and operates Murribrook Holsteins on 110 hectares in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Murray has been breeding and showing Holstein cattle for more than 30 years at the highest levels. Murribrook Holsteins milks approximately 170 cows, with a rolling herd average of 11,000 litres per cow per annum. In addition, Murray runs an ET and natural breeding programme, with over 200 young stock on the farm. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Murribrook imported several cows from Canada, whose impact continues to be very significant at Murribrook, and across the wider Holstein breed in Australia and New Zealand. Murray’s career highlights include owning and exhibiting multiple champions at International Dairy Week as well as being three-times Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor, Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor 11 times at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and multiple championships at the NSW State Show. Murribrook Holstein’s sale in 2020 grossed more than $1 million.



Australia’s National Holstein Show Associate – Mr Cameron Yarnold, Australia

Cameron Yarnold “Arrallik Holsteins” Wingham NSW est 2007, alongside wife Ashley and son Harrison share farm with Cameron’s father, milk 150cows, on their 85ha family farm predominately Holsteins with a small amount of jerseys, on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Cameron is the 3rd generation dairy farmer on his home farm with father Garry “Killarra Park” a Holstein Australia Master Breeder, whilst being a 4th generation on his mother’s side. Grandparents Doug and Zandria Polson “Oxley Vale” twice awarded Holstein Australia Master Breeder.

He has bred and owned Champions at International Dairy week, Sydney Royal, Victorian Winter Fair, NSW state show and State On Farm Challenges, Arrallik Policy Meg ex91 4e 3* being his first animal to wear the Arrallik Prefix has bred 4 ex and 6 VG females and has sons and grandsons in Ai, she was Champion at IDW in 2009 and Supreme Champion at Sydney Royal in 2010 and All Australian 2009-2010. In 2016 he travelled Canada to The Royal Winter Fair to work with the Semex walk of Fame team.

Cameron’s previous judging highlights include

*IDW Sherri Martin Showmanship 2017

*Associate Judge Victorian Winter Fair 2015

*Adelaide Royal 2015

*Sydney Royal Showmanship and Youth Challenge 2015, 2019

And also numerous Local shows around Australia

He is looking forward to being the associate judge for the 2022 Holstein show alongside Mr Warren Ferguson.



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

The total Prize Pool for exceeds $50,000.00 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 2022 IDW Breed Shows are currently open.

2020 Cattle Exhibitors – please click here to download your information pack to help prepare for arrival at IDW 2022.


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