17th January – 22nd January 2021

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)

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 – Mr Waylon Barron, Australia

W Barron Web PhotoWaylon Barron is 37 years old and hails from Cambooya, on the Darling Downs of Queensland. The Barron’s Ardylbar operation is a family affair which includes Waylon’s parents Adrian and Sheryl, brother Tyler, wife Tash and children Hunter, Ayce and Blaze. Currently the milking herd sits at around 180 animals, the major breed being Holstein with growing Jersey numbers, additionally there are a handful of Illawarra animals owned in partnerships which call Ardylbar home.

The Barron’s currently farm over 1300 acres of land across 4 properties with the aim to be self-sufficient for its own feed resources for the entire herd. In the last few years the family has also been providing contract services of crop planting, harvesting, baling and spraying to surrounding areas.

Over the years Ardylbar has exhibited at the Toowoomba Royal Show, the Queensland Dairy Showcase, the Royal Queensland Show and at Holstein and Jersey Queensland feature shows taking home numerous breed, supreme champion, most successful exhibitor and breeder titles along the way. Recently success has been awarded to the few Illawarra animals Waylon owns in partnership, notably the junior champion Illawarra which moved forward to win the supreme junior champion title at Brisbane Royal Show 2019. Through other partnerships Waylon has also co-owned and exhibited class winners and grand champions in the Holstein and Jersey breeds at previous International Dairy Week events.

Waylon has previously served as President of the Darling Downs Jersey sub-branch. Currently he is the breed representative for the Holstein and Jersey breeds for the Toowoomba Royal Show. He is also actively involved with the Queensland Dairy Organisation as a Darling Downs district council member.

Waylon has had the pleasure of travelling to judge On-Farm Challenges across Australia for Holsteins and Jersey breeds and breed judging roles have taken him around Queensland for major shows.

IDW Sheri Martin Youth Showmanship Classes – Mr Ben Govett, Australia

Ben GovettAustralia’s Ben Govett from Dingee in Victoria is no stranger to the IDW Show Ring. We are thus thrilled to confirm that Ben will judge the IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Show Competition in January 2020.

Currently milking 250 cows in the northern Victorian irrigation district, Ben and his family have been to every IDW since it started. Ben is co-owner of current and two-time IDW Supreme Champion ‘Sunstorm’. Cows from Bendara Dairies have won Grand Champion in Australia’s National Brown Swiss Show for the last 5 years whilst the stud has won premier exhibitor and breeder for the last 9 years running. Ben has judged cows in all States of Australia and in New Zealand. He has also judged state and national finals for handler competitions.

Named in honour and in memory of the late Sheri Martin of Rochester, the Youth Showmanship Awards for Senior, Intermediate, Primary and Junior Champion Handlers are proudly sponsored by Ridley. Sheri developed her dairy showmanship skills as a young person attending the youth camps. Sheri worked for Genetics Australia and volunteered her time to run many camps as an adult. All her 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.

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, 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.

Chris HillAustralia’s National Jersey Show – Mr Chris Hill, United States of America

Chris Hill resides in Thurmont, Maryland USA with his wife Jennifer. Together they own and operate MD-Hillbrook Sales & Service, a sales and auctioneering business. With a passion for the showring, they maintain a small inventory of elite show cattle and have bred/owned 50+ All American nominations over the last 10 years.

Chris manages and assists with approximately 35 sales a year throughout the United States and Canada including the popular March Madness Sale Series which debuted in 1996 and still continues. In 2017 he co-managed his first “virtual” sale, Music City Celebration. This sale “celebrates” all facets of the registered dairy cattle business and engages people in a fun location. Chris has also had the honor of assisting with the National Sales of the Holstein and Jersey breeds. His true passion is auctioneering which has allowed him to work with many people in the industry from herd dispersals to elite consignment sales, always with the same goal of getting the maximum dollar for sellers.

Chris is an accomplished judge. His resume includes serving as the official for many county, district, state and national shows in the United States, Canada, and South America. He has officiated the Hoard’s Dairymen Holstein cow Class and has served on the All-American Judges Panel for all seven breeds. In 2014 he traveled to Uruguay to serve on a panel of coaches for the South American Judging Conference and returned this year to judge their National Show. Chris has served as the official judge for Holsteins, both open and Junior, Jersey, Red and White and Brown Swiss breeds at World Dairy Expo. He has had the honor of judging six times at the All-American Dairy Show and four times at the North American International Livestock Show, including the Jersey Jug. He was the recipient of the coveted Klussendorf-MacKenzie award presented at World Dairy Expo in 2002. More recently, he along with his wife were awarded the A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Award honoring sportsmanship and leadership at WDE.

We are thrilled to have Chris appointed as the Jersey Judge and look forward to welcoming him into the IDW showring on Wednesday 22nd of January 2020.

Australia’s National Holstein Show – Mr Yan Jacobs, Canada

Yan Jacobs

We are thrilled to announce that Mr Yan Jacobs from Cap-Santé, Quebec Canada has been appointed the judge of Australia’s National Holstein Show in 2020. Yan Jacobs was born and raised on Ferme Jacobs. He now owns this farm with his father, Jean Jacobs and his sister, Ysabel Jacobs. Jacobs Farm is now milking 215 cows. The herd classify is 60 EX, 145 VG & 42 GP and the herd average is 11 000 kg 4.4 F, 3.24 P.

Jacobs Farm has been eight times Premier Breeder at World Dairy Expo in Madison and also seven times at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. They also have received 94 All-Canadian nominations and 60 All-American nominations.

Yan’s judging roles has taken him around the world. In 2018 he judged the Utah Show and the Wisconsin Spring Show. He has also judged numerous county shows in Quebec. In 2016 Yan was the associate judge at World Dairy Expo in Madison.

As well as farm responsibilities, Yan also has a full-time job raising his five marvellous children. We look forward to welcoming Yan to Australia in January 2020 and watching him judge this wonderful show.




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 have closed.

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


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