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Dairy show bigger than ever

Australia's premier event is ready to shine.

December 23, 2013 5:28pm

Interbreed champion line-up 2013 at IDW.

More than 1000 entries have already been booked for International Dairy Week, to be held in Tatura between January 19 and 23.

With less than a month until the start of IDW 2014, the committee is in full swing cementing plans that have seen the event grow from a series of cattle shows into a complete week of activities for all in the dairy industry.

Event organiser Robyn Barber said the trade exhibition and seminar program had continued to expand for next year’s event.

‘‘There will be a range of international and Australian speakers presenting on topics as diverse as health, ways to save money on energy costs, sexed semen and genomics,’’ Ms Barber said.

Entries for the national Illawarra, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein shows have closed.

Ms Barber said cattle numbers were looking positive.

‘‘We have about 1100 entries from 175 exhibitors.’’

She said breeders from across Australia had entered animals, with big contingents from NSW, Victoria and South Australia and increasing numbers from Queensland.

Director Brian Leslie said he was thrilled with the panel of Australian and international judges.

Ms Barber said farmers should put aside a day to attend to see first-class cattle, plan machinery and trade purchases, hear the latest about dairy innovation and trends or simply catch up with friends.

Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 are the main days for machinery and trade, as well as seminars.

‘‘There is also plenty of activities including jumping castles and face painting for kids,’’ Ms Barber said.

For more information, including a program of events, visit

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