Dairy week ready

Established in 1990, International Dairy Week began as a Holstein show and sale and an all-breeds youth show that included international speakers invited to discuss global dairy trends.

January 14, 2014 1:00am

Tatura’s major event, International Dairy Week, is set to kick-off next week.

IDW spokes woman Robyn Barber said International Dairy Week had become Australia’s premier dairy event.

‘‘Over five days 1000 plus head of first class Australian dairy cattle and 180 dairy breeders compete for prestigious awards,’’ she said.

‘‘The value of winning a ribbon at IDW is immense and rewards exhibitors for their hard work and perseverance during the year.’’

While IDW starts on Friday, the official program will start on Sunday with a non-denominational church service at 9.30 am at the Blackmore and Leslie Complex, where the keynote speaker will be prominent Holstein breeder Rob McIntosh. All are welcome.

This will be followed by a youth clinic at 1 pm and the official welcome to IDW at 6 pm in Wilson Hall.

Ms Barber said more than 100 companies and businesses made up a large dairy focused trade exhibition displaying the latest in products and technologies.

She said a series of seminars allowed industry professionals to provide up-to-date information on the Australian and global dairy industry. Progeny tours are on-site at IDW and also to dairy farms in the region.

‘‘IDW is a great social occasion — a great place to catch up and a great place to do business. It provides visitors and exhibitors with the opportunity to take a break from farming, catch up with friends and colleagues, make business deals and learn the latest industry developments,’’ Ms Barber said.

‘‘The week attracts over 4000 exhibitors and visitors to Tatura from all Australian states and from an increasing number of established and developing dairy countries such as Holland, France, United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

‘‘IDW aims to become the premier dairy event in Australia and mirroring the prestigious World Dairy Expo in Madison within the Southern Hemisphere, but doing so in such a way that retains the wonderful uniqueness of the Australian event.’’

Ms Barber said credit for the success of IDW was shared among a number of volunteers and sponsors.

Hundreds of volunteers throughout the community devote their time, from the cricket, football and netball clubs to service clubs, providing assistance such as catering to visitors and exhibitors.

However, more volunteers are urgently needed to help with preparation of meals, manning barbecues and to provide ‘outdoor’ assistance.

Anyone who may be able to help out is asked to phone Carol Ryan on 5824 1921 for more information.

‘‘IDW is self-funded through the support of a number of sponsors that display their latest innovations and services to the Australian dairy industry. Naming right sponsors are Semex, Ruralco Holdings and The City of Greater Shepparton while ABS Australia and Ridley Dairy Products are jointly the proud sponsors of the National All Breeds Youth Show,’’ Ms Barber said.

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