’Increased exhibitor numbers, solid entries and new events mean International Dairy Week is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.
Event manager Robyn Barber said the largest expo event in the Australian dairy industry had received 20 exhibitor entrants more than last year.
She said there would be about 200 exhibitors at IDW, which will run from Sunday, January 17 to Thursday, January 21 in Tatura.‘‘’’
‘‘And entries are looking at between 850 and 900 head of cattle,’’ Ms Barber said.
For the first time at IDW, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria will present the interbreed champion awards.
A junior, intermediate and grand champion will be decided by judges Ryan Weigel, Max Hyland, Murray Sowter, Paul Trapp, Pierre Boulet and Robert Anderson.
Champion and reserve champions of the Illawarra, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Jersey and Holstein breeds will compete for the trophies and cash prizes.
Fifteen seminars will run throughout the week, including two cooking with cheese seminars on Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21, with former My Kitchen Rules contestant Jason Chesworth, who is a cheesemaker at Hunter Belle Cheese.
There will be virtual dairy farm tours on the evening of Thursday, January 21, which will give farmers insight into two dairy farms in NSW and Queensland.
‘‘Farmers love to hear about other dairy farms,’’ Ms Barber said.
The Dairy Farm and Machinery Field Days will see 80 companies with displays set up on the main oval from Tuesday, January 19 to Thursday, January 21.
A new event to celebrate women in the dairy industry will be launched on Tuesday, January 19.
‘‘Very excitingly, we have the launch of the women in dairy group which will happen on the Tuesday evening,’’ Ms Barber said.
‘‘We hope to get a number of women farmers involved.’’
One hundred tickets for the Power of Women in Dairying event are available at $10 each, and includes a two-course meal and drinks, with all proceeds going towards a Power of Women scholarship.
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