Local farmers head south

SHOALHAVEN dairy farmers are looking for a strong showing at the International Dairy Week which starts Sunday in Victoria.

A contingent of local dairy breeders are taking a number of cattle to the show in Tatura, about 19km west of from Shepparton.

IDW is the premier dairy event in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and is among the top five dairy cattle shows in the world.

The six-day event starts on Sunday and continues through until next Thursday.

Local breeders who will have cattle competing at the show include Tom and Kyleigh Cochrane, Tim and Natalie Cochrane, Geoff Cochrane, Justin Walsh, Andrew and Abbey Crawford, Hayley and Stu Menzies and Paul and Vicki Timbs.

IDW features six national breed shows and an all breeds youth show.

More than 1000 head of cattle belonging to 200 breeders and exhibitors are competing for recognition by Australian and international judges and the chance to be Australia’s grand champion.

The All Breeds National Youth Show judging starts competition on Monday, the national Illawarra, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Brown Swiss shows are on Tuesday, the national Jersey show is Wednesday, followed by the national Holstein Show on Thursday.

The judging for the overall grand champion, from the champion cows from each breed, will be staged Thursday afternoon.

The week also features a number of workshops and seminars providing the latest information on a wide range of dairy related topics, a field day, property and progeny tours, industry networking opportunities and sales.

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