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copy 109International Dairy Week (IDW) 2012 has again proved to be a winning formula with over 4000 visitors attending the event this year.

Visitors travelled from across Australia and from 20 countries overseas to see the very best of Australian dairy cattle, machinery, products and innovations.

Day one saw many teenagers and children alike flock to the ABS Australia Youth Show. Cattle were expertly prepared by these keen young strappers who were quick to showcase their leading and grooming skills. The Grand Champion Heifer - Carisma Gibson Cathy, was presented by Emma Castle.

The six prominent Australian dairy breeds - Holstein, Jersey, Illawarra, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss were all well presented, with the Jersey field particularly strong this year.

Australian Grand Champion honors went to Jersey cow Willow Dell Fancy 512, exhibited by Ross and Robyn Griffith from Blighty. She was the only cow the family bought to the show and son Ian only found someone to present her a couple of days before the show.

Judge Warren Ferguson from New Zealand couldn’t get over the seven year old.

“She is just so correct, she has so much dairyness about her – she is the kind of cow we all want to have in our herds.”

The Holstein Semex Spectacular Sale attracted a lot of interest with top lot Miss Sanchez Missy selling for $19000 to the Jennings Family from Chappel Vale in Victoria.

In the Jersey sale, the top priced lot was Adadale Action Passion who sold for $13000.00 to David Weel from. Timboon

This was the first time a machinery field day was held in conjunction with the cattle show and it generated a lot of interest.

Over 50 companies displayed the latest and greatest machinery, technology, innovation, products and services, all designed specifically for the dairy industry.

International Dairy Week is the largest annual dairy cattle show and sale in the Southern Hemisphere and is amongst the top five shows in the world.

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