Full steam ahead

Sign of the times: Ongoing COVID-19 challenges will not stop International Dairy Week from going ahead. It will run from January 16 to 20 at Tatura Park.

The Omicron COVID-19 variant is causing headaches for all event organisers but International Dairy Week event co-ordinator Stacey Leppart says the show will go on.

“Masks will be mandatory, there will be check-in codes for the ring and digital ticketing — we’re making sure we meet all COVID requirements,” she said.

The dairy sector is obviously keen to catch up after 2021’s event was cancelled, with 47 sponsors throwing their support behind the show, more than 100 trade exhibitors keen to showcase their products and 800 cattle entered for the various classes.

A jam-packed seminar series along with a bus tour to Clydevale Holsteins has been confirmed as well as a range of social events.

COVID-19 has made its presence felt — two judges had to withdraw due to travel restrictions: Holstein judge Warren Ferguson from New Zealand and Jersey associate judge Lachlan Fry from Western Australia.

Murray Sowter from Murribrook Holsteins will now be judging the National Holstein Show with associate judge Cameron Yarnold, and Willy McKay of Lindsand Farms will replace Mr Fry.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Everyone who buys a general admission ticket goes into the running to win a CF Moto X4 Motorbike. For more information visit