Top dairy showcase is back

All smiles: Lauren McIlveen was pictured preparing a Toolamba Ferguson Farms Jersey for showing at Tatura during Dairy Week. Photo by Megan Fisher

Australia’s top dairy showcase, International Dairy Week, is back at Tatura this week.

New owners, Declan Patten and Bradley Cullen, have instituted some changes to the program but are also looking forward to a classic, quality, dairy show, running from Monday to Thursday at Tatura Park.

Activities kicked off on Sunday with the Holstein Australia Victoria Youth Challenge Trials and VASA State Junior Judging Final, while the major junior events got under way on Monday.

On Tuesday the focus will turn to the breeds with the national Ayrshire, Guernsey, Illawarra and Brown Swiss shows, while Wednesday will be devoted to Jerseys.

The major auction will be held on Wednesday night and on Thursday Holsteins will enter the ring for a day of judging followed by the selection of the interbreed grand champion.

It’s back: International Dairy Week will feature the cream of the dairy breeds from around Australia. Photo by Megan Fisher
Taking part: Youth teams pictured in the arena at Dairy Week, Tatura on Sunday. Photo by Megan Fisher
Getting ready: Preparing for Dairy Week, Tyson Shae from Bacchus Marsh was pictured working on Rockmar Tango Graceful. Photo by Megan Fisher