One of the biggest weeks for the Holstein Community is here! International Dairy Week kicks off today and in shock news you might just need to pack a beanie for Thursday’s early start prior to the National Holstein Show.
Over the last few years we’ve got used to temperatures in the high 30’s but this year brings some relief with the forecast showing averages in the mid-20’s and even a bit of rain.
The action kicks off on Sunday afternoon with the Holstein Australia Youth Challenge – 14 teams are entered representing Holstein Australia Sub-Branches, Australian dairy breeds and our regular visitors from New Zealand, the Jersey NZ Youth Team.
Members of Australia’s first European Young Breeders School team – Julia Paulger (leading), Zoe Hayes (clipping) and Ricky Nelson (judging), along with Brady Hore and Sam Hall will be leading this event. Make sure to catch up with them if you are thinking of applying for a place on the 2020 team and keep an eye on the big screen for a behind the scenes look at what the experience was like.
A big Aussie welcome as well to Holstein Young Breeder from the UK, Catherine Bunting, who will be joining the Gippsland team for the Youth Challenge, and will be in the ring again on Monday. Catherine, winner of the Holstein Australia / Holstein UK Youth Exchange has been staying with members in the Western Districts and Gippsland over the last two weeks and will be travelling to South Australia and WA following IDW.
The youth program continues Monday with the ABS Australia / Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show and IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship classes, kicking off at 8am and streamed live on the IDW website (you will be able to access this link from our home page from Monday morning).
With the focus switching to other breeds on Tuesday and Wednesday, why not drop in to the Holstein Australia stand for a cold drink and a catch up. Our new Services Extension Officer, Simon Adams, will be doing the rounds from Tuesday through Thursday so come along and say hi or book him in for a visit to sort any issues you might have around registration or genomics.
You’ll also get the chance to catch up with Leanne, Shane and Sean from our Classification team John (in person rather than on the phone!). Rohan will be on hand to talk all things genomics and answer any questions you might have about our latest Herd Genetic Stocktake, sent to members last week. And for all things Holstein Journal and advertising, Colleen will be your go to person.
Tuesday will also see many members making the trip out to Elmar Holsteins in Leitchville to view their new facility and hear from Steve Hore about Elmar’s breeding goals and objectives for the future.
Wednesday morning sees Holstein Australia, along with Genetics Australia, The Little Big Dairy Co and renowned Angus breeder Te Mania Angus unpack what makes a good social media strategy for breeders, what doesn’t, and why it is worth investing a bit of time to build your brand on the various platforms available. Seminar takes place in the Ballantyne Centre from 9 – 10am. And if you are in the audience for this one, you could be walking away with two days free social media strategy development for your business, donated by our communications and marketing consultant, Adam Sawell. Find out more about Social Media for Dairy Farmers & Breeders - Doing It Right!
Wednesday also sees the Worldwide Sires Evolution Sale. Prior to the sale you will have the opportunity to support the Dairy Industry Bushfire Appeal, set up to support the Salway family and wider dairy industry bushfire relief. Donated by AFMH and Moxey Farms, bidders will be able to take their pick from over 10,000 cows from their farms at Gooloogong NSW or Coomboona VIC, including the #1 BPI Holstein cow in Australia, 10 of the top 100 BPI Holstein cows in the country, 13 of the top TPI cows and 19 of the top NM cow.
Also at the start of Tuesday evening’s Global Impact Sale there will be a Casino pregnancy out of Lightening Ridge Tequila Fernleaf VG87, again with all proceeds going to the Dairy Industry Bushfire Appeal.
Running online from Sunday through to lunchtime Thursday will be the Dairy Industry Bushfire Appeal silent auction. Put together by Jersey Australia, IDW, the Global Impact Sale, buyers can register online at Elite Livestock Auctions.
For the Holstein enthusiast CALUMET, LUXOR RED, BARBATOS, MONTANA, KINGDOC and TLGMIRAND feature and for those who like a Wagyu steak there are also some straws of MR MARKLE 483. Holstein Australia has also donated 50 genomic tests for ABV(g). Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further information.
Thursday is all about the Holstein breed with Australia’s National Holstein Show from 8am onwards, judged by Mr Jan Jacobs from Cap-Sante, Quebec. Jacobs Farm has been eight times Premier Breeder at World Dairy Expo and seven times at Toronto’s Royal Winter Fair. Jan has been associate judge at World Dairy Expo, judge at the Utah and Wisconsin Spring Shows and is a regular on the judging circuit in his native Quebec.
At lunchtime on Thursday make sure to head along to the Holstein Australia stand, particularly if you were a Financial member at the end of last year. Why? We’ll be drawing one lucky winner out of the hat who will receive a prize pack that includes 50 registrations and 25 classifications inclusive of herd visit fee. You can find out more here about the draw at IDW, and four further draws we’ll be making at the Victorian Winter Fair in July.
Once the Holstein action is over, make sure to stay around for the announcement of Australia’s Grand Champion. At the conclusion of the National Holstein Show, the Senior Champions from each of the six breed shows will be back in the ring for the Grand Parade and judge’s decision.
A big week in prospect for the Holstein Community! We look forward to seeing you there and bringing all the news as it happens on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.