COVID-19 update: Semex Holstein Australia On-Farm Competition
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Semex Australia and Holstein Australia have jointly taken the decision to cancel this year’s Semex Holstein Australia On-Farm Competition.
Holstein Australia CEO, Rohan Butler, says the decision was reluctantly reached following discussion with Semex Australia and consultation with the Holstein Australia board.
“This has been a difficult decision, but one ultimately taken in the best interest for the safety of members and all those involved in organising and running this event throughout the country. With each state implementing different cross-border requirements and restrictions on movement and social gatherings within each state, it is not possible logistically to organise a national on-farm event. There are also the very obvious health and safety factors to consider with guidelines, recommendations and enforceable laws the subject of constant change as the situation within Australia continues to evolve.
“Both Semex and Holstein Australia are aware of the importance of this event - celebrating its 20th year this year - to our Sub-Branches and the Holstein community. We are already planning for 2021 when the On-Farm Competition will be back to celebrate it’s 21st,” says Rohan.
Semex Australia General Manager, David Mayo, says the health and safety of participants, judges and the staff involved in what is the southern hemispheres largest dairy livestock judging competition must come first.
“With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation in Australia it is impossible to predict where we will be next week or next month at the moment. Cancelling the 2020 On-Farm Competition, which I know will disappoint many, is the responsible course of action. As with so many other dairy events and shows, Semex remains committed to the competition and we will be back as soon as it is safe and practicable to hold a national event that brings together hundreds of Holstein Australia members from all our dairy producing states,” says David.