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Our Australia UK exchange winner has landed!

Emma 1Australia and UK youth exchange winner, Emma Algie, has arrived in England and after just a few hours sleep, embarked on her five week tour taking in farm stays and shows with Holstein UK families throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you regular updates on Emma’s travels, her impressions of the UK dairy industry and news of her on farm and show experiences. 

Having landed on Sunday, Emma was straight into work helping the team from Knowlesmere Holsteinsprep for UK Dairy Day and The National Holstein Show at Telford, Shropshire in the West Midlands, which attracted 8,500 visitors, and 186 show cattle.

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While only a few days into her trip, Emma is clearly focused on the learning experience that the youth exchange trip provides.

“My first couple of days watching and spending lots of time with some of the UK’s most magnificent Holsteins has been amazing, and really helped show me what I would like to achieve with my future cows,” says Emma. 

“It was also great to meet so many different people at UK Dairy Day from across the UK and Europe and get some great contacts.

“Spending time with the Knowlesmere Holsteins team after the show on their farm in Shropshire, near the Welsh and English border, has also been really interesting, with most cows being housed in sheds all year round. The Knowlsmere Holsteins team have been just amazing to spend time with,” says Emma.

This weekend Emma is heading north to stay with the Logan family on their farm in Castle Douglas, south-west Scotland, where she will be helping Logan Holsteins prepare for the Scottish Holstein Young Breeders Calf Show, working on the farm and visiting other Holstein properties throughout the Dumfries and Galloway region.