All things Holstein at International Dairy Week 2018

From the National Holstein Show and Holstein Australia Victoria Youth Challenge Trials to the Power of Women in Dairying event and IDW seminar program, there is plenty to keep Holstein breeders busy in the final week of January at International Dairy Week.

And don’t forget, if you can’t make it to IDW, you can follow all the action on Holstein Australia’s live feed on our website from midday on Sunday 21 January.

Sunday sees 14 teams entered for the Holstein Australia Victoria Youth Challenge Trials, the first event of this year’s IDW program.

Tuesday sees the IDW seminar program kick off with a presentation on the ImProving Herds Project, which has been supported by Holstein Australia, from DataGene’s Erika Oakes and Michelle Axford. The Power of Women in Dairying event also returns to IDW on Tuesday evening, at which Di Schubert will speak about the highs and lows of life as a Holstein breeder. This event will raise vital funds for suicide prevention projects at Orygen, the national centre of excellence in youth mental health.

Carl Kent, International Marketing Co-ordinator with Holstein USA will show participants the tremendous genetic gains Holsteins have achieved and the data and reasons why farmers should continue to breed Holsteins without venturing into crossbreeding at his Wednesday morning seminar.

Thursday 25 January is the big day for Holstein breeders, with The National Holstein Show kicking off at 8am. This year’s Judge will be Mr Kiichi Matsushima from Key Holsteins in Kumamoto, Japan. Kiichi Matsushima is President of the Kumamoto Dairy Co-op and Vice President of the Federation of Kumamoto Dairy Co-op.  He is an Adviser to the National Holstein Improvement Council and Supervisor of the Holstein Cattle Association of Japan, and was accredited as a show judge by the Holstein Improvement Council in 1994.

As well as following the event live on our website, keep an eye on our social media channels for IDW news and updates during the last week of January.