Australia’s best paraded before international judges

By Dairy News

More than 900 cattle will be exhibited across seven National Shows at International Dairy Week, inspected by some of the most esteemed judges from around the world.

Monday, January 22, 8am

ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show


The youth of the dairy industry have the chance to showcase their skills in show ring etiquette, showmanship, preparation of cattle for showing, washing, clipping, feeding and herdsmanship. They will be judged by Brian Behnke from the USA. Brian was born and raised in Brooklyn, Wisconsin, USA on his family’s farm, Bur-Wall Holsteins, a prominent Registered Holstein farm in southern Wisconsin. Mr Behnke has over 25 years of dairy cattle industry experience including an in-depth knowledge of dairy cattle genetics, sales and farm management. He has undertaken dairy cattle sire procurement for Landmark Genetics and also served as herdsman on two prominent Registered Holstein farms, the 1200-head Roylane Registered Holstein herd in Warden, Washington and the 2400-head Wilcox Farms Inc in Roy, Washington. While at Roylane, Mr Turner bred numerous bulls for AI including the popular Roylane Jordan. At Wilcox Farms he bred five All-American Nominated animals including the 1999 Unanimous All-American Sr. 3 Yr. Old, Wilcoxview BC Cami, and the prominent sire Wilcoxview Jasper. He has previously worked as a sire analyst with Semex and is now Business Manager for ABS St. Jacobs. He has judged shows throughout the US, as well as in the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, South Korea and Japan.

Monday, January 22, 3 pm

IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Awards


These awards will be judged by Victorian breeder Mark Patullo. Mr Patullo sold his farm at Katunga, where he farmed for 20 years, to work in the AI industry. He now works with World Wide Sires Australia, where is he regional sales manager, herd evaluator and sales manager of the World Wide Sires Evolution Sale at IDW. He owns Walmar Ayrshires & Holsteins and has either owned or bred Ayrshire cows that have won Champions at Melbourne Royal, Sydney Royal, Adelaide Royal, Brisbane Royal and Shepparton National Shows. Mr Patullo started judging in his early twenties and has judged throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday, January 23, 8 am

National Illawarra Show


Paul is a second generation dairy farmer in Northumberland milking 100 cows, 20 pedigree Dairy Shorthorns and 80 pedigree Holstein. Mr Harrison has been involved with showing and judging dairy cattle for over 40 years all through the UK. Both his herds have been successful in the show ring, winning the Holstein Friesian championship and Interbreed Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 1996; and the National All Breeds Calf Show Shorthorn Championship in 2012 and 2013 with two different home bred calves.

Tuesday, January 23, 8 am

National Ayrshire Show


Blair Weeks operates Weeksdale Holsteins along with his wife Jaime and his parents Elmer and Sandra. Weeksdale is a Master Breeder herd with a current classification of 26 EX — 35 VG & 18 GP. Blair has been an official judge with Holstein Canada for 14 years, judging numerous shows across Canada, UK and Argentina as well as being associate judge for the Ayrshire breed at the 2016 World Dairy Expo. In 2016 Weeksdale bred and owned the Honorable Mention Grand Champion Holstein at Expo, Weeksdale Judges Harmony EX 95. Mr Weeks has bred, owned or sold numerous All Canadians and All Americans and is an annual exhibitor at World Dairy Expo and the Royal Winter Fair.

Tuesday, January 23, 1.30 pm

National Guernsey Show


Chris Lang and his family own and operate Springhill Farms at Big Prairie in Ohio. Springhill has had All-American Nominations in four breeds, over 60 All-American and Junior All-American nominations in the Guernsey breed in the last eight years, including five National Junior Champions and has bred and owned the 2016 Intermediate Champion at World Dairy Expo, National Grand Champion and two times HM National Grand Champion. Mr Lang is a board member and type committee member of the American Guernsey Association, President of Purebred Publishing (which produces five Dairy Breed Magazines in the USA) and President of the Ohio Guernsey Breeders Association. His judging highlights include lead judge at the Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Illinois and Minnesota State Fairs; Associate Judge at The World Dairy Expo and will be be lead judge National Guernsey Show in Louisville next year.

Tuesday, January 23, 1.30 pm

National Brown Swiss Show


Brian Kelroy, based in Wisconsin, is the Dairy Programs Manager at East Central Select Sires covering southern Wisconsin. Prior to joining Select Sires, Brian worked as a Classifier for Holstein USA for seven years and trained classifiers internationally. He currently serves as the coach of University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy judging team. In 2014 the team won the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo and the team has finished second the last two years. Brian has also shown and bred animals that have won in the show ring, including Kelroy Rubens Vivian classified EX-95. Brian has judged district, state and national shows throughout the USA, as well as in Japan, Peru and Poland. He served as the Associate Judge for the International Red and White Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo last October.

Wednesday, January 24, 8 am

National Jersey Show


Pat Nicholson is part of a family operation at Girgarre in northern Victoria, running Jugiong Jerseys, milking 550 Jerseys on 220 ha of flood irrigated land. He is the current President of the Northern District Jersey Breeders club and has an extensive background in the development of the breed as a past classifier with Jersey Australia, past manager of National All Breeds Youth Camp and past Sale Manager ‘Northern Lights Sale’. He currently also represents Jersey Australia on the National All Breeds Ethics Committee. Mr Nicholson is a member of both the Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia Judging panels and has been Overjudge for both Jersey and Holstein Judging Schools over the years. Mr Nicholson has judged at Royal Shows throughout Australia, the World Conference Jersey Show at the New Zealand Dairy Event, the Semex/Holstein Australia Victorian On-Farm Challenge and has been the overjudge at many junior judging and handler’s classes.

Thursday, January 25, 8 am

National Holstein Show


Kiichi Matsushima, from Key Holsteins in Kumamoto, Japan, has bred 45 head of Excellent cows and is the first breeder to breed fifth generation bred and owned Excellent cows in Japan other than Hokkaido, the prefecture of the major dairy farming area in Japan. He has been exhibiting his cows not only in Kumamoto but at Japan’s National level with very good success. Mr 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. He has judged extensively in Japan since he obtained the licence for the accredited judge from the Holstein Improvement Council in 1994 including: The Hokkaido Winter Fair, Shikoku Regional Show, Chugoku Regional B&W Show, All Kyushu Regional B&W Show, Iwate Prefectural B&W Show, Spring Show in Kita-Karuizawa, Chiba Nagai B&W Show, Hyogo Prefectural Show, Hokkaido Bekkai-cho Show, Kanto Regional Show and many more.