A FAMILIAR face at International Dairy Week is set to take on a new role, with Brian Leslie announced as the Jersey cattle judge for next year’s event.
Having founded IDW in 1990, Mr Leslie has continued to be involved in the event through his role as director and auctioneer, and he previously judged the Holstein classes in 2011 and the youth show in 1990 and 2000.
Although this his first time judging Jerseys at IDW, Mr Leslie has vast experience judging the breed in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and around Australia.
But, he admits balancing duties during IDW will be a challenge.
“Usually when I’m asked to judge I say ‘yes’ straight away but when I received this invitation, I took a while to decide because of the workload,” Mr Leslie said.
“But I have a very good team around me and after discussions they said they could handle what I would normally do on that day.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve travelled the world looking at top Jersey cattle, I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the greatest Jersey breeders as an auctioneer for their sales for nearly 40 years and I’ve sold every record-priced Jersey in Australia.”
Mr Leslie said he would look for the same traits as in any breed — good udders, dairy quality and body capacity.
Jersey Australia president Chris McKenzie endorsed the judging appointment.
“Brian is a very experienced judge and stud breeder and he has a very good eye for cattle,” Mr McKenzie said.
“He has had extensive judging experience with Jerseys in Australia and overseas and we look forward to his involvement.”
Mr Leslie said IDW 2019 was shaping up strongly, but said the dry season could have an impact.
“But we’ve been through that before and dairy week always seems to come out on top,” he said.
“It’s a place for people to go and leave behind some of their concerns and share experiences with like-minded people and it’s a wonderful way to promote dairy cattle.”