International Dairy Week might be one of the biggest shows of the season but it also going to be a big one for the Ayrshire breed with the world conference making its way to Tatura this year.
The last time the conference was held in Australia was in the ’90s.
President Scott Braendler said the main conference meeting will be held Monday followed by an exhibitor barbecue on Tuesday. The main conference dinner will be held in the Ballantyne Centre on Wednesday. Organisers are expecting at least 250 people to attend.
The Ayrshire sale will be held Tuesday and will feature some of the best live genetics the country has on offer along with some outstanding embryo packages from around the world in a silent Embryo Auction running over the first 10 days of the tour.
“It has been four years since the last world conference, and we organised this one around making IDW a feature,” Scott said.
“We are expecting a large contingent of overseas visitors and we couldn’t think of a better way to showcase the quality of our cattle in our country, than at this event.
“Our Ayrshire members are making a special effort with their teams and it should be a great few days.”
He is hoping there will be at least 150 head in the show, but tough conditions could impact numbers.
“The majority of our exhibitors are taking a few extra head, so we are expecting this to be a great show,” he said.
On a personal note Scott said the Boldview Farms team will be helping look after cattle representing half dozen studs.
“We will have 15 or so helpers to give us a hand this year. We even have some cattle coming down from Queensland, so we are expecting this to be a pretty busy time for us.”
Mature cow Sherbar Burdette Secret and six-year-old Boldview Face Ripple will be part of the Boldview team making the six-hour journey this year.
Ripple is fresh off a win in the South Australian On Farm Challenge while Secret was reserve and both cows headed the Boldview Farms team at the Adelaide Royal in September.
The team will also have some new members including recently purchased Hillcrest Jumper Lorette 2, VG 88.
The Braendler and Liebich families purchased her from the dispersal sale of well-known Ayrshire couple Kevin and Sharon Smith for a record breed price of $21 000.
“We are in the dairy industry for the long haul and to have the chance to purchase cattle of this calibre was too good an opportunity to refuse,” Scott said.
“We have never spent this sort of money on a cow before, but we felt this was the right thing to do for our genetics moving forward — opportunities like this don’t come along very often and you have to capitalise on them when they do.”
The family also purchased recently calved Hillcrest Charleston Lorette from the same sale, and she will also be at IDW.