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Shirlinn Icy Eve named Australia’s Grand Champion in RASV Dairy Interbreed Competition

Shirlinn Jerseys, Tamworth NSW has taken out the coveted title of Australia’s Grand Champion in The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV) prestigious Dairy Interbreed Competition with exhibit Shirlinn Icy Eve, presented for the first time as part of International Dairy Week (IDW) earlier today.

B & V Wilson of Shirlinn Jerseys became eligible for the honour after earlier this week being awarded the title of Grand Champion Jersey and along with the RASV Interbreed trophy will also take home a $2000 cash prize, recognised as the highest on offer in the country.

“The RASV Dairy Interbreed Competition is an important part of our commitment to showcasing quality and celebrating excellence in dairy production and on behalf of RASV I congratulate all our 2016 Champions,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.

“RASV is delighted to present these awards as part of IDW. We have been genuinely impressed by the quality of cattle that has been showcased all week.”

The Intermediate Champion was awarded to Paringa Fever Opa (Holstein) - Paringa Holsteins, Invergordon Victoria whilst Brunchilli Excitation Belle (Jersey) – Brunchilli Farming Trust, Finley NSW was named Junior Champion, with both receiving $1000 cash prizes.

Mr O’Sullivan said the awarding of the Interbreed Champion as part of the IDW schedule provides greater opportunity for participants of the event and is an example of the organisation’s focus on supporting regional industry events.

“Entry numbers across the IDW competitions have increased this year and the support for the addition of the RASV Interbreed to the schedule has been very encouraging.”

Mr O’Sullivan said RASV’s commitment to showcasing dairy would continue in September with the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition, consisting of the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show and Dairy Youth Handlers Classic and Scholarship.

Entries for the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition open in May with details to be available at rasv.com.au.

For all media enquiries and images, please contact:
Mikaila Gaskell, Communications Manager, RASV
03 9281 7436 / 0428 798 486 / mikaila.gaskell@rasv.com.au

2016 RASV Interbreed Results

Australia’s Grand Champion
Exhibit 793 – Shirlinn Icy Eve (Jersey) - Shirlinn Jerseys, Tamworth NSW

Intermediate Champion
Exhibit 989 - Paringa Fever Opa (Holstein) - Paringa Holsteins, Invergordon VIC

Intermediate Champion- Reserve
Exhibit 686 – Bushlea Galaxie Fern Leaf 4 (Jersey) – D Patten, C Moscript & F&D Forba, Sale VIC

Junior Champion
Exhibit 628 - Brunchilli Excitation Belle (Jersey) – Brunchilli Farming Trust, Finley NSW

Junior Champion- Reserve
Exhibit 914- Bluechip Goldchip Beciee (Holstein) – Bluechip Genetics, Zeerust VIC

Image: RASV President Stephen Spargo presents the RASV Dairy Interbreed - Australia’s Grand Champion