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Prestigious RASV Dairy Interbreed to be awarded at 2016 IDW

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV) highly coveted Interbreed Champion will for the first time be presented as part of International Dairy Week (IDW) in Tatura, 17-21 January 2016.

The prestigious awards of Junior Interbreed Champion, Intermediate Interbreed Champion and Australia’s Grand Champion, will be awarded by an esteemed panel of six judges, including local and international experts from Australia, Canada and the USA, on the final day of competition.

The Champions and Reserve Champions of the Illawarra, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Jersey and Holstein Breeds will be eligible for the sought-after prizes that carry with them significant cash prizes, recognised as the highest on offer in the country.

Australia’s Grand Champion will be awarded a cash prize of $2000, with Reserve receiving $1000, while Junior and Intermediate Champions will be awarded $1000 each, with each reserve taking home $500.

Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV said the awarding of the Interbreed Champion as part of the IDW schedule would provide greater opportunity for participants of the event, the largest expo in the Australian Dairy Industry.

“RASV is delighted to continue as a partner of IDW, which is highly regarded as Australia’s premier dairy event, and to offer participants the chance to be named RASV Interbreed Champion,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“Our partnership with IDW is underpinned by our commitment to promote and celebrate excellence in agriculture, provide value for industry participants and support regional and community events.”

The decision to award the Interbreed during IDW is part of RASV’s revised dairy programme, which has seen a youth-focussed heifer competition take place at the Royal Melbourne Show in September and increased support of the IDW event.

Brian Leslie, Director said IDW is extremely proud to be able to host the RASV Interbreed Competitions.  ‘These competitions have and will continue to reward excellence in showing.  We look forward to seeing some outstanding cattle compete for these prestigious titles’ said Brian.

Entries for the 2016 IDW Dairy Cattle Show open on November 1 with details available at internationaldairyweek.com.au.