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Media Release: Canadian Brian Carscadden announced as RASV Dairy judge

In an exciting development, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has appointed highly regarded international judge Brian Carscadden, Canada, to assess this year’s Dairy Youth Handlers Classic and All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer competitions held during the Royal Melbourne Show in September, with entries now open.

With previous judging assignments taking him to 25 countries around the world, Mr Carscadden’s experience includes national shows in Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Brazil, Spain and Italy including holding the official judge position of the National Holstein Show at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in 2011.

“RASV is continually looking to improve our competitions and the value they provide for those who enter. We are thrilled Brian has accepted the judge position at the Royal Melbourne Dairy Show, as a judge of his global experience and calibre can provide invaluable feedback to our exhibitors,” Said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.

An experienced Sire Analyst, Mr Carscadden is also an active supporter of various youth programs including coordinating the Semex Alliance Walk of Fame at Canada’s Winter Fair. “Brian shares our commitment to promoting the future of the industry through agricultural competition, with the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic an integral part of the programme.” The 2015 RASV Dairy Programme, to be held on Thursday 24 September at Melbourne Showgrounds, offers over $20,000 in prizes and the opportunity to parade in front of Melbourne’s enthusiastic Show patrons.

Further details on the competition including a full schedule of classes and online entry are available at

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About Brian Carscadden

Brian Carscadden of Guelph, Ontario, Canada was born and raised on a registered Holstein farm in eastern Ontario, and graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor of science in agriculture degree in May of 1994.

Upon graduation, Carscadden was hired as a sire analyst for United Breeders of Guelph, Ontario. His duties at United Breeders included daughter photo procurement, mating program analysis and young sire acquisitions. In 1998, the Semex Alliance was formed and Brian was hired on to the newly formed Semex Alliance Sire Analyst Team where he continues today purchasing bulls across Ontario, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan ,and Indiana as well as in the UK and Ireland. Prior to his A.I. career, Brian enjoyed many successes as a professional dairy cattle fitter, preparing cattle for top Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey breeders around the world.

Brian’s judging assignments have taken him to over 25 different countries around the world. He has judged National shows in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Uruguay, Argentina and Australia. In Europe, he has also judged major shows in France (Space),Germany (Thuringia) and Holland (HHH).In North America, Brian has judged numerous state, provincial and county shows .In 2006 he was the associate judge at the Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show and was the official judge of the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in 2008.He has judged the Red and White Holstein shows at both the Royal in 2009 and World Dairy Expo in 2010. He also judged the Brown Swiss and Holsteins in 2009 and the Jerseys and Red and White Holsteins in 2010 at the Swiss Expo. In 2011,he was the official judge of the National Holstein Show at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto ,Canada.

A promoter of youth in agriculture, Brian remains active with various youth programs, speaking engagements and by promoting youth involvement in the annual Semex Alliance Walk of Fame at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo, which he helps to coordinate. Brian and his wife Linda live in Guelph with their 3 children Craig, Lauren and Colin.