The 2018 International Dairy Week at Tatura Park continues to take shape, with a finalised program and a host of judges secured for the five-day event.
For the first time the National Holstein Show will be judged by Kiichi Matsushima from Japan, with experts from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada carrying out the rest of the judging.
Entries for the event, which begins on Sunday, January 21, will close on December 10 with applications able to be submitted online or via mail.
‘‘Entries have opened for each of the seven shows and the field days are starting to fill up nicely. It’s coming along really well,’’ event manager Robyn Barber said.
‘‘It will be a very similar event to what we’ve held previously, it’s a format that works well.’’
The 2018 event will be the first time Tatura Park’s new airconditioning system will be running for IDW.
‘‘We’re anticipating a great week and we’re certainly putting a lot of effort into providing something for everyone,’’ Ms Barber said.
A Power of Women in Dairying event will be held alongside dairy week on Tuesday, January 23, raising funds for suicide prevention projects at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
The event will also help to raise funds for the second Bette Hall Power of Women in Dairying Excellence Award.
Last year’s inaugural scholarship was awarded to Clare Modra from Gunbower.
■IDW entry forms are available at: www.internationaldairyweek.com.au/entry-form
■Power of Women tickets can be purchased at: www.trybooking.com/STLH