Close to 1000 cattle were exhibited at the largest dairy exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, International Dairy Week in hot conditions, but the heat, did not keep people away from the event.
IDW event manager Robyn Barber said the show was a huge success.
‘‘The judges were very impressed and blown away by the standard of cattle, ’’ Mrs Barber said.
About 120 international guests visited Tatura Park during the week and an estimated 7000 visitors in total attended the event.
Mrs Barber said figures from the live streaming of the event were strong and more than 6500 people had logged on for a continual period (more than one hour) between Monday and Wednesday and she estimated that Thursday was the biggest day for online viewing (firm figures could not be supplied before Country News went to print).
‘‘The live streaming is an enormous success. It gets the exhibitors and cattle so much more exposure.
Mrs Barber said the field days and 15 seminars were also well attended during the week, while the virtual farm tour and the Power of Women in Dairying Launch dinner, both held on Tuesday, attracted 120 people and 100 women, respectively.
The RASV interbreed champion, presented for the first time at IDW, was awarded to Shirlinn Icy Eve, owned by the Wilson family from Tamworth, NSW.
Shirlinn Icy Eve also won champion Jersey cow.
Champion Holstein went to Windy Vale Contender Rose, owned by Dean and Dianna Malcolm of Bluechip Genetics, Windy Vale Holsteins and Frank and Diane Borba from California.
IDW director Brian Leslie was thrilled with how the event came together and said everyone — especially the judges — were impressed with the quality of the shows.