Congratulations Abbie Hanks from Cobden Victoria winner of the 2019 Rising Star.
This year competition was judged by Jane Sykes from Tasmania
Abbie’s entry WELLCOORA VALENTINO VICTORIA was judged first place in this year competition. The great capacity and depth of body of the heifer caught the judges attention and to Jane she is the most balanced heifer of the three entries. Abbie’s entry was the Rising Star winner at the 2018 Geelong Show
2nd Place was Ruby Mackie from Meeniyan Victoria with VIEW FORT TPASH DELL. The judge again loved the great capacity and depth of the heifer but couldn’t find enough balance in the heifer to rank her higher. Ruby won her rising star class at the 2019 Central Gippsland Fair
Rounding out the place getters is Sage Deenan from Leongatha South Victoria showing LANGDALE JOEL ADELE. Adele is a lovely long stretchy heifer but for the judge lacked the depth and capacity to rank above the first and second place getters. Sage won the Rising Star Class at IDW 2019
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Success for Australia’s first European Young
Breeders School Team
first team of young dairy men and women to compete at the European Young
Breeders School in Battice, Belgium has returned home having scored a great
five strong team – Brady Hore from Leitchville (Vic), Julia Paulger from Kenilworth
(Qld), Ricky Nelson from Irrewillipe (Vic), Sam Hall from Australind (WA) and
Zoe Hayes from Girgarre (VIC) competed against 163 youth from 15 countries in
the five-day event which includes workshops, judging and clipping competitions
and conformation and showmanship classes.
Australia had a strong showing with all members placing in the top third of the
results. Standout results included Zoe Hayes (7th overall), Ricky
Nelson (11th overall) and Julia Paulger (14th overall).
Each team was judged on their participation, teamwork and how they cared for
leader, Justin Johnston, says: “I’m really happy for the entire team. This
really is a fantastic result in our first year of competing against top teams
from around the world.
were also some great individual results Ricky won the leading class in his age
group, Zoe was awarded third in clipping and second in leading, Julia fourth in
was great to see our guys come together and really support each other. They
worked hard for the team result, and the support and commitment they gave each
other contributed to the individual results. They also made the most of every
opportunity provided by the trip. We’ll definitely be back next year.”
five individuals were chosen for the Australian team following a rigorous
selection process earlier this year. Participation in the European Young
Breeders School provides young dairy men and women from Australia with a
practical hands-on learning experience on the international stage and provides
valuable insight into cattle preparation and showmanship best practice from
around the world.
Australian team stayed on after the five-day event for an educational tour that
included a visit to K.I. SAMEN, the Netherlands largest private AI station and
Holland’s largest dairy farm with 2,500 cows on an 80 stand rotary. They also
visited the new floating dairy farm trial site in Rotterdam, which opened
earlier this year to demonstrate how food production can become less vulnerable
to climate change.
Australian European Young Breeders School team was supported by supported by
Holstein Australia, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Jersey
Australia, Genetics Australia, Dairy Australia, GippsDairy, Gippsland Dairy
Youth, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Fonterra, STgenetics Australia, Ridley
AgriProducts, WFI Insurance, Dick Smith, Smyth Seeds, B. Braun Australia and
New Zealand and the Australian Football League.
Principal Partner Quotes
Jersey Australia General Manager, Glen Barrett, says: “The EYBS was a great opportunity for our young breeders across the country to participate and compete on the international stage and it certainly comes as no surprise that the team achieved the results that they did. Our industry and people are world class. Jersey Australia certainly thanks Justin Johnston for his drive to make this opportunity a reality and the many sponsors who worked together to make this a reality. Our congratulations to Julia, Brady, Sam, Zoe and Ricky for representing our industry with distinction.
Paul Guerra, The Royal Agricultural Society Victoria (RASV) CEO, says: “The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria were proud to support the inaugural Australian youth delegation to the European Young Breeders School. We are thrilled to learn that the five participants enjoyed and valued the unique educational experience at the European Young Breeders School and trust that their participation will assist greatly in their development as emerging leaders in the dairy industry. We are committed to supporting youth development in in agriculture and in particular delighted with the successful outcomes from partnering with Holstein Australia and Jersey Australia to deliver this initiative.”
Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, says: “It has been great to be part of this initiative. The experience and knowledge gained by every team member will last them a lifetime, and I think that our young dairy men and women have signalled Australia’s arrival at the European Young Breeders School, which sees the best of the best from around the world compete, in the best way possible.
“The other great sign for the future has been the way that the Australian dairy sector has thrown their support behind this initiative,” continues Mr Gillian. “In particular I’d like to acknowledge the huge amount of time and hard work from Holstein Australia member, Justin Johnston, to make the Australian team and this trip a reality.”
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