All Breeds National Youth Show – Mr Brian Behnke, United States of America
Australia’s IDW kicks off with the ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show with judge Brian Behnke from the USA. Brian was born and raised in Brooklyn, Wisconsin on his family’s farm, Bur-Wall Holsteins, a prominent Registered Holstein farm in southern Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brian has over 25 years of dairy cattle industry experience including an in-depth knowledge of dairy cattle genetics, sales and farm management. Brian has vast industry experiences including dairy cattle sire procurement for Landmark Genetics. An accomplished cow-man, Brian has also had the opportunity to judge numerous dairy cattle shows both domestically and abroad, including the 2005 Grand International Red & White Show, Western Spring National and Wisconsin State Fair, the Canadian Scotia 4-H Classic, National Guernsey Show in Louisville and Madison as well as shows in the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, South Korea and Japan. Brian and his wife Tami reside in Brooklyn, Wisconsin and work with Tami’s family farm, Glenn-Ann Holsteins, 2016 National Herd of Excellence award winner from Holstein USA.
IDW Sheri Martin Memorial Youth Showmanship Awards – Mr Mark Patullo – Australia
IDW is thrilled to announce that the Youth Showmanship Competition will be judged by Mr Mark Patullo from Australia. Mark has been involved in the dairy industry for most of his life, leasing a dairy farm in Gippsland before moving to the Goulburn Valley in Northern Victoria. After selling the farm Mark turned to the AI industry, working with three different AI companies over the years and now with World Wide Sires Aust as the Regional Sales Manager for QLD, WA, North East Victoria & South Coast NSW. Mark is also the Herd Evaluator for World Wide Sires and is the Sales Manager of the World Wide Sires Evolution Sale at IDW. Married to Tracey, they have two children Bree & Hayden and are grandparents of five magnificent girls. Mark owns Walmar Ayrshires & Holsteins. Mark has had the privilege of preparing cattle and leading for many breeders and owners across the country. He has been lead person for many sales for well known Holstein Breeders, also for many sales at IDW. Mark started judging in his early twenties and was accepted onto the National Ayrshire Judging Panel. His judging highlights include: Ayrshire Feature Shows throughout South Australia & Tasmania, The New Zealand dairy event (Ayrshire), The Brisbane Royal (Ayrshire), The Toowoomba Royal (Jersey), The All Breeds Show at Devonport, The NSW Ayrshire on Farm Challenge, NSW Brown Swiss on Farm Challenge and the Great Northern Jersey on Farm Challenge, the National Paraders Final at Sydney Royal and The Sydney Royal [Guernsey] as well as numerous country shows over the years.
National Illawarra Show – Mr Paul Morrison – England
Paul is a second generation dairy farmer in Northumberland which is in the north of England, bordering Scotland. He farms in partnership with his wife Ann and they have two daughters Joanna and Victoria, who both work full time away from the farm but help out whenever they can. The milking herd consists of 100 cows, 20 pedigree Dairy Shorthorns and 80 pedigree Holsteins, calving all year round. The Breckney Shorthorn herd was established in 1989 by Paul and Ann when they purchased a maiden heifer from the Dent family’s Winbrook herd. The Holstein herd was established in 1958 by Paul’s parents. Paul has been involved with showing and judging dairy cattle for over 40 years. He began judging dairy cattle in Northumberland Young Farmers and at the Northumberland British Friesian Breeders Club both of which he represented at club and national level. He became a member of the Holstein Friesian Judges panel in the mid-1980s, then a member of the new Holstein Society Judges panel after the two societies merged. Paul was one of the first judges on the Dairy Shorthorn panel. IDW is delighted to welcome Paul to Australia and look forward to seeing him in January.
National Ayrshire Show – Mr Blair Weeks – Canada
The Judge of Australia’s National Ayrshire Show for 2018 is Mr Blair Weeks from Canada. Blair operates Weeksdale Holsteins along with his wife Jaime and his parents Elmer and Sandra. Weeksdale is a Master Breeder herd with a current classification of 26 EX – 35 VG & 18 GP. Blair has been an official judge with Holstein Canada for 14 years, judging numerous shows across Canada, UK and Argentina as well as being associate judge for the Ayrshire breed at the 2016 World Dairy Expo. Blair resides in Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada with Jaime and their daughter Adelle.
National Guernsey Show – Mr Chris Lang – United States of America
Mr Chris Lang will judge Australia’s 2018 National Guernsey Show at IDW on Tuesday 23rd of January. No stranger to dairying, Chris owns Springhill Farm at Big Prairie in Ohio in the United States of America. Springhill Farms is located in Holmes County, in the heart of the world’s largest Amish population, halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Chris is currently the Treasurer and Board Member of The American Guernsey Association, Type Committee Chairperson American Guernsey Association, President of Purebred Publishing (which produces five Dairy Breed Magazines in the USA) and President of the Ohio Guernsey Breeders Association. No stranger to the show ring, Chris’ judging highlights include: Lead Judge at the Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Illinois and Minnesota State Fairs; Pennsylvania Farm Show, Eastern States Exposition (Big E), Western National In Washington, Associate Judge at The World Dairy Expo and this Fall will be lead judge National Guernsey Show in Louisville.
National Brown Swiss Show – Mr Brian Kelroy – United States of America
Judging Australia’s National Brown Swiss Show will be Mr Brian Kelroy from Wisconsin in the United States of America. Brian resides in DeForest, WI with his wife Dana and two children Kian and Ava. Brian is the Dairy Programs Manager at East Central Select Sires covering southern Wisconsin. Brian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves as the coach of University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy judging team. Brian has also shown and bred animals that have won in the show ring, including Kelroy Rubens Vivian classified EX-95. Brian has judged district, state and national shows throughout the country. This past year he served as the official judge for the Mid-East Summer National Junior Holstein Show and the Ohio Junior State Fair Holstein Show. Brian also served as the official judge for the 2015 Southern National Junior Holstein Show as well as the Southern National Junior Jersey Show in Stillwater, Ok. Brian served as the official judge at the 2015 Illinois Junior State Fair Holstein, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Guernsey Shows. He also had the opportunity to judge the Guernsey, Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn Show at the 2015 Wisconsin Junior State Fair as well as serving as the associate for the Wisconsin Junior State Fair Junior Holstein Show, which is the largest junior dairy show in the world. Brian has judged district shows in Wisconsin and internationally in Japan, Peru and Poland. In October 2017, Brian will serve as the Associate Judge for the International Red and White Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo.
National Jersey Show – Mr Pat Nicholson – Australia
Judging the 2018 Feature Show at IDW is Mr Pat Nicholson from Australia. Pat is married to Carmen and they have two sons Riley aged six and Tyler aged three. Pat is part of a family operation at Girgarre in Northern Victoria with his parents, Bill and Evelyn, and brother Brendon and his wife Tenealle. Together they run “Jugiong Jerseys” milking 550 Jerseys on 220 ha of flood irrigated land. The Jugiong herd is home to some of Australia’s highest classified and production Jerseys. Pat is the fourth generation of the Nicholson family to own and operate Jugiong Jerseys. at is the current President of the Northern District Jersey Breeders club and has an extensive background in the development of the breed as a past classifier with Jersey Australia, past manager of National All Breeds Youth Camp and past Sale Manager ‘Northern Lights Sale’. He currently also represents Jersey Australia on the National All Breeds Ethics Committee. Pat is a member of both the Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia Judging panels and has been over-judge for both Jersey & Holstein Judging Schools over the years. Pat is a strong supporter of the youth of the dairy industry and regularly shares his knowledge and provides advice to the next generation be it at Youth Camps, Youth Days or local shows.
Pat’s judging experience is extensive, commencing as a 15 year old judging the Jerseys at the Wonthaggi Agriculture Show. Since then he has become one of the leading Judges of all breeds in Australia.
National Holstein Show – Mr Kiichi Matsushima – Japan
The Judge of Australia’s National Holstein Show at IDW 2018 will be Mr Kiichi Matsushima from Key Holsteins in Kumamoto, Japan. Kiichi Matsushima was born as the eldest son of the dairy farm in Koshi-shi, Kumamoto. He has been engaged in dairy farming upon graduation from Rakuno Gakuen University Junior College. As he has been putting tremendous effort in improvement of dairy cattle over the years, he has been able to build his herd of cows with good conformation and production. He has bred 45 head of Excellent cows so far. He is also the first breeder to breed fifth generation bred and owned Excellent cows in Japan other than Hokkaido, the prefecture of the major dairy farming area in Japan. Kiichi Matsushima is President of the Kumamoto Dairy Co-op and Vice President of the Federation of Kumamoto Dairy Co-op. He is an Adviser to the National Holstein Improvement Council and Supervisor of the Holstein Cattle Association of Japan. Kiichi has been judging many of the shows in Japan since he obtained the license for the accredited judge from the Holstein Improvement Council in 1994 including: The Hokkaido Winter Fair, Shikoku Regional Show, Chugoku Regional B&W Show, All Kyushu Regional B&W Show, Iwate Prefectural B&W Show, Spring Show in Kita-Karuizawa, Chiba Nagai B&W Show, Hyogo Prefectural Show, Hokkaido Bekkai-cho Show, Kanto Regional Show and many more.
Plans for IDW 2018 are underway and we will keep you posted. We look forward to seeing you at IDW again in January 2018. Regards The IDW Team