More than $20,000 on of­fer at the Royal Mel­bourne dairy com­pe­ti­tion

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

EN­TRIES are now open for the 2016 Royal Mel­bourne Show Dairy Com­pe­ti­tion to be held on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 22 with more than $20,000 in prizes up for grabs.

En­tries are also open for the Royal Mel­bourne Show Beef Cat­tle Com­pe­ti­tion, with Charo­lais to be this year’s fea­ture breed.

The dairy com­pe­ti­tion, which is con­ducted by The Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria (RASV) con­sists of the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show and the Dairy Youth Han­dlers Clas­sic.

The All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show is open to ex­hibitors aged eight years old and over and will show­case heifers to the age of 24 months as the cen­tre­piece of the event, award­ing eight classes and prizes for Ju­nior Cham­pion Heifer, Se­nior Cham­pion Heifer, cul­mi­nat­ing in the award­ing of Supreme Cham­pion Heifer.

Fol­low­ing on from the All Breeds is the Dairy Youth Han­dlers Clas­sic where han­dlers aged be­tween eight to 21 years of age will com­pete for the elite ti­tle of Supreme Pa­rader.

The Dairy Youth Han­dlers Clas­sic recog­nises the best in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants across six classes cul­mi­nat­ing in awards for Ju­nior Cham­pion Pa­rader, Se­nior Cham­pion Pa­rader and Supreme Pa­rader.

With $5000 prize money on of­fer, along with the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive in­valu­able feed­back from ex­pert judges and di­rectly con­nect with in­dus­try peers, RASV chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark O’Sul­li­van said the Dairy Youth Han­dlers Clas­sic is a must for young in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants.

“The Royal Mel­bourne Show Dairy Youth Han­dlers Clas­sic pro­vides an un­matched op­por­tu­nity for di­ary par­tic­i­pants to de­velop their knowl­edge and skills, show­case their tal­ents to a large num­ber of show at­ten­dees and re­ceive ad­vice and guidance from some the in­dus­try’s best lead­ers,” he said.

En­tries close on Fri­day, July 29 and can be com­pleted on­line at www.rasv.com.au.

The Royal Mel­bourne Show Beef Cat­tle Com­pe­ti­tion of­fers the par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to bench­mark their live­stock, re­ceive in­valu­able feed­back from some of the in­dus­try’s most well- re­spected judges and be ex­posed to hun­dreds of thou­sands of show at­ten­dees.

Judg­ing will take place over the five days of the show – Thurs­day, Septem­ber 22 to Mon­day, Septem­ber 26 with some of the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious prizes and tro­phies to be won, cul­mi­nat­ing in the pre­sen­ta­tion of the RASV In­ter­breed Supreme Beef Breed Ex­hibit.

“The beef cat­tle in­dus­try is a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the state’s econ­omy and RASV is fo­cused on show­cas­ing pro­duc­ers and their an­i­mals and high­light­ing the high-qual­ity pro­duc­tion of beef in this coun­try,” Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

En­tries for the Beef Car­case and Beef Cat­tle com­pe­ti­tions close on Fri­day, July 22 and Fri­day, July 29, re­spec­tively.

CHARM­ING CHARO­LAIS: The fea­ture breed at this year’s Royal Mel­bourne Show Beef Cat­tle Com­pe­ti­tion is the Charo­lais.

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