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