IDW under way
Tatura’s International Dairy week 2015 officially kicked off on Sunday with a nondenominational church service at the Blackmore and Leslie Complex, where the guest speaker was former Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Armstrong.
Mr Armstrong became a household name at 20 years of age with his upset win in the 200 m freestyle at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
He spoke about his Olympic moment, and shared the impact the Lord has had on his life over the past 11 years, as well as his career.
His success in the pool led to him receiving the Young Australian of the Year Award and being honoured with an Order of Australia Medal.
International Dairy Week is the premier dairy event in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, and is rated among the top five dairy cattle shows in the world.
It is the largest expo event in the Australian dairy industry, showcasing the best quality dairy cattle, the latest developments in dairy farming practice, breeding, genetics, machinery, equipment, technology, environmental issues, livestock marketing and export opportunities.
Organisers have extended a warm welcome to all visitors to IDW — whether it be for the week or a day.
‘‘IDW provides something for the whole family with heaps of activities available for children including jumping castle, face painting, opportunities to see dairy cattle, and to beat the heat of the day fantastic swimming pool facilities across from the park,’’ they said.
IDW also has a focus on providing seminars with the latest information, trends and advice for the commercial dairy farm.
A series of free seminars will be held at Tatura Tennis Clubrooms, Albert St (over the road from IDW) today, tomorrow and Thursday (see Page 2 for details).
The Dairy andMachinery Field Days, January 20-22, supported by Dairy News Australia, allows anyone with an interest in dairy to browse through the best equipment, technology, advancements and dairy management solutions to assist with commercial dairy operation.
With more than 70 dairy businesses on display, this event is aimed predominantly at the dairy industry providing access to farmers, breeders and industry representatives.
IDW is proud to promote the Australian dairy industry to the world and maintains a charter to foster innovation and development.
‘‘IDW, which concludes on Thursday, is a great place to catch up with friends, bring the family and form new networks,’’ organisers said.
Cream of the crop: Matt Templeton from Mooroopna judges the youth show at International Dairy Week yesterday. Bob Nicol
Inspirational: Former Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Armstrong was guest speaker at Sunday’s IDW non denominational church service.