IDW un­der way

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Bob Ni­col

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.

Pic­ture:

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.

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