Australia’s largest dairy competition, International Dairy Week got off to a characteristically hot start on the weekend.
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Ready for pampering: This young Jersey, is, by her owner’s admission, spoilt. She is one of the 600 cattle staying at Tatura Park for International Dairy Week. She is pictured with handler Hannah Kuhl from Mt Gambier and owner Dekota Hindmarsh from Cowra, NSW. The heifer is entered in the Jersey competition and the youth show. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

While the serious competition starts on Monday, hundreds of cows were moved into Tatura Park last week, and the entertainment started with a food truck day on Saturday and youth events on Sunday and Monday.

Tatura Park is hosting 736 head of cattle, entered in 928 sections, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The temperature reached just over 30ºC on Sunday, but the cattle were kept cool with water and fans.

The event is a major fundraiser for several service clubs and sporting groups that provide volunteers to deliver food and other services.

On Sunday, dozens of young people participated in a cow fitting challenge, the VASA state junior judging and parading competition and the Sherri Martin youth showmanship classes.

Monday will see the national youth show and the National Illawarra Show, while Tuesday, will see the Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss shows.

On Wednesday, Jersey entrants will take centre stage, and on Thursday, Holsteins will compete in the ring of the Blackmore_Leslie complex.

The delay in details being issued on the proposed dairy reduction scheme is “playing with the futures” of farm families, according to the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA).

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