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$10,000 on offer for Youth Scholarship & entries now open for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition

Entries are now open for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition, with an innovative program comprising the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show and the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the competition offers industry participants the opportunity to win significant prize money.

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

Following the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show is the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic, where handlers aged 8 to 21 will compete for the elite award of Supreme Parader.

The innovative and highly coveted Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship will be awarded as part of the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition, providing the recipient with a bursary up to the value of $10,000 to visit dairy regions in Asia, New Zealand or the USA.

Last year’s winner, Katie Anderson of Yarroweyah will use the scholarship to travel to World Dairy Expo in October.

“To take home the 2016 Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship after a successful Show was very exciting,” said Katie.

“I will be heading to World Dairy Expo and then to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Canada, which will allow me to see some of the best dairy cattle and farm operations in the world.”

The scholarship application process includes pre-Show elements of an essay and panel interview, as well as competing in either the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show or the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic.

The Dairy Youth Handlers Classic recognises the best industry participants aged 21 years and under across six classes culminating in awards for Junior Champion Parader, Senior Champion Parader and Supreme Parader.

With more than $20,000 in cash and prizes on offer, RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the competition promotes youth involvement in agriculture and celebrates excellence in dairy production in Australia.

“RASV is committed to providing and enhancing compelling opportunities for youth development and recognition for future leaders through the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy program,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“This year we also look forward to welcoming the state representatives to compete in the 2017 Agricultural Shows of Australia (ASA) National Finals as part of the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition.”

Entries for the competition will close on Friday 21 July, with judging to take place on Thursday 28 September.

For more information or to enter online visit rasv.com.au.