Bushlea Farms, Koonwarra VIC has taken out the coveted title of Australia’s Grand Champion in The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV) prestigious Dairy Interbreed Competition with exhibit Bushlea Van Fernleaf 10, presented as part of International Dairy Week (IDW) yesterday.
Bushlea Van Fernleaf 10 became eligible for the honour after earlier this week being awarded the title of Grand Champion Jersey and along with the RASV Interbreed trophy, will also take home a $2000 cash prize, recognised as the highest on offer in the country.
“The RASV Dairy Interbreed Competition is an important part of our commitment to showcasing quality and celebrating excellence in dairy production and on behalf of RASV I congratulate all of our 2017 Champions,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.
The Intermediate Champion was awarded to Rockvale Burdette Prim – Bluegum Park, Gippsland VIC, whilst Miami Magnify Dawn 5206 – Philmar Dairy Co, Tocumwal NSW was named Junior Champion, with both receiving $1000 cash prizes.
Mr O’Sullivan said RASV’s commitment to showcasing dairy would continue in September with the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition, consisting of the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show and Dairy Youth Handlers Classic and Scholarship.
“Alongside our support for key regional events including IDW, 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.
“We would like to congratulate RASV’s 2016 Dairy Travel Scholarship recipient, Katie Anderson, who along with a number of outstanding achievements throughout the week, was part of the 2017 IDW Premier Exhibitor team.”
Katie will be using the $10,000 bursary to travel to the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin in October.
Entries for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Competition and Travel Scholarship open in May with details to be available at rasv.com.au.