Spotlight on dairy breeds at expo

JILL GALLOWAY
Last updated 12:00 29/01/2013

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New Zealand's biggest dairy event starts tomorrow, with 330 cattle coming from throughout the country to Feilding's Manfeild Stadium.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the 2013 Dairy Event, which will begin with young people strutting their stuff with a challenge over the preparation and handling of dairy cattle.

Event manager Neville Turnbull said the venue would be full, with in-milk cows, dry dairy cows, heifers, and a growing number of stalls all placed in the stadium.

A dairy shed there will be set up to cater for the cows that need milking, he said.

Mr Turnbull said it was great to be able to have the best of the country's dairy cows all under cover, and that was why the event came back to Feilding each year.

It is the fifth Dairy Event at the stadium.

The 2 -day show also celebrates the centenary of the milking shorthorn breed.

He said the expo would host five of the six known dairy breeds in the country.

"The only one missing is the brown Swiss breed, and they're not here because most are around Rotorua and they're at the A&P Show there," Mr Turnbull said.

As well as the showing of dairy cattle, some will also be sold at a Queen of Hearts sale on Thursday evening.

Judges come from Ireland, Wales, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The show is free to the public.

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