Leslie is Jersey judge

By Country News

A familiar face at International Dairy Week is set to take on a new role, with Brian Leslie announced as the Jersey cattle judge for next year’s event.

Having founded IDW in 1990, Mr Leslie has continued to be involved in the event through his role as director and had previously judged the Holstein classes in 2011 and the youth show in 1990 and 2000.

Although this his first time judging Jerseys at IDW, Mr Leslie has vast experience judging the breed in Jersey, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and around Australia.

‘‘I’m looking forward to it,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve travelled the world looking at top Jersey cattle, I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the greatest Jersey breeders as an auctioneer for their sales for nearly 40 years and I’ve sold every record-priced Jersey in Australia.’’

Mr Leslie said he would look for the same traits as in any breed — good udders, dairy quality and body capacity.

Jersey Australia president Chris McKenzie gave his endorsement to the judging appointment.

‘‘Brian is a very experienced judge and stud breeder and he has a very good eye for cattle,’’ Mr McKenzie said.

‘‘He has had extensive judging experience with Jerseys in Australia and overseas and we look forward to his involvement.’’

Mr Leslie said IDW 2019 was shaping up strongly, but said the dry season could have an impact.

‘‘But we’ve been through that before and dairy week always seems to come out on top,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a place for people to go and leave behind some of their concerns and share experiences with like-minded people and it’s a wonderful way to promote dairy cattle.’’

■IDW will run from Sunday, January 20 to Thursday, January 24, with Jersey judging to take place on January 23.