Dairy

Dairy dates to stay

By Country News

There are no immediate planned changes to International Dairy Week, despite the event being affected by sweltering temperatures again this year.

The weather was the talk of dairy week, with Tatura averaging 37.4°C throughout the five-day competition, with a peak of 40°C on January 24, the final day of events at Tatura Park.

Event organiser Robyn Barber acknowledged the hot temperatures but said they were ‘‘extremely lucky’’ to have fans above the show arena.

‘‘People said it was hot, it always seems to be hot during dairy week,’’ she said.

‘‘I think what made it worse was the continual hot temperatures, they ran on day after day but the weekend leading up was good weather.

‘‘The show ring was considerably better, much more comfortable, and we had air-con in some other buildings which was certainly well utilised.’’

Ms Barber said there were no plans to move the event to another location.

With the event concluding for another year, Ms Barber said a full review would be undertaken in due course with the comfort of IDW attendees, competitors and the cows always a top priority.

‘‘We’re always looking for ways to improve the event,’’ she said.