International dairy week judges

By Country News

Brad Gavenlock, Australia; ABS Australia/Ridley All Breeds National Youth Show

Brad Gavenlock, along with his wife Jessica and daughter Penny, owns and operates Cherrylock Cattle Company, which recently relocated back to Australia from the United States and has a strong Jersey influence with a few Holsteins and Illawarras. 

Mr Gavenlock has judged throughout NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. He has served as the over-judge for youth challenge competitions in Sydney, Brisbane and at IDW, and assisted as an over-judge for the National Holstein and Jersey Judging panels in NSW. He also enjoys teaching fitting and judging to youth across Australia, and has worked as a fitter throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Hayley Menzies, Australia; IDW National Youth Showmanship Champions

Hayley Menzies works alongside husband Stewart on their busy 600-strong Holstein and Jersey herd at Nowra.

Mrs Menzies’ judging resume is already strong; she adjudicated at the 2013 Melbourne Royal Youth Show, the 2012 Sydney Royal Youth Classic, the NSW State Jersey Show Paraders’ show, and the showmanship section of the 2013 IDW Youth Challenge Show.

Ryan Weigel, United States; National Illawarra Show

Ryan Weigel is a sire analyst for accelerated genetics in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

As a sire analyst, Mr Weigel is responsible for creating and procuring the highest genomic quality young sires within his assigned area.

Mr Weigel has judged multiple dairy cattle shows and served as an official for many different judging contests and clinics throughout the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mr Weigel lives in Platteville, Wisconsin with his wife Traci and three young children.

Max Hyland, Australia; National Ayrshire Show

Max Hyland established Rockvale Ayrshire Stud in 1962 in Tasmania and moved to Victoria in 1973.

He has judged at Sydney Royal, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Toowoomba as well as many country shows in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.

Mr Hyland has travelled to New Zealand to judge the North Island Championships, the North Island Royal in Hamilton, the All Breeds at SI Royal Invercargill, and the All Breeds at Feilding.

He has also judged the Semex Great Southern On Farm Competition for the Jersey breed.

Murray Sowter, Australia; National Guernsey Show

Murray Sowter owns and operates Murribrook Holsteins on 110ha of prime improved pasture at Moss Vale, NSW.

He has been breeding and showing Holstein cattle for more than 30 years.

Mr Sowter has contributed to the show ring as a judge at the IDW All Breeds Youth Show in 2012 and at a number of other high profile shows across New Zealand and Australia.

Murribrook Holsteins milks about 250 cows with a rolling herd average of 11000litres/cow/year.

Paul Trapp, United States; National Brown Swiss Show

Paul Trapp is currently in his 22nd year with ABS Global working as a regional sire analyst.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics with a marketing emphasis.

Mr Trapp has judged shows in 20 different states at local, state, and national level, and internationally in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Robert Anderson, Australia; National Jersey Show

Born into a family passionate about Jerseys, Robert Anderson is the fourth generation to continue the tradition and established Kings Ville Jerseys at the age of 16.

He is a member of the Jersey and Holstein Australia judging panels and a past classifier for Jersey Australia.

Mr Anderson has judged at numerous shows within Australia and New Zealand. Major judging appointments include: Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Launceston Royal shows, All Breeds Youth Show at Melbourne Royal, Shepparton National All Breeds, NSW Dairy Spectacular, twice at the NSW State Jersey Show and twice at the New Zealand Dairy Event.

Pierre Boulet, Canada; National Holstein Show

Pierre Boulet has operated his dairy farm Ferme Pierre Boulet in Montmagny, Québec, Canada since 1995 under the prefix Pierstein.

Mr Boulet is a co-owner and auctioneer for Les Encans Boulet, an auctioneering company specialising in on-farm auctions and high-end genetic sales across Canada.

His most famous cow is without doubt Thrulane James Rose EX-97-2E 3*, two-time Holstein International World Champion, World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion and three-time Grand Champion at the Royal Winter Fair.

A Holstein Canada judge since 2005, Mr Boulet has officiated at shows across Canada and in France.