2018 Breed Judges

The NZDE Management Committee is proud to announce the judges for the 2018 10 year anniversary All New Zealand Show, their industry expertise, reputation and knowledge of cattle will provide for spectacular viewing. For the 2018 Event, we have judges coming from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Once again the All New Zealand Show will have associate judges in the Holstein Friesian Breed, Ayrshire Breed and Jersey Breed Sections.

Jersey Breed:  Rob Anderson - Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Rob was born into a family with a long association with Jerseys and is the fourth generation to continue the tradition establishing Kings Ville Jerseys at the age of 16. Rob with his wife, Kerrie and their three daughters, Emily, Meg & Holly milk 220 Registered Jerseys in Gippsland, Victoria.

In 1993 Rob was awarded the Australian Jersey Breeders Qantas Youth Scholarship and travelled through out the USA and Canada for 10 weeks gaining knowledge of different farming practices and Jersey Genetics. In 1994, Rob won the National Dairy Cattle Judging Competition at Sydney Royal.

Rob is a member of both the Jersey & Holstein Australia Judging panels and a past classifier for Jersey Australia. Rob has judged at numerous shows within Australia and New Zealand. In 2016 Rob was the first Australia to judge the National Jersey Show at International Dairy Week. Other major judging appointments include: Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney & Launceston Royals, All breeds Youth Show at Melbourne Royal, Shepparton National All Breeds, NSW Dairy Spectacular, NSW State Jersey Show in 1999 & 2008. Rob has also judged many Jersey and Holstein On Farm Challenges. Judging the Semex Holstein Australian On Farm Competition final for Southern Australia in 2012 and the 2014 Great Northern Jersey On Farm Challenge Final.

Showing Jerseys is enjoyed by Rob and his family with success over many years at IDW, On Farm Challenges, Fairs, Royal Melbourne and local shows. In 2013, Kings Ville Jerseys was a recipient of the Australian Bull Breeding Award for Jerseys of the 1990’s.

Rob is excited to return to the NZDE for the third time to officiate.






Combined Breeds:  Geoff Cochrane - Australia

Cameleer, Bullock Driver, Mule Whisperer , winner of the Nowra Show Inaugural Ute Barrell Race in 2005 and winner of the Inaugural Great Charity Camel Race at Nowra Show 2016. Geoff was born into a dairy farming family in Kangaroo Valley in 1952. Having always had a passion for Illawarra cows he established the Kangawarra Illawarra Stud shortly after leaving school in 1969. His father, Reg bred and milked Illawarras but didn’t show them. Grandfather Tom however did show his cows. The stud name stems from Kangaroo Valley and the Illawarra Breed.

Over the years the Kangawarra cows have won broad ribbons at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane as well as many state and country shows and On Farm Challenges.

Geoff has judged all around the country; Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide Royals and country shows as well as Milking Shorthorns at the Hamilton NZ centenary show and Palmerston North on that same trip. Geoff has also judged in the USA.

The Kangawarra cows have been prominent in production with many cows holding National Production Records over the years. 5 cows have produced over 100,000 litres lifetime in recent years.

Geoff with his wife Cathie have grown the family business from 165,000 litres in 1968 to 11,340,000 litres this past year.

Geoff is retired from milking now but his 3 sons, Tim , Dan and Tom manage the families 3 separate dairies milking over 1,500 cows, all within a 10 klm radius of Nowra on the Shoalhaven River flood plain, 160 klms south of Sydney, supplying Parmalat for the Sydney fresh milk market.

Geoff is currently the Immediate Past Federal President of the Illawarra Cattle Society of Australia but is still a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW which runs the Sydney Easter Show.

These days Geoff mainly helps his sons with advice and takes the grandchildren (7th generation budding young farmers) swimming, bush walking, horse riding and in turn they help him with his Bullock team and wagon, pack mule, camels and ponies at historical turnouts around the country.

It will be good to have Geoff back to judge the Combined breeds at the 2018 show.

Ayrshire Breed:  Francois Beaudry - Québec, Canada

Francois Beaudry is married to Hélène Tremblay and they have four children. Together they
own and operate a dairy farm in Québec, Canada under the prefix Des Prairies. The herd has
around 120 Ayrshires and has been very successful in dairy shows in Canada and USA.
During the last two years, Francois acted as President of Ayrshire Canada. He is also an
experienced judge and as judged dairy shows in many countries including Canada, the
United-States, Columbia, Finland, Sweden, and South Africa.

He is very honoured to have the opportunity to judge the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Event.






Holstein Friesian Breed:  Edward Griffiths - South Yorkshire, England

Edward 51 farms with his wife Jenny and three daughters who are all involved on the family dairy farm, Frances 24 is an agricultural land agent, Lydia is training to be a farm accountant and Sally now works full time at home after spending 6 months in New Zealand working on two dairy farms in the North and South Island.

The Griffiths family farm in South Yorkshire in the north of England where they milk 180 pedigree Holsteins plus a few Jerseys and Ayrshires which all share the Coachgate prefix. The Coachgate herd calve all year round and have been recognised by their milk supplier for their investment in animal health and welfare facilities on the farm. The 270 acre farm is 750 feet above sea level and is predominantly grass and wheat.

The family always look forward to exhibiting cattle at the Great Yorkshire Show in the north of England where this summer they won the junior interbreed dairy champion with a home bred Holstein heifer. The herd has previously won the champion herd in the Yorkshire herd competition.

Edward is passionate about the breed, enthusiastically involved with the next generation and has a wealth of judging experience.

2018 Youth Judges

Youth Show Judge:  Selwyn Donald - Featherston, New Zealand

Selwyn and his partner Lorraine farm on the outskirts of the Featherston Township nestled under the Tararua Ranges and is approximately an hour’s drive from New Zealand's capital city Wellington.

Selwyn milks 400 cows registered under the Arran prefix and is one of New Zealand’s oldest Ayrshire Studs and with Selwyn being the 4th generation to farm the property.  Selwyn has added to the farming operation over the last 20 years which now includes Holstein Friesians, Jerseys, 2 Milking Shorthorns and 1 Brown Swiss.  The farm has a 40 bale Rotary Milking Parlour and is irrigated by a central pivot irrigation system & single laterals as the cows graze all year round & calve down once a year. Selwyn employs 1 full time and 1 part time staff member to help him on the farm.

Selwyn has exhibited at many shows throughout New Zealand and has gained many broad ribbons with all his individual breeds.  A major highlight for Selwyn was when he won Supreme of the Breed at the 2016 NZ Dairy Event in both the Ayrshire and Combined Breeds Section.  He is also the only exhibitor in the 9 years that NZ Dairy Event has been running to have won the Intermediate Championship in the Holstein, Ayrshire, Jersey and Combined Breeds (once with a Milking Shorthorn and once with a Brown Swiss) Sections.

Selwyn is very proud of the way his animals perform, not only in the show ring but also in National & International Photo Competitions. A great highlight was  winning the 2 Year Class of the World Red Cow Photo Competition in 2015 with ARRAN Pring Beaujolias. With only 2 Milking Shorthorns milked at Arran, this is an amazing accomplishment.

A major highlight in Selwyn’s Judging Career was in July 2014 at the UK Dairy Event when he stepped forward & split a tie under controversial circumstances for the Interbreed Senior Champion of the show, you can view on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=vb.238456219616890&type.

Selwyn is very excited to be judging the Youth Show at the NZ Dairy Event 10 Year Celebration Show.






Youth Handlers Competition Judge:  Claire Swale - Lancashire, England

From Lancashire in England, Claire Swale has been judging Showmanship competitions for over 20 years, officiating in Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. 

Married to Dave, with two children, Jack (18) and Harvey (17), Claire owns 40 head of registered Holsteins under her own Heavenly prefix. These operate along side the family run Joylan Farms, which farms over 800acres, milks 500 cows, and retails  all their own milk independently. 

Claire is the sales and marketing manager for PrimeVal Genetics in the Netherlands, a company which has invested heavily in to the Genomics business and is now beginning to put world-class bulls into international A.I. 

Claire is a familiar sight in and around the show ring, whether it be showing or judging or as a valued part of the Cowsmopolitan team providing global show coverage. 

Last year she travelled to 13 countries, making over 90 flights, doing this.

Involved in the pedigree business since an early age, Claire considers herself extremely fortunate to have a career in an industry she loves, working with great cows and great people. Passionate about the Youth of our industry, Claire is excited to be working with the youth of New Zealand at the New Zealand Dairy Event.

Youth Team Challenge Judge:  Bradley Cullen - Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Dairy farming has run in Bradley Cullen’s family for over 7 generations in Australia and even more back in Ireland.  Bradley’s parents still milk around 100 Holsteins on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. 

Brad and his wife Abbie are currently residing in Launceston in Tasmania, Australia. 

Bradley works under the Cullen Marketing Solutions brand and has been photographing cows for over 8 years.  He has managed sales and photographed cows in America, Canada, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.  Bradley is a very familiar face in New Zealand with having photographed animals for most breeders over the years.

Bradley continues his own interest with stud cattle and owns Jerseys, Red and Black Holsteins across North America and Australia with most of them being owned in partnership. 

The most exciting cow that Bradley is currently working with is the 2017 IDW Supreme Champion Bushlea Van Fernleaf 10 EX-93.

Bradley is a very experienced photographer with having photographed over 6000 cows and is excited to be a part of the NZ Dairy Event 2018.



2018 Associate Breed Judges



Holstein Friesian Breed: Danyel Hosto - Wisconsin, USA

Danyel Hosto grew up on her family’s 60-cow pedigree Holstein farm in Wisconsin, USA. From a young age she was involved in the day to day farm operations, exhibiting homebred animals at local state and national shows, showmanship competitions, judging dairy cattle, developing her own herd of cattle and dairy promotions. This love for the dairy industry fuelled her study decisions as she obtained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her university career, she was heavily involved in the Badger Dairy Club and dairy judging team.

After graduation, Hosto began working for CRV, a global dairy herd improvement organisation in marketing and product roles across the USA and the Netherlands. In 2013, this brought her to New Zealand as the genetics product manager at CRV Ambreed. She has further explored the New Zealand Dairy Industry, having worked at Fonterra as a marketing executive.

Hosto enjoys working with youth and supporting the development of the next generation. She helps with the All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp and coaches youth on handling, judging and marketing. Additionally, she is a Classifier for Holstein Friesian New Zealand and involved in the Waikato Community Supported Agriculture initiative.

Ayrshire Breed: David Ackerman - Canterbury, New Zealand

David Farms on the family farm along side his parents on the Musica Stud in Canterbury. Milking 500 cows in an all grass, self-contained system. He has been on the Ayrshire Youth Committee for three years and is on the Semayr board. David is currently President of the Canterbury Ayrshire Club and is looking forward to his first TOP inspection run this year. In his spare time he plays the trumpet for the local Big Band and enters a few marathons.




Jersey Breed: Nick Browning - Dargaville, New Zealand

Nick and wife Stephanie are currently share-milking and are equity partners on his parents dairy farm in Dargaville milking 380 pedigree jersey cows.
Nick has been involved with jerseys since he could walk, he is a fourth generation jersey breeder. Nick loves showing his cattle and is always trying to improve his animals.
He is a certified Jersey NZ Judge, an active member of his jersey club, a Jersey Youth ambassador for Northland, and also has just started with the Jersey NZ youth committee.
Nick loves to help the youth with their showing and breeding passions no matter what the breed.