2021 Breed Judges

The NZDE Management Committee is proud to announce the judges for the 2021 11th annual All New Zealand Show, their industry expertise, reputation and knowledge of cattle will provide for spectacular viewing. For the 2021 Event, all the judges are New Zealand based due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Once again the All New Zealand Show will have associate judges in the Holstein Friesian Breed, Ayrshire Breed and Jersey Breed Sections.

Jersey Breed:  Barry Montgomery - Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand

Barry farms the two hundred cow, Rivermere jersey stud, ten kilometers south of Dargaville in Northland, on river flats adjacent to the Northern Wairoa river, which flows into the Kaipara Harbour. The Rivermere jersey stud was registered in 1936 by Barry's late grandfather and subsequently owned and farmed by his late father Thomas 'Tom' (a judge and classifier for Jersey New Zealand) until Barry and his wife Mary took total ownership in 1980.

Married with four adult children, Barry is currently an elected director and Vice - President of Jersey New Zealand. He is co-convenor of T.O.P./ Classification and Judging for Jersey New Zealand, an appointee to the T.O.P. Advisory Board of DairyNZ and immediate Past President of the NZ Dairy Breeds Federation.

As a classifier for thirty years and a judge for forty years, he has traveled all over New Zealand assessing and judging dairy stock. From Kaitaia in the North, to Gore in the South, he has judged most of the major shows (Stratford, Hawera, Palmerston North, Te Awamutu, some more than once ) including two Auckland Royal Easter Shows and the New Zealand Royal Show at Hamilton in 2012.

As an exhibitor at the Northern Wairoa A & P Show, the Rivermere prefix has enjoyed success over a long period of years. The North being a hotbed of the Jersey breed, with Big Hollow, Rockvale, Ivanhoe, Dunwald, Lochnoor, Brinkburn, Okura, Meadowstone, Doubleaar, Tarnhowe, Totaradale, plus many other well known studs as exhibitors, success was never guaranteed. Many Breed and All Breed Championships have been won over the years.

One of the prouder moments was the Reserve North Island Championship in 2011,with Rivermere Kismet's Trina Ex4, standing next to the winner Ferdon Folly's Viyella Ex (dam of Ferdon Comerica Viyella Ex) exhibited by Don Fergusson, with judge Jack Davies (Carrondale Jersey's) stating it was an extremely close decision.





Combined Breeds:  Brian McDonald, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand

Marian and Brian have been farming the Snowline herd for over 30 years having taken it over from Brian’s parents ( Ian & Gearldine) who established it in 1952.

The herd consists of approximately 50% Holstein Friesian, 25% Ayrshire , 25% Crossbred with a small number of Milking  Shorthorns which originate  from Brian’s brother Mark’s Brecon Milking Shorthorn Stud.

Marian and Brian farm just south of Stratford, Taranaki and have 96 effective hectares producing 125 -129,000 kgs.

Brian has been involved in showing his whole life and at the recent Royal Stratford show had entries in all 3 breeds.  Children, Grand-children, Nieces and Nephews look set to continue the association with showing.

Brian started judging when he was 19 and is looking forward to the experience of judging at the New Zealand Dairy Event.

Ayrshire Breed:  Derek Hayward - Cambridge, New Zealand

Derek and his wife Catherine own, and operate Premier Cattle Company in Cambridge. Catherine also works off farm as a Real Estate professional for Bayleys Waikato. They have two sons Max 12 and Jake 10, who both love motorbikes, rugby and hunting.

Their farming company encompasses their dairy herd and Speckle Park cattle across three properties totaling 344ha with stock numbers peaking annually at 1100 head.  Derek has spent his lifetime in the cattle industry, growing up on their family beef and dairy operation, and has a passion for genetics.

Their dairy herd comprises of pedigree Ayrshire & Jersey’s and commercial Holsteins. They have enjoyed success at many shows with both the Ayrshire & Jersey’s including NZDE, NZ Royal Show as well as the North Island Championships.

Derek has had the pleasure of judging both dairy and beef cattle in both New Zealand and Australia. As a past exhibitor he is aware of the quality of cattle exhibited at the NZDE and looks forward to the opportunity.




Holstein Friesian Breed: Peter Sherrif, Ohoka, Waimakariri, New Zealand

Peter is a 3rd generation Holstein Friesian dairy farmer, having initially been involved in the home stud farm "Deloraine" in South Canterbury with his father Norman and his brother Alistair.
Peter and his wife Rhonda, together with their family shifted to Ohoka in 1993 and started up the Sherraine Holstein Ltd stud. Today, the stud is run by Peter, his daughter Olivia, and son-in-law Jared Cahill.
Together they milk 150 Holstein Friesian cows year round, averaging 660 kilos of milk solids.
Breeding and Showing pedigree dairy cows has been part of Peter's life since an early age. Sherraine Holsteins have won Supreme Holsteins Cow 4 out of the last 5 years at Canterbury A & P shows, including this years on farm show.
Peter has been a Holstein Judge for over 40 years, having judged a New Zealand Royal show, three North Island Championship shows, as well as shows in Australia.

Youth Handlers & Youth Show Judge: Pete Smit - Ohaupo, Waikato, New Zealand

Pete is a 22 year old Dairy farmer milking 210 predominately Holstein Friesian cows just outside of Ohaupo in the Waikato. Taking care of the day to day operations on the farm keeps Pete plenty busy. He enjoys playing rugby during the winter months, and touch and squash during the summer. While still at school Pete attended the NZDE a number of time’s. He is very much aware of the calibre of the stock that are going to be on display and he is beyond excited to head down to Feilding as a judge in 2021.

Pete was the winner of this year’s Pitcairn’s Trophy held at the Waikato A & P Show. He has also been profiled in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of NZ Holstein.




Clipping Challenge Judge: Luke Gilbert - Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand

Luke Gilbert was born and raised on his family dairy farm in Ashburton alongside his brothers Nick and Michael. His family now owns two dairy farms milking a total of 1200 cows. Luke has always been very passionate about showing cows. He started clipping cows for his Dad Pete when he was 11 years old and got his first professional clipping job at the age of 18. He has since fitted cows at shows in the USA, Australia, Scotland and Germany. The highlight of his fitting career was when he was asked to fit cows at International Dairy Week for two of his idols growing up, Brad and Jess Gavenlock.

In addition to fitting cows Luke has always been very passionate about judging cows. He was appointed his first judging job at the age of 15 and has since judged at many shows and on farm competitions in New Zealand.

Luke is very thankful for the opportunity to judge the Clipping challenge as he loves helping young people develop their talents in the show industry.

2021 Associate Breed Judges

Ayrshire Breed: Alannah Skedgwell

Jersey Breed: Crystal Scown

Combined Breeds: Russell Tocker, Tiakitahuna, Manawatu, New Zealand

Russell Tocker and his partner Sarah and their children, Ted 4 and Violet 2 run the family farm located at Tiakitahuna on the Manawatu Plains. Russell runs the farm along with his older brother Zac. They are the 4th generation on the farm which was started by there great grandfather in 1919.

They have both a dairy and bull beef operation currently milking 700 cows, with 20% of the herd being Milking Shorthorns and Ayrshires. There are 40 milking shorthorn cows registered under the Tikitahuna stud name in the herd.

Russell is on the International Red Breed Dairy Federation board and on the New Zealand Milking Shorthorn Red Breed Genetics bull scheme board. Russell has had an affinity and passion for red cows since a he was a small boy.

Recent highlights for Russell have been attending the red cow conference 2019 in South Australia and judging the Tasmanian Aussie red farm challenge in January 2020.