Australian Grand Dairy Awards’ judge announced

Posted by Josette Dunn on 17th November 2010

Australia’s delectable array of high quality dairy products has allured prominent US dairy expert Dr Mark Johnson to judge Dairy Australia’s 2011 Australian Grand Dairy Awards (AGDA).Dr Johnson arrived in Australia this month to share his invaluable insight and expertise to help decide which products will be crowned ‘best of the best’ at the AGDA awards ceremony in February 2011.

His international experience coincides perfectly with the theme for the 2011 awards, which celebrates globalisation and migrants’ positive influence on the Australian dairy industry. European dairy farming practices and produce have inspired dairy farmers globally from cattle grazing in Gippsland, Victoria, to cheese production in Wisconsin.

Dr Johnson will use the knowledge he has gained throughout his 30-year science career in the US dairy industry, as well as his extensive experience as an international dairy judge, in his position on the AGDA 2011 judging panel.

Dairy Australia’s Managing Director Ian Halliday is delighted to be able to name Dr Johnson as AGDA’s 2011 international judge, saying: “Dr Johnson is a highly recognised expert in the Dairy industry. His impressive resume and wealth of knowledge means that he is the perfect judge for the AGDAs. We are lucky to have him and look forward to seeing his response to the best of Australia’s dairy produce.”

Dr Johnson is delighted to be in Australia to judge the awards and said: “Australia is renowned for having some of the best dairy produce in the world. Australian milk is among the creamiest, and the cheese is up there with the tastiest. I am thrilled to be here and to be a part of the judging panel, and I am looking forward to tasting the entries.”

For the past 11 years Dr Johnson has served as a panellist and expert judge for a range of world-renowned dairy contests including the World Dairy Expo, the World Championship Cheese Contests and the United States Championship Cheese Contests.