Young Judges & Paraders – Cattle
About Young Judges & Paraders – Cattle
The Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Society Inc conducts the Young Judges and Paraders competition on a state-wide basis. Competition is held across four levels – local Agricultural Show, Sub-Chamber, State and National Finals.
As the title suggests, competition is open to young people aged 15 and under 25 years as at 1st May in the year of the Competitor’s State Final.
The Cattle competition includes the following categories:
- Prime Beef Cattle Judge
- Stud Beef Cattle Judge
- Stud Beef Cattle Paraders
- Dairy Cattle Judge
- Dairy Cattle Paraders
The aim of these competitions is to develop the judging and parading skills of young people to ensure a selection of experienced judges for future Agricultural Shows. Competitors also improve their communication and presentation skills.
Young Judges and Paraders, among other competitions, offer significant personal and professional development opportunities for young people. The ability to network with, and learn from industry leaders while developing skills such as public speaking and personal confidence is a rare opportunity for young people. To do this in a setting that develops interest and skills in agricultural careers provides a great platform for young people to become involved in our industry.
The criteria for judging Young Judges are based on developing the skills and knowledge of the entrants. Hence much emphasis is given to the ability for entrants to justify the reasons for placing the animals. This is vitally important as selecting animals is a subjective task based on the productions system the judge has in mind and the changing market specifications. The skill required to justify your placements and articulate those in public are hugely beneficial in professional life.
It is no coincidence that a vast majority of QCAS Next Generation Committee Members, previous State & National Winners of the Rural Ambassador award along with a number of Showgirl Entrants, have a background in Young Judges. Their ability to express their view professionally and confidently, to perform public speaking at a high level and show an enthusiasm for the Ag sector can all be traced back to their involvement in Young Judges competitions. Particularly through learning from key industry leaders.
2019 STate Final Winners
Previous National Winners
National Dairy Cattle Young Paraders (Winner) National Dairy Cattle Young Judges (Runner Up)
|2018||National Dairy Cattle Young Paraders (Winner)|
National Beef Cattle Young Judges (Runner Up)
|2017||National Dairy Cattle Young Judges (Runner Up)|
National Beef Cattle Young Paraders (Runner Up)
|2016||National Dairy Cattle Young Judges|
National Stud Beef Cattle Young Judges
|2013||National Beef Cattle Young Paraders||Nicole Hartwig|
|2011||National Dairy Cattle Young Paraders||Gianna Kelly|
Young Judges & Paraders Tips for Local Show Organisers
At local agricultural shows, the level of interest is huge. At the 2013 Toogoolawah Show there were over 100 students entered in the Young Judges and Paraders competitions. The opportunity for the winner from each show to compete at a regional final, and then state final and National or Trans Tasman level is a huge driver- but numbers also reflect the personal pride and willingness to be involved- whether winning is the goal or not.
There are some great ideas for developing more interest in people competing in Young Judges:
- Some shows ask the winner of the Young Judges back as a senior judge the following year
- Agricultural Societies have begun offering prizes for ‘overall’ winners with points allocated for Prime and Stud Beef Young Judges and Young Paraders competitions
- Allowing the winner of the Young Judges to be involved as an Associate Judge for the interbreed Judging late in the day
- Some schools have allowed public speaking in Young Judges to be included in their academic work to allow students the confidence of speaking on something they feel comfortable on.
It is crucial organisers focus on the benefits to the entrants as a way of maintaining or increasing the value of the competitions. Many of our sector entrepreneurs public speaking skills and confidence began through Young Judges ensuring career paths remain in agriculture.
The Over-Judges are usually simply the Judges of the relevant show. Judges are chosen at shows due to their skills and knowledge in assessing cattle and all share a passion for the beef industry. It is crucial that young judges learn from as many different judges as possible to gain a wider understanding of the different production systems and what different people look for. The vital point is to have stewards who are well informed on the running of the competition to ensure the judging is run efficiently and accurately.