Young Judges & Paraders – Meat Sheep
About Young Judges Meat Sheep Competition
The Queensland Ag Shows Meat Sheep competition is conducted on a state-wide basis. Competition is held across three levels – Local Agricultural Show, State and National Finals. The Queensland Ag Shows Competitions are run under the ASA (Agricultural Shows Australia) National Championships Guildelines. You will find the botton linking you to the ASA National Championships Handbooks/Rules/Regulations on the left hand side of this page.
As the title suggests, this 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.
Meat Sheep Breeds competitions are held each year at an Agricultural Show at State Final level. You must win at a Local Agricultural Show to be eligible to compete in the Queensland Meat Sheep State Finals.
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.
Below is an Instructional Video on how to Judge Meat Sheep supplied by the Ekka.
Thank you to the Ekka for supplying this Instructional Video presented by Arrow Energy.
Entries are open for the Ekka’s Virtual Young Judges Competition presented by Arrow Energy.
Entries close Midday Friday 31 July.
The winner of the Virtual Young Judges Competition will qualify to compete in the Queensland Ag Shows 2021 State Final.
2019 STate Final Winners
Previous National Winners
|2018||National Meat Sheep Young Judges (Runner Up)||Tenneal Pebble|
|2017||National Meat Sheep Young Judges (Runner Up)||Tracey Bennett|
|2014||National Meat Breed Sheep Young Judges||Erin Lee|
|2012||National Meat Breed Sheep Young Judges||Andrew Herron|
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.