AgForce Merino Sheep
The Queensland State Final of the AgForce Merino Sheep competition and the Nutrien Wool Merino Fleece competition is held in conjunction with the QMSSA State Sheep Show each year.
The competitions are open to:
Young people aged 15 and under 25 years as at 1st May in the year of the Competitor’s State Final.
A Queensland resident for a minimum three (3) months prior to competing; OR resident at a Queensland education institution OR residing interstate but can prove an affinity with a Queensland Agricultural Society.
The State Winner will be invited to represent Queensland at the following years National Finals held in a different state each year.
Merino Sheep and Merino Fleece Young Judges competitions are conducted at many local Shows, however, all eligible competitors are welcome to participate in the State Young Judges competition. They do not have to have competed on a local level.
Nominations may be accepted on the day however prior nomination is preferred. Please send your completed entry form to [email protected]
You may ask:
- Why do we hold young judge’s competitions?
- Why do we encourage youth participation?
- Why do we have supportive industry personnel assist with the competitions?
Our youth are the future of our industries and our communities. It is imperative that we foster the development of judging skills and knowledge of young Queenslanders to ensure a selection of experienced judges for future Agricultural Shows. Young Judges also offer significant personal and professional opportunities as well as the ability to network with, and learn from industry leaders. Developing skills such as public speaking, gaining personal confidence, creating interest and skills in agricultural careers, provides a great platform for young people to become involved in the sheep and wool industry.
2019 AgForce Merino Sheep Young Judges State Finals Winners
First Place – Will Hacker
Runner Up – Lachlan Barrett
Previous National Winners
|2017||National Merino Sheep Young Judges (Winner)||Matthew Baker|
|2016||National Merino Sheep Young Judges||Lachie Brumpton|
|2015||National Merino Sheep Young Judges||Charlie Brumpton|
|2014||National Merino Sheep Young Judges||Felicity Brumpton|
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.