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 Agriculture Shows Australia National Championships held in a different state each year.
Merino Sheep and Merino Fleece Young Judges competitions are conducted at many local Shows, however, all 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.
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.