Queensland Ag Shows run the Poultry Young Judges competition on a state-wide basis. The competition is held across three levels – Local Show, State Finals 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.
Poultry Young Judges State Final Competition will be held each year at the Toowoomba Royal Show. You must win at a Local Queensland Agricultural Show to qualify to compete in the State Finals. The winner of the State Finals will then compete as Queenslands representative at the following years National Finals.
The aim of these competitions is to develop the judging skills of young people to ensure a selection of experienced judges for future Agricultural Shows. Competitors also improve their communication and presentation skills.
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|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|
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:
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.