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 Championships. The Queensland Ag Shows Competitions are run under the Agricultural Shows Australia National Championships Guidelines (Handbooks).
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 this competition 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.
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.
|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.