Representing New South Wales: Grace Burns (16)
Grace is the NSW state finalist at the 2021 Agricultural Shows Australia National Young Judges finals held at the Royal Queensland Show. Agricultural Shows of Australia sat down with the judge, who is in year 10 at Yanco Agricultural High School, from Nimmitabel.
I started life on the Monaro, where it is often referred to as a moon scape. The plains are open and very rocky, the summers can be hot and windy and the winter freezing cold, but the country is great stock country, then when I was 11 my parents bought a farm in the Bega Valley, when the hills a green and rolling with soft kykua and clover. Two very different environments but both are beautiful and unique.
My parents own grazing properties, we run hereford cattle and Merino sheep. I have always loved all animals and enjoyed working with them. My family have always been involved with the Nimmitabel Show, since a young age I have helped with setting up and helping on the day in various sections.
When I grow up I would like to complete a vet science degree, and hopefully be on my way to owning my own small farm with a Hereford stud.
I started competing in 2020. My mum and my gran are the coordinators of the zone finals at the Nimmitabel Show. So I have been around the competition for a long time but only started competing in 2020. I have spent a bit of time at shows and enjoy watching the animals being judged, but I have always felt that I wouldn’t know enough to have a go. My mum said “have a go, it’s great experience for you and you have a natural eye for stock.” So I gave it a go, and I’m so glad I did. It is a nerve racking experience but a great one at the same time.
When I won the state title, it was my first time ever to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. I won in front of my mum, my sister, my grandparents, my uncle and aunty. They were all as proud as.
My favourite shows are the Nimmitabel Show and the Cobargo Show. They are both great country shows, they have things going on all the time, great ‘ mates races’ and just a great community feel.