18 year old Maya is the Queensland finalist at the 2021 Agricultural Shows Australia National Young Judges finals held at the Royal Queensland Show. Maya hails from a small country town called Tully in Far North Queensland known for its cane, banana and cattle production. 

I am currently studying Primary Education by correspondence through James Cook University as well as working at Mt Tyson Hotel as a barmaid. I started studying animal husbandry at Tully High School in Grade 8 before going into cattle showing in Grade 9 which led to me studying agricultural science in my senior years.

I started competing at shows when I was 14 years old, in Grade 9 at Tully High School where I joined the school Cattle Show Team. I started competing because I had an interest in showing cattle and had watched my two older sisters compete for many years.

I was fortunate enough to become involved in this competition by firstly representing Tully High School at the Tully and Cairns Shows and then representing the North Queensland Sub Chamber at the Ekka where I won the Junior Paraders Competition. Our Agricultural teacher at Tully State High School encouraged students to compete at the shows.

In ten year’s time I would like to be teaching Primary School children about the importance of agriculture and farming and hopefully have some cattle of my own.

I live on a small farm in Feluga where we have a few cattle of our own, and also worked on a local Brahman Stud in the Kennedy Valley which I thoroughly enjoyed. Last year I completed a pregnancy testing and artificial insemination course.

I also participated in the Cairns Show Young Rural Ambassador competition last year and was awarded third place. This was a great experience and it was wonderful to hear so many young people speak about their passion for Agriculture.

I have enjoyed competing at the Tully and Cairns Shows over the past years. A highlight was winning the 15-18yrs Champion Parader at the Cairns Show in 2019. For as long as I can remember my family has always attended the Tully Show and it’s always been a highlight each year.

My most embarrassing show moment was in June 2019 when I got trampled by a cow while at training and considered never competing again!

The EKKA would have to be my favourite show in Australia. I remember going to the EKKA for a school excursion in 2018 and watching the parading and thinking how great it would.

Agricultural Shows Australia wishes Maya all the best at the Ekka.