16 year old Campbell Rubie hails from Warroo in the central west region of New South Wales, on the Lachlan River between Forbes and Condobolin. He’s off to the Royal Queensland Show in August to represent his state in Merino sheep young judges national final. We caught up with the young man to discuss his love of the Merino breed. 

I’ve grown up on a family farm, which is a mixed farming enterprise, with the major focus on our Merino and Poll Merino Stud. I am actively involved in all farming activities, including sheep work, machinery work and many other activities.

I’ve been to many agricultural shows and sheep shows with my family over the years.

I am in Year 11 at Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes, and after school I will be working on my family farm, with a trade under my belt.

2020 was actually my first year competing in the junior judging competition, where I qualified for the Royal Easter Show, and came first in the Merino sheep section in April 2021.

My Dad (Glen Rubie) and my brother (Mitchell Rubie) have had a huge influence on my judging.

Outside of agriculture, I’m passionate about fishing and rugby league.

My favourite show in Australia would have to be the Bendigo Sheep Show because there are sheep from all states and it’s a great place to learn.

My greatest moment at a show so far would have to be winning the state junior judging competition.

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