This article written by Ben Harden first appeared in Queensland Country Life
CENTRAL Queensland’s youngest and brightest brought their stud judging skills and public speaking abilities to the Rockhampton Show ring for the stud beef junior judging on Thursday.
A packed field of more than 120 young judges were asked to mark Brahman bulls, before finalists were chosen to speak on the cattle.
First place ribbons were awarded to Ruby Olsen (12 years and under), Charli White (13 years), Jessica Chapman (14 years), Cody Killalea (15 years) and Cameron Mortimer (16 years and over).
Fifteen-year-old Cody Killalea scored the highest points on the day, a whopping 94 points, earning him an invitation to judge and speak at the subchamber stud beef junior judging finals in Biloela from June 14-15.
Over judge for the junior section Wayne York, Karragarra, Emerald, who earlier judged the stud beef cattle and led steer competition, said he was blown away by the calibre of entrants.
“Congratulations to everyone that got up to speak. All the juniors did very well,” Mr York said.
Mr York, who came up through young judges competitions himself, offered constructive feedback for juniors on the day to consider for future competitions.
“Just a reminder of a few things that I always like to see when I’m in the judging ring. I like to see cream pants if you can wear them and polished shoes,” he said.
“We have to keep those standards high and I think that presentation is a big plus.”