The Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Society Inc conducts the Young Judges and Paraders competition on a state-wide basis. Competition is held across four levels – local Agricultural Show, Sub-Chamber, State and National Finals.
As the title suggests, 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. The competition is divided into 6 judging and 2 paraders categories:
- Prime Beef Cattle Judge
- Stud Beef Cattle Judge
- Stud Beef Cattle Paraders
- Dairy Cattle Judge
- Dairy Cattle Paraders
- AgForce Merino Sheep Judge
- Meat Sheep Breeds Judge
- Merino Fleece Judge
Merino Sheep, Meat Sheep Breeds and Merino Fleece Young Judges competitions are held each year at an Agricultural Show at State Final level. All local winners and first time competitors are eligible to compete at these State Finals.
The aim of these competitions is to develop the judging and parading 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.
It is no coincidence that a vast majority of QCAS Next Generation Committee Members, previous State & National Winners of the Rural Ambassador award along with a number of Showgirl Entrants, have a background in Young Judges. Their ability to express their view professionally and confidently, to perform public speaking at a high level and show an enthusiasm for the Ag sector can all be traced back to their involvement in Young Judges competitions. Particularly through learning from key industry leaders.
2018 young judges & paraders state final winners
|DAIRY CATTLE YOUNG JUDGES||STUD BEEF PARADERS
||MERINO SHEEP YOUNG JUDGES
|WINNER - Elena Morely-Buchanan||WINNER - Siobhan Francis
||WINNER - Lachlan Munro
|RUNNER UP - Clinton Keir||RUNNER UP - Luke Ainsthorpe
||Runner Up - Grace Peskett|
|DAIRY CATTLE PARADERS
||PRIME BEEF YOUNG JUDGES
||MEAT SHEEP BREEDS YOUNG JUDGES
|WINNER - Clinton Keir||WINNER - Nanci Wilson||WINNER - tenneal Prebble
|RUNNER UP - Jessie Lanyon
||RUNNER UP - Candice Rideout
||RUNNER UP - LLoyd-George Worth
|STUD BEEF CATTLE YOUNG JUDGES
||MERINO FLEECE YOUNG JUDGES
|WINNER - Joe Tones
||WINNER - Jed Morrison
|RUNNER UP - Megan Kent
||Runner Up - Lachlan Munro
|2017||Merino Sheep Young Judges (Winner)
Meat Sheep Young Judges (Runner Up)
Dairy Cattle Young Judges (Runner Up)
Beef Cattle Young Paraders (Runner Up)
||Merino Sheep Young Judges
Dairy Cattle Young Judges
Stud Beef Cattle Young Judges
|2015||Merino Sheep Young Judges||Charlie Brumpton|
|2014||Meat Breed Sheep Young Judges
Merino Sheep Young Judges
|2013||Beef Cattle Young Paraders||Nicole Hartwig|
|2012||Meat Breed Sheep Young Judges||Andrew Herron|
|2011||Merino Fleece Sheep Young Judges
Dairy Cattle Young Paraders