Liam Mulligan looks on as Hayley Nelson judges one of the rams in the merino judging competition.
The Mudgee Show kicked off on Friday morning with teenagers from around the region gathering in the sheep and cattle pavilions for the junior judging competitions.
Students from across the region spent Friday morning judging grain, merino fleece, sheep meat breeds, and merinos at the Mudgee Showground, with many of those in attendance hoping to gain entry into the RAS State Judging Finals at the Royal Easter Show at the end of the month.
For other students from Mudgee High School, Gulgong High School and Dunedoo High School, the judging competition was a great chance to learn from the experts and take the first step to becoming junior judges.
The students who came first in each of the competitions will have around three weeks to iron their shirts, go through the rules, and fine tune their judging styles for the Sydney Royal Easter Show state finals.
Gulgong High School agriculture technology teacher Judy Rohr brought along members of the Gulgong High Show Team to the competition, and said it was a great opportunity for the students to test their skills in a competition arena and learn new ones from the experienced judges.
“I’ve got around five students competing in the zone finals and half a dozen kids who are just learning how to judge merino, British breeds, and fleeces,” she said.
“It’s good to have the professionals on hand as the judges so the kids can gain more experience for the future.”
Grains judge Peter Gallagher said the were already fairly knowledgeable about what to look for and conducted themselves in a mature manner throughout the day.
“Some of them conducted themselves amazingly. And most of them knew what they were talking about and did all right when it came raking the grains in order of quality,” he said.
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