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Beyond the Bale : June 2015
50 ON FARM The Brumpton family of Mitchell, Queensland, have made the headlines two years in a row at the National Merino Sheep Young Judges Championship, with Charlie Brumpton taking out this year’s title, following the win by his sister Felicity in the 2014 competition. Charlie also did well in this year’s National Merino Fleece Young Judges Championship, coming second behind Angus Dawson of Armidale, NSW. 17 year old Charlie, who is the son of Nigel and Rosemary Brumpton of Mt Ascot Merino Stud, operates the Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merino stud in partnership with his older sister and younger brother Lachlan. AWI was the national supporter of both competitions this year, held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April. AWI helps fund the events to support young people within the industry to further their skills through visual selection and appraisal of wool and sheep. By providing the opportunity to broaden their experiences and knowledge base through competition, the finalists will become ambassadors for the wool industry. The Young Judges Championships are for people aged between 15 and 25 and are helping to train the next generation of young judges and livestock breeders. To participate in these National Championships, the competitors must first have won their own state finals. The New Zealand champion also competes in these National Championships. The competitors in the National Merino Sheep Young Judges Championship had 12 minutes to judge four poll Merino sheep put up for appraisal and were judged on their handling as well as their reasoning. In second place behind Charlie Brumpton was Ben Hartwick of Ballyroganin in Victoria, followed in third place by Lachlan Hunter of Bruce Rock in WA. The other state champions who competed were Royce Pitchford of Echunga in South Australia, Sophie Watson of Kentuky in NSW, with New Zealand competitor Ben Sutherland of Omalama. In the National Merino Fleece Young Judges Championship, Ella McCarthy of Mount Eliza in Victoria came third behind Angus Dawson and Charlie Brumpton. The other state champions who competed were Morgan McCallum of Booleroo Centre in South Australia, and Stephanie Boyce of Northampton in WA. The Young Judges Championships are coordinated and overseen by the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies (FCAS) which comprises the state/territory organisations that govern more than 600 country show societies across Australia. In recent years the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand has joined FCAS as an Associate Member, allowing New Zealand competitors to participate in and increase the calibre of the Young Judges Championships. There were no competitors from Tasmania this year as the state’s finals were scheduled for later in the year. However, the Tasmanian competitors will be on home turf in the national finals next year which are being held at the Royal Launceston Show in October 2016. AWI will help fund the 2016 national finals. YOUNG JUDGES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOSTER TALENT AWI supports the National Merino Sheep and Merino Fleece Young Judges Championships to help bring through the next generation of young judges and Merino breeders. Queensland's Charlie Brumpton wins the title of 2015 National Merino Sheep Young Judges Champion, keeping the title in the family following his sister’s win in last year’s competition. PHOTO: The Land