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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
YOUNG JUDGES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOSTER TALENT AWI supports the National Merino Fleece and Merino Sheep Young Judges Championships to help bring through the next generation of young judges and Merino breeders. AWI was once again the national supporter of this year’s National Merino Fleece Young Judges Championship and the National Merino Sheep Young Judges Championship, held at the Royal Adelaide Show in September. 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 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. Positions at the Nationals are keenly contested. Participants demonstrate their skills in communication, public speaking and breed and industry specific knowledge. They also get a chance to strengthen career opportunities through networking with colleagues and key industry stakeholders. The National Merino Fleece Young Judges Championship was won this year by Stuart Richardson of Esperance in Western Australia, ahead of runner-up Jedidiah Morrison of Barcaldine in Queensland, with Courtney Davies of New Zealand in third. The winner, 20-year-old Stuart Richardson, said the competition involved judging two lines of four fleeces (eight in total). “Competitors had to speak on their chosen group and were judged on their handling of the fleece, the observations that were made in their Winner of the Merino Fleece Young Judges competition: Stuart Richardson of Esperance in WA. PHOTO: Fairfax Agricultural Media Overjudge John Daniell with the top three place getters in the Merino Sheep Young Judges competition: Adam Bennett of Everton Upper in Victoria, Klay Smith of Cowell in South Australia, and Kaiden Johnston of Quairading in Western Australia. PHOTO: Charmane Bennett 72 ON FARM
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