Finalists for Easter Show national young judges competition announced

Beef Central, 23/03/2022

The finalists for the young judges competition have been announced with participants from across Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Agricultural Shows Australia

AUSTRALIA’S sharpest young judges and most skilled paraders of beef cattle have been announced today to compete in the national finals of the young judges competition.

The competition, run by Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA), brings together the best young judges and paraders, aged between 15 and 25, in each state to compete at the national finals.

Qualification is via success in competitive regional and state competitions and the national championships are held in a different location each year.

This year, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, from 8-19 April, in its bicentenary year will host the 2022 championships including the 2021 finalists who were unable to compete at Ekka (Royal Queensland Show) due to COVID cancellations.

The beef cattle paraders competition is designed to determine who most effectively presents and parades an animal before a competition judge. ASA chairman Dr Rob Wilson said the competition was designed to recognise the best new talent in livestock judging nationwide.

“It’s an extremely prestigious event and positions at the nationals are keenly contested,” Dr. Wilson said.

“These young people are the future of agricultural show competitions which are crucial to the continual improvement of Australia’s food and fibre. The national competition is a coveted opportunity to grow personally and professionally by practising skills against the cream of the crop.”


  • From Western Australia, 19-year-old Amanda Cavenagh from Elgin will be both the beef cattle parading and judging competitions. Thomas Spencer, 20, from Bullsbrook will be representing WA in the beef cattle judging competition.
  • Two 18-year-olds from Moura in Central Queensland, Mackenzie Leeson and Hayden Hanson will be representing the sunshine state in the beef cattle judging competition. Tully’s Maya Threlfall of Tully and Chloe Plowman,18, from Kingaroy will compete in the parading competition.
  • The New South Wales representative for the beef cattle judging competition with be 16-year-old Grace Burns of Towamba while 24-year-old Tayla Miller, from Parkville, has been selected for the beef cattle parading competition.
  • Three South Australians will be in the competition, with 18-year-old Angus Llewellyn, from Keith,  in the beef cattle judging competition and 21-year-old Alizah Fogden of Loxton in the parading competition. Dayna Grey, 23, from Marrabel will be in both competitions.
  • Some of the oldest in the field will come from Tasmania, with 25-year-old Alice Hall of Scottsdale and 24-year-old Chelsea Rayner from Lower Beaulah in the beef cattle judging competition
  • From Victoria, 17-year-old Lochie McLauchlan of Glenormiston North will be in the beef cattle parading competition. 23-year-old Sarah Sutton of Sulky and 20-year-old Brittany Abbott from Kolora will be in the beef cattle judging competition.
  • From across the ditch in New Zealand, 21-year-old Cara Doggett of Wellsford will be represent in the beef cattle parading competition. 24-year-old Lisa Bonenkampin has been selected for the beef cattle judging competition.

Source: Agricultural Shows Australia



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