Best young poultry judge and cattle parader announced for 2022

The judge with the most potential to grade those chickens and the best cattle parader for 2021 and 2022 has been named at the start of the Sydney Royal easter Show gathers pace

From left to right: Dr Robert Wilson (ASA Chair) stands next to 2022 cattle parader title winner Chloe Plowman, with Renee Keith (Judge) and Anne Stroud (RASWA)

Visitors to the Sydney Royal Easter Show running from 8 to 19 April 2022 have been witness to the presentations of awards for the best young poultry judge for 2022, along with the winner of the best cattle parader for 2022.

It was with great trepidation that the poultry champions and cattle paraders should meet on the same turf at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, it was a true test for the cattle handlers to avoid their feathered friends.

But there it was, as Lachie McLauchlan (17) from Glenormiston North Victoria and Chloe Plowman (18) from Kingaroy in Queensland took out cattle parader titles, while 18 year old Michael English from Nanango, Queensland and 16 year old Georgia Kirkby from Bellata New South Wales won the top poultry judging.

Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA) staged the national championships of young judges and paraders competitions with finalists from each state of Australia and New Zealand.

The competition included winners from both 2021 and 2022 as the 2021 events that was scheduled for EKKA last year had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lachie McLauchlan (17) from Glenormiston North Victoria took out cattle parader title for 2021

Lachie McLauchlan (17) from Glenormiston North Victoria and Chloe Plowman (18) from Kingaroy in Queensland were thrilled to take out the top spot in the Agricultural Shows Australia young beef cattle parader championship for 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Runner up for the 2021 pool of finalists was 21 year old Demi Bird from Sheffield Tasmania and third was awarded to 17 year old Maya Threlfall from Tully Queensland.

Runner up for the 2022 competition was 23 year old Sarah Sutton from Sulky Victoria and third was 17 year old Indiana Smith from Riverdale Western Australia.

Young paraders are assessed on their presentation, confidence and technique in handling the animal, as well as their knowledge about their animal and their use of cattle terminology.

The young poultry judging championship for 2022 was hotly contested with Michael Lloyd from Victoria runner up for the 2022 competition to Georgia Kirkby (16) from Bellata New South Wales who took out the top spot for 2022

Young poultry judging championship

Poultry judges also came from far and wide to see how they fared in their national competition.

It was down to 18 year old Michael English from Nanango Queensland and 16 year old Georgia Kirkby from Bellata New South Wales to take out the top spots in the Agricultural Shows Australia young poultry judging championship for 2021 and 2022 respectively, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

“I showed my first bird at our local show and entered the competition for young judges at the Ekka four years ago and really enjoyed the experience judging many different birds,” Michael said.

“Travelling around to different shows and judging has become a real passion of mine. It’s a great way to meet new people and learn so much from experienced breeders,” Michael added.

Georgia’s most embarrassing moment was at the Inverell poultry show when her brother’s pet duck beat all of hers even though it was only entered because they had room and he never let them forget it.

“I would love to have my own property, increase my cattle stud size and continue to have a nice group of quality poultry,” Georgia said.

Runner up for 2021 was 20 year old Thomas Spencer from Bullsbrook Western Australia and third was 20 year old Olivia Broughton from Camden New South Wales. Michael Lloyd from Victoria was the runner up for the 2022 competition. 

Michael English (18) from Nanango Queensland (centre) took out the 2021 crown, while Runner up for 2021 was Thomas Spencer (20) from Bullsbrook Western Australia and third was Olivia Broughton (20) from Camden New South Wales

The national championships are held in a different location each year. This year, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, celebrating its bicentenary, is hosting the 2022 championships including the 2021 finalists who were unable to compete at Ekka due to COVID-19 forcing cancellations.

The national judges and paraders competition bring together the best young judges and paraders aged from 15 to 25 in each state to compete at the national finals. Qualification is via success in competitive regional and state competitions.

Overall there are nine categories for judging and parading each year under the Agricultural Shows Australia national competition program: beef cattle, dairy cattle, alpaca, poultry, Merino sheep, meat breed sheep and Merino fleece judging, as well as parading competitions in beef and dairy cattle.

Dr. Rob Wilson is chairman of ASA, the peak body overseeing 572 agricultural shows in Australia that attract six million visitors annually and contribute nearly a $billion to the national economy. Rob says the competition is 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 explains.

“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.”

About Agricultural Shows Australia

Agricultural Shows of Australia (ASA) was established to promote the role and significance of Australian agricultural shows to the wider community. ASA’s vision is a strong and vibrant network of agricultural shows working together to engage, influence and promote the essential value of Australian agriculture. Membership of the ASA is made up of capital city Royal Agricultural Societies and state-based agricultural show bodies, together representing over 570 agricultural shows. For more information about the competition held each year, go to this link.