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14 May, 2022

Junior judges impress

The 2022 Gilgandra Junior Judging competition was in full swing last Thursday, as Gilgandra High School students took to the showground to put their skills to the test.

By Emily Middleton

Industry specialists from around the region donated their livestock and their time for the students’ benefit.

Gilgandra High School agriculture teacher Teresa Standing has been doing this program since 2003, and is very proud of her students.

Ned Williams (Polldale Shorthorn Stud) judged the cattle junior judging and was impressed with the students pro- fessionalism in presenting themselves. The cattle were provided by Ian and Fiona Lambell (Weenya).

Angus Beveridge (Wyuna Merinos) judged the merino sheep judging, and to was pleased with the students’ efforts on the day. Andrew Mills (Don Macdonald

and Company) judged the fleece judging, as well as provided the stock for the stu- dents.

Cherie Pagan (Cooinda Borders) was the judge of the meat sheep judging, and also provided the students with the meat sheep long wool livestock. Blake Duff provided the meat sheep short wool live- stock.

Mrs Pagan spoke of her own experi- ences as a young judge, and inspired the students to continue junior judging regardless of their results at the first try.

“When I was your age I never once won anything in junior judging,” explain- ed Mrs Pagan.

“But here I am, I get asked to judge quite regularly and I love it, and I learn more and more each time. So if you did- n’t place, don’t give up hope.”

Junior judging is run annually as part of the activities for the Gilgandra Show. 

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