Ekka state finals come to Maleny


FOR only the second time in the history of the Dairy – Young Judges and Paraders competition the state finals will this year be conducted by Queensland Ag Shows at the Maleny Showground on Saturday September 25.

The competition, for young people aged 15-25 years, provides significant personal and professional development opportunities, including the opportunity to network, learn from industry professionals and practise public speaking skills.

Competitors learn how to improve their judging and parading skills and the competitions encourage them to continue their involvement in agricultural shows.

Queensland Ag Shows state coordinator of the Young Judges and Paraders competitions, Monica Skerman, said that as this year’s Ekka had been cancelled, it was great that the state finals of the dairy competition could be rescheduled to still go ahead.

“We are very pleased that Maleny Show Society agreed to host the finals at the showground. Maleny is well known for its long association with the dairy industry and our Maleny Show is still one of the most robust exhibitors of dairy cattle in the country,” Monica said.

The event will feature young competitors from five Queensland sub chambers of Queensland Ag Shows, coming from as far as Malanda near Cairns and the Darling Downs.

Our local region – the Near North Coast sub chamber – will be represented by Sharnaye Wintzloff and Britney Holt. Clinton Keir, originally from Kenilworth and a former National Dairy Parader winner, will also be competing.

The winners of the state finals will be invited to represent Queensland at the 2022 national finals hosted by the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 finals, the 2019 state winners Loka Manu and Thomas Wade from the Near North Coast sub chamber will also be travelling to the Sydney in April 2022 to compete in the national championships.

Monica said this was her 15th year with this competition. “All I can say is that these young people represent the future for our dairy industry,” she said.

The state finals will run from 9.30am-3pm. It is a free ticketed event via Eventbrite. For more details or for tickets go to www.facebook.com/queenslandagshows

Refreshments and a barbeque lunch will be available.

Main photo: Dairy Young Judges 2019 runner-up Jerry English from North Queensland, Monica Skerman from Queensland Ag Shows and Loka Manu, Near North Coast’s 2019 winner

Dairy Young Judges 2019 runner-up Jerry English from North Queensland, Monica Skerman from Queensland Ag Shows and Loka Manu, Near North Coast’s 2019 winner
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