Judging among the best
MONTO’SLeesa Ison recently joined a group of well respected international dairy identities as one of the dairy judges at the Melbourne Royal Show.
Miss Ison was in Melbourne on September 17 and 18 to judge the guernsey classes as well as the Dairy Youth Classic.
She passed her decisions alongside judges from the United Kingdom and Canada, who judged the other dairy classes at the show.
“To judge at any royal show, it is an honour,” Miss Ison said.
“The fact that there were other judges from Canada and the United Kingdom that I got to mingle with was quite good.
“There were good quality cattle and it was an honour to be one of the judges.”
It was the first time Miss Ison had judged at the Melbourne Royal Show, but previously she has judged at the Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide royal shows.
While at the Melbourne show Miss Ison said she was pleasantly surprised to see a heifer she had bred competing.
“A highlight was seeing a guernsey heifer, Exkwitz Spider Arms that we sold at the recent Gympie Show, shown in the guernsey section and going on to be Juvenile Champion,” Miss Ison said.
Tomorrow Miss Ison is off to the Darling Downs to be one of three tutors for aspiring judges at the Queensland State Dairy Judging School.
“The two guys I’m teaching with are very well respected in the dairy industry,” she said.
“I’m pretty positive I am the first lady to tutor at a judging school in Queensland.
“It will be a good experience forme and the hopeful judges as well.”
Miss Ison’s judging career in the dairy section began in 1991 when she won the National Young Dairy Judges competition in Adelaide.
CHAMPION BREED: Monto’s Leesa Ison judges this champion guernsey cow at the Royal Melbourne Show, pictured with handler Sam Hentschke.