Judg­ing among the best

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR WEEKLY TV GUIDE - ❏ KATE BENE­DICT

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.

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