Ekka opportunity excites Amy
AMY Birch, of Monto, will be one to watch at this year’s Brisbane Ekka.
The 16-year-old represented Eidsvold Show Society at the Burnett Sub-chamber finals to place first in Prime Cattle Young Judges and Stud Cattle Young Paraders, and will represent Central Queensland for Stud Cattle Young Judges after qualifying at Mackay Show.
Amy, whose family owns Birch Droughtmaster Stud, was inspired to compete by older sister Sarah, a member of Monto State “because I want to do well”, not because she feared public speaking. High School Cattle Club.
Amy said the nerves in judging cattle were
“I’m learning what to look at, to know what to look for in our cattle and to distinguish between them,” Amy said.
Her father, Douglas Birch, said each justification required Amy “to eloquently put across the elements each time”.
Over-judge Kim Barnett said Amy was the day’s top young parader because she developed trust with her baulking animal.
Amy was keen to do well at the Ekka: “It’s just crazy (to compete) for all three sections of the Ekka”.