Sis­ters shine in show cat­tle sec­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MELISSA Birch was ex­cited to win the Un­der 15 cat­e­gory of prime cat­tle young judge at the re­gional fi­nals.

“I love be­ing around cat­tle. Cat­tle can be your friend and you can win prizes with them,” the 10-year-old said.

Melissa started judg­ing cat­tle two years ago at the ju­nior beef sec­tion of Rock­hamp­ton Show and was thrilled with Satur­day’s win.

“I’m judg­ing on small shows, to im­prove to do a big­ger show,” she said.

“I started with a few rea­sons to look for and I learn from judges.”

While she’s been “get­ting a few rib­bons for parad­ing”, Melissa had clear goals.

“Next year, I’ll hope­fully win more places in prime and stud cat­tle judg­ing, (while) parad­ing I need to work on this year.”

While un­der-15 ti­tle win­ners do not com­pete at the Ekka, Melissa will be go­ing for the first time to ob­serve the judg­ing and to sup­port sis­ter Amy.

Amy, 16, will rep­re­sent the Bur­nett Sub-cham­ber for both prime cat­tle judg­ing and stud cat­tle parad­ing.

Monto school’s agri­cul­tural sci­ence teacher Andrew Wal­lis said both Melissa and Amy were driven.

“Each time they pick up from the over judge and lis­ten and use it at the next show,” Mr Wal­lis said.

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