Sisters shine in show cattle sections
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.