Judges in short sup­ply for ag days

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A short­age of judges for ag-day has one lo­cal judge ask­ing others to get in­volved.

Kevin May­all, who works in Wa­haroa, is one such judge who has de­voted many years to kids and calves.

‘‘I can’t re­mem­ber when I haven’t been in­volved. I had calves as a kid and was in­volved when we had our own chil­dren with calves. Af­ter that some­one said, right, it’s time to be­come a judge.

‘‘Com­ing off a farm, I knew all about calves and judg­ing.’’

May­all says judges go wher­ever they are told, which for him in­cludes Mata­mata Group Day. He says Ag-Day is of great ben­e­fit to the fu­ture of the dairy in­dus­try.

‘‘If you can bring up kids who love calves and help them un­der­stand what it takes to rear a calf, that bodes well for the dairy in­dus­try.

‘‘They un­der­stand the com­mit­ment it takes, the daily things an an­i­mal re­quires.

‘‘That you can’t just park them out the back and for­get about them.’’

May­all says any­one who has a back­ground in agri­cul­ture can get in­volved as a judge, and train­ing is pro­vided.

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