Judges in short supply for ag days
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.