Top junior judges on show
VEGIES, chooks and wool were amongst the smorgasboard of goods up for assessment by some of the state's top junior judges last weekend. An array of primary produce was set up at Dubbo's showground as valuable training to help the NSW reps get fully prepared for the upcoming national finals to be held at Perth Royal from the end of the month.
The Perth Show will see nine National Young Judges competitions held including the inaugural Alpaca Young Judge, with the competitions covering all aspects of modern farming with Beef Parading, Beef Cattle, Merino Sheep, Merino Fleece, Meat Breeds Sheep, Dairy Parading, Dairy Cattle, Poultry and Alpaca.
They're open to competitors between the ages of 15 and 25.
To be eligible to represent NSW in a National Young Judges competition the entrants must qualify at a group final regionally, then win their State Final at Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Dubbo beef parader Sam Parish said the weekend was a vital final preparation to take on the best from across the nation.
He was selected from 110 in his competition at Sydney Royal. An early starter, he's been interested in show cattle since he was five years old and has been part of the successful St Johns College team which regularly scoops up awards across the eastern states.
"I grew up with both my parents interested in the beef industry, and so many cattle shows are held in Dubbo so I learnt a lot running around all of them," he said.
Mr Parish said the shows are a good bonding experience too. “Even though we're in different categories, we'll be lifelong friends, and already we've said we'll all support each other at the different events.
"The bond that agricultural kids have is tremendous, we have the ability to form close friendships in very short periods of time and we're all looking forward to giving back to the industry and the ASC (Agricultural Societies Council) when we're older."
ASC of NSW president Tim Capp believes the ag industry is such an incredible fellowship, and is pleased their collective attitude is to continue in the industry and support the organisations around it which do so much work in their communities and across the state.
"The Show offers a bit of an out for not only farmers but for country people who are all so reliant on the industry and all suffering from the drought," Mr Capp said.
"You can get away from business, you can get away from the farm for the day or a couple of days and go to your local show.
"The show is probably still one of the biggest events in country calendars for that particular town and that particular area, so it gives people something else to do, something else to think about, whinge about the weather and talk about being one day closer to rain," he said.
NSW has representation in all nine competitions plus the National Rural Ambassador Award, with a good chance of taking home the hotly contested Patrick Keast Shield Award for the jurisdiction with the most points.
The Agricultural Societies Council of NSW has been operating since 1929 as the parent body of the 195 agricultural show societies in NSW. Its primary role is to support the local show societies and to promote and protect the pastoral, agricultural, horticultural and industrial resources of Australia. WELLINGTON ARTS is a stand-out when it comes to local community organisations, running on less than the smell of an oily rag and doing great things.
Like other not-for-profits that don’t have any regular income stream, this crew is constantly trying to source income through all available funding streams and grant opportunities, without targeting our local businesses which are struggling in the current drought.
President Lisa Thomas (pictured) is pleased that during the past 12 months Wellington Arts has delivered multiple and varied events and activities for our community.
“We wish to provide this resource of connecting community through the arts well into the future for Wellington and the region,” Mrs Thomas said.
“We have a strength in numbers and if all our community groups continue to deliver quality social events and support each other we will demonstrate we are a community to be reckoned with, whether it be through entertainment, sport, cultural, business acumen or the arts.
“It is time we shed the negative perceptions, concentrate on the things that we do well as a community, and encourage tourism opportunities, trade and business opportunities and embrace our varied and expanding cultural heritages and influences – let’s bring positive engagement, interest and respect back to our community,” she said.
Here’s how you can help – if you’re a local business, agency or organisation, draft up a general letter of support recognising Wellington Arts as a community contributor.
These letters will be utilised to support future funding applications as Wellington Arts demonstrates its viability and capacity within the community.
“Your consideration for providing a supporting letter will be greatly appreciated, and this support will allow us to continue bringing some joy to the community through change of attitudes and creativity,” Mrs Thomas said.
For a small amount of time spent, this could really make a difference to Wello and it’s something Dubbo organisations should consider supporting as well.
For further information, you can call Lisa Thomas on 0439 259 522 or email to infowelling[email protected] gmail.com
Agricultural Societies Council of NSW president Tim Capp with Dubbo’s Sam Parish. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS