National Judging School 2022 to take place in Mt Gambier SA
Applications are now open for Holstein Australia’s National Judging School, to be held in Mt Gambier, South Australia, from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th May hosted by the South Australian branch.
Gino Pacitti, Breed Development & Conformation Committee Chair and organiser of this year’s judging school, says: “The school is open to any dairy cattle enthusiast who wants to learn more about assessing and describing dairy cattle. Members of Holstein Australia and other dairy breed associations as well as those involved in the herd improvement industry are encouraged to attend.”
“We’ve put together a program to accommodate participants with a wide range of experience and interests. While every participant will have the opportunity to present to the panel of well-known and respected Overjudges on the final day, not everyone attends with the aim of qualifying for the National Judges Panel. For some it will be part an important part of their journey to improve their dairy knowledge and skills.”
Overjudges for the 2022 National Judging School are John Gardiner (Avonlea , VIC), Vaughn Johnston (Ewen Pine, SA) and Jenny Grey (The Pines, NSW).
Day 1, Monday 23rd May, will focus on the structure of a cow and the ethics of judging along with expectations of judges with a welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2 will see participants working with groups of cows during the morning and early afternoon followed by a discussion led by the Overjudges on the differences in On-farm competition and show ring judging and a communal dinner.
Day 3 is show day, with an early start followed by the opportunity to present to the Overjudges. Once activities in the show ring are over there’ll be time for a farewell BBQ lunch with an early afternoon departure.
How to register
Places are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
You can download and complete the 2022 National Judging School Registration Form and email it to David Jupp at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the school is $220 plus GST inclusive of all meals and transfer from / to Mt Gambier airport if required. South Australian Holstein Branch has secured a group booking rate with local accommodation which is the responsibility of attendees. You can reserve your accommodation on the registration form.