A young woman with strong links to Taranaki won the All Breeds Youth Judging Competition at this month's Dairy Event in Manawatu.
Kelsey Schultz, 21, won the contest organised by the Dairy Breeds Federation and sponsored by World Wide Sires.
The six contestants had to qualify at a preliminary round of judging of their preferred breed.
At the Dairy Event they judged a group of five jersey, ayrshire and holstein friesian cows, gaining points for their judging, ringcraft manner, explanations and speech.
An animal co-ordinator for CRV Ambreed in Hamilton, she started showing cattle at calf clubs as a child and developed an interest in judging as a teenager.
She says showing cattle promotes breeding objectives and acknowledges their type and production traits.
A Holstein Friesian New Zealand associate judge for three years, she hopes to become a senior judge.
She has an in-calf jersey heifer and two four-year-old jersey cows in her own registered Riverdell stud and has also registered the Norfolk stud for holstein-friesians.
Eventually she wants to work her way to farm ownership through variable order and 50/50 sharemilking.
At the Dairy Event she was a member of Taranaki's holstein- friesian youth team which gained fifth place in the teams contest, which involves a quiz about the dairy industry, clipping and preparing a heifer for a show, leading, judging and an impromptu speech. Also in the team were Dwayne Taylor, Tiana Davison and Claire Bourke.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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