Blayney Show in running for Innovation award

INNOVATION: Emily Ayling, Alli Farr and Juella Appleton from Blayney High School during the discussion on wool classing in 2020.
INNOVATION: Emily Ayling, Alli Farr and Juella Appleton from Blayney High School during the discussion on wool classing in 2020.

Following in the footsteps of Phil Nankivell's nomination for excellence in NSW ag shows, the entire show has been nominated for its innovative youth programs.

Tim Capp, President of the ASC of NSW, says this award is for innovation whether it is an event, a campaign, advancements in technology, procedural changes, intellectual concepts, or environmental practice that has taken the shows to the next level.

Blayney Agricultural and Pastoral Association Inc has been recognised for their young judging student workshops and competition day.

These are workshops run for students who learn about appraising and judging beef cattle, meat sheep, fleeces, grain judging, public speaking/judging talk formulation.

The education section is followed by a young judges competition in the afternoon.

"Blayney Show is a one day show. Over the years the beef cattle competition has grown so big that the cattle judging as well as the young paraders and beef judging competitions could not all be held on that day," Mr Capp said.

"So, for four years beef cattle competitions could not be held at the show, leaving a big gap for student education through the popular young judges competitions.

"To bridge the gap and provide a learning event where students could develop skills, knowledge, and confidence to become engaged in young judges competitions, the show society partnered with the NSW DPI Schools Program to develop a young judging education day for local students."

"The first young judging student workshops and competition day was so successful it is now an annual event."

The winning show society will receive $3,500 on 19 June 2021 at the NSW State Conference themed "Adapt, Sustain, Grow" for agricultural shows, with shows joining digitally from ten regional locations.