What a day! Judging the judges is an odd thing to do. One of the best things about sponsoring the Young Farmers Club is that you can get involved behind the scenes.
Today was the judging of the grading of butchers lambs. What happens is that 4 lambs are in a pen – they’re only young but old enough to be in the food chain. The job is to grade them and to put them into the right order. Then you have to stand in front of the judge and justify your selection.
Points are given for getting the lambs in the right order and also for your justification. One lad got them ordered up all wrong but his argument was so compelling, so convincing, that he made up for the wrong choice in points there alone!
Anyway, I get to speak to the judges and it is fascinating to learn what they are looking for. If only we could educate folk on bullion like the YFC can educate kids on sheep management! But we can educate! Schools don’t but we do. They say that “when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear” so all we’re missing is a class of pupils. Why isn’t there enough awareness? It’s not taught in schools at all so you’ve got to learn as you go. Lucky for you, gold education is available on our media pages.
At the end of the day I also get to hand out the prizes and it was an honour to do so – some good kids out there. If you ever lose faith in our children then get involved with the young farmers. Well done all.