Young judge snags champ title

Overjudges Jake Phillips and Steph Laycock, Datamars Livestock Young Judges Competition Champion Young Judge Alexandra Olive, Overjudge PJ Budler, and Mark Peters from Datamars Australia. Pictures Supplied.

Alexandra Olive of Apis Creek Brahman Stud has been crowned as the Champion Young Judge after her astonishing performance at the Datamars Livestock Young Judges Competition at Beef2024.

The competitive line-up of beef industry ‘young guns’ aged eight through to 25 saw 18-year-old Alexandra knock out the 18 and under-25-year-old classes.

This being Alexandra’s first time on Beef’s big stage, she said it was an amazing feeling to be named Champion Young Judge.

“It’s a pinch-me moment,” she said.

“I just feel so grateful for this opportunity to showcase what I love doing and get to have my say in front of such a beautiful, big audience.”

Being the fifth-generation beef producer and third-generation of the Apis Creek Brahman Stud, Alexandra recently purchased and showed her first stud animal earlier in the week.

“I purchased NCC Ellie at the NCC sale last year and broke her in with the aspirations of competing in Paraders and implementing her into my herd,” Alex said.

“She did amazing; she’s such a little firecracker that never stops amazing me, and she’s just a beautiful heifer.”

Renowned international judge, PJ Bulder presented entrants to a masterclass of his knowledge.

Having judged 93 different cattle breeds in over 40 countries, Mr Bulder became the first to ever judge a National Show on all six continents in 2017.

Passing on his fundamental principles and critical pieces of advice to the junior judges, Mr Bulder told reporters what attributes he searched for when judging.

“There’s lots of talent and lots of future here, and it’s really exciting,” he said.

“It’s a very subjective exercise and it’s based on different objectives, resources and environments, so those of you who don’t make it through to the next round, don’t take it too seriously because I’m sure that a lot of you, if you articulated why you sorted the cattle the way you did and evaluated them the way you did, there’s good reason for that.

“I think there are a lot of people who disagree with me; this is show business, it’s not ice cream sales, so it’s not the best way to make friends.

“Be candid, say it as you see it, be conversational and speak about the cattle the way you would if you’re out in the pasture at home evaluating livestock.”

Full Results

Overjudges: PJ Budler, Steph Laycock and Jake Phillips

8 Years to 11 Years

Skye White

Harper Will

George Streeter

Nathan Walter

Samuel Ford

12 Years and 13 Years

Imogen Land

Ella Geddes

Maddison McAlister

Lawson Sedgman

Jarod Mahony

14 Years

Joshua Williams

Rhianna McIntyre

Amelia Miller

Polly White

Andy Mulchay

15 Years

Elizabeth Lawrence

Annaka Hanson

Ben Kingston

Maylee Collins

Ava Smith

16 Years

Hamish Genrich

Georgia Lynch

Angus Tomson

Izzabella Lower

D’Arcy Burton

17 Years

Sam Kingston

Ben Coney

Ella Fort

Georgia Buchan

Max Humphries

18 Years and Under 25 Years

Alexandra Olive

Charleigh Tucker

Alicia Trovatto

Kiralee Streeter

Tim Connor