Ross McCulloch with the gold medals he won at the recent
Hawkes Bay A&P Show. Photo by Sally Rae.
Young Glenavy sheep farmer Ross McCulloch has proved he
has an eye for stock.
Mr McCulloch (24) won Royal Agricultural Society of New
Zealand gold medals in both the sheep and wool sections at
the recent Hawkes Bay A&P Show in Hastings, securing him
a trip to Australia next year.
He will compete in a stock-judging competition at the Royal
Queensland Show (also known as the Ekka) in Brisbane, a
10-day event which attracts about half a million visitors, in
Mr McCulloch qualified to compete at the Hawkes Bay show
during a competition at last year's Waimate A&P Show.
While used to working with Coopworths, Dorset Downs and
Texels at home, he was faced with judging Romneys and
Suffolks in the sheep section at Hawkes Bay.
He had to place the four sheep in each breed and then speak
about his reasons for placing them in that order.
Mr McCulloch only began competing in stock-judging
competitions a couple of years ago, encouraged by his father
Bruce and uncle Digger McCulloch, both well-known in
''I probably got into it because they made me,'' he joked.
Having grown up around stud sheep, he had been picking up
tips and gaining experience over the years.
The public speaking element of the competition had also been
good for him and he was getting more comfortable standing in
front of people and talking, he said.
He believed the secret to stock judging was to go with your
''Go with whatever you think first, that's usually the way it
is. You've got to have a wee bit of an eye for it as well,''
Mr McCulloch, who is involved with the Glenavy Young Farmers
Club, was keen to see more young people get involved with
stock judging. He was looking forward to his first trip to