Alexandra Olive takes Datamars Livestock Young Judges title at Beef2024

Published 10 May 2024

Media Release

The Datamars Livestock Young Judges Competition has been taken out by 18-year-old Alexandra Olive, in what was a competitive line-up of beef industry young guns.

A fifth-generation beef producer and third generation of the Apis Creek Brahman Stud, Alexandra first took out the 18 and under 25 years class, under the watchful eye of renowned international judge, PJ Budler.

Never having judged on a stage as big as that of Beef2024, Alexandra 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.”

The win is the icing on the cake of a successful outing at Beef2024 for the Yamala-based commercial and stud breeder, having shown 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.”

Judging masterclass from international industry leader

In addition to the competition, the entrants were treated to a masterclass with Mr Budler, who has judged 93 different cattle breeds in 43 countries, and in 2017 became the first to ever judge a National Show on all six continents.

“There’s lots of talent and lots of future here, and it’s really exciting,” Mr Budler said of the large group of competitors ranging in age from eight to 25.

While the junior judges waited for their names to be called to progress to the final round of the competition, Mr Budler spoke of the attributes he looked for when judging and passed on some fundamental principles and sage advice.

“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,” he said.

“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

  1. Skye White
  2. Harper Will
  3. George Streeter
  4. Nathan Walter
  5. Samuel Ford

12 Years and 13 Years

  1. Imogen Land
  2. Ella Geddes
  3. Maddison McAlister
  4. Lawson Sedgman
  5. Jarod Mahony

14 Years

  1. Joshua Williams
  2. Rhianna McIntyre
  3. Amelia Miller
  4. Polly White
  5. Andy Mulchay

15 Years

  1. Elizabeth Lawrence
  2. Annaka Hanson
  3. Ben Kingston
  4. Maylee Collins
  5. Ava Smith

16 Years

  1. Hamish Genrich
  2. Georgia Lynch
  3. Angus Tomson
  4. Izzabella Lower
  5. D’Arcy Burton

17 Years

  1. Sam Kingston
  2. Ben Coney
  3. Ella Fort
  4. Georgia Buchan
  5. Max Humphries

18 Years and Under 25 Years

  1. Alexandra Olive
  2. Charleigh Tucker
  3. Alicia Trovatto
  4. Kiralee Streeter
  5. Tim Connor

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