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Melbourne Show judge impressed

HIGH HONOUR: From left, Stephen Fisicaro, Emily Brown and Toowoomba’s Rod Huth with supreme brown swiss exhibit Sherbrooke Gordsim Bianca EX90 at the Melbourne Show.
HIGH HONOUR: From left, Stephen Fisicaro, Emily Brown and Toowoomba’s Rod Huth with supreme brown swiss exhibit Sherbrooke Gordsim Bianca EX90 at the Melbourne Show. Contributed

TOOWOOMBA real estate agent and brown Swiss breeder Rod Huth has sung the praises of the Melbourne Show's agricultural exhibition.

Mr Huth was called on to judge the brown swiss and geurnsey dairy cattle by the Victorian Agricultural Society recently.

"It was a bit unusual and it's not your typical showground set-up," Mr Huth said.

"Everything is under roof down there, and all the cattle are divided, so judging can happen, regardless of the weather."

Mr Huth said despite public numbers being lower due to judging occuring outside the main show days and times, the atmosphere in and around the pens was "fantastic".

"It was a wonderful atmosphere and a great honour to be invited to judge at such an event," he said.

"The quality of stock was good, and I was impressed with the cattle in some of the younger classes.

"The younger cattle were of an extremely high quality and they will be fantastic for the breeds in the future."

Mr Huth has more than 30 years experience in judging show cattle, and has only missed exhibiting in Brisbane his stock, bred at Nobby, once in the past 34 years.

"I have shown my stock continuously in Brisbane for 33 years," he said.

"In fact, I missed this year for the first time in what you could say would be 34 years."

He has judged shows in Sydney, breed feature shows in Victoria and some smaller shows in Queensland, namely on the Sunshine Coast, and also some interbreed classes.

On returning to Victoria to judge future shows, Mr Huth said he wouldn't pass up the opportunity should it be offered to him again.

"The Melbourne Show is a prestigious one and to be invited to judge is an honour," he said.

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