Top score for Leonise

07 October 2019 | Agriculture

Leonise Human, a 17-year-old learner of Gobabis Gymansium, impressed judges at the Bank Windhoek Feedmaster National Cattle Judging Competition when she scored an amazing 98% in the judging of male and female Simmentaler breeds at the conclusion of a competition hosted during the Windhoek Agricultural and Industrial Show.
Besides winning the title, Leonise also went home with N$30 000 in cash.
Henry Mudge Jnr and Juri Krafft, who scooped up second and third prize won N$20 000 and N$10 000 respectively. The prizes will go to the winning learner’s school fees and other necessities they need in terms of their educational expenses.
Bank Windhoek in collaboration with Feedmaster and the winning learner’s schools will administer the distribution of the money on behalf of the learners.
“We were stunned by Leonise’s aptitude in placing both the cows and the bulls in their correct winning order. It is rare to see such skills in young judges,” the judges said.
“The competition was tough, but we are happy with the outcome. The children gave their best and we are proud of everyone who participated,” said Feedmaster’s David Krause.
Bank Windhoek’s partnership with Feedmaster creates a platform to develop and provide the youth with exposure to this field of agriculture, which is crucial to a country’s welfare and development. “We would like to carry this message to the youth and inform them that there is a career in agriculture,” said Bank Windhoek’s Bronwyn Moody.
The aim of the competition was to provide school learners between grades 9 and 11 with the skills and knowledge of feeding and judging stud animals on the farm and in show rings, specifically the Simbrah and Simmentaler cattle breeds.
The Bank Windhoek Youth Cattle Judging Course and Competition attracted 16 schools countrywide. Participating schools were Elnatan, Gobabis Gymnasium, Windhoek High School, Windhoek Afrikaans Private School, Windhoek Gymnasium, M&K Gertze High School, Dr Lemmer High School, Deutsche Höhere Privatschule, Agri College, Grootfontein High School, Tsumeb Gymnasium, Etosha Secondary School, Outjo Private School, Educate Otjiwarongo, Otjiwarongo High School and the German Private School Otjiwarongo.

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