Gobabis learner wins national cattle judging competition

Leonise Human, a 17-year-old learner from Gobabis's Gymnasium school won the National Cattle Judging Competition at the just ended Windhoek Agricultural and Industrial Show in the capital.

The aim of the initiative from Bank Windhoek and Feedmaster is to provide school learners between grades 9 to 11, with the skills and knowledge of feeding and judging stud animals on the farm and in show rings, specifically the simbra and simmentaler cattle breeds.

In a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, 16 schools countrywide participated in the competition and Human surprised judges in the competition when she scored a stunning 98 per cent in the judging of male and female simmentaler breeds.

Human won the competition by placing both cows and the bulls in their correct winning order which is rare skills in young judges.

She got N.dollars 30 000 for winning the competition, while Henry Mudge Jnr and Juri Krafft won N.dollars 20 000 and N.dollars 10 000 for coming second and third place respectively.

The prices will go to the winning learner's school fees and other necessities they will need in terms of their educational expenses.

On his part, Feedmaster's David Krause said the competition was tough, but happy with the outcome since it is first of this kind.

The children gave their best and we are proud of everyone who participated, said Krause.

Furthermore, Bank Windhoek's Bronwyn Moody Head of Corporate and Social Investment said as a Namibian Bank, they believe that, in investing in the Namibian youth, they are investing in the future of Namibia.

We would like to carry this message to the youth and inform them that there is a career in agriculture, Moody added.

Participating schools were Elnatan, Gobabis Gymnasium, Windhoek High School, Windhoek Afrikaans Private School, Windhoek Gymnasium, M and K Gertze High School, Dr. Lemmer High School, The Deutsche HAlhere 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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency