2018 Royal Melbourne Show Judging Panel
Mr Hugh Taylor – Texel Feature Show and Romney
Hugh first began breeding registered Romney sheep in 1963 when his father purchased 24 stud ewes. Hugh gained valuable experience and placings at national stock judging events throughout New Zealand.
Hugh has an extensive knowledge in breeding having been involved in: Border Leicesters, South Dorset Downs (Reserve Champion twice at Royal shows), Coopworths, Halbreds, Lincolns (Won Royal Shows) and F1 Cheviot x Romney.
Hugh owns and operates the Doughboy Romney enterprise at, “The Doone”, situated on the Inland Road between Waiau and Kaikoura, South Island, NZ.
In 1991, Hugh won the premier Blue Ribbon award with Doughboy DE2, subsequently selling this ram to Australian interests where he had a significant impact on the Romney breed. The Taylor family enterprise won the Overton cup for most points at the Canterbury Show 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 as well as the national mint lamb competition in 2012, a much-coveted award held during the Canterbury show.
In addition to previously judging at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Hugh has judged at the Royal Melbourne Show in 2014. Additionally, he has judged many shows in New Zealand, especially in the South Island inclusive of the Royal Show. Breeds judged include Romney, Corriedale, Lincolns, Dorset Downs/South Dorset, Southdown and Perendales.
Mr Des Campbell – Border Leicester and Lincoln
Des founded the Border Leicester stud 'Avoca' in 1977. A key focus of the stud’s rams are the traits of carcase, structure and wool quality.
Des is a delegate on the ASSBA NSW Federal Council and is a regular Sydney Royal Steward and past member of the Sydney Royal Sheep Committee.
Des has extensive judging experience across the Eastern State Royal Shows, with the recent appointments including Canberra and the Dubbo Sheep Show and the Border Leicester Show and Sale.
Mr Will Milroy – Suffolk, White Suffolk and South Suffolk
Will has a long career in the agricultural industry, founding a Poll Dorset stud in 1990 at 10yo and winning the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) overall apprentice of the year in 1998.
During a 10-year period, Will judged various breeds of sheep at Sale, Bunyip, Berwick and Korumburra regional shows.
Dispersing the Poll Dorset stud in 2002, Will worked in Western Australia as a construction supervisor, superintendent and branch manager on various projects.
Will returned to the farming life in 2012, restarting Rangeview Poll Dorset Stud in Pipers River, Tasmania and in 2015 he added the Rangeview White Suffolks Stud to the property.
Recently, Will has judged the Deloraine Regional Show and Poll Dorset Feature Breed at NSW State Sheep Show, Dubbo.
Mr Richard Archer – Corriedale, Hampshire Down, Southdown, Perendale and Cheviot
Richard is the third generation owner of the Quamby Plains Property, first purchased by the family in 1895 on 200 hectares. It is now 1200 hectares and his children are the fourth generation on farm.
The Quamby Plains Corriedale Stud is now 101 years old and it is joined by a 45yo Poll Hereford Stud. Since 2005, Quamby Plains has won six Supreme Champion Corriedale exhibits at Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. Since the late 1920's, Quamby Plains has won over half of the ram championships at Campbell Town Sheep Show.
Richard has judged Corriedales at Perth Royal, Wagin ‘Woolorama’, Adelaide Royal, Sydney Royal and some judging at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo. As well as sheep, he has also judged Poll Herefords at Perth Royal and Dubbo National.
Mr Grant Hausler – Dorper, White Dorper, Wiltshire Horn and Poll Dorset
The Janmac Poll Dorset Stud was formed in 1979 by Grant’s parents Malcolm and Janet Hausler, in Goroke, Victoria. Grant added the Janmac White Suffolk Stud in 2012 with the purchase of 76 scanned in-lamb ewes from the “Laurelview” stud of Daniel and Tracey Baumgartner.
The stud hosts a combined White Suffolk and Poll Dorset sale in October, with 200 rams sold annually. They are well regarded in the industry and maintain one of the highest sale averages for the Poll Dorset breed.
Grant has judged at the Mt Gambier Show, exhibits sheep locally and he is a regular long term inspector at Hamilton’s ‘Sheepvention’.
Grant sees great value in Shows as a window to get a feel for sheep types and styles and for determining what traits will best suit your own stud and property.