Forbes' junior judging success at Sydney Royal Easter Show

Forbes' Jack Cole and Matt Mitton have claimed top honours in two junior judging competitions at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Jack, who is in Year 11 at Forbes High, claimed first place in the pig junior judging competition.

This was the first time at the Sydney Royal for Jack who said it was a good experience to head there and compete - and even better with the opportunity to go on the rides while he was there.

Jack said he decided to give the competition a 'crack' and was surprised by the results.

Qualifying for the Sydney Royal during the 2018 Bedgerabong Pig Show, Jack joined 15 junior judges from around the state in the competition.

As part of the competition, Jack had to judge two groups of four pigs on form. After that, he provided an oral explanation giving the reasons for his placings in one of the groups.

Jack said he got most of his judging experience from showing and judging cattle, and applied it to judging pigs.

Matt claimed first place in the Grain Junior Judging competition in this year's show in a field of more than 20 competitors.

Along with the grain judging competition, Matt competed in the fleece and the fruit and vegetable junior judging competitions.

Matt said he first started junior judging in Year 7 when he joined his school's sheep team and tried his hand at judging in various shows.

"We went around to different local shows and competing in whatever competitions were available," he said.

In the Grain Junior Judging competition, Matt and the other entrants had to judge four samples of canola, wheat and barley grains.

The grain Matt chose to talk about in the second stage of the competition was barley as he felt it had the most points he could talk about.

Matt was surprised and happy with his results.

"Overall it is a good experience," he said. "You always meet people and you learn something [new] every time."