SAIJA judges receive their jackets

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From the left is Mark Barlow, regional manager at Voermol, which is a sponsor of SAIJA, with Willie de Jager, chairperson of SAIJA, and judges Jaco Maré, Eandro Lottering and Andrew Masterson. Jaco, Eandro and Andrew all received their senior judges’ jackets.

During this year’s Nampo Harvest Day programme, judges of the South African Interbreed Judging Association (SAIJA) participated in the annual judges examination. During the examination there is a chance that junior judges could impress the examiners sufficiently and obtain enough points to receive their sought-after jackets, which signify promotion to a senior judge level. For senior judges a good performance results in a better position in the ranking of senior judges.

This year was no different and a number of judges were handed jackets in recognition of the examination that they passed during the previous Nampo judging examination. Three new senior judges were handed their jackets. They are Eandro Lottering from Namibia, Andrew Masterson and Jaco Maré.

The junior interbreed judges together with SAIJA’s management. From the left are Piet Delport, Willie de Jager, chairperson of SAIJA, Riaan Odendaal, Wikus van der Merwe, Francois Uys, Myburgh Goosen, Hans Bester, Derick le Roux, Piet van der Merwe, Ellie Lottering from Namibia, Christo Bosman, Martin Seyfferdt, who is an honorary member of SAIJA, Dr Hinner Köster, Bennie du Plessis and Pieter Genis. The Namibian Interbreed Judges’ Forum works closely with SAIJA and their members attend the annual examinations presented by SAIJA.

The top two juniors will be in action at this year’s ALFA livestock expo judging the Hinterland National Interbreed Beef Championships, in which the country’s top beef cows and bulls will participate. Francois Uys and Myburgh Goosen will be judging this year’s class together with senior judges, Willie de Jager, SAIJA chairman, Dr Tok Serfontein and Llewellyn Angus.

Here are SAIJA’s senior judges, examiners and honorary member From the left is Jaco Maré, Heinrich Bruwer, Herman Duvenhage, Jan de Jong (examiner), Carel Nel, Christopher Havenga, Llewellyn Angus (examiner), Willie de Jager (chairperson), Fred Dell, Martin Seyfferdt (honorary member), Dr Tok Serfontein (examiner), Eandro Lottering en Andrew Masterson. Lottering is a senior judge in both South Africa and Namibia.

The goal of the examination is to keep members abreast of possible changes in the breeding policies of the various cattle breeders’ societies. It also aims to provide show societies with a ranking list of judges for show purposes. – Lynette Louw, Plaas Media