Fitting contests challenge youth to work in a team-oriented atmosphere to get the contest’s chosen species ready for the show ring.
When poultry judging a production bird, look at pigmentation, handling quality, abdominal capacity, plumage condition, health and vigor, and the head.
Feed is up, fuel is up, and our most precious commodity — time — is always ticking away. So, why do these youth and their families show livestock?
How to judge sheep and lambs: Look for the degree of muscling, degree of finish, balance and style, frame size, and soundness and structure — in that order.
As FFA advisors, local supporters, administrators, or the like, it’s our job to get our alumni and students connected to provide them with the opportunity to develop relationships that will grow our chapters.
Because pigs are either entering the breeding or the meat market, there are a few differences in judging pigs based on market hogs or breeding stock.
One of my favorite barns to hang out in during livestock shows is the goat barn! Goats are so silly and fun, they come in so many shapes and sizes, and they always have big personalities. No two goats may look and act alike, but we can judge all dairy goats the same way. For […]
Here’s how to judge beef cattle. Look at their structural correctness, volume, style and balance, and degree of muscling, among other characteristics.
Matt Henkes learned how to do judge dairy cows in college, and he now works and judges some of the best of the best.