Livestock Judging

PLACING CLASSES
There will be two (2) beef, two (2) sheep and two (2) swine classes consisting of four animals each to be placed first, second, third and fourth. One of these classes will have production data provided for each animal which will be utilized in the final placing of the class. This will be one of the oral reasons classes with production data utilized as part of oral reasons.

QUESTIONS AND ORAL REASONS
Five (5) questions will be asked on one placing class for each species. When questions are to be used, it will be announced prior to the placing of that class. The questions will be asked immediately following the placing of that class and will be answered by the number of an animal in the class. Oral reasons will be requested for two (2) placing classes in any species. When oral reasons are to be given, it will be announced prior to the placing of that class.

BEEF CATTLE GRADING
One beef class of five (5) market animals to be quality and yield graded to the nearest grade.

FEMALE SELECTION CLASS-Team Activity
One class of ewes, gilts, and beef heifers made up of eight (8) animals. Participants will be required to select the four (4) best animals from the eight, using visual appraisal and performance data. The participants will fill in the bubbles of the animals' numbers on the participant‘s #1 scan sheet of the four animals chosen to be kept and fill in the bubbles of the numbers of the four animals chosen to be culled.

WRITTEN TEST
The Livestock CDE will be given a 25 questions individual test worth 50 points with resources to be determined by faculty chair.

Helpful Documents
Practice Tests
Online Resources


Judging 101


Agrimania!


Livestockjudging.com


Beef Grading


USDA Beef Quality & Yield Grading


Body Condition Scoring


Utah State University- Cyber Livestock


Judging Terms