Judging handbooks?

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by JeffNY, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. JeffNY

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    What is out there for judging hand books. Basically a book that shows you what they look for, how to score them, etc. Was told they are made, but would like to know where you buy them?


    Thanks!


    Jeff
     
  2. Reformed_Farmer

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    Hoards Dairymen sells a little booklet. My favorite book is Dairy Cattle Judging Techniques by Trimberger. I don't know where I got it. Check ebay.


    Scott
     

  3. lilsassafrass

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    check your local extention office .. and order a copy of the 4 H market/breeding handbook for your state either beef or dairy which ever applies
    full of useful info .....you dont need to be in 4 H to buy a copy (well at least in Ohio you dont )
     
  4. diamondefarm

    diamondefarm Well-Known Member

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    Books are good, but the best thing you can do is go watch some shows for the stock you are interested in. Listen to the judges comments and watch each class. Pretty soon you will get where you can pick them before the judge lines them up. the industry changes so fast it is the best way to stay on the cutting edge.
     
  5. DaleK

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    Jeff Holstein Canada has their judging handbook and other information online at http://www.holstein.ca/english/Shows/index.asp Follow the "You Be the Judge" link for the judging handbook. Holstein USA probably has something similar but it will be the same information anyway.
     
  6. SilverVista

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    As mentioned by other posters, the 4-H agent in your county extension office should have literature available. Also, if a high school near you has an Ag department and an FFA, try contacting the FFA advisor. Livestock judging is a strongly encourage activity in the FFA, even for kids who don't own or show livestock, because it teaches excellent reasoning skills. The American Angus Association also has a basic booklet written for kids that will give you some good pointers.

    The basic strengths and weaknesses of livestock conformation are fairly easy to learn. Keeping up with show trends is another story!

    Susan