Livestock Judging CDE FFA

swine judging

swine judging

Zach Baird, Reporter

Every spring FFA holds their Career Development Event(CDE) and Leadership Development Event(LDE) contest. The Livestock Judging contest consists of 6 to 8 classes of judging, and normally it will have a livestock grading class as well. The goal of the contest is to place the classes from top to bottom and the closer to correct you are, the higher you score. Say the class placings are 1234 with a cut of  4-2-4 and you place them 1324 you would score a 48 out of 50. During the contest you will judge cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. Sometimes you will even judge several of one of the species. Two or three of the classes will be reasons classes and you have to place them and tell them why you placed them that way using terminology and you have to try to convince them that you are right.  The reasons portion is also out of 50 points and the team with the three highest scores will win and others will be placed as needed. If you place a certain placing or higher at districts you will move on to the state level contest. Some people are lucky enough to move to the collegiate level and receive scholarships for their contest. The livestock judging contest is very practical and can be used in life when choosing livestock to improve your herd.

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