For many 4-H and FFA youth, livestock judging can be intimidating. It forces youth to broaden their knowledge of all species found within a competition. If the unfamiliarity of species doesn’t make youth nervous, oral reasons do. Oral reasons can be nerve-wracking. It’s stressful to explain something (that may be incorrect) to a judge who is knowledgeable on the topic. Luckily, there are ways to practice and become more familiar with livestock judging. And, we can integrate this practice into everyday farm life.
These are some tips and tricks that we here at Silver Barn Cattle have learned over the years of breeding heifers. We hope we’ve saved you some time–and heartache–by sharing our tips with you.
When showing heifers, there are several things to consider when it is time to breed them. Breeding decisions are important since you want to make a profit.