How to Spot a Judger

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Livestock, horse, meat, land, and crop judgers are everywhere. These young kids are doing what they love by judging something that they love. Judging is about public speaking, and the ability to place the thing that they are judging in the order of what is the best to what isn’t so great. These judgers focus highly on their ability to speak clearly and precisely and their ability to spot the smallest difference. They can look at an animal for 5 minutes and then turn around and tell you every detail about said animal. Their memory must be sharp and they practice this ability countless hours out of their day. These judgers may all judge different subjects, but they all do the same things. Here are some of the ways you know you are a judger or how you can spot a judger.

  • When shopping for meat they compare marbling on steaks. “Mom you can’t be serious, this is a select. I would like a choice.”
  • They pace, a lot. “Walking helps with my memory.”
  • They aren’t afraid to talk to the walls. “I placed this class of Angus Heifers 2-4-3-1…”
  • They aren’t afraid to look crazy. “I’m pretending the judge is the wall and making some serious eye contact right now. Go ahead and stare at me, I don’t care.”
  • They’ve taped a picture of a face on their mirror before to practice giving reasons. “No Aunt Sally, she isn’t crazy. She’s just preparing for her state judging competition.”
  • They own more blazers than actual clothes. “To be sharp, you must dress sharp.”
  • When giving speeches in class, they aren’t afraid to speak loud and proud. “My presentation is over Romeo and Juliet!”
  • They have a favorite notebook. “I won state with this notebook.”
  • Their notebook fits perfectly in the back of their jeans.
  • They aren’t afraid to get dirty. “If I can feel that sheep, you can bet I’m going to!”
  • They are constantly hunting new terms. “That’s a new one! I better write that one down.”
  • They watch judging videos. “I still can’t see how 2 beat 3.”
  • They go to as many judging competitions as they can. “I have to keep practicing.”
  • They know how to take perfect notes. “I know how to abbreviate like no other.”
  • They have great posture. “Stand proud and tall.”
  • They have the gift of gab. "Talking is easy."
  • They aren't afraid to talk in the microphone. "Now I've made the big leagues."
  • They know everyone. "I met my long lost cousin at a competition one time."

These judgers work hard on perfecting their career/hobby. Being a judge can help get you a scholarship and maybe a career one day. Public speaking is hard for some, but for judgers, they are use to it, and have perfected the gift of gab. 

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