Parts of a Livestock Judger

We talk to walls. Yes, you read that right. We talk to walls, and pace back and forth. We can rank any object from 1 to 4 and give reasons why we placed it the way we did. Every time we close our eyes, we see livestock, and see terms describing them. Most importantly though, our favorite number is 50.  We call ourselves livestock judgers. There are seven main characteristics that, when combined create a livestock judger, the hat and hair, the mouth, the shirts, the pants, and the steno.
    Hats help keep the blinding sun out of our eyes as we try to find the flaws on the four animals placed in front of us. Once it comes time for reasons, hats will be removed and placed aside, possibly in the dirt, waiting to be picked up as soon as they say “thank you” to the reasons taker. While many women do not wear hats, they have their hair curled or straightened and pulled out of their face. Keeping hair out of our eyes and mouth is a key part in giving a successful set of reasons. 
    Talking to walls, mirrors, trashcans, dirt, reason takers, or even large crowds doesn’t faze us. Livestock judgers have the gift of gab, and talking is easy and natural to us. Being a livestock judger means practicing giving reasons which is yet another excuse to talk even more. While preparing reasons, we can be found talking to the wall, to the ground, a set of bleachers, a trashcan, or pacing. Why? We claim it “helps our memory” and that we can “visualize the classes better.” It is very common for us, when seeing animal in the pasture or at a show, to have the descriptive and elaborate terminology flow from our mouths like a second language that only we are fluent in and fully recognize. 
    “Dress good, feel good” is a mantra that is recognized by most livestock judgers. If someone were to peer into our closet, they would find it filled with numerous patterned button ups, and blazers in several different shades. We seem to accumulate button up shirts in various patterns, resembling tablecloths to the normal eye. Plaids, ginghams, pinstripes, paisleys, and solid colors fill our closets. To add some professionalism to their wardrobes, the number of blazers we own would make any businesswoman swoon. However, depending on the contest, we might be rocking our starched khakis instead of the starched jeans that we wear close to a daily basis. 
    Staying in the back of our pants is the most important part of a livestock judger, the steno, as it becomes perfectly formed to the curve of our backs. The spiral binding at the top of the notebook makes taking notes for hours easy, as it never gets in our way. Whenever we clean out our car, bathroom, room, house, or anywhere we go, we always seem to find notes from a contest in the strangest places. We end up with a stack of notes enough to fill a whole steno by the time we are done cleaning. 
    You see it in the hat and hair, the mouth, the shirts, the pants, and the steno. Our favorite number is 50 or if you see us talking to a wall or pacing in a dirt, then you can guarantee we are a livestock judger. A livestock judger carries these traits wherever they go. From head to toe, hat and hair, my favorite number is fifty and I pace in the dirt. I am a livestock judger.

Andrea Vandever-Moore
Kansas RIAB Rep


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