Saturday, 7 May 2011

We do it nearly everyday!

This morning I had a little flashback to my 4-H years at District Judging days only this time I was on the other side; listening to reason's rather then giving them! Judging is one of those many things I learned through the 4-H program and something that I never really enjoyed, but have found that it is a big part of the agriculture industry and everyday life!

Everytime we go to the store, we judge the products we buy, the shiny red apples get taken over the bruised dull ones! Or the banana's that the kid's judged today, the ripe nice looking banana was placed at the top whereas the mushy, brown banana was at the bottom, even though it will make delicious banana bread, for eating it's not so appetizing.

Just like picking an apple or a banana, being able to judge in the ag industry is very important. You can't keep every animal in your herd. So as farmers and ranchers we need to be able to go and pick the best animals that are going to bring you the most profit, have traits that you are looking for in your cow herd and animals that will produce the best offspring in the future! We go through the process of judging our cattle on a regular basis, chosing ones we want to keep, sell, show and poor one's that go to the auction market.

Judging can be done on so many different things and in so many different ways, and from simply picking an apple to selecting herd bulls, people judge on a regular basis!


  1. Judging is one of those great skills learned in 4-H that will serve people for a lifetime. Great post!

  2. I could not agree more! Thanks for reading!