Dairy cattle judging has been very important to dairy farmers and dairy cattle breeders for years. The goal is to have show-winning cows with excellent-type conformation. It is difficult to determine the dollar value of type, but cows and bulls in high demand are usually ones with excellence in milk production and good type.
Being able to evaluate type conformation requires a lot of hard work and training. You can learn this and have a great time as well through the 4-H dairy judging program. You will learn how to evaluate type by making comparisons and accurate observations that lead to decision making. You will also learn the importance of type as it relates to production through sound feet and legs and udders that are attached strongly and carried above the hock. Giving oral reasons helps you learn to express yourself concisely and to the point. It also helps you think more clearly, improve your memory, and develop confidence in yourself.
The 2021 State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will be held during the Washington State Holstein Show (July 19-22 at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe) on July 20, 2021.