7Keep it simple Don’t overload young people just getting their feet wet You may be better off with 4-6 kids that don’t know anything about judgingAll team members must judge the sameThey must all critique animals the sameIf each one does their own ‘thing’, the team concept is shotRemember, this is a team made up of individuals
8Performance DataEPD’s – Expected Progeny Difference – the expected difference compared to the average of the breedPigs – NB, NBA, NW, LEA, BF, TRF, D250, MLI, SPI, TSICattle – BW, WW, YW, REA, IMF, BF, $Beef
9Performance DataNB – Number born, NBA – Number born alive, NW – Number weaned, WW – weaning weight at 21 days, LEA – Loin eye area, BF – backfat, TRF – tenth rib fat, D250 – the number of days for that pig to reach 250 lb, MLI – Maternal Line Index, SPI – Sow Productivity Index, TSI – Terminal Sire IndexBW – Birth weight, WW – Weaning weight, YW – Yearling weight, REA – Rib eye are, BF – Backfat, $Beef – Profitability Index
10Performance DataScenario – This class of Angus heifers will be used in a purebred Angus seedstock operation in South Louisiana. This producer derives the majority of his income through an annual production sale where heifers and bulls are sold to fellow producers and as well to youth for 4-H and FFA projects.EPD – Which is better? BW 1.2 or 3.5, WW 35 or 24, IMF 1.5 or .75
11Performance Data – Class 1 Angus Heifers ID BW WW YW REA IMF BF $Beef_______________________________________________________________________________________________These Angus heifers will be bred to Lim-Flex bulls to produce replacement heifers for sale to other producers as well as retain top 15%.
12Data Alone Numbers 2 & 3 are my top pair Numbers 1 & 4 are my bottom pairUse data when giving oral reasonsOral Reasons – Are they an ancient form of punishment? Do we use them to torture 4-H and FFA members?Well, not really, but maybe sometimesOral Reasons – tell the official what you sawCanned reasons XXXXXMemorize XXX
13Oral ReasonsAppropriate attire (team colors, neat, no hats or caps, no tennis shoes)Must have the ability to look someone in the eye and deliver oral reasons, do not try to intimidate by being too loudPick out certain differences and mention them so the officials know you really saw the class Examples: The #2 red hog, or the #4 belted hog, blue rump hog, blaze face heifer, etc.Oral reasons improve public speaking skills, better thinker, increase confidence