Judging the judges

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The judges were being judged in Bible Hill on Saturday. 

One of the goats in the MacMillan Centre for a judging competition looks around while the students judge the animals. Cattle, sheep, horses and poultry were also brought in for the event.

Lynn Curwin photo

Dal AC hosted a judging competition for students both from the local university and from other areas.

“There are seven teams taking part, with four people per team,” said instructor Sarah Gatti-Yorke. “This is the first time we’ve held one of these here but our students have travelled to other areas to take part in these before. “They’re judging cattle (beef and dairy), sheep, horses, goats and poultry.”

The students judged beef cattle at a farm in Harmony before going to the MacMillan Centre where the other animals were waiting. Each category included four animals to be judged. Most of the animals were trucked in for the event but the horses were standardbreds who were brought in from barns on the grounds. All animals except sheep had to be judged without touching them and the winter coats on the cattle made that challenging.

“You learn a lot by through this and meet a lot of new people,” said Dal AC student Katelyn O’Connell. “I went to Guelph for a competition last year and will be going there again in March. I grew up on a beef farm and got involved in judging when I was in 4-H (Stewiacke Valley).”

The only thing she didn’t enjoy about Saturday’s event was the cold.

“I was always wanted to be involved in farming and didn’t consider any other career,” she added. “I will be going back to run our farm in a few years.”

Organizations: MacMillan Centre

Geographic location: Guelph, Stewiacke Valley

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