Day 9: Judging

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Today is a big day, it’s my last time judging NAILE. This is the second time I will have judged this contest, but the first time at the University level. Last year, our team won and all four members made it in the top ten individuals.

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Kaskaskia 2013 team at NAILE

Dairy judging isn’t a walk in the park. On the day of contests it’s like you are about to take an exam. It’s game day and you need to focus. It’s important to eat a good breakfast, because judging can be emotionally and physically draining. You step into the ring and normally judge about ten classes. Then, you go sit in a room with all the other contestants and memorize the notes on the four or five classes that they told you to. Going into a room and giving a one-two minute set of reasons to a person that you may know can be intimidating. It’s important to be calm, cool, and collected.

Judging is HUGE part of my life, through the good days and the bad days I still love it. It’s been a blessing that I was able to begin judging at the age of eight, and that I was able to judge at the 4-H, Two year, and University level. I am thankful for all of the friendships I have gained, the places and farms I have gotten to see, and the fun I have been able to experience being on such talented teams.

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