Federal Council of Agricultural Societies Guidelines - Brief Editorial on Judging Competitions

All Judging Competitions are conducted according to the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies Guidelines.
1.     Competitions covered by these rules are:-
- Beef Cattle Judging & Handler Competitions
- Dairy Cattle Judging & Handler Competitions
- Merino Sheep Judging Competitions
- Meat Breeds Sheep Judging Competitions
2.     Competitors must be aged between 15 and 25 years as of the 1st May in the year of the State Final.
3.     Beef and Dairy Cattle State Final winners to represent the State at National Final level.
4.     The Hormel Slide is to be used at all National Finals.
5.     State Secretaries must inform the Federal Council of the name, address and telephone number of any competitor in judging competition going on to National Final. The Federal Council will advise these competitors of the venue and times of the National Finals.
6.     Winners should be requested to do a report on any study tour they take as a result of winning a competition to justify the sponsorship money.
7.     Winners are ineligible to compete again after winning National Finals.

Notes for Host States:

8.     Federal Council will provide one Points Assessor and one Over-Judge/Steward.
9.     Host State is to provide one Points Assessor, three Ring Stewards and one Announcer.
10.     One Over-Judge for each competition.

Competitions were commenced in Victoria in 1985 following a decision by the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies for all States to send a representative to a Royal Show to compete for the honour of being "Best Young Judge in Australia". Competitions are restricted to people under 25 years of age.

The categories wool and meat for sheep, dairy and beef for cattle, reflect the realities of sheep and cattle production. Different sorts of judgements are required to select animals with the right qualities for each of the categories.

FCAS Dairy Judging Handbook

ASC & FCAS Judging Competitions - Judging Cards

Please copy sets of cards on coloured paper for each competition as follows:

BEEF CATTLE Green
DAIRY CATTLE Blue
MEAT BREEDS SHEEP Pink
MERINO SHEEP Yellow
FLEECE Buff 

Each competitor receives a set of cards including the rules. The Overjudge also has a set, as well as the extra sheets of Overjudge's Notes, Hormel Slide Instructions, and Overjudge's Master Score Sheet.

Please distribute cards in time for competitors to read through them before the competition starts.
Please refer to the attachments for the FCAS Rules and Regulations, and also competition worksheets.

Essential Pre-requisites for the Successful Conduct of Competitions 

· ENTHUSIASM BY AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE AT YOUR SOCIETY OR GROUP LEVEL.
· SYMPATHETIC STUD BREEDERS TO SUPPLY ANIMALS IN THE CHOSEN CATEGORY ? BEEF OR DAIRY CATTLE; WOOL OR MEAT SHEEP.
· TIME AND PLACE ? A BUSY SHOW MAY NOT BE THE BEST LOCATION!
· PUBLICITY TO ATTRACT ENTRANTS. TAFE AND AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES MAY ALSO HELP.
· STRICT OBSERVANCE OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR VAS LTD COMPETITIONS.
· FAMILIARITY WITH THE HORMEL COMPUTING SLIDE FOR SCORING JUDGING CONTESTS - OBTAINABLE FROM VAS LTD SECRETARIAT. THE HORMEL SLIDE IS THE BASIS OF OUR COMPETITIONS AND MUST BE USED.
· ADHERENCE TO THE GUIDELINES ACCOMPANYING THIS LIST OF PRE-REQUISITES. THIS IS DESIRABLE IN ORDER THAT THE REPRESENTATIVE CHOSEN AS YOUR WINNER WILL HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE FOR THE STATE FINAL.
· THE MATERIALS TO CLEARLY NUMBER THE ANIMALS IN EACH GROUP OF FOUR, AND TO NUMBER THE COMPETITORS.
· A SUPPLY OF JUDGING SCORE SHEETS FOR THE PARTICULAR COMPETITION. IF POSSIBLE, BOTH SIDES OF THE SCORE SHEET SHOULD BE DISPLAYED FOR COMPETITORS TO PERUSE BEFORE THE START OF THE CONTEST.
· COPIES OF NOTES FOR OVER-JUDGES SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE SELECTED OVER-JUDGE WELL BEFORE THE COMPETITION COMMENCES.
· IF DESIRED, TROPHIES CAN BE PROVIDED FOR THE TWO REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE BEST SCORES, WHO WILL COMPETE AT THE NEXT HIGHEST LEVEL. IT IS ALSO APPROPRIATE TO REWARD THE OVER-JUDGE WITH A SMALL MEMENTO .