The title of this bulletin implies the purpose for which it is intended. It has been prepared to help beginners improve their judging ability. Special emphasis has been given to the basic mechanics of livestock judging and the beginner will find it helpful to follow the suggested steps in his efforts to gain judging skill. Livestock judging is an art and yet there are certain scientific findings that have had considerable influence on the selection of good stock. Too often beginners learn the art of selecting animals but fail to know the reason for their selection. An appreciation of the reason why we desire a deep ham, a wide chest, a blocky form, a dense fleece, etc., gives the beginner a broader and more permanent knowledge of livestock judging. Study of this bulletin, alone, will not make anyone a skilled judge of livestock. Skill is attained only after much use of this information, together with experience, constant practice and observation of the work of skilled livestock judges in judging schools, contests and livestock shows.
Kortan, LaVerne, "Livestock Judging for South Dakota 4-H Club Members" (1956). SDSU Extension Circulars. 675.