Competitions


Bord Bia Sheep Stockjudging

Closing Date: 18/Oct/2017

Final: 29/Oct/ 2017

Purpose: This competition helps young farmers to become skilled at assessing livestock, thus preparing them for the actual job of buying and selling farm animals. It is a great competition to broaden your knowledge of new developments in stock breeding, husbandry and disease control. It is easy to enter so why not give it a try. 

 

Rules

Teams

This is a competition for individual members.

 

Entries

Counties/regions can enter two members to the national final.

 

Eligibility

All competitors must be 17 years of age or over and under 35 years on November 1, 2014.

All past winners of the national senior sheep stockjudging are ineligible.

Previous county winners/representatives are ineligible to compete for one year.

Previous winners of the national U-23 competition are eligible to compete.

National winners are allowed to re-enter the competition after 5 years.

Format

The sheep stockjudging competition consists of the following tasks:

(a)     An academic test.

(b)     Judging a pen of four cross-bred ewes.

(c)     Judging a pen of four rams of the same breed.

(d)    Reasons for cross-bred ewes.

(e)     Judging a pen of four finished, fat lambs.

(f )     Liveweight (kilos only) four finished lambs.

 

All animals will be designated A, B, X and Y. All animals and judging cards will be supplied by the organisers. Excessive handling of animals may result in penalties.

 

 

When scoring, the presiding officer will use a grid like the example below.

 

The four animals are put in order along the top row as per the judge’s decision

 

X

Y

B

A

1

10

7

3

0

2

7

10

7

3

3

3

7

10

7

4

0

3

7

10

 

 

Competitors are required to complete the following:

a) Academic test: complete a paper on sheep husbandry, (a calculator will be allowed) Time allowed: 20 minutes.

b) Cross-bred ewes: place four cross-bred ewes in order of merit. Time allowed: 15 minutes.

c) Rams: place four rams of the same breed in order of merit. Time allowed: 15 minutes.

d)            Reasons: give reasons to judges on placing of crossbred ewes, (competitors may keep notes for this section on paper provided only). Time allowed two-minutes.

e) Fat lambs: place in order of merit  four fat lambs for the French market.

f)  Estimate the liveweight, in kilos, of four fat lambs. One mark will be deducted for every kilo above or below the correct figure per lamb.

Competitors must not communicate with any persons during all sections of this competition. Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification in the relevant section.

 

Note: Mobile phones are not permitted while competing in this competition. If a competitor is found to have a mobile phone on their person, while the competition is in progress, they will be disqualified.

Judges

The judges will officially judge the animals in accordance with the Macra Score Chart. The judges’ decisions in all sections are final.

Marking System

Academic test .............................. 40

Judging cross-bred ewes  ......... 40

Judging rams  ............................. 40

Reasoning  .................................. 40

Weight Fat Lambs ....................... 32

EU Grid ........................................ 40

Total ............................................. 232

 

Results

The winner will be the competitor with the highest total score. In the event of a tie, the result in the academic section will decide first place.