Steps to Judging Sheep
When judging sheep, the evaluation should begin from the ground and then working your way up, and then from the rear and working your way forward. The animals in the class should be ranked based on the traits of importance they possess, while putting the greatest emphasis on the most valuable traits in the production of sheep. Contestants should also eliminate any easy placings in the class, and place the remainder of the class based on the volume of the important traits.
Ranking of Traits
Ranking of Traits for Market Lambs

The ranking of traits in the order of their importance for market lamb judging is as follows:
1.Degree of muscling
2.Degree of finish
3.Balance and style
4.Frame size
5.Soundness and structural correctness
Ranking of Traits for Breeding Sheep

The ranking of traits in the order of their importance for judging breeding ewes is as follows:
1.Balance and style
2.Frame size
3.Soundness and structural correctness
4.Capacity or volume
5.Degree of muscling
6.Degree of leanness
7.Wool
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THINGS A JUDGE MIGHT ASK
1).What is your lamb's name or identification number?
2) What is the breed of your lamb?
3) What is the birth date of your lamb or age of your lamb?
4) How much does your lamb weigh?
5) What is the gender of your lamb?
6) What does your lamb eat each day and how much does he/she eat?
7) Do you know the body parts of your lamb? (Study the parts and practice pointing them out to your parents
8) What would you change about your lamb to make it better?
DEVELOPING A SHEEP EVALUATION SYSTEM
  PAGE 1 - REAR VIEW
  PAGE 2 - SIDE VIEW
  PAGE 3 - FRONT VIEW
  PAGE 4 - TOP VIEW
STEPS TO JUDGING SHEEP
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