The puprose of the Judging contest is to improve the cattle selection skills of the Juniors. The cattle in the contest are typically Simmental or SimGenetics and are brought in by local Simmental breeders.
Time: 10 minutes/class Materials Provided: Scantron, performance data Materials to Bring: Pencil, clipboard, paper for notes
Contestants will judge and give at least one set of reasons on: Yearling bulls, Cow-calf pairs, steers, Yearling heifers Attire: Business Casual
Contestants will draw random topics and select one on which to prepare a 3-7 minute impromptu speech. Time elapsed will be posted during the speech so that contestants are aware of timing. Speakers who finish before three minutes have elapsed, or who run past seven minutes, will be penalized 1 point for each second over/under.Following the speech, time will be allowed for questions from the judges.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes Materials Provided: Pencil, 3x5 Notecards (2), Information packet on topic chosen Contest Scoring: Subject Knowledge (20 percent); Organization (10 percent); Presentation (40 percent); Response to Questions (20 percent); General Effectiveness (10 percent). Attire: Business Professional
The Sales Talk competition uses a live setting complete with animal or a photo (no larger than 8x10) and potential buyers. The purpose of this contest is to evaluate the effectiveness of the presentation and the contestant’s ability to merchandise cattle. Contestants may use any entry or photo of a SimGenetics animal as the subject of the Sales Talk. A contestant’s score will be reduced 10% if additional materials are presented to the judges other than those listed in the above rules.
Time: 5-7 minutes Materials to Bring: Registration Papers; Sales Talk Subject Contest Scoring: Knowledge of animal (25 percent); Ability to relate important information about subject (25 percent); Poise and Delivery (25 percent); Overall effectiveness of convincing judge to buy animal (25 percent) Attire: Business Casual