How the contest operates: Contestants usually are registered and begin judging by 9:00 in the morning. When the contest starts, you are divided into groups. Then, six classes of livestock are shown to the judgers - two classes of cattle, two of sheep, and two of hogs. A class consists of four similar animals that are judged and placed according to their condition and performance. After the contestants place the classes, they are given a short time to prepare for reasons, which are given on one class per species. This is where the contestant has the opportunity to defend his or her placing to an official judge. Following reasons, the judges announce the official placings and analyze each class with the participants. Things you get out of this contest: I have found that this type of judging is very beneficial in areas such as public speaking and decision making. Also, the fact that you get to meet so many people form across the state who share the same interest as you is an added bonus.