2018 Judges Training Conference and Award Stipend

Fewer than 150 people in the United States and Canada are currently licensed to judge shows sanctioned by the American Dairy Goat Association. To qualify for a license, applicants must attend a Pre-Judges Training Conference and then attend a Judge’s Training Conference (TC) and pass a series of four basic tests of proficiency.

Don’t let the cost of the training keep you from considering becoming a licensed ADGA judge. There are funds available to cover the training conference fee to successful applicants through the Harvey Considine Memorial Fund.

Pre-Judges Training Conference June 8, 2018

A Pre-Judges TC will be offered on Friday June 8th at the State University of New York Cobleskill Campus in Cobleskill, New York.

Judges Training Conference June 9-10, 2018

Following the Pre-TC will be a full ADGA Judges Training Conference offered on Saturday, June 9th through Sunday, June 10th.

More TC Information and Contact

Download the Registration Form, Fees and Further Details PDF

For more information contact Bob Bartholomew, bbarfarm@aol.com or 518-755-1701

Judges Training Conference Award Stipend

Applications are now being accepted for Judges Training Conference (TC) Award Stipend from the Harvey Considine Memorial Fund. If awarded, the stipend will cover the TC candidate fee. Only one such stipend may be granted to any one person.

How to Apply

  • Submit an essay of no more than one thousand words detailing experience with dairy goats and personal reasons for wishing to become an ADGA licensed judge.
  • Contact no more than three persons to submit letters of reference about the person applying. Such persons could be ADGA judges, directors, or reputable breeders, youth project leaders and/or vocational agriculture instructors.
  • Send all information in one envelope clearly labeled “Application for Harvey Considine Memorial Fund Stipend” to Shirley McKenzie, Association Manager, c/o ADGA, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160. Applications may also be emailed to mckenzie@adga.org with appropriate attachments.

Deadline for 2018 applications will be May 1, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018.

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