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.
In recent years there have been two Judges Training Conferences held annually – one in the summer and the other during the ADGA Annual Convention in October. The October training conference held during ADGA Annual Convention is posted at ADGA Judges Training at Convention.
Summer ADGA Judges Training Conference
A 2020 Spring/Summer TC scheduled for May 1-3, 2020 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Tucson, Arizona has been cancelled.
Due the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC guidance to restrict gathering we will not be holding this training conference. This has been a difficult decision, but it is for the health and safety of volunteers, candidates and panel members.
Judges Training Conference Award Stipend
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 Considine Memorial Fund.
Judges Training and Online Training Materials
Hosting A Special Judges Training Conference
If you are interested in hosting a Special Judges Training Conference please see this explanation of host responsibilities and the application form: Special Judges Training Conference Host Group Responsibilities and Application