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The Single Judge Systen at Shows.

*It is several years since, m yon columns, I advocated this mode of judging^ it mode now prevalent m the States (says Mr Loffib m the "Live Stock Journal)." At the time my suggestions were decidedly snubbed ; I am pleased to see the idea is making headway. In certain cases I suggested the single judge should be allowed to consult an outsider, to meet cases of partisanship, as Booth or Bates' proclivities, or a friend's animals, the single judge being, however, always held strictly responsible. Direct responsibility is the k«y to efficiency; If the single judge's decisions do not give satisfaction, the piiblic would know who to hold responsible (that is not the case now), and the judgments would be given m half the time— a substantial advantage. Our supremacy inlive stock is being loudly challenged m both the old and new worlds. Exhibitors cannot afford to have their interests neglected m order that things should be made pleasant for the judges. No doubt it is far pleasanter to judge with a colleague, but that is quite another thing. Depend upon it, the public will be better served ; better satisfied, with single judging. Besides, it will clear the showyard of a number of suspicions, etc., often, I admit, groundless, but not always, for human nature m the showyard is the same as it is elsewhere." Another writer says :—I have long been an advocate for the single judge system at all shows ; what are known as the * fancy' have long since adopted this plan. Here the exhibitors are more critical than those of any other department, and yet how seldom do we hear complaints as to the awards. It would be an advantage to all classes of breeders and exhibitors if the one judge plan were to become general —a more uniform type of animal would be j established. Another advantage is that yon can locate the individual, who if he makes glaring mistakes, is not likely to be solicited to act a second time. Show committees make grave mistakes by frequently placing too much work on the judges ; the eye and the hand become tired and satiated ; hence mistakes arise. Singe judging will not lessen the number of men employed, but it will lighten their labours. We may see at many of the large shows a bunch of three adjudicating on three different breeds of catfcleor sheep. The committee consider that when they select a representative man for each breed they have done all that is necessary, forgetting for the moment chat the work would have been infinitely better done if each man had adjudicated on the breed with which he was most familiar. With two judges it is always a question of give and take, otherwise one is driven outside the ring for an umpire, a course which no judge likes, and then it becomes purely, a matter of single judging. In the case of breeding stock it is more satisfactory to have a judge who is not interested as a breeder. With the purest motives the judgment is liable to be warped unfittingly. Under such circumstances the prestige of a frequent prizo-winner gives the animal an advantage of 25 per cent over an equally meritorious rival who has not been so successful,'

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The Single Judge Systen at Shows., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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The Single Judge Systen at Shows. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890