Judges’ Show Ring Protocol-
Each judge should strive to provide a fair and unbiased opinion as well as an in-depth inspection in order to give a fair evaluation and to provide a positive experience for all involved.

  1. A Judge is to evaluate animals in accordance with the USMGA rules and to the USMGA goat standard of perfection disregarding any personal preference. The animals should be placed according to the degree in which they meet the desired traits outlined within the USMGA goat standard of perfection.
  2. Judges are required to check the following on all goat presented to ensure they meet the USMGA goat standard of perfection
    a) Udder/Teat Structure
    b) Bite
    c) Pigmentation
    d) Testicles on males
  3. Judges are required to set their final placement line in numerical order, beginning with the lowest placing animal and continuing in ascending order to the first-place animal, prior to giving reasons so that exhibitors and spectators can clearly see and understand the placements and learn from them.
  4. A judge shall be responsible for ensuring that the tattoos are read on the winner of each class plus any goats with placing (thus making them eligible for points under USMGA rules) should be recorded on a show report before those animals leave the ring.
  5. No judge shall judge an animal that:
    a) is owned partially or entirely by the judge
    b) is owned partially or entirely by any member of the judge’s immediate family, which includes children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, siblings or spouse
    c) the judge has any monetary interest in
    d) the judge has any supervision over
    e) has sold by the judge within 90 days prior to the show date
  6. Recognizing the need for judgment, it is strongly recommended that a judge not place animals that exhibit a serious degree of any fault according to the USMGA Goat Standard of Perfection or a disqualification trait as defined by the USMGA Standard of Perfection. Display of any such trait should negatively impact an animal’s placing.
  7. Recognizing the need for judgment, it is recommended that single entry animals in a class not be automatically awarded a first place if the animal exhibits any serious degree of a fault according to the USMGA Goat Standard of Perfection, a disqualification trait as defined by the USMGA Goat Standard of Perfection, or is otherwise deemed a quality that does not warrant placing the animal at the front of the class.
  8. A USMGA judge should use terminology in accordance with the structure of goats when giving reasons so that spectators may more easily understand the judge’s references and evaluations. “Canned” reasons are discouraged. A judge’s reasons for placing classes are an educational tool and should be used as such by the judge.
  9. USMGA judges should be courteous at all times and kind, in his/her evaluations, refraining from negative comments that would unnecessarily embarrass any exhibitor. All necessary criticism of the animal to be evaluated should be constructive in nature and should serve an educational purpose for the exhibitor of the animal, other exhibitors, and spectators.
  10. USMGA judges should always show personal discretion in his/her comments while in the show ring as an exhibitor or ring side as a spectator at any event where such comments may be over heard and perceived to be derogatory of the working judge.