So you want to be­come a wa­ter­fowl judge?

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The BWA en­cour­ages new judges and as­sists those con­sid­er­ing mak­ing this step. So how do you go about be­com­ing a judge?

Ask to stew­ard for a judge at a show. The judge will help you to un­der­stand the finer points of the class he is judg­ing.

Watch the judge so that you un­der­stand what he is look­ing for.

Don’t be afraid to ask a few ques­tions — but not too many as the judge still needs to con­cen­trate on the task in hand.

Prior to stew­ard­ing do some re­search, read­ing up on the breed’s stan­dards

Be pre­pared to be asked your opin­ion of how you would as­sess the class — if you select the birds in a sim­i­lar way to the judge you’ll be on a high for days.

If, af­ter stew­ard­ing, you would like to progress fur­ther and judge, you can ap­ply to take a test at one of the ma­jor shows, such as the BWA Cham­pion Wa­ter­fowl Ex­hi­bi­tion, the Na­tional, Fed­er­a­tion, Scot­tish or Welsh Na­tion­als. You could judge a sin­gle sec­tion such as Call ducks, Run­ners, Geese, Heavy breeds or Ban­tams.

It has been said that you should keep a breed be­fore you judge it. This is quite sen­si­ble as you will bet­ter un­der­stand its char­ac­ter­is­tics.

If you are in­ter­ested in stew­ard­ing or judg­ing, con­tact the BWA by vis­it­ing

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