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Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification
endorsed by the National Collegiate
Livestock Coaches Association

 
 
 

About the Certification

The Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification endorsed by the National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association requires students to identify and analyze livestock breeds and their external anatomy. They will also be expected to show understanding of selection criteria and major factors considered in livestock evaluation.

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Ryan Rathmann, Ph.D.
National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the marketing practices for livestock, meat and meat products.
  • Identify and analyze livestock breeds and understand each breed's origins and characteristics.
  • Identify, analyze and compare external anatomy of livestock species.
  • Examine the stages of animal growth and relate them to market readiness.
  • Understand the selection criteria for and be able to place a livestock class.

Certification Lessons

1. The Livestock Industry
2. Livestock Breed ID Series (four lessons; one for each species)
3. The External Anatomy of LIvestock: Terms & Terminology
4. Livestock Breeding Systems
5. Livestock Judging Fundamentals
6. Livestock Judging: Breeding Heifer Evaluation
7. Livestock Judging: Market Steer Evaluation
8. Livestock Judging: Breeding Gilt Evaluation
9. Livestock Judging: Market Hog Evaluation
10. Livestock Judging:Breeding Sheep Evaluation
11. Livestock Judging: Market Lamb Evaluation
12. Livestock Grading: Slaughter Cattle