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Andrew Sloan

We caught up with judge Andrew Sloan before he steps “Inside the Ring” to sort the Junior Breeding Ewe Show at the Kentucky State Fair. Learn more about Andrew below…

What’s been your all time favorite sheep you have judged?
I’ve judged several that I like a great deal. One that sticks out to me, would be Madison Woods ewe lamb that wins the year I judged Western Bonanza. I thought that one was ahead of her time, and had some crazy out there pieces.

Who’s your biggest influence in evaluating livestock?
Many people have influenced me in how to prioritize certain traits when evaluating livestock. My parents are definitely huge influencers. I also have a really good group of college coaches, and industry friends that I bounce ideas off on a consistent basis.

What do you look for when evaluating?
The ones that hit me the hardest the first three steps in the ring. I’m a huge believer in first impressions. They have to be athletic, and good legged on the move. Once stopped, I like them to give a killer look without sacrificing width and body shape.

If down to the last few, what will be your sort?
The one that’s the hardest to make. In the ewe show, the great structured ones who has the most out there pieces that can make the next generation elite.

Do you prefer to evaluate when sheep are in motion or stuck on profile?
Generally speaking, I prefer to see them in motion. High headed, good legged ones are my speed.

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
Any of the major shows that I have the opportunity to attend! Denver, Kansas City, and Louisville are all unique in their own way. It’s hard to beat the green shavings in Louisville.

In your mind, how has the industry changed in the show ring over the last 10 years?
I think the industry has taken the next step in terms of quality sheep and genetics. With the help of AI/ET, I feel that the industry is more consistent now than it ever has been before. Whether you have 5 ewes or 500 ewes, you have access to the best genetics in the country.