Dr. Casey Ritz
University of Georgia Poultry Professor and Extension Specialist
For over 17 years, Dr. Ritz has been a professor and extension specialist at the University of Georgia. His area is environmental and nutrient management but he is a wealth of knowledge on the poultry production industry. Dr. Ritz coaches poultry judging teams at the collegiate level and helps to put on state and national contests for the FFA and 4H. Generous with his time, Dr. Ritz is always happy to help students and teachers learn more about the poultry industry.
Knowing the maximum defects for each carcass grade is critical to correctly assign grades for the contest. If you don't already have the Poultry Judging 101 Handbook, we highly recommend it (and not just because we wrote it). It includes full-color photos of each type of defect and allowances for each grade as well as easy-to-understand descriptions of all the classes in the contest.
Many students lose points at the contest because of mistakes on the scantron. One way you can avoid this is to use the scantron during practice. You can get it from National FFA or download it here and then print copies for your students to mark.