When I was a nine year old 4-H member my dad convinced me that I needed to learn how to judge livestock. He seemed convinced it was my only chance of playing a college "sport". Turns out he was right, but what I got out of livestock judging was so much more than that.
My 4-H club didn't have a judging team so dad got me connected with another club to learn the art of evaluating livestock. I think I went to a total of two "workouts" before the one and only contest of the year at the Santa Rosa Jr College. I had been around livestock my whole life but still mostly just followed the "bigger is better" judging philosophy. Although one piece of wisdom from my coach that still sticks to this day is that I wanted a market hog to look like an ice cream cone, meaning narrow up front (base of the cone) and wide at the hams (ice cream). Not sure if that was ever good advice but I never forgot it!