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Judge personal information:
My name is Matt Griffith, I am an FFA teacher and graduate from The Ohio State University where I judged dairy cattle collegiately at the World Dairy Expo and NAILE. I grew up on a dairy and have been judging locally for 3 years at 14 county fairs. Below is a copied cover letter that I use for dairy employers interest.
I am writing you today as I am interested in judging your dairy beef or dairy cattle show at your county fair. I have been judging for a few years now at local events and at several county fairs. If you already have a judge for this year please keep my information for the future years as it has been my goal this summer to get my name out there to as many county fairs as possible to begin my professional judging career. As you may notice in my attached resume, I have an extensive amount of judging experience. I grew up on a 200 cattle Holstein dairy farm where we milked about 50 dairy Holsteins. I have been judging since I was 12 years old going on 19 years now judging competitively and being involved in the judging circuits. I was taught by John Ayars, Bonnie Ayars and Pete Spike. In 4-H and as well in college at The Ohio State University, I was named an All-American judge at the World Dairy Expo. I have coached 8 National FFA teams and have judged fairs in dairy beef and in dairy cattle at Athens, Madison, Trumbull, Tuscawaras, Shelby, Medina, Clark, Perry, Preeble, Fayette, Washington, and Marion County. I would love the opportunity to add your fair to my resume going forward as I try and get my name out there.
Thank you for your time in considering me as your judge. Again, if you already have a judge please keep my information for future years. Should you need additional information, please contact me at (513-543-0319) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Education: The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Received Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Education Minor: Production Agriculture Graduated in June 2006
The Ohio State University Buckeye Dairy Club (2003-2006)
Sale Committee Chair and Recreation Chair for Buckeye Classic Sale
Judging Experience & Honors:
Dairy Experiences: Dairy and Dairy Beef Official County Fair Judging (2013-present)
Marion, Washington, Preeble, Athens and Fayette County 2014 Dairy Beef Cattle
Trumbull, Shelby, Madison, Medina, Clark, Warren, Tuscawaras, Perry County 2014 Dairy Cattle
Athens County Dairy Beef 2010
Dairy Cattle Coaching Experience (2006-present)
7 FFA judging teams
6 top 4 placing’s in State and 1 top 10 finish
6 years National teams represented at the Big E, World Dairy Expo, North American Livestock Expo and Harrisburg All American Dairy Show.
1st place FFA team in 2011 and 1st place individuals in 2011 and 2013
2nd place in 2009, 3rd in 2008 and 4th place FFA in 2007 and 2010
4-H / FFA honors:
Western Brown FFA Student Rewards (2001-2003)
2nd place in State FFA Contest and 1st place in State 4-H contest
1st place State Oral Reasons
Several 1st place invitational contest
The Ohio State University Co-Curricular Team and State 4-H Judging (2003-2006)
Dairy judging at World Dairy Expo (named an All American) both 4-H and collegiate
Big E-7th place in collegiate contest
NAILE-11th place in 4H and 33rd in collegiate contest
Judged at the All American dairy show
Work Experience: Educational Career Experience (Autumn 2006 to present)
East Clinton High School (Autumn 2012 to present) Sabina, Ohio
Helped rebuild chapter from 3 teachers in 3 years
Set up Career Development teams and student SAE
Teays Valley High School (Autumn 2011 to Summer 2012) Ashville, Ohio
Worked as part of a three teacher program where we had over 300 FFA students.
Western Brown FFA Chapter (Autumn 2006 to Summer2011) Mt. Orab, Ohio
Developed, organized, planned curriculum lessons, shop lessons, field trips, fundraisers and developed Program of Activities for the chapter. Furthermore, learned valuable teaching techniques and strategies, record keeping skills and treasuring skills. Lastly, built greenhouse and operated fish farm and rabbit husbandry for student use.
Coached several team and individual Career Development Event National, State and District champions. Also, advised several students Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Family Employee (Autumn 1992 to Autumn 2003
Southern-Hills Holsteins Mt. Orab, Ohio
Worked on the family owned crop/dairy farm.
200 head of Holstein dairy, 75 cows and 125 heifers.
Gained skills in farm and dairy herd management, record keeping and equipment maintenance.
Learned to evaluate cattle both dairy and dairy beef.