2017 National Show Judges

Following are the 2017 National Show Judges. Check back later in the spring as we will be posting
biographies of each judge.

Lynn Benedict

Lynn will judge Oberhasli and consult
on Sables and Alpines





Todd Biddle

Todd will judge Saanens and consult on Nigerian Dwarf and Toggenburgs


I have been a licensed dairy goat judge for twenty four years. While I have judged youth events at three past ADGA National Shows, 2017 will be my first year judging breed classes at the ADGA National Show. I also write articles for the Dairy Goat Journal on dairy goat judging.

On our family farm, we maintain a herd of twenty-five Saanen dairy goats, twenty Belgian Draft horses, and seventy head of Dutch rabbits. While the goats are not shown as much as they once were, a family member or I earned National Junior Champion Saanen in 2003, Reserve National Best Udder Saanen in 2002 and Reserve National Best Udder Saanen in 2016. We have participated in the linear appraisal program and have had many does scoring between 90 and 92. We had one doe score EX 93 in years past. We also show our Draft horses and rabbits at many national level shows. We exhibited two past National Champion Belgians and several past variety rabbit winners at both the ARBA convention and the National Dutch Rabbit Show.

I have twenty years of teaching experience and hold three teacher certifications. Currently, I am an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser in central Pennsylvania for the Bald Eagle Area School District. I earned a distinguished teacher merit on the state teacher evaluation form in 2015-2016 for my teaching excellence in the classroom. Our FFA chapter earned national chapter recognition of two stars in 2015. While our chapter has many initiatives, one of our notable missions is to fight childhood hunger as we are very active with the National FFA Hunger Hero's challenge efforts. Another exciting effort is improving and increasing pollinator friendly habitat on our school campus to help with the national pollinator decline.

I, like you, share a love not only for dairy goats but agriculture in general. Each day presents new opportunities and challenges as we promote and "work" for the number one industry in the United States - Agriculture. As we celebrate the accomplishment of excellence at the National Dairy Goat show, it is important for us to never lose track of all the hard work that goes into the preparation of a national show string. This work starts many years prior and requires day to day management. I hope you will enjoy showcasing representatives from your breeding program as much as I will the task of evaluating many of the best dairy goats in the country. Please try to find time between showing and herd care to visit with others who share the same passion as you. These relationships are the root of our industry and what will contribute to making the national show a very special experience.

Reflect on yesterday, strive for a brighter tomorrow, and enjoy the beauties of dairy goat ownership.


Ed Cavanagh

Ed will judge Nigerian Dwarfs and Toggenburgs and consult on Nubians





Julie Matthys

Julie will judge LaManchas and Sables and consult on Saanens





Dustin Noble

Dustin will judge Nubians and consult on Oberhasli and Rec. Grades





Karen Smith

Karen will judge Alpines and Rec. Grades and consult on LaManchas










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