Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

Upcoming contest schedule

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

  • 8:00am - Register at Donnelly Arena
  • 8:30am - Contest starts
  • 11:00am - Reasons & lunch, Youth Bldg, Sales Arena
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    Contest information

    • Any youth member who has passed his/her 8th birthday and has not passed his/her 22nd birthday before August 1, 2016, is eligible to participate in this event provided he or she has not previously been a member of a winning state 4-H or FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Team.
    • There will be three divisions: 8-10; 11-13; and 14-21. The 8-10 Division will consist of youth which shall be 8 by August 1 and not 11 by August 1, 2016. The 11-13 Division will consist of youth which shall be 11 by August 1 and not 14 by August 1, 2016. The 14-21 Division will consist of youth which shall be 14 by August 1 and not 22 by August 1, 2016.
    • All desiring to enter should report by 8:00 a.m. to the Donnelly Arena to register for this contest.
    • No communication will be permitted between the contestants during the contest.
    • Each contestant will be required to place four to six classes, composed of four animals each and to give oral reasons on two to three classes which shall be designated as oral reason classes.
    • Twelve minutes will be allowed for placing and an additional eight minutes will be allowed on each reasons class.
    • Each contestant will be graded on the basis of 50 points for placing of each class and 50 points each set of reasons given.
    • Based on total points, the four contestants with the highest numerical scores will be awarded rosettes for each division. Other contestants will be awarded gold, silver and bronze ribbons according to the merit or placing of individual scores.
    • There will be cash awards of $15-1st, $10-2nd, $5-3rd for high individuals in Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and oral reasons judging in the 14-21 Division.

    Cash awards are provided by: Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Club, Missouri Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association, Missouri Ayrshire Association, Fallenleaf & Probert Dairy

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Contest results

2020 results now posted under Past results.

Past results

Pictures from 2020 contest:

2020 Top junior judges Top junior judges, left to right: Tysonn Droste, Harper VanZyverden, State 4-H Council Vice-President Blake Wright, Ellery Couch, Raylee Couch and Noah Gunter.

2020 Top intermediate judges Top intermediate judges, left to right: Molly Archer, Monique Turner, Teagan Hardy, Maria Vedder, State 4-H Council Vice President Blake Wright, Sammi Justice, Blake Gates, Jackson Gunter and Travis Kriegel.

2020 Top senior judges Top senior judges, left to right: Missouri State 4-H Council Vice-President Blake Wright, Lila Wantland, Payton Nix, Whitney Yerina, Michael Vedder, Libby Shaver, Addison Tharp, Logan Archer, David Ley, Emma Parrigon, Jasmine Gates and Brady Vedder.