2024 Contest

  • Date: Monday, June 3,2024
  • Location: University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Registration runs April 8 to May 11, 2024. Cost is $25 for youth. No fee for coaches.
  • Late registration runs May 12 to May 19, 2024. Cost is $40 for youth. No fee for coaches.
  • Information and rules are in the document linked below. More details on national opportunities to come.

Evaluation of livestock is an exciting and thought-provoking experience. The ultimate goal of livestock judging is to compare your perception of an animal against the ideal and then to contrast your opinion with that of another individual or group of individuals. The basic level of livestock judging consists of three primary components: 1) the placing of animals; 2) questions diving deeper into the classes; and 3) orally justifying your decision (reasons). These activities expose you to more than just livestock judging, in addition to that you learn team work, effective communication skills, analytical thinking and aides you in gaining confidence to defend your decisions.

State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Information and Rules

Completing the Livestock Judging Scantron (PDF)

4-H Livestock Judging National Contest Opportunities (PDF)


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