State Livestock Judging Contest

2022 Contest

  • Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
  • Location: University of Missouri-Columbia
  • More details about the 2022 contest to come.
  • Please contact Maria Calvert if you have questions.

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 two primary components: 1) the placing of animals; and 2) 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.

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    Contest information

    Registration is limited to one junior and one senior team per county who have qualified at county contest. Youth and coaches must register. Substitutions are accepted before and day of contest.

    Register through 4-H Online. Cost is $25 per individual and no fee for coaches. Registered youth and coaches will receive an information letter with maps, details, etc.

    Members may participate in only one contest when they are held on the same day.

    If paying by check, send your payment to your County Extension Office. Check with your county 4-H staff for whom you should make the check payable to.

    No refund will be granted.

    Registered youth need to be checked in for by 8:30 a.m. Contest starts at 9:00 a.m.

    Lunch will be provided for all contestants and workers. We are sorry that we cannot provide lunch for coaches, family members and/or drivers.

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    Contest components

    Placing Classes: Classes can consist of any combination of breeding and/or market classes within beef, swine, sheep, and goat species.

    Reasons: Senior and Junior contestants will give reasons.

    Equipment: A small clipboard and/or notebook and pencil are essential tools at the judging contest. Notes should not be used when giving reasons. ScanTron scoring software will be used. Prepared judging aids are not allowed.

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    The Livestock contest has two divisions. In each division, a team consists of 3 or 4 individuals with total scores of the three high individuals making the team score. Individuals composing a team must be designated as such if they are to enter team competition.

    A Junior Division team consists of 3 or 4 individuals, age 8 to 13 as of January 1 of the current year. A Senior Division team consists of 3 or 4 individuals, age 14 to 18 years of age as of January 1 of the current year. (If a unit does not have 3 or 4 Senior members who are 14 years or older, they may designate a member of the team who typically would be in the Junior Division. This individual will have scores only counted for the Senior Division and will not be eligible for any individual and/or team awards in the Junior Division. If a Senior Division team has one or more members who are under 14 years of age, that team will be ineligible to qualify for National competition. Eligible Senior teams must meet all the qualifications established by the Regional and National contests.

    If a county is unable to fill a 3-4 person team, they may recruit youth from a neighboring county to fill the team. If still unable to fill a team, the 1-2 individuals may register, but will only be eligible for individual awards.

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    • High Point Individual in Junior and Senior divisions will receive Belt Buckles
    • First place junior and senior teams will receive 4-H Medallions
    • The top ten junior and senior individuals and top three junior and senior teams will receive Certificates which will be customized and mailed out after the event
    • The top ten 8-10 year olds will receive a judging pin
    • The first through fourth place Senior teams will be eligible to represent Missouri at National Competitions
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    National representation

    Eligibility for the national competition is limited to participants in the senior division. All team members competing in the national contest must meet age requirements dictated above. Choices of these contests will be determined in order of their placing in the state contest.

    1st Place Senior Team - Choice of the following national livestock judging contests:

    • National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Louisville, KY)
    • Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Judging Contest (Omaha, Nebraska)
    • American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Kansas City, MO)
    • National Western Roundup (Denver/Fort Collins, CO)

    2nd, 3rd, and 4th place Senior Teams will have the choice of the remaining trips in their respective finishing order. For example: If the 1st place team chooses to attend the National Western Roundup the 2nd place team will have the choice between the National 4-H Livestock Contest, the American Royal and Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Contests and so on.

    Participation in the National 4-H Contest in Louisville, KY will prohibit team members from competing at the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest for team awards and other national contest trips in future years, providing they are still eligible for competition based on age. However, they will still be eligible to compete and receive individual awards. Participation in the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest, National Western Roundup, or Ak-Sar-Ben will not deem a team and its individual members ineligible for team awards in future years. Additionally, teams that have chosen to attend either the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest or National Western Roundup in previous years will not be allowed to return to the same national competition in future years, per the rules put forth by those respective contests.

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