Livestock Judging


Are You Ready to Defend Your Decision?

What: Livestock judging teaches 4-H members livestock evaluation skills for beef, goat, sheep, and swine. Additionally, members will learn how to defend their placings through oral reasons.

Who: Any 4-H member can participate regardless of what projects they are taking. Only senior members (ages 14-18) may judge in the state contest though. Junior members (ages 8-13) are eligible to participate in every other contest.

When: Practice starts in late February and is held until the state contest in June. Members will participate in other contests as well, in April and May. Practice is usually held once a week.

Awards: Individual and team honors for both Junior and Senior members are given at each county judging contest.

National Competition: The state winning team is eligible to compete in the National Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky in November. The second place team competes at the American Royal in Kansas City in November and the third place team goes to the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January.

For more information check the Weld County 4-H Newsletter or contact Larry Hooker, Livestock Agent at:

Phone: 970-400-2093