Objectives of 4-H Livestock Judging:
- To acquire a better knowledge of livestock and develop skill in selecting good livestock.
- To learn to identify breeds and classes of livestock and help improve livestock on the farm.
- To learn how to make individual decisions and support them with oral statements.
- Study and learn to judge beef cattle, hogs and sheep.
- Enter a community and/or county 4-H livestock judging contest.
There will be one statewide contest. In State competition, 4-H members will be required to:
- Place one or more breeding classes of beef cattle and hogs; one or more classes of beef steers and market barrows; one or more classes of sheep. Classes used will depend upon availability of animals. (Placing to count 50 points per class.)
- Give oral reasons on one or more classes of animals judged in the contests. (Each set of oral reasons to count 50 points maximum per class.)
- Answer at least one set of questions on a class of animals judged in the contest. (The set of questions is worth 50 points maximum.)
State winning team will be selected on basis of judging score only as follows:
Total score of high three per county will constitute the county team score. (A county team may consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of twenty participants.) Counties with fewer than three 4-H'ers may compete as individuals. Counties wishing to designate the 20 participants as two or more teams before the contest will be permitted to do so.
Awards & Recognition:
- Each participant will receive an award card and a judging pin.
- Additional recognition will be presented as available to winning teams.
- The top four members of the first place senior county team will the state winning team. This team and the coach will participatae in the National 4-H Judging Contest in Louisville, KY. After placing first and/or traveling to the National Contest, a 4-H'er is ineligible to compete in future 4-H Livestock Judging contests as an individual and/or team member.
- The first place senior team and the state high individual will be eligible for Master 4-H'er status and will participate in the recognition of Special Events Winners at State 4-H Congress. The banquet meal and lodging expenses will be paid for the team, high individual and coach; however, travel costs are not covered.
- The top four members of the second place county team will travel to Kansas City to compete at the American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. These members can compete in future Georgia 4-H Livestock Judging contests, but cannot return to the Kansas City contest.