Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire a better knowledge of livestock and develop skills in identifying types and grades of livestock while learning the basic principles of animal science.
  2. Learn to identify breeds and classes of livestock to help improve livestock on the farm and develop skills that contribute to profitable, efficient farming.
  3. Learn how to make individual decisions and support them with oral statements, which develops skills of decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  4. Develop leadership abilities, build character, and assume citizenship responsibilities, and develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes for lifelong use.

Eligibility

  • Cloverleaf/Juniors: 4th– 8th grade
  • Seniors: 9th– 12th
  • Counties cannot mix grade divisions to comprise a team. All members on the Junior team must meet the Junior grade requirements, and all members on the Senior team must meet the Senior grade requirements.
  • Counties may bring up to 20 senior team members and 20 non-senior members (Cloverleaf’s and Junior’s). A team must consist of a minimum of three (3) or four (4) participants. Individuals may also participate. A county’s team score will be the sum of the top three scores from that county.
  • Eligibility is determined by the grade level during the 2022-2023 school year.

Competition Guidelines

  • Study and learn to judge beef cattle, hogs, sheep and goats.
  • 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:
    1. Seniors competing in the State Livestock Judging Competition will judge eight (8) classes of livestock. These eight classes will include market or breeding beef cattle, swine, sheep, and/or meat goats (does).
    2. Seniors will give four (4) sets of reasons. One Questions Class will be part of the Senior Contest. A maximum of 10 questions may be answered on each class. Three points will be deducted for incorrect answers. A sample list of questions is attached to give you an idea of the type of questions that will be asked of the 4-H’ers.
      • All classes are considered eligible for reasons classes.
    3. Juniors competing in the State Livestock Judging Competition will judge six (6) classes of livestock. These six classes will include market or breeding beef cattle, swine, sheep, and/or meat goats (does).
    4. Juniors will give two (2) sets of reasons. One Questions Class will be part of the Junior Contest. A maximum of 10 questions may be answered on each class. Three points will be deducted for incorrect answers.
      • All classes are considered eligible for reasons and/or questions classes.
    5. Performance Data will be used in the State Livestock Judging Contest.

Awards

  • Each participant will receive an award pin.
  • Medals will be given to the top three winning Senior and Junior teams and Senior and Junior Overall High Individuals at the state contest.
  • The first-place senior team will have the opportunity to represent Georgia at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, KY.
  • Members of the State Winning (First Place) Senior Team are ineligible to compete as team members in future years. This applies whether or not they compete in the National Livestock Judging Contest.
  • Team members may compete as individuals in State 4-H Livestock Judging Contests and may be recognized as State Winners as High Individuals.
    • State Winning High Individuals who are not members of the State Winning (First Place) Team are permitted to compete in future years as either individuals or as team members.
  • 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.

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