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Livestock Judging

Livestock judging is an activity that teaches youth how to evaluate and rank livestock against an ideal standard and then justify and defend their decisions. Youth willing to make the commitment to a judging team not only learn about the livestock industry but can gain valuable skills and experience in decision making, communication, critical thinking and leadership. 

Congratulations to the 2015 4-H Livestock Judging winners!

2015 Winning Senior 4-H Team: Lowcountry 4-H


2015 High Scoring Junior 4-H Team: Saluda County 4-H

2015 State Livestock Judging Contest

2015 Handbook
4-H Registration Form
How to Mark a Placings Card

Contest Results

Want to Help?

This event requires community involvement and support to continue impacting the lives of our youth. There are many ways families, businesses, and communities can help.

  • Financial donations of any amount, small or large, are appreciated and will go into our general fund to help pay for travel for the winning team to nationals, contest supplies, judge’s fees, or various awards.
  • Financial donations may also be designated for specific things. For example a donor can sponsor the winner’s plaques for $250, a travel stipend for the winning team in any amount, or additional awards or prizes of a sponsors choosing.
  • Product donations can be used as awards. If you have an interest in donating products to this contest let us know. We are willing to work with you! 
  • VOLUNTEER! Contests and events require the help of many people to run. We are always searching for volunteers to help coordinate specific activities or just be an extra pair of hands. If you have some free time or want to give back just let us know and we can sure use your help!

Please contact us if you would like to help support this worthwhile event! Thank you for your consideration!


Pennsylvania 4-H Livestock Judging Manual
Kansas 4-H Livestock Judging Manual
Mississippi 4-H Livestock Judging Manual
South Dakota Livestock Judging Manual
Giving Oral Reasons - Fact Sheet from Oklahoma State University