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Alabama 4-H member participating in the Livestock Judging Contest

2022 Registration Packet and Instructions

ELIGIBILITY

Competition is open to enrolled members of Alabama 4-H. 4-H membership is available for youth ages 9 to 18. Age is calculated on December 31 of the current 4-H year. To be eligible for competition at events held between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022, the member must be
9 years old prior to January 1, 2022.

The 2022 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will consist of two different age divisions:

  • Junior Division: 4-H members who are between 9 and 11 years old before January 1, 2022.
  • Senior Division: 4-H members who are between 14 and 18 years old before January 1, 2022.

INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

4-H members with special needs are requested to provide written documentation by MAY 31 to:

Jason P’Pool, Associate Extension Professor Youth Animal Science Programs

112 Upchurch Hall

Auburn University, AL 36849

E-mail: jrp0039@auburn.edu

Entry in the contest is available through 4HOnline.

The 2022 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is open to all 4-H members for participation and competition. Competition is for individuals and for teams that shall consist of a minimum of three members. A county team is made up of a minimum of three individuals in an age division with no upper limit of participants on the team with the top three scores comprising the team total. For example, if your county has three Junior age members or ten Junior age members, the county still has one team with the top three scores counting. As a coach, you do not have to designate which members are on the team and which members are considered alternates; the tabulation software puts all your members together as a team and then sorts the top three.

Only one team per county per age group is permitted. There is no limit to the number of individuals from a county that can participate. If a county has two or more distinct 4-H clubs each having a separate and distinct livestock judging team, the county may have a team representing each separate and distinct club.

FALL CONTESTS

The first place senior division team will have the option to represent Alabama at the American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Kansas City, Missouri (tentative date: October 16, 2022).

Alabama 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team:

  • The top 15 individuals (and potentially other senior age contestants who have been members of past All- Star Teams or have demonstrated outstanding ability in other 4-H Livestock Judging Contests) in the senior division will be invited to participate in the Alabama 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Workout (tentative dates: July 24–27, 2022) to earn one of eight spots on the 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team. The 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging workouts will emphasize education, specifically note-taking, preparing and presenting oral reasons, answering questions, and interpreting scenario/data.
  • Once the four members of the 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team have been identified, the team will meet at least monthly to practice in either face-to-face meetings or through the use of technology.
  • This team will represent Alabama at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky (tentative date: November 15, 2022).
  • The 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team will also compete in one other national level judging contest (as funding allows). This event may be one of the following, and it is expected that Alabama 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team members will make themselves available on the dates mentioned above.
    • AKSARBEN 4-H Livestock Show, Grand Island, Nebraska.
      • Tentative date: TBD
    • Southern Regional Livestock Judging Contest, Raleigh, North Carolina.
      • Tentative date: TBD
    • Purdue Boilermaker/Stockman Livestock Judging Contest, West Lafayette, Indiana.
      • Tentative date: TBD

INSTRUCTIONS

1. All contestants must have a pencil or pen. All contestants must bring their own notebooks or paper for taking notes for oral reasons and questions.

2. Participants will be provided a contestant number that will identify them throughout the duration of the contest.

3. Juniors will give one to two sets of oral reasons and have two sets of questions. Seniors will give four sets of oral reasons and have sets of questions. An exact class list will be provided as soon as possible before the contest, outlining classes and associated details. Contestants will be assigned to groups at the beginning of the contest. They must stay with their assigned group leader until all classes are judged. Only group leaders and ring stewards will be allowed in the contest area.

4. Because members from a county may be in the same group, instruct your members about not talking to anyone other than a group leader. Talking or conferring during the contest is prohibited. The contestant cannot wear any markings, clothing items, or jewelry that reveals identity or area of residency. All forms of tobacco use are prohibited. Personal communication devices are prohibited. Contestants talking to anyone other than a group leader may be disqualified.

5. Twelve minutes will be allowed for all classes. Signals will be given to start the class and at various intervals to indicate time remaining. When the final signal is given, cards will be collected.

6. Lunch will be provided for all contestants during a break period in the contest. Coaches and leaders should plan to meet their contestants at the conclusion of their contests.

7. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the contest starting at 9:00 a.m. Once the contest has started, no additional contestants will be allowed to participate.

8. Contestants cannot have taken a postsecondary course in livestock evaluation.

More Information

Jason P’Pool

  • Associate Extension Professor
  • Youth Animal Science Programs
  • 112 Upchurch Hall
  • Auburn University, AL 36849
  • E-mail: jrp0039@auburn.edu
  • Cell: (334) 703-1047
  • Office: (334) 844-1540

 


Jason P’Pool, Associate Extension Professor, Animal Sciences with Auburn University

Revised May 2022, Livestock Judging Contest, 4HYD-2255

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