Showing livestock at State Fair

Showing livestock at State Fair

Dairy & Livestock

Guidelines for the 2018 Steuben County Fair 4-H Dairy Showmanship Contest

What is Livestock Judging?

Livestock judging is the process of ranking four animals (beef, sheep, swine, and/or meat goat) of one class top to bottom based on criteria such as bone structure, muscle, body capacity, body composition, performance.

Livestock Judging develops the following life skills: critical thinking, organization, time management, public speaking, self confidence, self motivation, team building and competition.

While all of this sounds intimidating Livestock Judging is a really fun way to learn about beef cattle, sheep, swine and meat goats. Livestock Judging allows 4-Hers to get involved, compete, and make new friends. 4-H members 5-18 years old are eligible to participate and parents/volunteers/coaches are needed. Cloverbud members 5-7 years old (as of January 1, 2017) who are interested in learning may participate only if they are accompanied at all times by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old who will be accompanying them the entire time. Jason Corey will be the Steuben County coach but he will still need volunteers to assist him. If you are interested in volunteering to help assist with Livestock judging or if you are interested in giving Livestock Judging a try, please complete the Livestock Judging Interest Form or e-mail Kim at ksb3@cornell.edu by Monday, October 17. We look forward to hearing from you. A schedule of practices and competition dates will be announced.

What is Livestock Skillathon?

The objectives of the Livestock Skillathon contest is to provide youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock judging, demonstrations, care and exhibition of animals into one activity. This is also an opportunity for youth even if they have no opportunities for livestock ownership to learn about the importance of beef, sheep, swine and goat and their products to the environment and economy. Livestock Skillathon consists of 3 parts: Written quiz, identification and team questions. For the 2 question written quiz (100 points possible per person). Individuals will complete the exam independently. Potential topics are nutrition, health, breeding, management, genetics and current industry topics. The identification portion is 50 points possible per topic for a total of 300 possible points per person. Individuals may be asked to identify retail meat cuts, livestock feeds, and breeds, evaluate cuts of meat and hay or wool samples and complete a quality assurance exercise. Team participation will be required in a quality assurance exercise, evaluation of livestock feeding and performance information and an animal breeding or marketing scenario and exercise. 100 points possible per topic for a total of 400 points per team. Livestock Skillathon instills ethical values, good sportsmanship and product evaluation skills. Livestock Skillathon recognizes youth for their total involvement in and comprehension of the livestock industry.

For more information and resources visit http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/events-2/nys-fair/livestock-skillathon/

While all of this sounds intimidating Livestock Skillathon is a really fun way to learn about beef cattle, sheep, swine, and meat goat. Livestock Skillathon allows 4-Hers to get involved, compete, and make new friends. 4-H members 5-18 years old are eligible to participate and parents/volunteers/coaches are needed. Cloverbud members 5-7 years old (as of January 1, 2017) who are interested may participate only if they are accompanied at all times by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old who will be accompanying them the entire time. Teresa Chapman will be the Livestock Skillathon Coach but she will still need volunteers to assist her. If you are interested in volunteering to help assist with Livestock Skillathon or if you are interested in giving Livestock Skillathon a try, please complete the Livestock Skillathon Interest Form or email Kim Randall at ksb3@cornell.eduby Monday, October 17. We look forward to hearing from you. A schedule of practices and competition dates will be announced.

Livestock and Dairy Judging practice websites.

At this site under games http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_landing-page_4H click on “You be the judge”. There you will find 10 questions of 4 animals to practice and get the explanation whether your answer was correct or incorrect. The species include dairy cow, beef cow, meat goat, swine and ewes.

http://www.livestockjudging.com/ Livestockjudging.com is a one of a kind online resource with video and photo practice livestock judging and dairy judging classes from actual contests. Our practice classes include standard judging classes, feeder grading, slaughter grading, keep/cull, and a test generator with questions you or your students will actual see in real contests. You can access 10 videos absolutely free to practice and see if you like our service. There are updated classes with a new one each Monday, every Monday, 52 weeks a year.

Dairy Quiz Bowl

The primary objective of 4-H Dairy Bowl Contests is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H dairy project to demonstrate their knowledge of dairy related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. It is also hoped that these contests will prove to be an educational experience for both participants and spectators. The Dairy Bowl Program is designed to encourage youth to increase their dairy knowledge through study and preparation for the contest. Youth learn life skills as they prepare for contests - critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, communication skills, listening skills, speaking skills and independent thinking. They experience the value of teamwork, character building, and goal setting. Youth gain knowledge in dairy nutrition, milk quality, herd health, breeding and genetics, marketing, dairy foods, calf raising and all cattle breeds.

Age of contestants is as of January 1, 2017.

Novice Contest

Team members may be 8 - 10 years old with some experience or 11 - 13 years old with no previous district contests experience.

Junior Contest

9 years to 13 years old

Senior Contest

14 years to 18 years old.

Dairy Bowl Practice Sessions TBA

TENTATIVE Saturday, March 4 - Finger Lakes District Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, Midlakes School

The Finger Lakes District will send a junior and a senior team to the state competition at Cornell University tentatively April 22. The Finger Lakes District junior and senior teams will be composed of the top four individuals with the 5 th place as the alternate in each division.

If you are interested in participating at the county and/or district level or receiving more information about Dairy Quiz Bowl or are interested in volunteering as a coach or have questions, please contact Kim at 607-583-3185 or at ksb3@cornell.edu. Coaches will need to be approved volunteers consisting of having their background check approved.

Many 4-H dairy members have enjoyed Dairy Quiz Bowl so plan to be a part of the 2017 Dairy Quiz Bowl.

Dairy Judging

What is Cow College? Cow College is another name for Dairy Judging.

Who can attend cow college? Any 4-H member and their parent, grandparent, leader, etc. who is interested in learning how to dairy judge. Please NOTE: Cloverbud members 5-7 years old (as of January 1, 2017) who are interested in learning how to dairy judge may participate only if they are accompanied at all times by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old who will be accompanying them the entire time.

Where is cow college held? Cow college is held in the barn at different farms around the county (dress warm and wear appropriate foot wear because you will be in the barn or at times outside depending on the weather!)

When is cow college? Cow colleges will be scheduled during February - April. Each session will be approximately 2 hours tentatively from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on a Saturday.

Why should I go to cow college? Cow college teaches you the essentials for being a dairy cattle judge. It will help you understand what to look for what choosing your show animal. It will also help you understand why the judge places your animal the way he does at county fair or any other dairy show.

What happens after the cow colleges? If there is enough interest there will be a county dairy judging tour in May. 4-H families (4-H members including cloverbuds and adults) are encouraged to judge. There will be several judging trips throughout the summer that selected 4-H members will be invited to attend. 4-H members can participate in the Dairy Judging Contest at the Steuben County Fair. There is the State Dairy Judging Contest at the NYS Fair where Steuben County can send a maximum of 8 members (8-18 years old) per division. Steuben County members will be selected as members of the Steuben County Teams:

Senior – 4-H members 14-18 years old as of January 1, 2017. Senior members will give 2 sets of oral reasons as part of the contest on Day 1 and if selected for the Day 2 contest oral reasons are a part of this contest too.

Junior – 4-H members 9-13 years old as of January 1, 2017. 4-H members will not give oral reasons as part of the contest.

Novice – youth 8-10 as of January 1, 2017 or any youth 13 and under as of January 1, 2017 who have not previously competed in the dairy judging contest at the State Fair. 4-H members will not give oral reasons as part of the contest.

Dairy Judging Schedule Dates and Locations to be announced

Many 4-H members have enjoyed dairy judging so plan to be a part of the 2017 dairy judging program.

Contact

Kim Randall
4-H/Youth Development
ksb3@cornell.edu
607-664-2571

Last updated June 14, 2018