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Showing livestock at State Fair

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Dairy & Livestock

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

4-H Dairy Judging Practice Sessions

Who can attend?Any 4-H member and their parent, grandparent, leader, etc. You don’t have to own dairy cattle to participate in dairy judging. Please NOTE: Cloverbud members 5-7 years old (as of January 1st) who are interested in learning how to dairy judge may participate only if they are accompanied the entire time by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old.

Where are dairy judging practices held? Practices are held in barns 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? Schedule to be announced. There possibly will be a county dairy judging tour in the spring. There will be some judging trips throughout the summer including the Finger Lakes District Dairy Judging Contest at Alfred State College and the Allegany County Fair Dairy Judging Contest. There will be a dairy judging contest at the Steuben County Fair. 4-H members who are selected can represent Steuben County at NYS Fair Dairy Judging Contest.

Why should I attend? 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/she does at county fair or any other dairy show.

If you are interested in participating in dairy judging and have not done so already please contact Kim at 607-664-2571 or at ksb3@cornell.edu.

4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

The primary objective of 4-H Dairy Bowl Contests is to provide an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge of dairy related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. You don’t have to own dairy cattle to participate in dairy quiz bowl. It is also hoped that these contest 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 1st:

Beginner: 8-10 years old

Junior: 9 - 13 years old

Senior: 14- 18 years old.

Dairy Quiz Bowl practices and locations will be announced. If you are interested in participating in dairy quiz bowl and have not done so already please contact Kim at 607-664-2571 or at ksb3@cornell.edu.

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 1st) 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. If you are interested in volunteering to help assist with Livestock judging or if you are interested in giving Livestock Judging a try, e-mail Kim at ksb3@cornell.edu or call her at 607-664-2571 for more details. 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 1st) 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.  If you are interested in volunteering to help assist with Livestock Skillathon or if you are interested in giving Livestock Skillathon a try,  email Kim Randall at ksb3@cornell.edu or call her at 607-664-2571. We look forward to hearing from you. A schedule of practices and competition dates will be announced.

Contact

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

Last updated August 26, 2019