University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging

The Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Program is a valuable educational experience for Kentucly's youth.  While youth gain considerable knowledge about various aspects of livestock evaluation through their participation in this programs, the important life skills these youth learn through participating are the real hallmark of the Livestock Judging Program.  Youth develop character and learn the value of the hard work and preparation that it takes to be successful, and develop decision-making and communication skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.  In addition, the friendships these youth make with others from different areas of the state are one’s that will remain with them throughout their lives. 




The 2016 Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held on June 21, 2016, at the Madison County Fairgrounds (3237 Old Irvine Road, Richmond, KY 40475), and the 2016 Award Breakfast will be held on June 22, 2016 at Madison Central High School
(705 N 2nd Street, Richmond, Kentucky 40475). 

Congratulations to all the 2015 contestants and thank you to all of the individuals that provided livestock classes, to those that served as officials, to those that tabulated scores, and to all of the adults (agents, volunteer leaders, parents/grandparents)
that provided assistance for the contest.

Results of the 2015 contest and photos of award winners can be found below.


2016 Livestock Judging Information-Registration Information Packet (pdf) -- Outlines contest content for all age divisions, rules for the contests, and forms that are to be used when submitting the registration fee, adult leader lists, and county confirmation and verification of insurance, medical information, code of conduct, photographic release, client protection, and 6-hour educational requirement.  Click the link below to access the packet as a PDF file. 
     PDF file (forms can be filled in electronically and printed or printed and filled in by hand)

2016 Contestant Registration -- Registration of contestants for the 2016 Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Contest must be done electronically.  Click on the link below to access the web form to enter contestants from your county.
      Web Form -- Registration has closed



Beef Heifer Oral Reasons Template for Clovers (pdf)

Example Beef Heifer Oral Reasons for Clovers (pdf)

Breeding Ewe Oral Reasons Template for Clovers (pdf)

Example Breeding Ewe Oral Reasons for Clovers (pdf)

Market Hog Oral Reasons Template for Clovers (pdf)

Example Market Hog Oral Reasons for Clovers (pdf)

Preparing and Giving Oral Reasons, ASC-166 (pdf)

Judging Performance Classes, ASC-167 (pdf)

Livestock Discovery CD (pdf order form)

Pennsylvania 4-H Livestock Judging Manual (pdf)

South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Manual (pdf)


2016 Clover Contest Results (pdf)

2016 Intermediate Contest Results (pdf)

2016 Senior Contest Results (pdf)

        To access photos of the award winners, please click here.


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