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2017 Missouri Youth Grading and Judging Contest and Clinic

Trowbridge Livestock Center
University of Missouri
March 4, 2017

Sponsored by the University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences

We are pleased to announce this year’s Missouri Livestock Judging and Grading Clinic, our 29th year at the University of Missouri! This year’s events, scheduled for Saturday, March 4, will continue the highly successful improvements initiated last year as well as the long-held traditions of Missouri judging. Co-sponsored and coordinated by the University of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and the Advisory Team, this is a great opportunity to support and develop Missouri’s youth involved in animal agriculture. All participants, from beginners to seasoned judgers, are sure to learn a lot, sharpen their skills, and enjoy networking and friendly competition.

The workshop is designed for 8th grade or younger. It will focus on active learning, working in small groups to learn more about livestock evaluation, spending time at eye-level with the livestock; understanding the importance of USDA grading of cattle; and even taking a field trip to Mizzou’s USDA inspected meat plant to learn about the end product. The workshop will be facilitated by Mizzou and the Missouri Department of Agriculture personnel. Scores will not be tabulated for the workshop. This will be a hands-on educational experience to expose the participants to the basics of judging and grading and the importance of both. Entries for the workshop will be limited to the first 400 on judging and placings and to the first 100 registrants for the clinic through the JudgingCard system. This system worked very well last year so we will be using it for the second time - if you have questions feel free to let us know.

This was another first from last year’s contest that worked so well we will continue it this year. You should also be prepared for one set of oral reasons and possible questions. And to better align this event with other 4-H and FFA events in the state, we will be using the JudgingCard registration and scoring system for this year’s Judging and Grading Clinic. There will be no “official” adult division, but we welcome any adults to view the contest from the stands.

JUDGING WORKSHOP - Smith and Stout Arena

  • 8:00 a.m. Check-in
  • 8:45 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:00 a.m. 20 minute breakout sessions
    (six individual session stops)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Available for purchase)

JUDGING CONTEST - Burch Show Arena

  • 8:00 a.m. Check-in
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • 8:45 a.m. Contestant Breakout
  • 9:00 a.m. Round 1 Animal Evaluation
  • 9:50 a.m. Questions
  • 10:00 a.m. Round 2 Animal Evaluation
  • 10:50 a.m. Restroom Break
  • 11:00 a.m. Round 3 Animal Evaluation
  • 11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch (Available for purchase)
  • 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Oral Reasons
  • 2:00 p.m. Results and Awards

Advisors, Leaders, Parents: all participants, for both the workshop and contest, need to register and pay through the JudgingCard system. The link to registration is at the bottom of this page. Registration will be $10 for all participants of the 2017 Clinic. Registration for both portions of the event closes February 25, 2017. Remember, the contest is limited to 400 – there is no limit on the workshop registration.

JudgingCard Registration 4-H registrants need to sign up through your County 4-H Office

Registering on Judgingcard 4-H registrants need to sign up through your County 4-H Office

4H County Usernames and Passwords 4-H registrants need to sign up through your County 4-H Office

Should you have questions please contact Gloria Johnson email or 573-882-8336.

We greatly appreciate the support and wisdom provided by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and USDA.