Dairy Judging

Date & Time: Registration Begins Saturday June 2, 2018 @ 9:30am


Targeted Life Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Teamwork

Dairy cattle judging offers farm youth the opportunity for an excellent educational experience. Since all life is competitive, many of the values derived from judging contests apply to our daily lives and work. Knowledge, ideals, confidence, attention to details, keen observation, good sportsmanship, the ability to weigh evidence for and against a decision, and the ability to express judgment in a concise and forceful manner are but a few of the values. Of course, the primary objective is to learn to evaluate superior ani¬mals. This knowledge is used daily by all who have anything to do with livestock.


The state contest will consist of a maximum of the following classes – 50 points each:

  • (1 – 2) Two classes of heifers 100 points
  • (3 – 6) Four classes of lactating cows 200 points
  • (7 – 9) Oral reasons on three cow classes 150 points

TOTAL 450 points maximum

Reason classes will be scored on:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Correctness of emphasis
  3. Use of appropriate terms
  4. Completeness
  5. Presentation

Actual Classes will depend on availability of animals to be used.


A team of three or four 4-H club members is eligible to participate. The three high scores of the team members will be considered the team score, and the fourth member will be declared the alternate.

Age is determined by age as of January 1 of the current year. There will be both a Junior (9-13) and Senior (14-19) Age Division. Any 4-H club member who has previously been on a first-place team in this contest is ineligible.