Dairy Cattle Judging
The North Dakota 4-H Dairy Judging Contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H Livestock projects to enhance their animal evaluation and selection skills. Additionally, a judging contest improves their communication and decision-making skills giving them invaluable life skills towards career development. The purpose of the 4-H dairy judging contest is to teach youth how to evaluate dairy cattle and how to make and defend their decisions. Participants will judge groups of dairy cattle classes as a team and individually. Participants will then prepare sets of oral reasons and meet one-on-one with an official to describe the reasons for placing their class placement. Competition in dairy judging fosters self-confidence, organization, critical thinking, teamwork skills and oral communication skills. Just as important, this contest advances their knowledge of the livestock and dairy cattle industry. This contest provides an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal.
The winning 4-H senior dairy judging team will represent North Dakota at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the National World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, in October.
- Stimulate learning in animal science and agricultural industry;
- Youth develop positive interests and attitudes about livestock and dairy cattle evaluation, animal science and related careers;
- Youth gain a base of knowledge of dairy cattle project and the dairy industry;Youth will utilize skills and abilities to solve everyday situations;
- Youth gain valuable producer experience;
- Reward 4-H members for knowledge gained in a subject matter area;
- Provide a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail;
- Participants will process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current dairy cattle and dairy industry decisions;
- Develop teamwork, self-confidence, public speaking and decision-making skills;
- An increased number of participants seek out higher education opportunities and careers related to animal science.