The Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Program is a valuable educational experience for Kentucky'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. 

Livestock Judging

The 2020 Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held on June 16, 2020, at the Madison County Fairgrounds, Richmond, Kentucky and the 2020 Award Breakfast will be held on June 17, 2020 at the
Perkins Conference Center, 4436 Kit Carson Dr., Richmond, KY.

Congratulations to all the 2019 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 2019 contest can be found at bottom of page


2020 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)

2020 Contestant Registration -- Registration of contestants for the 2020 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.

***Registrations must be completed by May 27, 2020***

To Register please click here: 2020 Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Registration

     Livestock Judging Resources

Beef Heifer Oral Reasons Template for Clovers

Example Beef Heifer Oral Reasons for Clovers

Breeding Ewe Oral Reasons Template for Clovers

Example Breeding Ewe Oral Reasons Template Clover

Market Hog Oral Reasons Template for Clovers

Example Market Hog Oral Reasons Clovers

Preparing and Giving Oral Reasons, ASC-166

Judging Performance Classes, ASC-167

Livestock Discovery CD (pdf order form)

Pennsylvania 4-H Livestock Judging Manual

South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Manual

Results from 2019 Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

2019 Clover Contest Results

2019 Clover Contest photos

2019 Intermediate Contest Results

2019 Intermediate Contest photos

2019 Senior Contest Results

2019 Senior Contest photos