Livestock judging gives young people many valuable opportunities to develop skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. They’ll be able to apply the skills they learn as a livestock judge to any number of different professional situations they encounter later on in life, and for this reason, it is something parents should consider encouraging their kids to participate in. 

Cass County 4-H Livestock Judging Study Materials ... 

For Livestock Judging Contest opportunities around the state:

  1. NCC - Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Youth Livestock Judging Contest:  February 15, 2020  In the above NCC web link you should find information regarding the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic youth livestock judging contest for 2020.  Their are some major changes taking place for the contest including the new contest date which is February 15th, 2020. Also the contest will now be official dress and will include a top notch banquet the night of the contest which will include thousands of dollars worth of awards as usual. Something new for this year is the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department will have a $1,000 scholarship up for grabs that is awarded to the high individual of the senior division. We are going to strive to make this a very high level, beneficial experience for all teams involved and we hope that you are able to make it!   If you have any questions, please contact Blaine French, Head Livestock Evaluation Coach, 402-472-8834 

  2. Livestock Judging Contest (A Sanctioned Event for the Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit) ... March 28, 2020 at Saline County Fairgrounds, Crete, NE  Pre-registration encouraged by March 20th.
  3. Otoe County Livestock Judging Clinic:  Saturday April 25, 2020 in Syracuse, NE  Learn how to judge cattle, swine, sheep and goats, as well as, how to write reasons.  A contest will take place in the afternoon to use the skills learned throughout the morning.  Baline French, UNL Livestock Judging Coach, and team members will be leading the clinic.  Please bring a sack lunch
  4. Great Plains Judging Circuit Flyer 2020  This judging circuit is a lineup of contests held throughout the state giving youth th eopportunity to perfect their skills in preparation for the Nebraska 4-H Premier Animal Science Event (PACE).  This circuit is open to current Nebraska 4-H and FFA members ages 10-18.  For more information, locations, and rules visit