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4-H clover 4-H animal judging contests

A series of Minnesota State Fair events for 4-H'ers who have qualified in their local fairs. 

Effectively evaluating breeding and market animals is highly important in the animal industry. Judging is an art developed through patient study and long practice. 4-H'ers interested in dairy, general livestock (beef, meat goat, sheep and swine), horses and rabbits can become good judges by knowing

  • The parts of the animal and their locations
  • Which parts are most important for meat and breeding stock production
  • Making keen observations
  • Comparing the animal to the ideal
  • Weighing the good and bad points of each animal


For participants

Check with your county for local animal judging contests. 

All state fair judging teams must be registered, by going to z.umn.edu/4h-judgingteams

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