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4-H clover 4-H animal judging contests

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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 location
  • which parts are most important for meat and breeding stock production
  • making keen observations
  • comparing to the ideal
  • weighing the good and bad points of each animal

For 4-H state fair exhibitors

  • Check with your county for local animal judging contests
  • Read state fair contest details in the premium book
  • Read more about animal judging at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming events

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

For participants

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