With more than 76.5 billion eggs consumed in the U.S. each year, you might be thinking of a career in the poultry industry. We know that judging contests help kids improve their decision-making skills and teaches them to defend those decisions by giving voice to their reasoning. Poultry judging teaches standards of poultry and egg production to ensure a safe and nutritious consumer product. Learn what makes a good egg as you compete for prizes in the Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest.
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The 2019 Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest will be August 7 in Building 105 of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Youth 8 to 13 (on Jan. 1, 2019) compete as juniors; youth 14 and older compete as seniors. The top winners will represent Illinois at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in November in Louisville, Ky.
The contest will include three classes of past egg production hens, two classes ready-to-cook fowl or fryers, one class of ready-to-cook heavy fowl, one class of broken-out eggs, two classes of shell eggs candled, and two classes of exterior egg quality. Oral reasons will be on one of the egg production classes. The official resource is the National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual available from UNL Extension Marketplace, University of Nebraska. Copies of the manual and more information are available from Extension Poultry Specialist Dr. Ken Koelkebeck, firstname.lastname@example.org.