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Livestock projects give youth the opportunity to practice and gain new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, public speaking and leadership. The Illinois 4-H livestock judging program teaches youth to identify breeds of livestock and helps them make decisions which improve their local herds. Several judging contests are held each year. Funding for the Illinois teams in national competition is provided by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

  • State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest: Held annually in June, participants judge two rings of beef cattle, sheep, and swine. Older members compete in oral reasons as well. The top team represents Illinois in national competition. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS OF THE 2017 STATE CONTEST
  • State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest: Held annually in August at the State Fair, participants demonstrate their knowledge of the dairy industry by ranking classes of dairy cattle. The top winners represent Illinois in national competition.
  • State 4-H Dairy Bowl: Held annually in March, members compete in an academic-like quiz bowl while they demonstrate their knowledge of the dairy industry. Youth with an interest in dairy production are encouraged to compete for top prizes in the Illinois.
  • 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest: 4-H members do not need to be a dairy project member to be eligible. The top winners represent Illinois in national competition.
  • State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest: Any 4-H member may participate in poultry judging. Youth learn to evaluate poultry and egg products. The top winners represent Illinois in national competition.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Horse Contests.