Block & Bridle Club Livestock, Meats, and Stockmens Contests
Livestock Update, February 2001
Mark Wahlberg, Extension Animal Scientist, 4-H Livestock, VA Tech
The Virginia Tech Block and Bridle Club has scheduled their annual Livestock, Meats, and Stockmens Contests for March 16 and 17 on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. Details about each event follow.
Stockmens Contest - The stockmens contest is a test of general knowledge of livestock. Contest format is similar to the State Fair stockmens contest. Classes include a 25-question multiple choice quiz (100 points), identification of feeds, equipment, breeds, retail meats cuts (50 points each class), judging of hay, retail meats cuts, beef cattle, sheep, and swine (50 points each class), and questions about the animal judging classes (25 points each class). For Senior teams only there will be a group exercise which the team will complete while working together. Sample contest materials and previous yearıs quizzes can be found at the 4H Livestock Website, http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/livestock/.
The contest will be held Friday afternoon, March 16. Contest divisions, contestant eligibility, and numbers of teams allowed are detailed in the summary table. Schedule details are attached.
Livestock Judging Contest - This contest will consist of eight or nine classes, (3 beef cattle, 3 swine, and 2 or 3 sheep classes). Performance data will be presented on at least one beef class, we will attempt to provide that on a swine and sheep class as well. Up to 10 questions will be asked on 1 or 2 classes.
Two divisions are held, Livestock Judging Contest and Advanced Livestock Judging contest. Contestants in the Advanced division will place all classes, answer all questions, and will give oral reasons on 3 classes (1 each of beef, sheep, and swine). All other contestants will place all classes, answer all questions, but will not give any oral reasons.
The contest will be held Saturday, March 17. Judging of all classes occurs in the morning. Reasons are given in the afternoon. A judging seminar will be held in the afternoon for all coaches and contestants that are not giving reasons. Contest divisions, contestant eligibility, and numbers of teams allowed are detailed in the summary table. Schedule details are attached.
Meats Judging Contest - The contest will be held Friday, March 16 after the Stockmens contest is concluded. Contest classes will include retail meats identification, a quiz, judging of several classes of retail cuts, wholesale cuts, or intact carcasses, and questions about some of those judging classes.
Contest divisions, contestant eligibility, and numbers of teams allowed are detailed in the summary table. Schedule details are attached.
|Contest Divisions||Advanced & Regular||Junior & Senior (Not separate 4H and FFA)||Contestant Eligibility||Enrolled in 4H or FFA. No age divisions specified. See text for a description.||Junior = < 13 on January 1 (for 4H members)
Junior = 8th grade or earlier (for FFA members)
Senior = 14-18 on January 1 (for 4H members)
Senior = 9th grade or later (for FFA members)
|Contestants must be eligible for their respective National Contest|
|Contestants must be enrolled in the Chapter or Unit they represent.|
|No contestant can have had their 19th birthday before January 1, 2001|
Teams from a
4H unit or FFA chapter
|Advanced = 1 team|
Regular = 2 teams
|2 teams in each age group||Maximum of 8
|A team consists of either 3 or 4 members from the same unit or chapter|
|Entry Fees||$3.00 per contestant per contest in which they participate|
|Livestock Judging Contest||Stockmens Contest|
|Sarah Leonard||Trey Keyser|
|6100 Heather Drive Apt. D||1503 Toms Creek Road|
|Blacksburg, VA 24060||Blacksburg, VA 24060|
|Tel 540)961-2423||tel 540/961-7573|
|Email SALEONA3@VT.EDU||Email LYKEYSER@VT.EDU|
Meats Judging Contest
|703 Appalachian Drive, Apt 6|
|Blacksburg, VA 24060|
Friday, March 16
10:00AM - 12:00 -- Registration for Jr. & Sr. Stockman's Contest (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
1:00 - 4:00 -- PM Jr. & Sr. Stockman's Contest (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
5:30 - 6:15 -- PM Meats Judging Contest Registration (Litton Reaves 1670)
6:30 - 10:00 PM -- Meats Judging Contest (Food Science Building)
7:00 - 9:00 -- PM Pre-registration for Livestock Judging Contest (Livestock Judging Pavilion - Coaches)
7:30 - 8:30 PM -- Discussions of Jr. & Sr. Stockman's Classes All contestants are welcome to attend. (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
Saturday, March 17
7:45 AM -- Livestock Judging Contest Registration continues (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
8:15 AM -- All Livestock Judging Contestants to the Livestock Judging Pavilion
8:30 AM -- Livestock Judging Contest begins (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
11:30 AM -- Coaches Pick-up all contestants not giving reasons (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
11:30 AM -- Lunch for Advanced Contestants (required for all Advanced Contestants, cost is $3.50)
12:00 PM -- Lunch for all others that purchased lunch in advance
12:30 PM -- Coaches transport Advanced Contestants (not your own team) to Litton-Reaves Hall
1:00 PM -- Oral Reasons will begin for Advanced Contestants (Litton Reaves Hall)
1:00 PM -- Judging Seminar for Coaches and interested youth (Judging Pavilion)
4:30 PM -- Awards Ceremony for all Contestants (Livestock Judging Pavilion)
2001 Block and Bridle Contest Entry Fees(pdf)