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All-East Livestock Judging Contest

Livestock Update, December 2005

Dr. Dan Eversole Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, VA Tech

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences will be hosting the All-East Livestock Judging Contest at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on April 6-9, 2006. This contest was hosted by Virginia Tech in 1990 and is rotated every year throughout the Southeast and North Central regions. There will be 100-125 contestants representing 15-20 universities competing in the evaluation, selection, and livestock judging contests.

The Meat Animal Evaluation Contest will be held on Thursday afternoon, April 6th at 3pm. Students will evaluate 6-8 animals of each species (beef cattle, swine, and sheep) for backfat, expected lean cut yield, and live market value. All animals will be harvested (evening of the 6th and morning of the 7th) at the Meats Lab and carcass data collected on Saturday morning, April 8th.

The Selection Contest will have breeding animal keep/cull and ranking classes with performance data and scenarios. This competition will be held on Friday morning, April 7th at 8:30am.

The third and last contest will feature a Livestock Judging Contest on Saturday beginning at 8am. Each participant will judge 12 classes of livestock and give 8 sets of oral reasons.

These contests will be followed by a Sunday morning Awards' Breakfast at the Inn at Virginia Tech at which time the sponsors will be recognized, individual and team winners announced, and awards presented.

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