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Livestock Update, September 1999

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1999 Junior Stockmen's Contest

Livestock Update, September 1999

DR. MARK WAHLBERG, Virginia Tech


Oct. 1, 10 a.m. -- Registration, Old Dominion Livestock Center
Oct. 1, 12 Noon -- Contest Begins, Old Dominion Livestock Center
Oct. 1, 6 p.m. -- Virginia Junior Stockman Awards, Old Dominion Livestock Center


  1. Students are not eligible if they have begun college prior to June 1 of the current year.
  2. Each County 4-H or Vocational Agriculture Department is invited to enter a maximum of two senior and two junior teams of three or four members. When four members are entered, the three members with the highest overall individual scores will make up the team total. The fourth member will be the alternate. Alternates will be eligible for individual awards. Individual contestants may also compete.
  3. This is a junior livestock contest and is open to any bona fide 4-H or FFA member in Virginia. Contestants must be entered and certified by their County Extension Agent or Vocational Agricultural Instructor prior to the entry deadline.
  4. Contestants must be a resident of or a member of the 4-H County or FFA team on which they compete.
  5. Junior contestants will be those who are 13 years old or younger by Sept. 1 of the current year. Senior contestants will be those who are 14-19 years old by Sept. 1 of the current year.
  6. Entries Must Be Mailed to Dr. Mark Wahlberg, Animal Science Department, Virginia Tech (0306), Blacksburg, VA 24061, and postmarked by Sept. 11, 1999. Entries must include number of contestants in each age division and the coach's name and mailing address. No late entries will be accepted.
  7. The Superintendent of the contest, in cooperation with the contest committee, will be in charge of the contest and conduct it in compliance with these rules and regulations. He shall have the authority for the interpretation of the rules.


  1. All contestants and coaches will report to the arena at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Final instructions will be given and questions answered at this time.
  2. The Superintendent will supply contestants with placing cards and any other necessary forms. No contestant will be allowed to take any books, notes, or pamphlets into the ring.
  3. Twelve minutes will be allowed for each class.
  4. While the contest is in session there SHALL BE NO COMMUNICATION among contestants and anyone else, except as directed by the Superintendent or his assistants. Violators will be penalized by having one or more scores disallowed.


  1. Written test with 25 questions concerning total livestock industry. 100 points
  2. Identification of 10 pieces of livestock equipment. 50 points
  3. Identification of 10 breeds of beef cattle, sheep, and hogs. 50 points
  4. Identification of 10 feeds 50 points
  5. Identification of 10 retail cuts of meat 50 points
  6. Five 10 point questions about a class of hogs. 25 points
  7. Five 10 point questions about a class of beef cattle. 25 points
  8. Five 10 point questions about a class of sheep. 25 points
  9. Class of retail cuts. 50 points
  10. Class of four cattle. 50 points
  11. Class of four hogs. 50 points
  12. Class of four sheep 50 points
  13. Judging of a class of hay. 50 points


  1. The overall individual ranking shall be determined by adding each contestant's scores for the 13 classes.
  2. The overall team ranking shall be determined by totalling all the scores of the three team members.
  3. In case of a tie for individual or team awards, ranking will be determined by the team (individual) with the highest score in class 1. If still tied, class 2 will be used and so on until broken.

Awards will be provided for the top 20 individuals and top 10 teams in both the junior and senior divisions. The top three placing junior and senior individuals will receive State Fair Scholarships.

Use the form to provide information about contestants from your unit. Submit the completed form to Dr. Mark Wahlberg by September 11.

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