University of Maryland Extension

Livestock Skillathon and Livestock Judging

Livestock Skillathon 

Would you like to be a member of the Frederick County 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team? Join us a the 4-H Office to learn about being a member of the Frederick County 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team. You do not have to show livestock or have any prior knowledge to participate. The Maryland 4-H State Livestock Skillathon competition is held every March. 4-Hers from each county join together and test their knowledge in the areas of Breed ID, Feed ID, Equipment, Meat Evaluation, Wool ID, and Quality Assurance. Skillathon practices are usually held once a week during the months of January and February at the Frederick County Extension Office for anyone interested in participating in the state skillathon competition. The practices will cover the subjects and materials which will be at the competition. 

Livestock Judging

Are you interested in learning how to evaluate beef cattle, sheep, swine and meat goats? Everyone is welcome to attend; no experience is required. Livestock Judging practices run March - August usually held at the Frederick County Extension Office. Each week members will accumulate points for participation. Members with the most points will be offered an opportunity to compete on the county judging team at the State Contest during the MD State Fair.

Livestock Judging Basics

  Livestock Judging for Beginners

  Member Guidelines - Due By June 1

  Welcome to Judging Video

  Welcome to Judging - judging team set up


Weekly Online Practice

  Review and Judging Classes - PDF (week 6)

  Evaluating Goats - PDF (week 5)

  Evaluating Swine - PDFVideo (week 4)

  Evaluating Sheep - PDFVideo (week 3)

  Evaluating Market Steers - PDFVideo (week 2)

  Observations, ID Points & Taking Notes - PDF,  Video (week 1)

  2020 Practice Schedule


Professional Advice: National Judge Spotlights

  Goats with Wravenna Bloomberg - video

  Goats with Cooper Bounds - video

  Swine with Matt Nott - Video

  Sheep with Chris Mackey - Video

  Beef Cattle with Dr Blake Bloomberg - Video

  Livestock Judging with Chris Mullinex - Video

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