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ND State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest/Quiz Bowl March 6-7


For the first time ever, the North Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging will take place in western North Dakota. On Saturday, March 6, the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is set to take place in Watford City at McKenzie County Fairgrounds and Rough Rider Center. Following this, on Sunday, March 7, the North Dakota State Livestock Quiz Bowl Contest will be at the Rough Rider Center.

Devan Leo, NDSU Extension Ag and Natural Resource Agent explained that she is excited to have the contest take place in Watford City. She said, “This opens up a whole new window of opportunities for the western side of the state to be able to host these state competitions. We are just excited to be involved this way.”

The livestock-judging contest will have three classes of the three main species, which include beef, sheep, swine and one class of goats. The contest consists of carefully analyzing a group of animals and measuring them against a standard that is commonly accepted as being ideal. “Livestock judging teaches kids communication skills, because even if they judged the class wrong, they have to give their set of reasons and defend them. It is a really good skill building opportunity and even kids that don’t have livestock or have ever been around livestock can participate,” said Leo.

The livestock quiz bowl allows 4-H members to demonstrate their knowledge on animal species including beef, dairy, swine, goat (dairy/meat), sheep, poultry and rabbit.

The McKenzie County Extension Office is looking for volunteers to help with this event the evening of March 5 and all day March 6. If you have interest in helping with the event, you can contact Devan Leo at the McKenzie County Extension Office, 701-444-3451.


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