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The 4-H Youth Livestock Program is the largest animal science project area enabling youth to develop their interest in beef cattle, sheep, and swine in their 4-H projects. Youth learn about selection, care, and feeding of livestock, animal health, and importance of good record keeping. Emphasis for these projects continues to be focused on life skill development.

This program offers competitions such as livestock judging and stockmen's contests as well as livestock shows at the county, district, and state levels.

Stockmen's Contests

A stockmen’s contest is a comprehensive test of livestock knowledge including identification classes of meats, feeds, equipment and breeds; evaluation classes of meats, hay, sheep, swine, and beef; a knowledge-based quiz; and an applied team problem.

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Contest Resources

Previous Contest Results

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Livestock Judging Contests

Livestock judging contests consist of market and breeding animals, including beef, meat goats, sheep, and swine. Participants rank the animals in the classes, answer questions on chosen classes, and deliver sets of oral reasons from memory.

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Meats Judging Contests

Meats judging contests consist of retail meat identification and judging of retail meat cuts and carcasses. Retail meat identification consists of identifying the species, primal cut, retail cut and cookery method. Judging requires the participants to rank the meat in the classes, answer questions on chosen classes, and deliver sets of oral reasons from memory.

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Youth Cattle Working Contest

The youth cattle working contest develops youth skills in animal management and handling. Working as a team, youth efficiently process three stocker calves utilizing Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. Regional competitions are held in the spring throughout the state; the top teams from each region then compete at the State Youth Cattle Working Contest held in conjunction with the Junior Beef Roundup.

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Youth Poultry Convention

The Youth Poultry Convention offers both competition and education for those attending. Youth rank classes of production hens and give oral reasons from memory on one of the classes. They grade ready-to-cook broiler carcasses, turkey carcasses, candled eggs, broken-out eggs and exterior eggs. They are also asked to identify mixed broiler parts. The competitions are followed by fun and educational events including a youth poultry carnival for juniors and job shadowing and production tours for seniors.



State 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl

The Livestock Quiz Bowl is a competition that tests the knowledge youth possess regarding beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat topics. Teams compete in a single elimination format and use a buzzer to signify that they would like to attempt to answer a question.  Oral answers are given to questions posed by a moderator. Each match has an individual, team and toss-up question round.

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State Fair of Virginia

A culminating event for youth livestock projects, this event allows youth to exhibit their cattle, sheep, meat goats, and swine and compete in showmanship.

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Junior Beef Roundup (Virginia Beef Expo)

The Junior Beef Roundup is held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo. This event is typically held the third weekend in April and features a variety of contests and activities for youth in the Commonwealth. In addition to youth breed shows, commercial heifer, and prospect steer shows, the Junior Beef Roundup will host the State Stockmen's Contest, State Beef Ambassador Contest, and State Youth Cattle Working Contest. Please visit the link below for more information on the activities and events...

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Youth Swine Day

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Youth Meat Quality Assurance

The Youth Meat Quality Assurance Program is a program designed to teach youth the basics of animal husbandry and general management practices in raising a project animal. This program provides a foundation of animal management for youth of all ages. The mission of this youth meat quality assurance program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of the food products produced via youth livestock projects. Quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to the consumers, or the people who consume the products that come from livestock. The promise made is that products from livestock will be the highest possible quality and producers will do everything possible to make these products safe to eat.

Virginia Youth Livestock Leadership Forum

This event is intended to increase knowledge and self-efficacy in youth with the goal of developing advocates and leaders for livestock industries.

Youth Judging/Stockmen’s Camps

Camps would be offered for youth interested in increasing their knowledge and ability in stockmen’s, meats, and livestock judging. The camps would be one- to two-day events and would offer small-group instruction for youth and coaches

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2015 State Fair of Virginia at The Meadow

2015 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

2015 Junior Beef Roundup

2015 State 4-H/FFA Stockmen's Contest

2015 Block & Bridle Contests

Stockmen's Contest

Meats Judging Contest

The Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team is selling T-shirts to help support their travel and team expenses. If you are interested in purchasing a T-shirt, please visit the Meat Science Center web site or click here for more information.

Livestock Judging Contest



2014 State Fair of Virginia At The Meadow

2014 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

2014 State 4-H Quiz Bowl 

2014 State Stockmen's Contest

2014 Block & Bridle Contests

Stockmen's Contest

Meats Judging Contest

Livestock Judging Contest


2013 State Fair of Virginia

2013 State Livestock Judging Competition

2013 State 4-H Quiz Bowl 

2013 State Stockmen's Contest 

2013 Virginia Beef Expo Stockmens Contest

2013 Block and Bridle Contests

Stockmen's Contest

Livestock Judging Contest



2012 Virginia Junior Livestock Expo - Stockmen's Contest

2012 State Livestock Judging Contest

2012 Virginia Beef Expo Stockmens Contest

2012 Block and Bridle Contests

Stockmen's Contest

Livestock Judging Contest

2012 Youth Swine Day Stockman's Contest


2011 State Livestock Judging Contest Results

2011 Block and Bridle Contests

Stockmen's Contest

Livestock Judging

2011 State Meats Contest




2010 State Fair Stockmen's Contest

2010 State Livestock Judging Contest

2010 Block and Bridle Contests


Livestock Judging

2010 State Meats Contest




2009 State Fair Stockmens Contest

2009 State Livestock Judging Contest

2009 Block and Bridle Contests


Livestock Judging

2009 State Meats Contest







David Roper
(540) 231-4732

Joi Saville
(540) 231-2257

Virginia 4-H Livestock Programs Endowment

The Virginia 4-H Foundation is spearheading the advancement of the Virginia 4-H Youth Livestock Programs Endowment. 4-H livestock programming is funded through a combination of private gifts, endowment income, gifts in kind, and participant fees.

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