Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Kearney, Nebraska

February 17-25, 2018

2017 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Judging Contest

Dear 4-H & FFA Youth Educators,

It is time to start thinking about the Ninth Annual Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic livestock judging contest. The contest will be held on Saturday, February 25th at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, NE. We are in the process of putting together a superior contest with outstanding quality and great teaching opportunities for future contests.

Saturday's events will run much like a regular contest with multiple rings used for leading cattle classes. We plan to have at least 8 classes of cattle with bulls, heifers and prospects included. The contest will consist of two divisions: Senior 4H/FFA and Junior 4H. Senior contestants will give 3 sets of oral reasons. Junior contestants will answer ten questions on two classes. Age will be classified by the 4-H age as of January 1st.

Enclosed you will find a schedule of events and contest rules. Please, pass on this information to other youth or parents who might have an interest. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 25th. If you need directions or have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett
Contest Chair
Office Phone (402) 472-8834
Cell Phone (540) 810-9295
bbennett8@unl.edu

Youth Division

4-H & FFA Youth General Rules – Junior Division (ages 8-13) Senior Division (ages 14-19)

  1. Entries - All teams should be entered on or before February 3rd. The entries should include all candidates that the coach expects to bring to the contest. The final team selections will be made the morning of the contest. Each team may consist of four members with the top three scores constituting the team total. Individuals may compete and will be eligible for individual awards. You may enter as many teams as you wish.
  2. Youth Division includes two divisions – Junior and Senior.
  3. Early entry fee - $60.00 per team; $15.00 per individual. Entry fee may be brought to the contest. Late entries will be accepted at $20 per individual.
  4. Eight classes of cattle consisting of heifers, bulls and feedlot cattle will be judged. The cattle will be on halter or in a special case loose in pens if needed.
  5. Performance data and a scenario will be provided on at least 2 classes. The performance classes may also be selected as reasons classes.
  6. Contestants will be given 12 minutes to place each class and 2 minutes to give each set of oral reasons.
  7. Typical contest scoring and tie breaking methods will be in use.
  8. There will be no official coaches' meeting. Coaches will register teams and receive final contest details at the event.
  9. At the conclusion of the reasons session, official judges will give the placing and cuts.
  10. A brief awards presentation is planned for Saturday afternoon directly following the contest.

CONTEST CHAIR: Brad Bennett

Schedule of Events - Youth Division – Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017
  • 7:00 - 7:30 am
  • Registration – Extension Building
  • 8:00 am
  • Contest Begins
  • 11:00 am
  • Lunch
  • 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Oral Reasons
  • 2:00 pm
  • Official Placings
  • 2:30 pm
  • Awards Ceremony – Exhibit Building

REGISTRATIONS MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 3rd, 2017


College Division – Junior College & Senior College Contest

  1. Entries - All teams should be entered on or before February 3rd. The entries should include all candidates that the coach expects to bring to the contest. The final team selections will be made the morning of the contest. Each team may consist of four members with the top three scores constituting the team total. Individuals may compete and will be eligible for individual awards. You may enter as many teams as you wish.
  2. Youth Division includes two divisions – Junior and Senior.
  3. Early entry fee - $80.00 per team; $20.00 per individual. Entry fee may be brought to the contest. Late entries will be accepted at $25 per individual.
  4. Ten classes of cattle consisting of heifers, bulls and feedlot cattle will be judged. The cattle will be on halter or in a special case loose in pens if needed.
  5. Performance data and a scenario will be provided on at multiple classes. The performance classes may also be selected as reasons classes.
  6. Contestants will be given 12 minutes to place each class and 2 minutes to give each set of oral reasons. Oral reasons will be given on 6 classes. Reason classes will be set by the committee.
  7. Typical contest scoring and tie breaking methods will be in use.
  8. There will be no official coaches' meeting. Coaches will register teams and receive final contest details at the event.
  9. At the conclusion of the reasons session, official judges will give the placing and cuts.
  10. A brief awards presentation is planned for Saturday afternoon directly following the contest.

**Dress for the contest is casual. NO JACKETS OR TIES.

Contest Chairman: Brad Bennett

Schedule of Events - College Division – Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017
  • 7:00 - 7:30 am
  • Registration – Extension Building
  • 8:00 am
  • Contest Begins
  • 12:00 - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch
  • Immediately After Lunch:
  • Oral Reasons
  • 4:30 pm
  • Official Placings
  • Immediately After Placings:
  • Awards Ceremony – Expo Building

REGISTRATIONS MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 3rd, 2017

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