Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Kearney, Nebraska

February 15-23, 2020

2019 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Judging Contest

Attention Coaches,

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic wants to invite you to be a part of our Annual Beef Judging Contest. The Contest will be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Buffalo Co. Fairgrounds in Kearney, NE. We are in the process of putting together a superior contest with outstanding quality and a great teaching opportunity for future contests.

We will have gas cards for the Team that travels the greatest distance. We have cash awards for the Junior and College Division. The Overall 1st Place Team will receive $1,000 cash award in Junior College Division and the Senior College Division. The 2nd Place Overall Team will receive $500 cash award for both the Junior College and Senior College Division.

The contest will run four livestock rings used for leading cattle classes and incorporate three total rounds for college contestants. We plan to have ten classes of cattle with bulls, heifers, and feedlot steers. There are two divisions Junior College and Senior College. All contestants will give six sets of reasons. At least two of the classes will have performance data provided.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 23 in Kearney for the Judging Contest.

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic is proud to work with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for coordination of this contest.

Sincerely,
Mike Roeber
Registration Chair
402-844-7183
or 402-750-8128
mikesr@northeast.edu

University of Nebraska: Contest Chair
402-472-8834

Jefferson Keller
jefferson.keller@unl.edu

Youth Division

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

General Rules

  1. Entries - All teams should be entered on or before February 5. 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.
    Senior Division: 3 sets of Reasons Junior Division: 2 sets of Questions
  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,
UNL 402-472-8834
cell 540-810-9295
bbennett8@unl.edu

Schedule of Events - Youth Division – Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2019
  • 7:00 - 7:30 am
  • Final Registration – Extension Building
  • 8:00 am
  • Contest Begins
  • 11:00 am
  • Lunch
  • 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Oral Reasons/Questions
  • 2:00 pm
  • Critique Classes
  • 2:30 pm
  • Award Ceremony (Extension Building)

*** All contest fees may be paid the day of the contest as long as team registration is made prior to February 5, 2019.


College Division

Junior College & Senior College

  1. Entries: Early entries are due on or before February 5. 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 five members with all five scores constituting the team total. Individuals may compete and will be eligible for individual awards. You may enter as many teams as you wish. Late entries (after Feb. 5) will be accepted. See fee structure below.
  2. Early Entry Fee: $100 per team; $20 per individual. Entry fee may be brought to the contest. Late entries will be accepted up until the day of the contest at $125 per team and $25 per individual.
  3. Ten classes of cattle consisting of heifers, bulls and feedlot cattle will be judged. The cattle will be on halter or loose in pens.
  4. Performance data and a scenario will be provided on multiple classes. The performance classes may also be selected as reasons classes.
  5. 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.
  6. Typical contest scoring and tie breaking methods will be in use.
  7. There will be no official coaches’ meeting. Coaches will register teams and receive final contest details at the event.
  8. At the conclusion of the reasons session, official committee will give placing and cuts.
  9. A brief awards presentation is planned directly following the contest.
  10. Contestant Eligibility: Junior College – Contestants must be regularly enrolled in a Junior College (2-year program) and may not have credit for more than 66 semester hours or the equivalent. Contestants must have attended full time the previous semester at the school for which they are competing, or not attended any other Junior College the previous semester, in order to be eligible to compete. Students must be eligible according to the rules set forth by the Junior College Coaches Association.
  11. Contestant Eligibility: Senior College – Contestants must be regularly enrolled in a Senior College which offers a degree in animal science. Students who have participated as contestants in the Senior Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International prior to January 1, 2019 are not eligible to enter this contest. Contestants must have been regularly enrolled in their respective colleges the previous semester and must not have served any time as an animal science instructor at any secondary school or college. Students must be eligible according to the rules set forth by the Senior College Coaches Association.

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

Schedule of Events - College Division – Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2019
  • 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 Official Placings
  • Awards Ceremony – Extension Building

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