Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Kearney, Nebraska

February 16-24, 2019

2018 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Judging Contest

Attention Coaches,

The Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic wants to invite you to be a part of the annual Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Judging Contest. The contest will be held on Saturday February 24th 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. Youth contestants will judge eight (8) classes split up into two rounds (4 classes/round). Classes will consist of any combination of bulls, heifers, and feedlot steers. Classes will either be led or in loose pens. Performance data will be provided on some classes. Senior contestants will give reasons on 3 designated classes. Junior contestants will answer questions (10/class) on 2 designated classes.

There will be two divisions – Junior and Senior. Juniors are any contestant age 8-13 on or before January 1, 2018. Seniors are any contestant age 14-19 on or before January 1, 2018. Please enter your youth in the proper division based on AGE, not on standing in school or FFA classification.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 24th. If you need directions or have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.

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

Youth Division

General Rules

  1. Entries - Early entries are due on or before February 5th. 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 up to four members with 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. Age Requirements: Junior (age 8-13 as of January 1, 2018) | Senior (age 14-19 as of January 1, 2018)
  3. Early entry fee - $60 per team; $15 per individual. Entry fee may be brought to the contest. Late entries will be accepted up until the day of the contest at $80 per team and $20 per individual.
  4. Eight (8) classes of cattle consisting of heifers, bulls and feedlot cattle will be judged. The cattle will be on halter or loose in pens.
  5. Performance data and a scenario will be provided on 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. Reason classes will be set by the committee. Seniors will give reasons on 3 classes. Juniors will answer questions only on 2 classes.
  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 directly following the contest.

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

Hats discouraged. Nice jeans and shirt preferred.

If youth will be showing in the junior show, parents can check in cattle for them.

CONTEST CHAIR: Brad Bennett,
UNL 402-472-8834
cell 540-810-9295
bbennett8@unl.edu

Schedule of Events - Youth Division – Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018
  • 7:00 - 7:30 am
  • Final Registration – Extension Building
  • 8:00 am
  • Contest Begins
  • 9:00 am (approx.)
  • Conclusion of Round 1
  • 10:30 am (approx.)
  • Conclusion of Round 2
    Youth (Junior and Senior) moved for reasons/questions
  • 11:00 am
  • Lunch for Youth contestants
    Junior Youth done with questions
  • 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Conclusion of Round 3
    College contestants moved for reasons
    Pick up lunch, bused to reasons location
  • 11:30 am -2:00pm
  • Senior Youth reasons
  • 2:00 pm
  • Critique Classes followed by Youth Division Awards
    or after completion of Senior Youth reasons
  • 4:30 pm (approx.)
  • College contestants complete reasons
    Contestants/coaches return to fairgrounds
  • 5:00 pm
  • Critique Classes follows by College Division Awards
    or after the completion of College reasons

All contest fees may be paid the day of the contest as long as team registration is made prior to February 5th, 2018


College Division

Junior College & Senior College

  1. Entries – Early entries are due on or before February 5th. 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. 5th) 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.

    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, 2017 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.

Contest Chairman: Brad Bennett,
UNL 402-472-8834
cell 540-810-9295
bbennett8@unl.edu

Schedule of Events - College Division – Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018
  • 7:00 - 7:30 am
  • Final Registration – Extension Building
  • 8:00 am
  • Contest Begins
  • 9:00 am (approx.)
  • Conclusion of Round 1
  • 10:30 am (approx.)
  • Conclusion of Round 2
    Youth (Junior and Senior) moved for reasons/questions
  • 11:00 am
  • Lunch for Youth contestants
    Junior Youth done with questions
  • 11:30 am (approx.)
  • Conclusion of Round 3
    College contestants moved for reasons
    Pick up lunch, bused to reasons location
  • 11:30 am - 2:00pm
  • Senior Youth reasons
  • 2:00 pm
  • Critique Classes followed by Youth Division Awards
    or after completion of Senior Youth reasons
  • 4:30 pm (approx.)
  • College contestants complete reasons
    Contestants/coaches return to fairgrounds
  • 5:00 pm
  • Critique Classes follows by College Division Awards
    or after the completion of College reasons

All contest fees may be paid the day of the contest as long as team registration is made prior to February 5th, 2018

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