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Livestock Judging School for Youth to be held in Lemmon

The South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service will be holding a Livestock Judging School for Youth on Sunday, February 22 in Lemmon, SD. The school will run from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will be held at the Lemmon Livestock Inc. sale barn.

The Livestock Judging School for Youth will have five classes of livestock: horses, cattle, sheep, swine and meat goats. There will be oral and check type reasons. All youth, especially FFA students, 4-H club members and others are encouraged to attend. There will be three different age divisions: Beginners, ages 8-10; Juniors, ages 11-13; and Seniors, ages 14-18. Trophies will be awarded to the top three individuals in each age division.

What can participating youth expect to learn at the Livestock Judging School? They will learn the parts of the animals and their location, which parts are most important for meat and breeding stock, how to visualize the ideal animal, to make keen observations, weigh the good and bad points of each animal and how to analyze and examine animals.

Historically livestock judging schools were held in the area, but none had been held in recent years. A Livestock Judging School for Youth was held last year in response to requests from 4-H clubs. It was a very successful event with 36 youths participating in all three age divisions. The SDSU Cooperative Extension Service is pleased to hold the school again this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Livestock Judging School for Youth contact Bob Drown at 244-5622, robert.drown@sdstate.edu, Clint Clark at 273-4368, clint.clark@sdstate.edu or your local Extension Office.