Join a Judging Team: No Experience Needed!

Have you ever considered joining a judging team, but felt intimidated to try? Joining a team can be a top accomplishment for senior 4-H members and create lifetime memories while learning career skills.

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2017 Meats Judging Team

Coaches will teach you everything you need to know and give you additional materials to study. Practices may be held at farms, forests, in the classroom and even at the grocery store. Forestry, Horses, Livestock, Meats, Poultry and even Land-there’s a judging team for that!

Marion County has had several new youth join judging teams in recent years and some have brought their siblings along too. Tyler, a senior 4-H member, took a chance and joined the Meats Judging Team for the 2015-2016 season. His team took second place at state and went on to compete in the National 4-H Meat Evaluation & ID Contest hosted by Kansas State University. The team visited multiple colleges including KSU and Oklahoma State University. Tyler was the first African American to compete in the national contest. The legacy continues as his sister stepped in to fill his shoes this past 4-H year. The Marion County team took second again and is preparing for nationals once more. We are proud to see our youth achieving success at the county, state and national level.

Judging teams create life-time memories, improve public speaking and decision making skills too. Getting to visit college campuses and travel are some great perks as well! If you are interested in judging, see what your county has available. Most likely there will be a team that peeks your interests and may tie into your future career. Judging doesn’t end after you age out of 4-H. Many colleges have collegiate teams and professional judges are paid well for their expertise. For more information about judging teams, check with your local 4-H association.