The Arizona National Livestock Show proudly hosts the first national Collegiate Livestock Judging competition of the year, in addition to a Junior Judging Contest for youth in 4-H and FFA. Chaired by Dr. Clint Rusk, Oklahoma State University Animal Science Department Head, this contest utilizes the best animals from across the country.

Collegiate Livestock Judging Classic

Collegiate teams from across the US will test their livestock evaluation skills in Phoenix on December 31. Individuals will judge and place 12 classes, containing four animals per class, of cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats. Contestants must then verbally explain their placings to officials. Competitors are scored individually and on a team basis.

Workout sessions for contestants entered in the judging contests are available on December 30. The workouts provide contestants a chance to practice judging classes of breeding and market cattle, swine, sheep and goats. There are no official judges or placings for the classes assembled for the pre-contest workout.

Entry Deadline: December 28

Junior Livestock Judging

The Junior Livestock Judging Contest for 4-H and FFA Teams is held on December 30. A total of eight classes of cattle, swine, sheep, and goats will be judged. Oral reasons will be given on at least two classes.

The Junior Livestock Judging Contest Awards are held the same day of the event in the Coliseum North Hall.

Entry Deadline: December 28