Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

livestock judging contest

This has been canceled!

The 2020 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit has been canceled due to the lack of contests. Please check back for 2021 updates.

The Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit is a lineup of contests held throughout the state giving youth the opportunity to perfect their skills in preparation for the Nebraska 4-H Premier Animal Science Event (PASE). Qualifying youth must attend a minimum of two contests in addition to the PASE livestock judging contest in order to be eligible for awards and scholarships. The top 5 individuals in the Senior and Intermediate divisions will be recognized as part of the All-State Team during the Grand Drive at the Nebraska State Fair


2020 Circuit Schedule

Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic February 15 Kearney, NE
CANCELED: Saline County March 28 Crete, NE
CANCELED: Weld County (Colorado) April 11 Greeley, CO
CANCELED: Logan County (Colorado) April 18 Sterling, CO
CANCELED: Sheridan County April 26 Gordon, NE
CANCELED: Thayer-Nuckolls County May 2 Nelson, NE
CANCELED: Dawes County May 21 Chadron, NE
CANCELED: NCTA May 27 Curtis, NE
POSTPONED: Colfax County May 28 NEW DATE TBD Leigh, NE
South Central Judging Contest June 4 Bladen, NE
CANCELED: Phelps/Gosper County June 6 Holdrege, NE
CANCELED: Wheeler County June 8 Bartlett, NE
POSTPONED: Lincoln County June 13 NEW DATE TBA North Platte
POSTPONED: Box Butte Western Livestock Challenge June 16 NEW DATE: JUNE 23 Hemingford, NE
CANCELED: POSTPONED: Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic June 19 NEW DATE: AUGUST 15 Kearney, NE
POSTPONED: Cuming County June 19 NEW DATE TBD West Point, NE
Box Butte Western Livestock Challenge (rescheduled) June 23 Hemingford, NE


  1. Open to current Nebraska 4-H and FFA members that in good standing and age 10-18 as of January 1 of the current year.
  2. Contestants will be split into two divisions based on 4-H age:
    1. Senior (ages 14-18)
    2. Intermediate (ages 10-13)
  3. To be eligible for the All-State Team to be recognized at the Nebraska State Fair, contestants must compete in 2 eligible contests, plus the State 4-H Contest at PASE. *PASE is a REQUIRED contest in order to be on the All-State Team*
  4. Points will be awarded to the top 20 individuals within their respective divisions, in reverse order of placing.
    1. 1st place=20 pts, 2nd place=19 pts, 3rd place=18 pts, etc.
    2. If there are less than 20 contestants within the division at a contest, the top score will reflect the number of contestants. Example: 15 contestants in a division - 1st place=15 pts, 2nd place=14 pts, etc.
  5. Rankings will be determined by only the best 2 placings at eligible summer contests, plus placing from the State 4-H Contest (PASE).
    1. If a contestant attends more than 2 eligible contests, only the top 2 points will count. Example:
      • Contestant A places 3rd at Crete, 14th at Cuming, and 10th at PASE (while not attending other contests). This contestant will have earned 18 points, 7 points, and 11 points, respectively for a total of 36 points.
      • Contestant B goes to 5 contests plus PASE, placing 4th, 7th, 12th, 18th, and 19th, with a 14th place finish at PASE. Contestant B will get points for the 4th place (17 pts), 7th place (14 pts), plus the 7 points for the 14th place at PASE for a total of 38 points.
      Contestant B could be ranked higher at the end. It is beneficial to attend as many contests as possible and be able to have a bad day.
  6. In the event of a tie, it will be broken as follows:
    1. Average reasons scores from the contests where points are used for final rankings.
    2. Placing at the State 4-H Contest (PASE).
  7. There will be awards for the top five (5) in both the Senior and Intermedia divisions.
    1. Contestants will be recognized during the Grand Drive at the Nebraska State Fair.

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