Stockmen’s skills and knowledge on display at Sunflower Days 4-H Fair

Spectators at Melvern’s Sunflower Days 4-H Fair shouldn’t expect a traditional livestock show this year, as the fair has changed to feature a stockman competition for Frontier Extension District 4-H members.

The competition starts with contestants entering an advocacy video to the competition superintendent, Danny Rice, prior to the competition date. At the fair this Friday, June 22, 2018, competitors will complete a livestock knowledge exam, judge two classes of livestock, participate in an oral reasons and a questions class, and then a showmanship class of their species from their 4-H project.

Trophy buckles are awarded to champion and reserve champion of senior, intermediate and junior division. There is also a buckle for peewee showmanship only.

The stockman competition will begin with round one, livestock knowledge at 1 p.m. Friday, followed by round two, livestock evaluation at 3 p.m., and showmanship at 6 p.m.

Stockman Competition guidelines

Participants must be enrolled in one or more of the following projects in the Frontier Extension District: Beef, swine sheep, goat and/or horse. The Stockman Competition will be divided into four components.

  1. Agri-Knowledge (information will include nutrition, animal systems, animal health, animal management, genetics and/or performance data). Questions will be in a multiple choice or true and false format on a scantron sheet. Total points 100.
  2. Livestock Judging/Evaluation classes. 50 points each with one oral reasons and one questions class – 50 points each. Classes could include breeding and/or market but could also include horses at halter. Total points 200.
  3. Showmanship class. The participant will bring to the fair one of their animal projects as listed above for a showmanship contest. Participants will need to be prepared to answer questions directly related to their project. Participants might also be prepared to show a different animal brought by another participant. 100 points.
  4. Advocacy video. This will be a 2-4-minute video presentation submitted electronically prior to the fair. For senior and intermediate divisions the topic will be “What can I do to become an advocate for the livestock industry”? 100 points. For the junior division the advocacy presentation video will be a 2-4 minute presentation on their livestock project, including purpose of the animal, breed of the animal and care, health and feeding of the animal.

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