February 23 to March 4, 2023 Let the Good Times Grow!
February 23 to March 4, 2023 Let the Good Times Grow!

Livestock Judging

Show / Contest Coordinator

Caitlin Bainum, 352-293-1287


More about the Livestock Judging Contest

Exhibitors compete as a team and/or individually to judge groups of livestock classes. Livestock judging will train exhibitors in live animal evaluation of breeding and market animals. Students learn the parts of each of the species that will be evaluated: beef cattle, sheep, and swine. They also study breed differences within the species. Each exhibitor will meet one-on-one with an official to give their oral reasons for their placement. Exhibitors should learn to make their own decisions based upon the best available information presented to them. Scores are based on presentation as well as accuracy of placement. Exhibitors gain skills in decision making, critical thinking, oral communication and self-confidence in addition to advancing their knowledge of the livestock industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child eligible? Any student older than 8 years of age and up, is a member of a 4H club or FFA chapter, lives in or goes to school in Marion County, and pays entry fee may enter this contest. You may enter as an individual, as a team, or both!

How much does it cost? $5 entry fee.

2024 Winners


JuniorWyatt Schultz, Dunnellon 4H

IntermediateBailey Bird, Dunnellon Christian Academy FFA

SeniorAva Densmore, Lucky Learners 4H


First Place – North Marion High SR (Gwen Brillhart, Ava Densmore, Riley Hall)

Second Place – Team Perryman/Taylor (Ada & Abree Perryman, Cora & Lane Taylor)

Third Place – Town & Country 4H #3 (Ellie Routh, Bailey Leitner, Lainey Liles, Hannah Varnadoe)


Click Here to Enter when 2025 entry window opens


YOU MUST ENTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL to be a part of this contest, as an individual OR as a team-member. Once you have entered online as an individual, then your leader will have permission to add you to a team when they enter for the team competition. 

Thank You Livestock Judging Sponsors

Crevalle Boats
The Hicks Family
SJB Services Corp

Sponsorship Opportunities

You Can Help

SEYF is a non-profit, and is reliant on help from the community in the form of donations of money, services and time.  Click below to get involved and help us help the youth of Marion County.