Contests

While youth gain considerable knowledge about various aspects of livestock production and evaluation through their participation in these activities, the important life skills these youth learn through participating are the real hallmark of our contests.  Youth develop character and learn the value of the hard work and preparation that it takes to be successful, and develop decision-making and communication skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.  

Ag-Life Contest

In today’s global economy the emphasis on the market and the need of producers to be competitive, calls for better agricultural management and consumer skills. This contest encourages youth to continue expanding their understanding, knowledge, and participation in all areas of agriculture with the opportunity to blend the knowledge and …

Gain In Weight Contest

The proper nutrition of beef cattle is a key component of a successful production system. Feed usually accounts for the single largest input cost associated with beef cattle. An understanding of the ruminant digestive process and basic nutrition is required for effective feeding and management Market Fat Steers Gain In Weight …

Group Steer Contest

The beef project teaches the fundamentals of the beef cattle industry by allowing youth to explore the areas of animal husbandry, livestock selection, health, and care, in addition to the showing of beef cattle at local, county, state, and national cattle shows. Market Fat Steers: Group entries shall be submitted …

Livestock Judging

Dr. Harlan Ritchie a distinguished beef cattle scientists once said “Judging instills confidence in those people who may be timid and humbles those who tend to be conceited.” Livestock judging is the evaluation of an animal’s characteristics and making a comparison to other animals and the ideal standard of that …

Mr. Loran’s BBQ Contest

This Contest is for youth age 9 by 1 September 2017 and is designed to develop skills in food safety, the preparation and use of meat/chicken/meat products in our nutrition. Safe preparation practices and good food hygiene are primary goals. 2017 Contest Meat/Steaks cooked to medium rare – medium   Sponsor: …

Poster Contest

The purpose of the poster is to promote Florida’s livestock industry. Your poster should educate the general public and encourage new participation in the various shows. This contest is open to all participants to show project knowledge gain Refer to website for current year topic Posters should made on a …

Program Cover Contest

Exhibitors are asked to design the front cover of the program by creating a slogan that includes the general theme of the Fair, Suwannee River Fair Grounds, and can be either hand drawn or computer generated.     This is an open contest to anyone age 8 – 18 as …

Pullet Management Contest

Youth livestock programs have long been considered as model programs for youth development and public understanding  of American agriculture. The obvious purpose of animal projects is to teach young people how to feed, fit and exhibit their animals. The more important purpose is to provide an opportunity for personal growth …

Record Book Contest

The 4-H and FFA programs have a long history of record keeping. The focus reflects the importance of this life skill in our daily lives. In 4-H and FFA, young people have tracked their activities, events, profits and losses, skill development and learning experiences, and much more using the iconic …

Showmanship

Good showmanship requires an investment in time.   By the time your animal reaches the show ring, a large investment in time and resources has been made. Attention to detail in areas such as genetics, nutrition, housing, health, and more, can help to produce a successful animal project. Most of …