Livestock Skillathon

Event Information

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Tarleton State University
Agricultural Center
Ag Mechanics Building
County Road 518
Stephenville, TX  76401

The GPS coordinates you can use are 32.237415, -98.201903.


Registration opens at 7:30 am and will be open all day. Registration will be at the Tarleton Agricultural Center Ag Mechanics Building.
 Contests Check-in by: Orientation/Contest Starts
Livestock Skillathon “Come & Go”
See rules for details
8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Entomology Identification 7:45 am 8:00 am
Mohair Judging & Evaluation 8:45 am 9:00 am
Range & Pasture Grass Identification (Plant ID) 8:45 am 9:00 am
Range Evaluation 9:45 am 10:00 am
Wool Judging & Evaluation 11:15 am 11:30 pm
Awards Ceremony #1 Approximately 1:00 pm or immediately following completion of tabulation for Entomology, Mohair, Wool, Range Evaluation, and Range & Pasture Grass (Plant ID) contests.
Ag Product Identification 1:45 pm 2:00 pm
Awards Ceremony #2 Approximately 3:30 pm or immediately following completion of tabulation for Livestock Skillathon and Ag Product Identification.

Printable Schedule (pdf)

Entry Fee:


The Livestock Skillathon contest tests a 4-H member’s knowledge and comprehension of animal science and livestock management practices.  The contest provides an opportunity for youth to gain and develop production livestock skills and life skills through a competitive environment.

Rules & Guidelines

District 8 4-H Spring Judging Contests Rules & Guidelines
Universal D Scan Sheet
Meat Skillathon Scan Sheet (480-5b)

Contest Logistics:

  • This will be a “come and go” format where there is not a specific time that all contestants will be required to report.
  • The contest will be open from 8 am to 12 noon.
  • All contestants that are designated as a team must enter the contest at the same time.

Contest Format:

The contest may include the following components:

  • Identification
  • Placing classes
  • Written Exam/Quality Assurance Quiz
  • Hands-on practicum
  • Live animal evaluation or handling

Contest Subject Matter:

Contest subject matter may include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Livestock equipment identification – name and use category
  • Livestock breed identification – breed name and descriptions
  • Retail meat cut identification – beef, lamb, pork; identify specie, primal, and retail cut
  • Feed sample identification
  • Potential judging classes – hay, wool, meat, livestock
  • Quality Assurance Exercises
  • General Livestock Industry

Contest Resources:

The last page of the 2018-2019 Texas 4-H Livestock Skillathon Guide has many website links for study resources.

Agent Information

2020 Contest Letter – MS Wordpdf
2019 Contest Letter – MS Wordpdf




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