Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Tarleton State University
Ag Mechanics Building
County Road 518
Stephenville, TX 76401
|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)
- $10 per contestant
- Payable through 4-H Connect*
- Check with your local county Extension office to ask about deadlines specific to your county****.
The Mohair Contest tests a 4-H member’s knowledge and ability to determine the grade, rank, and categorize mohair. The contest provides an opportunity for youth to compete and develop skills that can be used on an angora ranching operation, within the mohair industry, or agricultural teaching field.
Rules & Guidelines
CONTEST METHOD OF CONDUCT
- The contest will be divided into two areas: fleece evaluation of grading rail and mohair placing and reason classes.
- The contest will be conducted using a scan sheet or evaluation sheet that will be provided for contestants on the day of the contest. Mohair scan sheet, #528-6 will be used.
- While completing the competition, there will be no conferring between contestants or between a contestant and anyone else except as directed by contest officials.
- Contestants may use an unmarked clipboard and blank scan sheet or evaluation sheet. Contestants may bring no books, notes, measuring devices or other reference material into the contest area. Contest officials reserve the right to check contestant’s clipboard and scan sheet to make sure they are blank. Violators are subject to contest dismissal.
- Contestants should handle the fleeces with care and respect for fellow contestants. Fleeces should not be rough handled in any manner. Mohair locks should be pulled with care and only the minimum amount needed to complete reasons. Contestants will be warned for inappropriate mohair handling and contestants can lose their privilege to handle fleeces or take samples.
- In the event of a team/individual tie, the tie breaker will be the team/individual with the highest rail score. If the rail score doesn’t break the tie, then it moves to overall reasons, then placings, and finally reasons score from hardest to easiest placing class.
FLEECE EVALUATION OF GRADING RAIL
- The sample rail may consist of 10-30 mohair samples for a total score of 100-300 points. The rail may be divided into two rails with approximately 1-2 minutes per fleece.
- The grading rail consists of six quality grades that are worth 10 points each. If the contestants are one box off from the official grade than the contestant is awarded 5 points; except for kempy, which is an all or nothing grade.
- Contestants must determine the quality grade of each sample. Each row in Table 1 contains a mohair quality grade. For this contest, grades are categories by super kid, kid, yearling, fine adult, adult, and kempy. It is important that contestants do not remove a sample from the box that it is in.
PLACING CLASSES AND REASONS
- Contestants will place four fleeces within a class based on weighting the following characteristics: Fineness and Uniformity (40%), Length (20%), Character (10%), Purity (10%), Condition and Yield (10%), Softness (5%), and Luster (5%). More detailed information is available within the Wool and Mohair Judging Manual (AS3-4.058).
- Each placing class is worth 50 points.
- There will be two to four classes.
- Contestants will have 10-15 minutes per class.
Contest Study Materials
- Judging Wool & Mohair
- Texas 4-H Mohair Judging Contest General Rules & Information