Range Evaluation

Event Information

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Tarleton State University
Agricultural Center
Ag Mechanics Building (NEW 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 (NEW Building!).
  Check-in by: Orientation/Contest Starts
Entomology Identification 7:45 am 8:00 am
Mohair Judging & Evaluation 8:45 am 9:00 am
Range & Pasture Grass Identification 8:45 am 9:00 am
Range Evaluation 9:45 am 10:00 am
Wool Judging & Evaluation 11:45 am 12:00 pm
Ag Product Identification 1:45 pm 2:00 pm
Awards Approximately 3:30 pm or immediately following completion of tabulation.
Livestock Skillathon

  • There will also be a Livestock Skillathon offered.
  • Specific rules and times will be forth coming.
  • Live animal evaluation or handling may be included.
  • Times
    • It will be flexible to allow contestants to participate in other contests.
    • Most likely times will be in the morning between 8 am and 12 noon.
    • It will most likely be a “come and go” contest where there is not a specific time that all contestants will be required to report.
    • All contestants that are designated as a team will have to enter the contest at the same time.

Printable Schedule (pdf)

Entry Fee:


This is the next step after you have learned the grass and plant types! The 4-H judging program concentrates on making decisions about the rangeland resource including ecological site health determination, stocking rate, and the use of management tools to benefit the forage, soil, water, and livestock/wildlife resources. You will learn about grazing distribution, season of forage use, kinds and classes of livestock and stocking rate. And then actually calculate a current stocking rate for the given situation. The key to success in this contest relies on your ability to identify plants and have knowledge of their ecological and economic value. The 4-H Range Evaluation Contest is conducted totally outdoors.

Rules & Guidelines

District 8 4-H Rules & Guidelines

Contest Components to be judged:

  • Part I Youth will identify 20-40 plants from the Master Plant List.
  • Part II Youth will evaluate a marked range site.
  • Part III Youth will judge 4 marked range plots evaluating plot range health and answering questions.

Contest Study Materials

The Master Plant list, rules, description of plants and more can be found on the Range Science & Management Project Resources page on the Texas 4-H website at the following link:


Agent Information

2017 Contest Letter (MS Word)
2017 Contest Letter (pdf)



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