Cherry County 4-H Family Livestock Judging Contest & Quality Assurance

The Cherry County 4-H program invites all 4-H families interested in spending time together and evaluating livestock to attend the Cherry County 4-H Family Livestock Judging Contest. This is an awesome opportunity for inter-generational interaction. 4-H clubs and individuals are also welcome to take part in this family event!

Livestock judging allows 4-H & FFA members to improve their basic livestock evaluation/selection skills and provide a good foundation for decision making skills.

Katie Ochsner, UNL Livestock Judging Alumni and BKR Extension Intern, will conduct a brief clinic on placing factors, terminology and oral reasons format at 6:00 pm. 

Quality Assurance hands-on training will take place following the judging contest while results are tabulated.


DATE:                    Tuesday, June 24

TIME:                    Clinic: 6:00 pm:      Registration 6:30 pm & Contest 7:00 pm

LOCATION:         Valentine Livestock Auction       

Divisions will include Clover Kid (5-7), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), Senior (14-18), Adult (19 & up). Teams will consist of three or more immediate family members. Team total scores will consist of the highest three scores from each family team.

 Jr Leaders

Any Junior Leader wishing to assist with the Quality Assurance session at the Livestock Judging contest, please contact Ben at 402-376-1850 or email

Livestock Quality Assurance (QA)

Quality can mean different things to different people. Quality in livestock might mean how an animal looks, its potential breeding value or how the meat looks and tastes.  Assurance means a pledge or promise. So, quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to consumers-the people who consume the meat, milk and dairy products, and eggs that come from livestock and poultry. The promise we make is that products from our 4-H livestock will be the highest possible quality and we will do everything we can to make these products safe to eat.

All 4-H members in the beef, sheep, swine, goat, dairy, rabbit and poultry projects need QA training. Members must have completed the training to be eligible to exhibit at the county fair. 4-Hers have two options for completing QA training. Hands-on training will be held following the livestock judging contest on June 24 (see info above) or 4-Her’s can complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online.  4-Her’s completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to the Extension Office prior to county fair entry day on July 21.  Intermediate and Senior age youth may alternatively elect to take a test-out test. Practice test-out tests are available through the online course, however, the actual test is administered by the Extension Office. For more information about registering and using the online system, go to

2014 Clover Kid Days

Clover Kids will have a chance to experience much of the Clover Kid curriculum and activities throughout the summer. Cost for each session is $5. Please sign up by the dates listed in the schedule so we can be sure to have enough supplies for everyone. RSVP for each session by calling the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or by emailing Ben Shelbourn at Jr. Leaders are needed to help with all of the sessions. If interested in assisting please contact Ben. Weather permitting, many activities will be outdoors so please use or send your child with sunscreen and bug spray.

 June 25 – Outdoor Discovery – Valentine City Park pavilion – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 6/23

July 9 – A Space for Me – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/7

July 16 – Making Foods for Me – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/14

July 23 – Theatre Arts, Leap Into Careers & Safety – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/21

 Family & Consumer Sciences Skill Days

FCS Committee members Jody Wilson, Michelle Garwood and Liz Ravenscroft will be hosting Family & Consumer Sciences Skill Days on June 26th and 27th at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Get your sewing projects finished with plenty of time to spare before the Clothing Day and Fashion Show! Learn to cook a nutritious lunch and get prepared for the Special Foods contest! Learn how to coordinate your outfits and model like a pro! Fee for the two-day event is $10 and registration is due by June 23. Call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email to sign up. Please let us know of any food allergies when registering. Bring your own water bottle and snacks as needed. Bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Parent volunteers are NEEDED, even if you don’t know how to sew! Call Michelle Garwood if you have any questions at 402-389-1655.

Thursday June 26

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Beginners

9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Intermediate and up

9:00 – 11:30 Beginners sew

9:00 – 11:30 Intermediate do foods

11:30 – 12:30 All eat Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 All go to Outfits and Modeling with Liz Ravenscroft

1:30 p.m. Beginners dismissed

1:30 – 4:00 Intermediates Sew

 Friday June 27

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Intermediate and up

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beginners

9:00 – 11:30 Intermediate sewing

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Beginners do foods

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. All eat lunch

12:30 – 1:30 All go to Outfits and Modeling with Liz Ravenscroft

1:30 p.m. Intermediates dismissed

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beginners sew

 County Fair Clothing Day & Special Foods Contest

Cherry County’s 2014 Clothing Day and Fashion Show is fast approaching. It will be held Tuesday, July 15. It will be held at the Valentine High School. The Special Foods contest will be held in the morning with the construction judging of sewing, quilting and needle arts projects to begin in the afternoon. The public Fashion Show will be held in the school auditorium in the early evening. Exact starting times will depend upon the number of entries to be judged and styled. An agenda with detailed information will be sent to 4-Hers after entries are received. Entry forms can be found at Contact the Extension Office if you prefer a hard copy. Entry forms are due on or before July 7, including the style review narration. Narrations will not be re-written. They will be read as submitted, so please be complete, creative and make the narration long enough to span the time it takes to model the outfit on stage. Project judging on Clothing Day includes: Knitting, Crocheting, Needle Arts, Quilt Quest, Attention Shoppers, Shopping in Style, Clothing Level I, Clothing Level II, Sewing for You, Sewing for Fun, Tailoring and Decorate Your Duds.

 4-H Fair Schedule & Information

The 2014 Cherry County 4-H Fair schedule is available at All fair entry forms can be found there as well. All entries, except clothing, are due to the Cherry County Extension Office on or before July 21. Clothing entries are due on or before July 10. Entries forms are available on our website or you may call the Office for a hard copy.