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 on June 23. This is an awesome opportunity for inter-generational interaction. 4-H clubs, FFA teams 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 and selection skills and provide a good foundation for decision making skills.

Justin Nollette, UNL Livestock Judging Alumni and FFA Advisor, will serve as the official. Divisions will include Clover Kid (5-7), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), Senior (14-18), Adult (19 & up). Participants will be evaluating classes of market steers, breeding heifers, market hogs, breeding ewes and market lambs.

Following the judging contest Rob Eirich, Director of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance, will conduct Quality Assurance training for 4-H hog and sheep exhibitors. This training will meet the Quality Assurance requirements 4-Hers need to exhibit at County and State Fair. Rob will also conduct a Beef Quality Assurance training for adults and 4-H youth following a cattle handling demonstration. This session will also meet Quality Assurance requirements for 4-Hers in beef projects.

Curt Pate will conduct a clinic on cattle handling. For more than a decade, Curt Pate has been conducting demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting, horsemanship and safety. His abilities conducting stockmanship demonstrations, along with his ability as an effective communicator, have made him a sought after clinician both on the national and international scene. His personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on highlighting the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly. In addition, Curt recognizes the growing public scrutiny surrounding livestock production and the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the cattle industry.

Interested persons are invited to participate in all or part of the day’s activities that are being held at the Valentine Livestock Auction. Registration for the Livestock Judging Contest begins at 1:30 with the contest starting at 2:00. Quality Assurance for 4-Hers with sheep and hog projects starts at 4:00. BQA certification for adults and 4-H youth will start at 5:00.

For more information, contact Nebraska Extension in Cherry County at (402) 376-1850 or email