Wednesday, May 11, 2011

4-H Livestock Judges Clinic Planned

A 4-H Livestock Judges Clinic is being planned for the southwest region of Michigan on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Kalamazoo County Michigan State University Extension office. The key objective of this 4-H Judges Clinic is to develop a cadre of adults interested in developing their skills to eventually serve as judges at small 4-H livestock shows around the state. The information presented will also be helpful to leaders, members, parents, and 4-H and fair superintendents who want to increase their knowledge and improve their skills.

Participants in the workshop will have their choice of which livestock species they would like to learn about: beef, dairy, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine, or horse. Each species will feature information on judging both showmanship and market or breed classes. The horse session will provide information about how to pursue getting a Michigan 4-H Horse Judges Card. The general session of the clinic will cover the professional aspects of judging and how judges can work with staff and volunteers at the fairs where they judge.

Registration information can be found at Registrations should be mailed to MSU Extension -Van Buren County, 219 E Paw Paw St, Suite 201, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079-1077. The registration fee for the clinic is $10 per person.

Kalamazoo County MSU Extension is located at 3299 Gull Rd, Wing 2, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048.