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Animal Sciences and Industry

Youth Livestock Program

National Events

Below is general information regarding a variety of national youth livestock opportunities.  Please refer to the specific show/event website or contact for official details.



4-H Livestock Show Nomination Information

Nomination Deadlines:  Market Beef - April 15;

                               Sheep, Swine, Meat Goats, & Feeder Calves - June 15

                               Breeding Heifer, Dairy Cattle, & Horse - June 15

                               (nomination forms)

*All information must go through a 4-H'ers local County Extension Unit.

Entry Deadline:  August 10

Contact Information:

Kevin Kock


(402)554-9600 x105


American Royal

Junior Market Show DNA Validation Information 

Validation Deadlines:  Steers, Lambs, & Goats - August 1

                             Hogs - August 22

Entry Deadline - September 12

Contact Information:



North American International Livestock Exposition (Louisville)

Junior Market Show Information

Entry Deadline:  October 1 (see rule book for ownership deadlines)

Contact Information:




National Western Stock Show (Denver)

Junior Market Show Nominations Information

Nomination Deadlines:  Steers - September 20;

                               Sheep, Hogs, & Goats - November 1

Entry Deadline - November 1

Contact Information:




National 4-H Livestock Contests

The following contests are recognized as the national 4-H contest for livestock judging, meat judging, quiz bowl, and skillathon.  Kansas 4-H representatives will be selected through each respective state contest in August. Coaches and County Agents of the top teams will receive entry information for the contest in which their 4-H team qualified and must follow appropriate entry procedures outlined by the official national contest, as well as be approved by the state 4-H office.


National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) - Louisville, KY


Entry Deadline:  October 1

*Kansas All-Star team will be selected from finalists determined by performance at the state contest; winning county/unit team will have the opportunity to select another national contest to attend as a team (Denver, American Royal, Aksarben, etc.).


National 4-H Meat Judging Contest

American Royal - Kansas City, MO / Contest hosted by Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS


Entry Deadline:  September 21


National 4-H Livestock Skillathon

North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) - Louisville, KY


Entry Deadline:  October 15


National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl

North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) - Louisville, KY


Entry Deadline:  October 15




Lexie Hayes
Animal Sciences and Industry
Kansas State University
214 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
Phone: 785-532-1264
Fax: 785-532-7059