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Dixie National Premium Book (download PDF)

State Fair Premium Book  (download PDF)

Western National 4-H Roundup Results (download PDF)

Judging and Oral Reasons

Intro to Livestock Judging and Oral Reasons (download PDF)

Livestock Judging Sites (download PDF) Note: Some of the links in this pdf may not work.

Meat Identification Study and Test Guides

This is one of the most educational and popular activities of the 4-H Red Meats project. The purpose of this contest is for 4- H’ers to develop an appreciation for red meats as a protein source and to become better informed as consumers. They will learn how to recognize various cuts and quality grades of meat, how to shop wisely, and how to cook meats appropriately.

Our State 4-H Meats Judging Contest is held during 4-H Congress. 

Meat ID Study Guide (download PPT)

Meat ID Study Guide (download PDF)

Meat ID Test Guide (download PPT)

Meat ID Test Sheet (download PDF)

Form 816 - Mississippi 4-H Meat Identification Card

4-H Meats Judging Manual

 

2017 MS 4-H Horse Shows Classes, Rules & Regulations from MSUES CTO - Distance Education on Vimeo.

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MS Livestock Quality Assurance Program from MSUES CTO - Distance Education on Vimeo.

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Legal/Illegal Tack from MSUES CTO - Distance Education on Vimeo.

 


4-H Horse Ethics from MSUES CTO - Distance Education on Vimeo.

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4-H Horse Non-Riding Contests from MSUES CTO - Distance Education on Vimeo.

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News

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, explains a riding pattern he will judge to a group of young women. McBeath, a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H Program, is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Homan)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Equine May 10, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H program is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, received the honor at the recent American Youth Horse Council symposium in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has spent nearly four decades working with youth to establish strong foundations for successful experiences with horses.

Twelve-year-old Carson Keene shows off his champion Duroc hog for bidders at the 2017 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Feb. 9, 2017, as his stepsister, Alexandra Pittman, looks on. (Photo courtesy of Jeff L. Homan)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock February 10, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. -- Before Carson Keene sold his grand champion Duroc hog at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, he had a conversation with his family about where the proceeds should go.

The 12-year-old 4-H'er and sixth-grader at Presbyterian Christian School in Petal had known for several months that his 6-year-old schoolmate Noelle Carter was awaiting treatment at Batson Children's Hospital for liver cancer. He decided to donate the auction proceeds to Carter's family.

“Our school was raising money, and I wanted to try to do something, too,” Keene said.

Jasper County 4-H member Lacie Winn finished her 4-H livestock project career at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Mississippi. Winn placed with Drake, her European crossbred steer, in the competition on Oct. 8, 2016. (Submitted photo)
Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Women for Agriculture October 28, 2016

By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service

LOUIN, Miss. -- For one Jasper County 4-H member, a junior livestock show career has come full circle.

Lacie Winn, 18, has competed in 4-H livestock shows across the state since 2006. The youth development program is managed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and open to youngsters from 5-18 years of age.

Alex Deason, 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Sunflower County, left, helps his 4-H members with one of the four hogs they had in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions on Feb. 11, 2016, in Jackson, Mississippi. Anna Grace Rowland, second from left, Sherman Timbs and Sarah Thomas Smith shaved Deason’s head after they won a friendly bet with him by getting four pigs in the sale. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock February 12, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. -- Alex Deason made members of his 4-H livestock judging team a deal they could not resist.

“I told them if any of them could get a hog in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, they could shave my head,” said Deason, 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Sunflower County.

The 4-H’ers took this wager seriously. They not only got one hog in the sale. Team members got four hogs in the sale. And Deason? He has a freshly shaven head.

Filed Under: Youth Livestock April 20, 2015

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young people and adult coaches interested in honing their livestock judging skills have several opportunities at upcoming Mississippi State University camps.

The MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences will hold two residential camps and two half-day camps in May and June.

Participants will judge sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle, and they will learn to develop oral reasoning skills.

Success Stories

young males and females of various ages with black Angus heifers in livestock show
Youth Livestock Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 3

The 2017 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions saw 43 champion market animals auctioned at the annual sale. During the weeklong 2017 Dixie National Livestock Show in Jackson, judges selected 14 hogs, 10 goats, 10 lambs, and 9 steers for the sale. 

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Farmweek, Entire Show, Nov 13, 2015, #19
Farmweek

Season 39 Show #19

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
Born For The Show Ring Feature
Extension Stories

Born for the Show Ring

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 2:00am
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 4:15am
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:00am

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