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State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

April 23, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Maine 4-H Days Calves

Location: Juniper Farms & Pineland
Date: April 23, 2022
Time: 9:30am

The 2022 Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will be held on April 23rd at Juniper Farms in Gray, ME, and Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME. The event is open to all enrolled 4-H dairy members and will serve as the official tryouts for the 2022 Maine 4-H Eastern States Dairy Judging Team. For a complete schedule for the day, additional information on the team requirements, and directions to the farms, please see below.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 am: Arrival and Registration at Juniper Farms
  • 10:00 am: Introduction and event overview
  • 10:15 am: Class #1
  • 10:30 am: Class #2
  • 10:45 am: Class #3
  • 11:15 am: Arrive at Pineland
  • 11:30 am: Class #1
  • 11:45 am: Class #2
  • 12:00-12:45 pm: Lunch (lunches will be available for purchase from the Market at Pineland Farms)
  • 12:45 pm: Reasons (followed by awards)


The Maine 4-H Dairy Judging contest is open to all enrolled 4-H dairy members. Youth will be divided into two age categories, Jr. ages 9-11 and Sr. ages 12-18. Sr.’s ages 12 and over are eligible to compete for a spot on the 2022 Maine 4-H Eastern States Dairy Judging Team. Four team members and two team alternates will be selected.

In order to be eligible for participation on the Maine 4-H Eastern States Dairy Judging Team, 4-H members must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed at least one year in the 4-H dairy program
  2. Submitted their county 4-H re-enrollment by December 31st of the current 4-H year (4-H staff will verify this with your county office)
  3. Submitted a 2022 ESE intent to participate form by February 1st

4-H members who are not eligible for the ESE dairy judging team are still encouraged to participate in the contest.

Contest Rules:

  • Participants in the judging contest will be asked to judge five classes of cattle, 2 of which will be reasons classes.
  • Official cuts will be determined by the contest judge. The total cuts will be no more than 15 points, with no more than 5 points on the middle cut.
  • Sr. members must give reasons on each of the two reasons classes and can earn between 20 and 45 points per set of reasons.
  • In the case of a tie, the tie is broken by the total reason’s score. If contestants are tied there as well, it will be considered a tie.
  • We ask that all juniors go in and talk with the judges and try to give reasons. Each junior member that participates in reasons may receive a possible 30 points. 5 points will be awarded for each junior member that goes in to talk to each reasons judge. If they give reasons, they may earn up to 10 more points for a total possible 15 points per judge.
  • The high scoring Sr. and high scoring Jr. will be named the winners of each division.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation please contact Sadee Mehuren at or 207.342.5971.


April 23, 2022
9:30 am - 2:00 pm


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