Location: Juniper Farms & Pineland
Date: April 23, 2022
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:
- Completed at least one year in the 4-H dairy program
- 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)
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.342.5971.