4-H clubs and FFA chapters earn herdsmanship awards through designated criteria that include; care of the exhibit, appearance and attitude of the exhibitors, and preparation of the exhibit.
The crowd will roar with laughter during the Little Britches Showmanship Contest on Sunday afternoon of the Dodge County Fair. The wild and fun-filled event is held in the Farm Progress Arena just North of the Open Class Exhibit building.
Top junior and senior showmen of the dairy, beef, sheep and swine projects will compete against each other in showing their own animal, and then showing animals in two other species. Don’t miss the chance to witness this newer contest showcasing the top livestock youth.
Holstein breeders enter animals as calves and show the same animals as two-year-old cows after they've had their first calf. During the show, exhibitors parade their cows wearing formal attire. Every year, the show arena is filled to standing-room-only with spectators.
Youth entering grades 3-4 this school year show calves in the Junior Showmanship Contest. Judging will be based on proper showmanship techniques as demonstrated by the participant and how well the calf is trained. Organized by the Dodge County Dairy Youth Advisory Committee, the event was created to help promote interest in the Dairy Project.
Support the youth of Dodge County at the Meat Animal Sale on Thursday in the Farm Progress Arena. Preregistered bidders/buyers are recognized with a free dinner preceding the auction. Each exhibitor, in order to sell, must participate in a number of educational activities, raise, and show an animal of top quality.
A judging event for 4-H youth entering livestock in the beef and beef feeder project. Beef cattle are evaluated on functionality, structure, balance, and attractiveness.
A judging event for 4-H youth competing in Beef Breeding and Feeder projects. Beef cattle are evaluated on functionality, structure, balance, and attractiveness.
The contest gives beef project youth the opportunity to demonstrate project growth by practicing their fitting skills and competing for prizes. Fitters will have one hour to fit, groom and care for their animal.
Animal care takes center stage during the Sheep Fitting Contest in the Farm Progress Arena on Tuesday night before the Fair. Sheep project youth demonstrate project growth by practicing their fitting skills and competing for prizes.