Area Animal Science Days

Regional animal science educational opportunities are available to Wisconsin 4-H members.  Specifically, Area Animal Science Days is a series of two day-long events held around the state in June where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep, and swine projects increase their decision-making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences.  Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses, and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; and oral reasons workshops.  In addition, each site may offer a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats, or llamas.

Philosophy & Purpose:

AASD Strives:

  • To increase availability of educational opportunities in the 4-H Animal Science Projects
  • To increase decision-making skills through judging and grading experiences
  • To increase the knowledge of animals through breeding and market evaluation and management information

General Procedures:

  1.  Area Animal Science Days were started with the intention of giving as many young people as possible an opportunity to learn more about livestock and dairy evaluation. Area Animal Science Days evolved to broaden the scope of members enrolled in the 4-H Animal Science Projects.
  2. These events are focused on the learning experience rather than the contest.
  3. The 2022 Livestock & Dairy Judging contests are restricted to 4-H members
  4. Activities and offerings may vary at each area site depending on the host county facilities and resources
  5. Awards are presented to individuals and teams in Junior and Senior divisions. Divisions: Junior – Age 8-13 as of January 1, 2022; Senior – Age 14-18 as of January 1, 2022.  WI 4-H members that are in the 13th grade and have reached their 19th birthday prior to January 1, 2022 are eligible to compete at the AASD contests and state contest as individuals but not as a member of a team. Youth must be in or completed 3rd grade, 8 year old Cloverbuds cannot participate.
  6. We value inclusion and access for all participants. We are happy to provide accommodations for full participation in this event. Please contact Laura Pine at (608)262-1222 or lpine@wisc.edu by the registration deadline if you need an accommodation due to disability or a health condition.

Note: We highly encourage and expect livestock leaders and professionals will arrange for judging meetings prior to Area Animal Science Days.  In those counties which eventually send teams to the State contests, there are many opportunities for judging workouts following Area Animal Science Days.  We urge counties to involve as many young people as possible in this activity both prior to and during Area Animal Science Days.

AASD 2022 Information

Registration

2022 AASD Registration and Information Booklet

To be eligible for Area Animal Science Days, team pre-registration must be submitted by online form at: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_exty2hzkrvm5vn0 by May 25th.  In addition, the individual participants must be a member of a WI 4-H and must be within the division age limits listed above.

Registration fees will be $12.00 per participant and will need to be paid by check on the day of the event.

The host counties will be providing lunch on the day of the event for a cost of $10 per person.  All participants, coaches, parents, etc. who plan to eat will need to pre-regsiter for lunch on the registration form.

Checks should be made payable to the host counties – Sheboygan or Chippewa County – see registration forms for more details.  No refunds will be given if the participant has paid and can’t make the event. All participants will need to pay the registration fee.  Contact the State 4-H office for needs-based scholarship options.

Contact the State 4-H Office with any questions: jill.jorgensen@wisc.edu or (920)391-4659

Sheboygan County – June 15

Time: Registration begins at 8:00 AM
Location:Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, 229 Fairview Dr., Plymouth, WI 53073
Events Offered: Livestock Judging, Dairy Judging, Dairy Showmanship, Dairy Poster (no charge), All Species Poster and Photography Contest (no charge), Horse Judging Clinic and Competition, Goat Fitting and Skillathon,

Tentative Schedule

Contests will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

8:00 – 9:00 am     Registration
Dairy Poster Contest Drop-off
All Species Poster and Photography Drop-off (Sheboygan Only)

9:00 am    Orientation in respective areas
Dairy Showmanship Contestants Report
Horse Judging Workshop Begins (Sheboygan Only)

9:15 am     Dairy Showmanship Contest Begins
Dairy Judging Begins
Livestock Judging Begin

11:00-11:30am   Horse Judging Workshop Questions and Answers from Expert Panel (Sheboygan Only)

11:30 am    Lunch

12:30 pm   Horse Judging Competition (Sheboygan Only)

1:00 pm     Oral Reasons – Senior Dairy & Livestock Judges
Goat Activities Begins (Sheboygan Only)

1:30 – 2:30 pm Horse Judging Reasons (Sheboygan Only)

2:30 pm     Poster Pick-up

3:00 pm     Awards (Respective Areas)

Results will be posted online

Chippewa County – June 17

Time: Registration begins at 8:00am
Location:  Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds (Chippewa County), 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Events Offered:Livestock Judging, Dairy Judging, Dairy Showmanship, and Dairy Poster (no charge)

Tentative Schedule

Contests will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

8:00 – 9:00 am     Registration
Dairy Poster Contest Drop-off
9:00 am    Orientation in respective areas
Dairy Showmanship Contestants Report

9:15 am     Dairy Showmanship Contest Begins
Dairy Judging Begins
Livestock Judging Begin

11:30 am   Lunch

1:00 pm     Oral Reasons – Senior Dairy & Livestock Judges

2:30 pm     Poster  Pick-up

3:00 pm     Awards (Respective Areas)

 

Results will be posted online [/column-one-half]

2022 Results

Practice & Coaching Resources

Contest Rules

2022 AASD Registration and Information Booklet

Dairy Showmanship Scorecard

Dairy Poster Scorecard

Online Judging Practice Resources

Hoards Dairy Judging 101

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Resources

Wisconsin 4-H Livestock Program Judging Resources

Sample Scantrons

Dairy Cattle Judging Scantron

Livestock Judging Scantron

Thank you to the sponsors who help make AASDs possible!

  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation
  • UW-Madison Division of Extension
  • UW-Madison Animal Science Department
  • UW-Madison Dairy Science Department
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