State Dairy Judging Contest

Participating in Dairy Judging provides an excellent opportunity for youth to not only increase their knowledge of evaluating dairy cattle but also develop and hone valuable communication skills that will be useful for a lifetime. County 4-H teams compete at district dairy judging contests during regional Area Animal Science Days for the chance to attend the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. State winners in the senior division go on to represent Wisconsin at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.

Dairy Judging Contest Information

2023 State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest  will be held on July 17th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds located in Beaver Dam, WI.

Registration & Fees: Coaches will be sent an invitation to the contest with a reply request for registration by July 12th. Registration fees are $12/participant and will be collected at the event.  Checks can be made payable to UW-Madison Extension.

Please send Jill Jorgensen the name of any 4th place alternates names by July 12th. Information about alternates and other information about the state contest rules can be found in: Area Animal Science Days Registration Guide

2023 Results

Schedule and Contest Details

Youth should eat lunch before the contest begins – stop on the way or bring food along!  Please also note that classes will be 15 minutes long in accordance with national contest guidelines.

10:00 AM Registration

10:30 AM Orientation

11:00 AM Contest Starts

Class 1/Class 2

11:35 PM Class 3/Class 4

12:05 PM Class 5/Class 6

12:35 PM Class 7/Class 8

1:05 PM Class 9/Class 10

2:00 PM Seniors Prep Oral Reasons


2:30 PM Seniors Start Oral Reasons

Juniors Results & Awards – Juniors are free to leave

5:30 PM Dinner provided for Seniors, Coaches, and Staff/Volunteers

6:00 PM Senior Results & Awards

Contest Details:
The timing of the state contest classes will be run similar to the national contest – each class will be 15 minutes in length. There will be absolutely no usage of devices tolerated during the contest. Any senior participant found using a cell phone before the completion of reasons will be disqualified.

There will be 10 classes with 4 TAQ/Reasons classes.

15 Minutes Per Class

  • 3 Parade Clockwise (Make a Full Turn)
  • 3 Head to Tail
  • 3 Side by Side (Centered)
  • 3 Parade Counterclockwise
  • 3 Side by Side (Centered)

Each team is also required to bring along one leadsperson with them and two if possible. We would also appreciate any teams with more than one coach or parent volunteers that would be willing to serve as a group leader, timer, barn helper, etc. 

2023 State Dairy Contest Qualifiers will be from the dairy Area Animal Science Days contests.

2022 Results

State Scholarships

Needs-based scholarships are available for youth who participate in Statewide Educational Experiences. Scholarships require an application that is submitted to the state office. For more information on these scholarships and to apply, please visit the Scholarship page on our website.

Dairy Judging Resources

Videos of the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo

PDCA Unified Scorecard

Heifer Scorecard

Dairy Cow Placing Card*

Cow Reasons Cards*

Dairy Cattle Oral Reasons Guidelines

Holstein Linear Traits Card

Holstein Classification Card

Dairy Cow Parts Quiz & Key

Type Analysis Questionnaire

Holstein Foundation Dairy Judging Workbook

Dairy Showmanship Resources (PDCA Showmanship Scorecard)

*Please remember that the reasons and placing cards are for use in practice only, they MAY NOT be used in a contest!

National Youth Dairy Judging Contest Rules

Check out the contest books & rules for the All-American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, World Dairy Expo’s National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, and NAILE’s Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest.

National Contest Rules

This program is supported by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.  For more information please go to

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