Washington's state 4-H livestock judging contest is on the move.  WSU announced Thursday the contest, set for Saturday, will take place at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake, WA.  The annual event is typically held in September at the Washington state fairgrounds in Puyallup.

“The Grant County fairgrounds offers easy access in a central location close to quality livestock,” said Paul Kuber, Washington State University’s 4-H state agricultural science specialist and contest chair.

The animals will be judged on quality and comparison of ideal standards, while the 4-H members display teamwork and leadership skills.

“Livestock judging is an opportunity for youth to showcase their ability to evaluate livestock, while learning to think critically and communicate effectively,” Kuber said. “Plus, these tools are paramount to building an understanding of animal agriculture.”

WSU Extension officials said the hope is to elevate the exposure of 4-H livestock judging teams on the national stage.

The Grant County Fairgrounds donated the use of their grounds, including facilities and staff support, and will provide more accessibility, opportunity, and long-term success for the 4-H livestock judging teams, Kuber said.

More information on contest rules and schedule, plus national team travel donation opportunities and guidelines can be found on the contest website.


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