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Livestock Evaluation Contest

**This contest will be held VIRTUALLY IN 2020**

Superintendent: Dustin Reisig | 406-350-1800

Date: THURSDAY - October 8, 2020


Entry Fee: $50/Team -- $20/Individual
Check or Credit Card accepted. Send payment or call with payment information.

Send payment to:
NILE Contests
PO Box 1981
Billings, MT 59103
livestock@thenile.org (406) 256-2495

Day of Schedule:
12Noon :Technology Help
12:30 p.m.: Pre-contest instructions & announcements
12:45 p.m.: Judging Begins
Reasons will be given after classes are judged

Friday, October 9 at 12:30pm: Officails will be posted on NILE website
1 p.m.: Awards ceremony on NILE’s FB page LIVE
Purpose: To provide educational experience and incentive to learn more about meat animal evaluation and pricing. Also, to assist young people in expanding their acquaintances among leaders in the livestock field and improve their communication skills. This contest is governed by the NILE, which is not affiliated with any other organization nor its rules. Rule discrepancies are settled via NILE Superintendent, whose decision is final.

Registration & Entry Fee: All registrations will be submitted through JudgingCard.com, (www.Judgingcard.com). If you have never previously registered a team through JudgingCard.com, please contact them to setup an account: info@judgingcard.com or (979) 575-2686. Upon completion of your registration you will be directed to send payment for all your entries the NILE Office.

Entry Fee: Due September 30, 2020. Entries for ALL teams will be $50. Entry fee for individuals will be $20/person. All payments of entries shall be mailed or called into the NILE office. (See above) NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED, NO EXCEPTIONS. Entries must be paid in full by September 30 to compete. All entries shall be submitted through JudgingCard.com (see above). NO REFUNDS AFTER September 30, 2020!!!!

Eligibility: Contestants may compete on a 4-H team, FFA team, or as an individual. Teams must be made up of individuals from the same FFA chapters or counties (4-H). FFA contestants must be currently enrolled in high school.

Maximum Entry: There will be no limits on how many teams per chapter or county in 2020.
Teams: Each team will consist of four (4) members from the same chapter or county within the class or age limits listed. All four (4) scores will count towards the overall team score. FFA Jr. Team members shall be defined as members grade 10 and below, Sr. Teams will be defined as members grades 11-12 of current school year. A 4-H Junior Member will be defined as ages 8-13 and a 4-H Senior Member will be defined as members 14 years and over as of current 4-H year.

Individuals: Individuals enrolled in a 4-H or FFA program that have not graduated or under the age of 19, may be allowed to enter. (Not a collegiate competition). Those competing as individuals will not be eligible for team awards, but will be eligible for individual awards.

Contest Details:
• All participants will be expected to remain in the contest until the announced hour of completion.
• A live virtual judging content is one that is delivered via zoom. Youth will need to be physically present to participate. Each youth will need access to an electronic device that has internet and video accessibility and have the zoom program downloaded on the device. Youth will also need the device to fill in their digital scantron during the judging portion of event. If the youth are viewing the contest with their FFA advisor or 4-H educator in a group setting, youth can share the electronic device that is showing the classes. Each exhibitor will need their own device for giving reasons.
• Once teams or individuals have registered they will be e-mailed a group of links: one to access the scantron and other for the zoom link that they will utilize to connect to the contest.
• The contest will be run just as a live livestock judging contest would be. Youth will have 10 minutes on non-reason classes and 15 minutes on reason classes to judge the class and submit their placing. The classes will be shared on the main zoom room monitor or youth will be given a link that they can view on their own electronic device (by viewing the link on our own device, it helps minimize the lag time of the videos). At the conclusion of the allocated time, the class will be locked.
• Once all the classes have been judged, the youth will be given a reason order on the zoom room monitor. This order will be the order used for youth giving their reasons. When it is the youth’s turn to give reasons, they will be moved into a breakout room in zoom where they will give a live set of reasons to the reason taker and moderator in that breakout room. Upon completion of that set of reasons, they will return to the main room and wait for their next set of reasons.
• The contest will be scored in the same manner as a traditional livestock judging contest – there will be 50 points possible for each class and 50 points possible for reasons.
• One award will be given in each category, all ties will be broken.
• The judging contest may consist of up to (10) classes selected from the following: beef - live feeder calf, breeding and cull-keep or market class; swine - market, breeding; sheep - market, breeding, cull; and reason classes; goats - market, breeding, cull; and reason classes.
(The management reserves the right to alter any classes because of difficulty in securing livestock or any other reason).
• Participants are encourage to participate in one of the training sessions scheduled for Monday, October 5 at 4 p.m. MST to learn how the contest will operate. Register for help sessions by going to https://www.thenile.org/p/events/youth-events/ffa4...

Awards: Sr & Jr. FFA & 4-H - plaques to top placing teams (per division). Plaques to individual champions 1st through 3rd (per division). Division champion awards (plaque to top placing individual): Champion Beef, Goat, Sheep, Swine & Reasons Judge (per division).

Questions: For contest details, questions and information please call the NILE office at 406.256.2499 or livestock@thenile.org. For team entry & registration, contact JudgingCard.com (see top of page for contact information).

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