Chapters and clubs from all over come to the NILE to compete in various contests, building on skills that will propel them to success. The NILE welcomes 4-H and FFA members onto the grounds by beginning the day with a Pancake Breakfast
served by the Billings Chamber Ag Committee. At the conclusion of the contests, awards are announced typically mid-afternoon.
The Livestock Judging Contest is a process of evaluating, selecting, placing, and learning the various livestock species—beef cattle, sheep, and swine. It is important to learn how to compare the merits of one animal against the merits of other animal, and how they relate to the ideal specie conformation. Livestock producers, breeders, feeders, buyers, and packers evaluate livestock for their potential as either breeding or market animals. The ability to evaluate animals, and then explain the reasoning for doing so are applicable skills.
The Horse Evaluation Contest is back in 2022 after a 10+ year break. During this contest, 4-H and FFA members will gain new insights into equine science by evaluating and ranking horses based on breed characteristics, conformation and performance. Participants will then defend their decisions through oral reasons.
The Sales & Service contest gives kids an opportunity to practice selling a product or service. This contest teaches communication skills, persuasive techniques, and negotiation methods. These skills can help with future careers and daily business tasks. The Billings community has always greatly supported this contest by volunteering to be a judge for this contest. Judges role play as customers for the students to sell the designated item of the day. This contest is also develops an understanding of the opportunities available in the Ag sales industry.