4-H competitions to begin

By Lloydminster Source staff

April 14, 2016 6:00 AM

The 4-H Beef grooming and showmanship clinic, 4-H judging clinic and the Nelson Group judging competition begins April 16 and 17 at the Lloydminster Exhibition. 
The grooming and showmanship clinic will be held the first day with the judging clinic and competition to follow on April 17. 
The clinics begin both days at 9 a.m. 
The clinics are open to 4-H members of all ages. 
Currently, there are approximately 80 members registered.
Participants in the beef grooming and showmanship clinic bring their own animals to learn and build on their skills for halter breaking, washing, clipping, preparation for a show and show ring procedures. 
The clinic is a valuable opportunity for 4-H members to develop their grooming and showing techniques, which are important for marketing their cattle now and in the future.
The judging clinic is in its 26th year and focuses on key points to judge beef bulls, horses (heavy and light), photography, alpacas, and dairy cattle. 
Each section has four animals and the instructor first gives a judging demonstration for the animals and then the 4-H members judge and rank the animals on their own.
The Nelson Group judging competition is held in conjunction with this clinic. 
The competition serves as the Lloydminster regional selections for the Saskatchewan Provincial 4-H judging team competition. 
Senior Saskatchewan members registered in the Nelson Group judging competition will be competing to advance to the Saskatchewan 4-H Judging team competition. 
The 4-H members will be judging beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses (draft and light), photography, and alpacas as well as a written exam and oral reason on four species.  Only the top eight members will be able to move on to the provincial competition. 
The winners at provincials will be the Saskatchewan 4-H judging team that will compete at the international 4-H judging competition held during Agribition 2016 in Regina. 
The clinics begin both days at 9 a.m. and continue to approximately 3 pm. 
The clinics will be held at the Exhibition Grounds.

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