The Poultry Judging Contest is a 4-H program which develops self-motivation, self-esteem and responsibility. Students have the opportunity to strengthen their communication and leadership skills in an environment which allows contribution to group effort; encourages teamwork and promotes acceptance of differences. Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior 4-H members are eligible to compete in Poultry Judging; Cloverleaf 4-H’ers who are at least nine years old may compete in the Junior division. During the contest, participants judge both live specimens and market poultry, identify parts of birds already prepared for market, and evaluate eggs as to their quality and readiness for market. After judging past production participants are asked to justify their placing decisions through a set of oral reasons. Participants compare their opinion of an animal against the ideal as specified by industry experts, and learn organizational skills as they compose their thoughts into a cohesive set of reasons justifying their decisions.
Poultry Judging season is from late February to the end of April.