Dairy Judging

Participating in Dairy Judging provides an excellent opportunity for youth to not only increase their knowledge of evaluating dairy cattle, but to also develop and hone valuable communication skills that will be useful for a lifetime. In Wisconsin, youth have the opportunity to compete in FFA and 4-H Dairy Judging Contests. FFA dairy judging contests occur in the spring and the team that wins the state contest represents Wisconsin at the National FFA contest at the National FFA Career Development Contest. County 4-H teams compete at district dairy judging contests during regional Area Animal Science Days for the chance to attend the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. State winners in the senior division go on to represent Wisconsin at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.

Dairy Judging Contest Information

State FFA Dairy Judging Contest

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Rules

Reference Materials

NEW!  Videos of the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo  – Videos include still photos and video footage of classes from the contest with official placings and notes on those placings.  These videos are great for practices but please remember, animals on video may look a bit different than they did live in person.  Official placings and notes were taken at World Dairy Expo with the live classes.

PDCA Unified Scorecard

Heifer Scorecard

Dairy Cow Placing Card *

Cow Reason Card *

Cow Reasons Card with Text *

Dairy Cattle Oral Reasons Guidelines

Linear Card

Holstein Classification Card

Dairy Cow Parts Quiz

Dairy Cow Parts Quiz – KEY

Type Analysis Questionnaire

Holstein Foundation Dairy Judging Workbook

PDCA Showmanship Scorecard

* Please remember that the reasons and placing cards are for use in practice only, they MAY NOT be used in a contest!


All-American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

World Dairy Expo’s National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

NAILE’s Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest