4-H Area Animal Science Days (AASD)

4/8/2020 UPDATE: In light of current public health concerns and guidance from UW-Madison Division of Extension leadership, the 4-H Area Animal Science Days planning committee has made the difficult decision to cancel our regional judging contests for 2020.

Currently, we are committed to moving forward with plans to host the state dairy and livestock contests in late summer. In lieu of regional qualifiers, we will create a process to safely and intentionally include as many youth participants as possible for these state-wide events. The status of plans for these events will continue to evolve as we receive more information and guidance from UW-Madison leadership based on the changing state and national public health situation.



Hoards Dairy Judging 101

National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Videos

Wisconsin 4-H Livestock Program Judging Resources


Regional animal science educational opportunities are available to Wisconsin 4-H members.  Specifically, Area Animal Science Days is a series of three day-long events held around the state in June where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences.  Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; and oral reasons workshops.  In addition, each site may offer a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.alt=""

AASD strives:

  • To increase the availability of educational opportunities in the 4-H Animal Science Projects.
  • To increase decision making skills through judging and grading experiences.
  • To increase the knowledge of animals through breeding and market evaluation and management information.



Southern Site – Thursday, June 11 – Jefferson County

Northern Site –  Friday, June 12 – Marathon County



Past AASD Results

Thank-you to the sponsors who help make AASDs possible!

  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation
  • UW-Madison Division of Extension
  • UW-Madison Animal Science Department
  • UW-Madison Dairy Science Department

If coaches want sample scantron sheets for youth to practice with for judging contests, here is the link to the sheets:

Dairy:  Dairy Cattle Scantron

Livestock or Horse:  Livestock Scantron

Visit the UW-Extension Animal Sciences website for more information:  http://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/animalsciences/