JWCC Ag Alumni Association to Host 16th Annual Livestock Judging Contest

More than 300 area high school students from more than 25 Illinois and Missouri schools will hone their skills for a future career in agriculture at John Wood Community College’s Ag Alumni Association 16th Annual Livestock Judging Invitational on Friday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the College’s Agricultural Education Center near Perry, a facility shared with the University of Illinois.

Registration and orientation will be from 8:00–8:30 a.m. Instructions and welcome will follow at 8:45 a.m. and the contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m. with the official placing.  Lunch and award presentations will follow, concluding by 2:00 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by ADM Alliance Nutrition and Moorman’s ShowTec and hosted by John Wood Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club. Students will judge nine classes of animals during the event. ADM and JWCC will have industry experts on site to speak to students about careers available in agriculture.

Livestock judging competitions help students learn to make decisions, strengthen and improve their power of observation and apply scientific principles of animal growth and development. Evaluation will be of various species, including cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Contestants as individuals and teams rank animals based on specific criteria and compare them to those considered ideal as determined by animal industry experts serving as official judges. 

Students will also be judged on their ability to accurately evaluate one class of each species by answering ten questions about the differences observed in the class. The official judges will present the correct placings and provide learning opportunities for the students following the competition. 



John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.