The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

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The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

1328 Dover Road

Wooster, OH 44691-4000
Phone (330) 287-1331

Fax (330) 287-1333

January 7, 2015

Dear FFA and 4-H Club Members:

You are invited to participate in the annual Ohio State ATI Hoof-N-Hide Club General Livestock Judging Contest. This year's contest will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Ohio State ATI Equine Center, located at 3339 S. Apple Creek Rd., Apple Creek, Ohio.
This year’s General Livestock contest will include oral reasons (optional, required to receive awards). The livestock contest will follow the state FFA regula­tions as closely as possible. Please see the accompanying contest rules. Computer­ized scoring will not be used. FFA teams should know their state contest ID number. Other teams (4-H) will be assigned a number on the day of the contest.
Teams should be predetermined and identified upon registration . If you are certain of your entries you may email them to me prior to the contest to facilitate registration, General Livestock Only. Entry fees are $7.00/contestant (cash or check) and are due at the time of registration. Make checks payable to: The Ohio State Universi­ty.
The time schedule for the day is as follows:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration (at ATI Equine Center, 3339 S. Apple Creek Rd, Apple Creek)

9:00 a.m. Contest begins

~11:30 General Livestock Judging ends

Dairy Judging begins

~12:30 Oral reasons at the ATI main campus to follow judging classes

Explanation of official placings will follow oral reasons

Notes – Lunch will not be provided but there is a Subway and East of Chicago between the Equine Center and ATI main campus and another Subway near campus.

  • There is no seating in the Equine arena. You may bring a folding chair if you like.

  • There is no heat in the Equine arena.

  • Please do not park in the grass at the equine center. Additional parking is available across the street at the old fire station.

In the event of cancellation, notification will be posted on the Ohio State ATI website:

Results will be posted on the Ohio State ATI homepage as soon as possible after scoring. Awards will be sent or delivered as soon as possible after the contest.

We look forward to your participation at the contest. If you have any questions, please call Dr. Mike Amstutz; phone: 330-287-1380 or e-mail:

Thank you,

Mike Amstutz Casey Meek Clayton Baughman

Livestock Program Coordinator Beef/Sheep Herdsman President

Hoof and Hide Club Advisor Hoof and Hide Club Advisor Hoof and Hide Club

Dan Linden

Animal Science Faculty

Hoof and Hide Club Advisor


  1. Anyone who is a 4-H or FFA member is eligible to participate.

  1. Teams should be predetermined and identified upon registration.

  1. Each contestant needs to bring a clipboard, 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils, and paper upon which to take notes for oral reasons. NO OTHER MATERIALS may be used during the contest. Calculators will not be necessary.

  1. Oral reasons: In order to be eligible for General Livestock Contest awards contestants must give oral reasons. Separate awards will be given for junior (8th grade and lower) and senior divisions. Contestants may participate without giving oral reasons, but they will not be eligible for prizes.

  1. Coaches are not to mingle with the contestants after the contest has officially started. If they are viewing the contest they should stay back away from the judging arena.

  1. Contestants are not allowed to talk to each other from the start to the finish of the contest. This includes the time between as well as during the classes.

  1. Contestants are not allowed to bring cell phones into the judging areas anytime during the contest.

  1. We will continue to enforce the honesty policy. This contest is an honest and fair way to prove that a student has a talent for livestock evaluation. We want to award those students that excel in this area and who do it honestly. We are structuring the contest to be an efficient high quality event. We seek to provide quality livestock in a structured learning environment, with the goal of giving you an outstanding educational judging experience.

  1. In cases of ties, high individual and high team will be determined by judging consistency, i.e. point spread between the highest and the lowest class scoring. If the tie still exists then the point spread between the highest and next lowest class score and so on will be used.

  1. If any questions arise concerning interpretation of the rules, the decision of the official judge will prevail.

  1. The Ohio State ATI Hoof-N-Hide Club is not responsible for lost property, injuries, or accidents during the contest.


  1. There will be a total of 8 classes of livestock to evaluate and/or place. We anticipate offering the following classes, but reserve the right to substitute if animal availability becomes an issue (3 beef, 3 swine, 1 sheep, and 1 goat).

  1. Classes each of beef, sheep, swine, and goats will be placed on live visual merits. Up to five objective questions may be asked of some classes. There will be three classes of oral reasons.

  1. One class each of beef (breeding heifers) and swine (breeding gilts) will be placed on visual merit as well as performance data. Performance records will be provided to contestants at the start of each of the two classes. Performance data may include beef - adjusted 205 and 365 day weights, and EPDs for Birth, Weaning and Yearling weights and for Maternal milk; swine - backfat, sow productivity index, daily gain, BVSP (breeding value for sow productivity), Number born alive, adjusted 21 day litter weight, etc.

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