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Register Now for Badger Livestock Judging Camp

Camp for youth will be Tuesday June 16 in Arlington.

Mark your calendars for the 4th Badger Livestock Judging Camp to be held on Tuesday, June 16 at the Arlington Research Station, Arlington, WI. This camp is for youth who have completed 3rd grade through one year past high school that are interested in building their knowledge on the evaluation principles associated with market and breeding beef, swine and sheep. “This camp will feature speakers versed in the area of selection and reasons”, according to Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist. There will be a separate Beginner Track and an Advanced Track for youth to learn the basics of selection, oral reasons and answering questions. Livestock coaches are also invited to attend. The cost of the camp is $25 which includes lunch, refreshments, and materials. Pre-register before June 8.


Chad Howlett
Judged Livestock at Black Hawk East and University of Illinois (All American Judge at Louisville). Coached at Black Hawk East, University of Kentucky & Purdue University. Have judged at all levels (county, regional, state & national) of livestock shows.

Bernie O’Rourke
Judged Livestock, Meats and Wool in 4-H and at South Dakota State University; coached Meat Animal Evaluation teams at South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska – Lincoln & University of Wisconsin - Madison. Coached Minnesota 4-H teams to National Competition. Currently the UW Extension Youth Livestock Specialist.

Ron Russell
Judged Livestock and Meats at University of Missouri. Have coached the University of Wisconsin – Madison Meat Animal Evaluation teams, where multiple teams have finished in the top 5 in national competition. Currently instruct collegiate students and youth in livestock evaluation.

Todd Taylor
Judged Livestock, Meats and Wool in 4-H and FFA in Wyoming. Judged at Northeastern Jr. College and University of Wyoming. Currently coaching the Columbia County Meats Team and assist with the Livestock and Skillathon teams.

Dewey Wachholz
Judged Livestock at UW-Platteville, have taught and coached Judging Teams at South Dakota State, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls since 1965. He has been involved with UW-Extension for 36 years, his tenure at University of Platteville.

This event is sponsored by UW Extension, Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, and University of Wisconsin Animal Science Departments.

Questions regarding this event contact Bernie O’Rourke, UW Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at 608-263-4304 or [email protected] Go to the Youth Animal Science Website for a registration form and additional information.

Pre-registration is suggested. Send fee (checks payable to University of Wisconsin) with name, county, address and phone number to Bernie O’Rourke at 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53703. Phone number is 608-263-4304 and email address is [email protected] Pre-register before June 8.

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