1. Seniors
    • Anyone 19 years old or older as of Monday, March 25, 2024. (One entry only for senior participants)
  2. Juniors
    • Anyone 5 to 18 years old as of Monday, March 25, 2024. (One entry only for Junior participants)
  3. Families
    • Requires three or more immediate family members who are 5 years old or older and at least one senior entry.
    • Each entrant must all have same Family code
  4. 4-H group entries must be comprised of at least five members. Each entrant must be between the ages of 5 and 20 (as of January 1, 2024) to be a member of a 4-H group.
  5. FFA entrants must be in grades 5 through 12 (as of January 1, 2024) to enter as a member of an FFA chapter.
  6. COLLEGE & TECHNICAL SCHOOL teams must consist of 10 people. An individual can be a member of only one college or technical school team, however a school may have multiple teams.
  7. AGRIBUSINESS/CO-OP DIVISION teams must consist of at least 5 people.
  8. High School Ag-Ed Instructors


  • Senior and Junior Divisions
    • 5 Places receive a cash prize in both Senior and Junior divisions
    • $100, $75, $60, $50, $45
  • Family
    • 4 Places receive a cash prize in the Family division
    • $100, $75, $50, $25
  • 4-H, FFA/Ag Ed, College, Agribusiness/Co-op, & Ag Ed Instructors
    • 4 Places receive a cash prize in each 4-H, FFA/Ag Ed, College, Agribusiness, Co-op and High School Ag-Ed Instructor division
    • $100, $75, $50, $25


  • One entry per person
  • Individuals may submit their entry in multiple groups.
  • Cow judging contest group leaders who are parents, coaches, teachers or instructors of 4-H, FFA or College teams, should exclude their individual scores from the calculation of the group’s combined score. Family and Agribusiness/Co-op group leaders can include their individual score in the combined group score calculation.
  • All entries must be submitted by midnight Central time on Monday, March 25, 2024
  • No changes can be made to an entry once it has been submitted
  • All individuals entering in 4-H, FFA/Ag Ed, College, Family, Agribusiness, or Ag-Ed Instructors are automatically entered in the appropriate Senior or Junior division and are eligible to win prizes in those divisions.
  • Contest is open to everyone except Hoard’s Dairyman employees and their families

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