Agricultural Mechanics Project Show
This Show highlights the many talents of Texas 4-H and FFA members. These individuals build gates, hay haulers, trailers and more, all on display in Reliant Center — an awe-inspiring display of amazing workable works of art.
Beef Quiz Bowl
National 4-H and FFA Invitational Beef Quiz Bowl Contest
In this tournament-style contest, teams are tested on their knowledge of beef. Each state can enter up to three teams in the competition. Contestants must be 4-H or FFA members and be between the ages of 14 and 19.
A favorite event at RodeoHouston, these exhibitors actually receive quite the award. Successfully catching a calf may be surprisingly the easiest part. Each of the students who catch a calf is awarded a $1,250 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or a market steer. Raising and showing this animal becomes a yearlong project as the scrambler sees to the grooming, feeding and care of the animal. The exhibitor returns to the Houston Livestock Show the following year for a special competition.
Commercial Steer Feeding and Management
This contest is a practical beef production program. Emphasis is placed on feeding economy. Each entry consists of a pen of three steers. Along with raising a pen of steers, exhibitors are required to complete a quiz, oral interview, and submit a completed record book of all feedings and weights from the previous months. Additional scoring is based on each steer’s quality and yield grade, the cost per pound gained, the average daily gain, and the feed conversion production. Steers are sold at a special sale.
Decision-making skills learned at a young age play a vital role in meeting the challenges that life offers. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts nine judging contests that provide junior high, high school and college students an opportunity to establish a solid foundation for cultivating and practicing these skills.
- 4-H and FFA Dairy Judging
- 4-H and FFA Horse Judging
- 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging
Intercollegiate Livestock Judging
These contests require the students to match their skills in selecting the best quality livestock of various species against placings of an officially qualified livestock judge. Each contestant is asked to place, in numerical order from highest to lowest quality, each of four animals in several classes. Scores are determined by a point value based on the difference between animals.
The top 20 high-scoring individuals participating in either the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contests or in the 4-H and FFA dairy judging contest receive calf purchase certificates to be used toward the purchase of quality beef or dairy heifers, or market steers. These contest winners, along with their animals, then become part of the regular calf scramble program.
The intercollegiate judging contests are conducted in the same manner as the 4-H and FFA contests with one exception: the college students are required to give oral reasons, which are graded as well, explaining how they placed each animal in the class.
4-H and FFA Floriculture
4-H and FFA Nursury Landscape
This contest is separated into three parts. In part one, contestants identify 50 different specimens, which may consist of any part of a plant. In part two, contestants place six classes, greenery or container grown plants. In part three, contestants are given a general knowledge exam, consisting 50 multiple choice questions.
4-H and FFA Meats Judging
Intercollegiate Meat Judging
This contest allows contestants to apply their industry knowledge and judging skills. Teams of four contestants judge beef, pork and lamb carcasses. Written reasons pertaining to the quality and yield differences must be given.
4-H and FFA Poultry Judging
Contestants place poultry classes, including one dozen cartons of chicken eggs, past production egg-type hens (students rank live hens according to estimated past egg production based on the coloring of pigmentation of the hen's egg), turkey carcasses, and pre-cooked, breaded chicken patties. The contest includes a written examination, poultry carcass parts for identification and chicken eggs for interior quality grading.
4-H and FFA Wildlife Habitat Evaluation
This contest tests students' knowledge on identifying potential problems that can occur in wildlife habitats. Contestants work independently on food identification, habitat interpretation using aerial photography and on-site habitat management recommendations. Senior division contestants also give independent oral reasons and complete a rural or urban wildlife management plan.
4-H and FFA Wool Judging
Intercollegiate Wool And Mohair Judging
The contest involves placing breed and commercial fleeces and classifying 15 fleeces of wool into various grades and spinning counts. Special attention is paid to the wool's staple length and yield, and the highest yielding fleeces are ranked first, followed in order by those with a lesser yield. Additionally, contestants will determine the correct grades for a class of 30 mohair samples.
Range and Pasture Plant Identification
This contest involves identification of a minimum of 50 grass samples and range plants. Their value, either beneficial or detrimental to livestock and wildlife, is determined and recorded by each contestant.
The Public Speaking Contest is open to all students in the Houston area who meet qualifications, as well as members of Texas 4-H and FFA. Speakers present talked on one division topic — Western heritage, natural resources, animal science, plant science, agribusiness, agricultural policy or agriscience.
AGvocacy Video Contest
Quality Counts is designed to teach young people the importance of displaying good character in carrying out livestock projects, and in every aspect of their lives. Quality Counts helps exhibitors learn the importance of using proper livestock management practices so that food quality and safety are preserved. In the Quality Counts Multimedia Contest, Texas 4-H or FFA members create originally produced multimedia content depicting ethical behavior with livestock or a video presentation on ethical principals related to Quality Counts. Each contestant is judged on the following criteria: incorporation of the six pillars of character; inclusion of livestock managing principals; relation to youth livestock exhibition; and originality, creativity and use of technology. The top three entries are showcased at the Show's Champion Row in Reliant Center during the Show.
Each three-member team in this contest must locate and correct five deliberately placed malfunctions in diesel-fueled tractors. Each team is given two minutes to review a service work order, and, 25 minutes to complete the task. If successful, a designated driver then starts the tractor and drives it around a predetermined course. Each participant must complete a 100-question written exam and an evaluation of 20 tractor and implement components.