Department I - 4-H
Division B - 4-H Herdsmanship Rules

Contact: 4H Extension Office  360-867-2157
Public opinion regarding the quality of care given to animals has become most critical and needs to be considered. The purpose and guiding principles of herdsmanship are for exhibitors in the 4-H program to care for their livestock, pens, and equipment properly; ensure safety; and keep stalls, surrounding areas, and animals clean and attractive at all times. Educational displays and public relations are important components of herdsmanship.

RULES

  1. Exhibiting 4-H members are to perform their own herdsmanship chores. Herdsmanship done by non-exhibitors can result in forfeit of all awards and premiums by the exhibitor(s) involved.
  2. Exhibitors may perform herdsmanship as individual clubs or several clubs together (such as whole project barn duty).
  3. All animal superintendents will notify the herdsmanship superintendent of specific barn rules and schedules.
  4. Herdsmanship superintendents will examine and judge animal displays daily, between the hours of 10am and 8pm At least one youth 4-H member and one adult supervisor must be on duty during these hours. Between 8pm and Fair closing each evening, older members and adults must be on duty with exhibits to answer questions from the general public.
  5. 4-H herdsmen and adults on duty must be identified in an obvious fashion.
  6. Daily evaluations will be posted.
  7. The following criteria will be used to establish a base for evaluation of all animal displays and their herdsmen.
    1. EXHIBITORS: Appearance, Attitude, Courtesy, Conduct, Skill and Identification as a 4-H’er. Exhibitor must be properly attired. Boots or sturdy shoes must be worn when on herdsmanship duty.
    2. ANIMALS: Arrangements, Cleanliness, Grooming, Bedding and Regularity of Feeding and Watering. Proper and safe techniques must be used to keep animals from getting loose. All beef and dairy must be double tied.
    3. STALLS, CAGES, PENS: Should be free of manure at all times. They should be cleaned and new bedding applied as needed. Stall cards will be visible and readable.
    4. ALLEYS AND GROOMING AREAS: Kept free of manure, cleaned and swept. All equipment must be stored safely and used in a safe manner.
    5. TACK AREA: Swept, Supplies, Feed and Buckets kept orderly and clean.
    6. OVERALL DISPLAY: An additional score will be given reflecting the evaluator’s overall impression of the entire display.
  8. All animal exhibitors will participate in Herdsmanship. Parents of exhibitors will be asked to serve as "adult in charge". All adults who will be assisting as "adult in charge" are required to to be a WSU Certified Volunteer or submit a WSU Volunteer Application to the 4-H Office by July 1.