This article describes the degree of influence Indiana's 4-H livestock judging program had on developing 10 life skills associated with workforce preparedness, profiles 185 alumni of the 4-H judging program, and documents the beneficial attributes of the judging program by listing qualitative responses from former 4-H livestock judges. The majority (>80%) of the respondents were college-educated men between the ages of 21 and 50. According to the alumni, Indiana's 4-H livestock judging program was highly influential in the development of the following skills: the ability to verbally defend a decision, livestock industry knowledge, oral communication, and decision making.
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Rusk, C. P., Martin, C. A., Talbert, B., & Balschweid, M. A. (2002). Attributes of Indiana's 4-H Livestock Judging Program. The Journal of Extension, 40(2), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss2/14