NACTA Judging Conference

Contest Information —

NACTA provides competition in six required areas including soils, crops, general livestock, dairy cattle, ag business, and knowledge bowl. Host schools are given the freedom to add contests they are capable of holding. Examples of such contests include, but are not limited to ag systems management, precision ag, computers, horticulture, horse judging, ag marketing, ag communication, wildlife/natural resources, meats, poultry, animal science management, hippology, small animals, and landscape design.

 

Specific rules are provided for all contests by the host institution. Required contests will be offered every year. Optional contests are a function of the hosting institution.

(Past contest rules are provided and may be use for guidance)

You may select a contest to view the following information:
Contest description
Important announcements
Past Contest Rules

Optional Contests —

Host schools are given the freedom to add contests they are capable of holding. Examples of such contests include, but are not limited to ag systems management, precision ag, computers, horticulture, horse judging, ag marketing, ag communication, wildlife/natural resources, meats, poultry, animal science management, hippology, small animals, and landscape design.
 
Select a contest below to view examples of the past rules presented by hosting institutions at prior NACTA Judging Conferences.

Ag Communication Equine Management Meats Judging
Ag Mechanics Hippology Poultry
Ag Sales and Marketing Horticulture Precision Ag
Companion Animals Landscape Design Wildlife
Computer Applications Livestock Management  

 

2018 NACTA Judging Conference

Soils 2-year

Teams and Eligibility
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 Soils 4-year

Teams and Eligibility
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General Livestock Judging


Teams and Eligibility

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Example of Past Contest General Livestock Judging Rules from Black Hawk College (2015) 
  1. Entries - All teams should be registered on or before the official NACTA registration deadline. Number and names of all candidates that the coach expects to bring to the contest must be provided on an entry roster in advance. Each official team will consist of five members with all five scores constituting the team total. Individuals may compete and will be eligible for individual awards. Official team members must be identified in advance. Each school may enter only one official team, but additional individual numbers will not be limited. Additional individual contestants will compete for individual awards and pay the full registration fee. The final official team selections must be verified at the coaches meeting. Substitutions may occur contest morning, but no new contestants may be added.
  1. Competition is open to all contestants deemed eligible by their respective institution and NACTA contest guidelines.

Divisions are as follows:

Junior College (2-Year)
Senior College (4-Year)
 

Two year and four-year teams will judge the same classes. Separate awards will be made for both team and overall individuals in each division.

  1. Eligibility - All contestants must be currently enrolled in a two-year or a four-year institution and pursuing an undergraduate degree. A competing individual may not compete in this contest if he/she has participated as a scored, official contestant in a national NACTA Livestock Judging contest in any previous year in the same division. If he/she previously competed in the two-year college division, he/she may compete once more in the four-year college division.
  1. Twelve classes of livestock will be judged. If suitable classes are available, the cattle classes will consist of any combination of females, bulls and market steers. The cattle may be on halter or loose in pens. The hogs, sheep and goats will consist of any combination of market and breeding classes. Market Lambs/Goats will be in racks. Breeding sheep and does will be loose in pens.
  1. Performance data and a scenario will be provided on multiple breeding classes. The performance classes may also be selected as reasons classes.
  1. Oral reasons will be given on a total of 8 classes in both divisions. The best reasons classes will be decided by the official committee, but will most likely consist of 4 cattle, 2 hogs and 2 sheep/goats.
  1. Contestants will be given 12 minutes to place each class and 2 minutes to give each set of oral reasons.
  1. Typical contest scoring and tie breaking methods will be in use.
  1. Final class details will be made available at the coaches meeting.
  1. No communication with contestants or anyone else except superintendents will be permitted once the contest has started. Coaches may not communicate with a team or individuals until the contest is finished. No cell phones, text messaging, or conferring during the contest will be allowed. Contestants observed in violation of this WILL be disqualified from the competition.

Agricultural Knowledge Bowl


 
 


 

Example of Past Contest Knowledge Bowl Rules from Kansas State University (2017) 
  1. Each participating school may enter one team. A team shall consist of five (5) members, with one member designated as team captain and one member designated as an alternate. The alternate may replace a member at half time. Teams will compete in either the junior (2-year schools) or senior (4-year schools) division.
  1. All contestants must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution and pursuing an undergraduate degree. A competing individual may not compete in this contest if he/she has participated as a scored, official contestant in a national NACTA Knowledge Bowl contest in any previous year in the same division. If he/she previously competed in the two-year college division, he/she may compete once more in the four-year college division.
  1. Teams will participate in a double elimination tournament. Contest organizers reserve the right to alter the tournament format as necessary in order to accommodate the number of teams entered.
  1. Each match will consist of two (2) halves, with twelve (12) toss-up questions per half. The set number of questions may be varied depending on the number of teams participating, but will be the same for all rounds and determined in advance. Teams will change sides at half-time.
  1. Toss-up questions are worth ten (10) points and must be answered by individuals only, with no conferring among teammates. The contestant must begin to answer the question within three (3) seconds of being called on. The first contestant to signal in as indicated by the buzzer system is the only person eligible to answer the question. If the question is answered correctly, the team is awarded ten (10) points and the opportunity to answer a bonus question.
  1. Bonus questions are worth twenty (20) points and may consist of multiple parts. The team has thirty (30) seconds to confer after the question. The team captain will give the answer to the question. If the team asks that part of the question be repeated, this time will be considered part of the thirty (30) second consultation time. Teams may use note pads and writing instruments. The use of calculators, cell phones, electronic devices and reference materials is prohibited and will result in the team being disqualified.
  1. If an individual answers a toss-up question incorrectly, an individual from the opposing team may answer the question after signaling in and being recognized. If the question was not completely read, the opposing team has the right to hear the entire question. A correct answer earns ten (10) points for the team and the opportunity to answer a bonus question.
  1. If contest officials determine that an individual has conferred with team members prior to answering a toss-up question, or after the team captain has started answering a bonus question, the team will forfeit the opportunity to answer the question and any points associated with it.
  1. If the score is tied at the end of the game, three tiebreaker questions (with no bonuses) will be played. If the score is still tied, sudden-death tossups will be played to determine the winner.
  1. Questions will be in the areas of: Agribusiness/Farm Management, Ag Mechanics/Precision Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Crops/Soils, Horticulture, and Current Agricultural Events.
  1. All decisions of the judges will be final. If a question is thrown out due to mistakes made during reading or by the judges, it will not count as one of the set number for that half, and a replacement question will be read.
  1. Additional technical rules will be implemented to cover the use of the equipment used for the contest. Such rules will be announced at an information session prior to the start of the competition.
  1. Audience members and coaches must remain silent during the reading and deliberation of questions. Contestants will be seated with their backs to the audience. Any attempt to relay answers to contestants will result in loss of any points earned and/or disqualification. No electronic devices may be used by contestants or audience members during the competition. Violators will be removed from the room.
  1. As specified in the constitution, for the Sweepstakes Award, the first place team will be awarded 1000 points, second - 950; third - 900; fourth - 850; etc. Place 1 - 4 will be determined via the double elimination contest. If teams below this level are not determined by the double elimination format (i.e. eliminated during the same round), the total team score will be used to determine placing.
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