UTIA Family, please refer to utk.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates and student information. For UTIA-specific resources, including event information and county office status, please visit utia.tennessee.edu/coronavirus .

Animal Exhibitions

The Tennessee Youth Livestock Program offers many opportunities to exhibit through the state. Individual show information can be found in each tab. For more information, contact your local UT Extension agent.

Program Contact: Aaron Fisher, fisher@utk.edu


Announcements

January 5, 2021
Due to the on-going COVID pandemic and the prevalence of new positive cases in Tennessee, the decision has been made to move the 2021 State Junior Swine Show to a virtual model. It is understood that a virtual show is less than ideal and does not replace the show experience for youth, but we currently live in a less than ideal world. The virtual show still provides youth with the opportunity to show off their swine projects and more importantly the chance to learn from their experience in order to improve for next time. This really is teaching life skills.

This decision is made with some hesitation as we all recognize the importance of youth livestock programs and the significant investment of time and resources that youth and families put into their livestock projects. Factors that led to this decision include the expected total number of people at the show, the length of time on-site, the confined space, recent restrictions on large gatherings from the Governor and the fact that Tennessee is in the top 3 in new positive cases per capita in the nation. It was decided that the risk was too great.

Please understand that this decision was made for this specific show at this specific time. It is expected to resume normal, in-person programs in the near future. More details on the virtual hog show and skillathon will be made available very soon. Entry fees that were already paid for the state show will be refunded back through the County Extension offices over the next couple of weeks.


May 8, 2020
Read the guidance for livestock events from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture concerning youth livestock shows. Slowing the Spread of COVID-19: Guidance for Livestock Competitions and Events.

State 4-H Horse Show

June 14-18, 2021
National Walking Horse Celebration Grounds
110 N Evans Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Directions

The state 4-H Horse Show is held in June of every year at the National Walking Horse Celebration, Shelbyville, TN.

Visit UTHorse for all show announcements and related resources.

State Junior Meat Goat Show

August 15, 2020
Wilson County Fairgrounds
945 E Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087

Directions

Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition Sheep Show

October 22-23, 2021
W. Clyde Hyder-Tommy Burks Agricultural Pavilion
Tennessee Tech University
2390 Gainesville Grade
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505

Show Information

Online Entry
Sheep Expo Handbook
Breed Classification Guidelines

Entry Forms

Registered Ewe
Commercial Ewe
Market Lamb

Notice for State Swine Show
Due to the on-going COVID pandemic and the prevalence of new positive cases in Tennessee, the decision has been made to move the 2021 State Junior Swine Show to a virtual model. It is understood that a virtual show is less than ideal and does not replace the show experience for youth, but we currently live in a less than ideal world. The virtual show still provides youth with the opportunity to show off their swine projects and more importantly the chance to learn from their experience in order to improve for next time. This really is teaching life skills. Please understand that this decision was made for this specific show at this specific time. It is expected to resume normal, in-person programs in the near future.

We are pleased to be working with Virtual Stock Show to host this event. Information for all aspects of this event including show, showmanship, skillathon and premier exhibitor as well as video resources and requirements are located here on the swine project page. For questions about all aspects of this event, please contact Aaron Fisher: fisher@utk.edu and 865-974-7260. For issues with the VSS entry site, please contact Kaley Bontrager, Virtual Stock Show: kaley@virtualstockshow.com and 765-586-5603.

To enter the 2021 Virtual Swine Event, Register Here

  • The entry system will remain open until 8pm (eastern), 7 pm (central) on Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • If you are in a low internet area, it might take some time for the videos to upload. Please do not wait until the last minute to attempt to upload videos.

Links for the 2021 Virtual Swine Skillathon

The skillathon is open to any youth that wants to participate. Youth do NOT have to have a hog entered in order to compete in skillathon. Please use the appropriate link based on the current grade in school of youth. The skillathon will remain open until 8pm (eastern), 7pm (central) on Saturday, January 16, 2021.