Range Evaluation

Event Information

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Tarleton State University
Agricultural Center
Ag Mechanics Building
County Road 518
Stephenville, TX  76401

The GPS coordinates you can use are 32.237415, -98.201903.


Registration opens at 7:30 am and will be open all day. Registration will be at the Tarleton Agricultural Center Ag Mechanics Building.
 Contests Check-in by: Orientation/Contest Starts
Livestock Skillathon “Come & Go”
See rules for details
8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Entomology Identification 7:45 am 8:00 am
Mohair Judging & Evaluation 8:45 am 9:00 am
Range & Pasture Grass Identification 8:45 am 9:00 am
Range Evaluation 9:45 am 10:00 am
Wool Judging & Evaluation 11:15 am 11:30 pm
Awards Ceremony #1 Approximately 1:00 pm or immediately following completion of tabulation for Entomology, Mohair, Wool, Range Evaluation, and Range & Pasture Grass (Plant ID) contests.
Ag Product Identification 1:45 pm 2:00 pm
Awards Approximately 3:30 pm or immediately following completion of tabulation for Livestock Skillathon and Ag Product Identification.

Printable Schedule (pdf)

Entry Fee:


This is the next step after you have learned the grass and plant types! The 4-H judging program concentrates on making decisions about the rangeland resource including ecological site health determination, stocking rate, and the use of management tools to benefit the forage, soil, water, and livestock/wildlife resources. You will learn about grazing distribution, season of forage use, kinds and classes of livestock and stocking rate. And then actually calculate a current stocking rate for the given situation. The key to success in this contest relies on your ability to identify plants and have knowledge of their ecological and economic value. The 4-H Range Evaluation Contest is conducted totally outdoors.

Rules & Guidelines

District 8 4-H Spring Judging Contests Rules & Guidelines
NEW THIS YEAR for Part I (identification of plants): Plant Identification Scan Sheet

Contest Components to be judged:

  • Part I Youth will identify 20-40 plants from the Master Plant List.
  • Part II Youth will evaluate a marked range site.
  • Part III Youth will judge 4 marked range plots evaluating plot range health and answering questions.

Contest Study Materials

The Master Plant list, rules, description of plants and more can be found on the Range Science & Management Project Resources page on the Texas 4-H website at the following link:

Agent Information

2020 Contest Letter – MS Wordpdf
2019 Contest Letter – MS Wordpdf



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