Utah State University Extension
4-H and FFA livestock shows place cattle in a surrounding where they are stressed physically and psychologically. They are exposed to physical exertion, unfamiliar smells, tastes, sounds, people, cattle and other animals Owners of beef cattle who place them in these situations need to understand that stress can be reduced or eliminated with proper care and management.
Holmgren, Lyle N. and ZoBell, Dale R., "Reducing the Incidence of Dark Cutting Beef in Junior Livestock Shows" (2000). All Current Publications. Paper 1375.