AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension’s 4-H state livestock judging contest was held recently at the Wilson Beef Teaching Center at Auburn University. Nineteen teams from 11 different counties participated in the contest. Awards were given for each age division — junior, intermediate and senior.
Senior Division Winners
The first place team in the senior division was the Lauderdale County team. Members of the team include Cheyenne Ritter, Brandan Clark, Hadyen Hatton, Jeffery Calvert and Wyatt Walker.
Intermediate Division Winners
The Lee County team took the top prize in the intermediate division. Members of that team included Elizabeth Beals, Mary Hannah Gullatt and Jewell Thompson.
Junior Division Winners
The first place team in the junior division was also the Lee County team. Members included Madisyn Hunter, Allie Ann Johndrow, Faith P’Pool, Hannah Grace McHugh, Isaiah Kelley, Leah Hudson, Mercer Shirah and Victoria Thompson.
Contestants that compete in the livestock judging contest evaluate different animals such as sheep, goats, hogs and cattle. In addition, contestants give a set of oral reasons on why they scored the animals.
Dr. Molly Gregg, Alabama Extension assistant director of the 4-H program, said that contests like livestock judging help 4-H members develop skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.
“In today’s world one of the most important skills to develop is the ability to think on your feet and assimilate visual data to respond and react – that’s one of the college and career readiness skills that livestock judging builds.”
For more information on the livestock judging contest, visit Alabama 4-H online or contact your county Extension office.