DeLand fFA, Orange County 4-H, and UF Collegiate Teams Compete at Keystone International Livestock Show Judging Contests
A national judging contest took place this past weekend with teams representing both Florida FFA and 4-H as well as a collegiate team from the University of Florida. Livestock Judging is one of the most competitive events in Florida and Florida proved this to be true on October 3rd at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition Junior and Collegiate Livestock Judging Contests in Harrisburg, Pa.
Florida FFA was represented by the state winning Livestock Judging CDE team from the DeLand SR FFA Chapter with members Trevor Rosso, Michael Austin, Brianna Edwards, and Jenna Girman with advisor Brett Brandner who placed sixth overall. Rosso also placed as the high individual in reasons and as second high individual overall.
Florida 4-H Youth Development Program was represented by the state winning Livestock Judging contest team from Orange County Florida 4-H - UF IFAS Extension with members Tanner Hutsell, Jeramiah Colon, Samantha Hodge, Nicholas Shollenberger, and Alexa Wandrey from the Wranglers 4H Club leader Erin Hebert and coach Suzanne Archer.
The UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences UF AnimalSciences Department Livestock Judging Team was also well represented, with team members including Shanna Hillman, Danielle Holstein, Sarah Flowers, Jenny Federico, Kate Shufitt, and Josh Lea with coaches Chris Strong and Kyle Mendes. Hillman placed as second high individual overall and fifth in reasons, Holstein placed as sixth high individual overall, and Flowers placed eighth in reasons.
Great job to all three teams! For more info, see the press release: http://www.keystoneinternational.state.pa.us/PressReleases.…
Throughout the year, your state 4-H judging contest champions and national contestants will be featured here in FJC as well as state and national competitions occur! Unbeknownst to many, the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program has a large dairy youth program that is active throughout the state and on the national level as well, traveling to many major dairy conventions and shows across the country all year long.
On September 28th, the annual Lely National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest was held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. andFlorida was represented with a team of four youth selected based on their involvement in the Florida 4-H Dairy program throughout their youth careers. The judging contest is comprised of placing several classes of different breeds of dairy cattle along with oral reasons, and top individuals are reveled as the best of the best in the youth dairy world.
Florida was represented this year by the team of Avery Kotlarczyk of Parrish and Amanda Hidbrader of Bradenton from Manatee County 4-H, and Cady McGehee of Okeechobee and John McGehee of Okechobee from Okeechobee County 4-H coached by Chris Holcomb of UF IFAS. The team placed sixth overall and fifth in oral reasons at the contest with Cady McGehee placing ninth individually in reasons, and Kotlarczyk, Cady McGehee, and Hidbrader all placing in the top twenty five individually.
Congrats to all and good luck to the Florida 4-H Dairy Judging Team as they prepare for the next contest at NAILE! More information: www.worlddairyexpo.com/…/News-Release---2015---Wisconsin-Te…