On Tuesday, October 16, the American Royal Association hosted the 2018 National 4-H Meats Judging Contest by the American Meat Science Association in Kansas City, Mo.
Florida 4-H was represented by your current state champion team from Orange County 4-H, that included Bailey Lavender, Lorelei Bachmann, Kylie Ward and Katie Hollinger, along with Coach Suzanne Archer.
As a team, they placed fourth in beef judging, fourth in retail cut judging, fifth in total judging, fifth in reasons and as the seventh place team overall.
Individually, Lavender placed as the high individual for total judging and as the high individual for reasons, fourth in beef judging, third in pork judging, fourth in retail cut judging, and as the eight high individual overall in the contest, with 12 teams and 45 individuals competing in this year's contest.
Congratulations to this amazing team on a great run and to Orange County on yet another outstanding team on the state and national level. Meats judging is an event designed to test evaluation and selection skills of beef, pork and lamb wholesale cuts and carcasses, along with retail meat identification and defense of placings via oral reasons. For full results, visit www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=10130.
On Saturday, October 13, the Georgia National Fair hosted their annual Peachstate Livestock Judging Contest at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga. where several teams from Florida heading to national contests in just a short while competed representing the Sunshine State with more outstanding finishes.
Florida 4-H was represented by teams from Union County and Putnam County, and Florida FFA was represented by at team from Lafayette FFA, who all competed against youth from across the Southeast.
Representing 4-H, the team from Union County 4-H included Bailee Shepperd, Madison Bennett, Kendal Stalnaker and Hunter Williams. Together, the team was named as the overall winner for the senior division of the contest, with Shepperd and Bennett winning individual awards. (Left/First Photo)
Also representing 4-H, Putnam County 4-H was represented by a senior team that included Abby Whittington, Emily Lands, Clayton Brauman and Jarrett Douglas and by Dathan Guthrie, who judged as an individual in the junior/intermediate division. As a team, the seniors placed as the reserve champion team for the senior division. As an individual, Guthrie was named as the reserve high individual overall in the junior/intermediate division as well as the high individual for oral reasons and swine. (Right/Second Photo)
Rounding out the Sunshine State, Lafayette FFA also fielded a team in the senior division in this year's contest, also placing in the top five, with approximately 25 teams and 100 individuals competing in this year's contest.
Congratulations to each of these teams on their accomplishments, and best of luck to each of them as they continue their journeys to national contests: Union County 4-H to the Western National Roundup in Denver this winter, Putnam County 4-H to the American Royal Association in Kansas City, Mo. and Lafayette FFA to National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this fall.
The University of Florida Livestock Judging Team also competed in the collegiate division at the contest.
Livestock judging is an event designed to test the evaluation and decision making skills of students through evaluating market and breeding beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat goats as well as the defense of their placings via oral reasons.
On Saturday, October 6, the 2018 KILE Junior and Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest was held during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa.
Florida 4-H was represented by your current state champion livestock judging team, Orange County 4-H, that included Jaedyn Archer, Christopher Nelson, Khristina Harper and Karli West along with Coach Suzanne Archer.
As a team, they placed fifteenth overall. Archer was the highest scoring overall individual on the team, placing twenty sixth overall individually, with 16 teams and 61 individuals competing in the contest this year.
Congratulations to this team on representing Florida on the national level, and best of luck to them as they continue preparing to represent the Sunshine State in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the NAILE in Louisville, Ky. next month.
Livestock judging is an event designed to test the evaluation and decision making skills of students through evaluating market and breeding beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat goats as well as the defense of their placings via oral reasons. For more information and complete results, visit www.saeserver.com/4DCGI/GotoPage/20181008_154116_4741329/organization_main_page.
(Photo from Orange County 4-H on Facebook)
Suwannee, Hillsborough, Sumter and Manatee County 4-H Members Compete in National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
On Monday, October 1, the 97th National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest was held during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., hosted by the contest committee.
Florida 4-H was represented by a team of four youth, selected through participation in state-level dairy activities and competitions, that included Ainsley Peterson from Suwannee County 4-H, Gracie Lee from Hillsborough County 4-H, Jozef Heijkoop from Sumter County 4-H and Karen Kotlarczyk from Manatee County 4-H, along with Coach Chris Holcomb, UF/IFAS Extension Specialist.
Together, as a team, they placed first overall for oral reasons, second in the Brown Swiss division, third in the Holstein division and as the sixth high team overall.
Individually, Peterson placed first overall for oral reasons, and first in Brown Swiss, first in the Guernsey division, fourth in the Holstein division and as the fifth high individual overall. In addition, Lee placed nineteenth overall individually, Kotlarczyk placed first individually in the Holstein division and Heijkoop placed fifth overall in the Jersey division and ninth overall in oral reasons.
For their win in the reasons division, the team were named as national champions for oral reasons and received a traveling award. 24 teams and 91 individuals competed in this year's contest.
This team has been working for several years to pursue their goal of an outstanding showing on the national level, and congratulations to each member on all of their accomplishments.
Dairy contests are designed to promote the learning of information and skills related to live dairy cattle and dairy products and to provide recognition opportunities for youth. Dairy judging requires youth to place classes of live dairy cattle and to give oral reasons defending their placings. For more information, visit www.worlddairyexpo.com/pages/4-HContests.php.
(Photo from Hoard's Dairyman)