On Saturday, October 19, the Clinton Central FFA Chapter hosted the annual Clinton Central Stockman Livestock Judging Contest at Clinton Central Jr Sr High School in Michigantown, Ind.
Though not hosted at a national livestock show or convention, this contest is attended by teams from around the nation to prepare for upcoming national contests and state-level events.
This year, Florida 4-H was represented by two teams.
Putnam County 4-H, your current state champion team, was represented by Dathan Guthrie, Clayton Brauman, Emily Lands and Jarrett Kelley. (Pictured Left/Top)
As a team, they placed third in swine, sixth in reasons, seventh in beef cattle, ninth in sheep, and sixth overall.
Individually, Guthrie placed seventh in swine, and was the highest scoring individual on the team, placing seventeenth overall. Their team is coached by Jerry Mullins.
Jackson County 4-H, who placed fifth in last year's state contest, was represented by Hayden Warden, Taylor Yoder, Benjamin Roach and Dylan Ziglar. (Pictured Right/Bottom)
As a team, they placed eleventh in beef and twelfth overall. Warden was the highest scoring individual on the team, placing forty-fourth overall. The team is coached by Stacey Warden.
A total of 13 teams and 64 individuals competed in the National 4-H division of the contest.
Congratulations to these teams on their successes, and best of luck to the Putnam County team as they advance to the national 4-H event in November.
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 complete results, visit www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=11589.
(Photos from UF IFAS Putnam County 4-H and Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club on Facebook)
On Tuesday, October 15, the American Royal Association hosted this year's National 4-H Meat Judging Contest in Kansas City, Mo.
This year, Florida 4-H was represented by your state champion senior team named back in the spring, Marion County 4-H, with team members Charles Phillips, Kaylee Carroll, Brianna Carroll and Natalia Evan, with coaches Hugh and Samantha Dailey.
As a team, they placed third in pork judging and reasons, fourth in beef judging and retail cut judging, fifth in retail cut identification, and as the fourth place team overall.
Individually, Phillips placed sixth in pork judging, eleventh in retail cut identification, and eleventh overall, Kaylee Carroll was fourth in reasons, seventh in retail cut judging, eighth in beef judging and eleventh in pork judging, Brianna Carroll was tenth in pork judging and eleventh in retail cut judging, and Evan placed seventh in pork judging, with 12 teams and 44 individuals competing in this year's contest.
The purpose of meat judging is to test the evaluation and decision making skills of youth over beef, pork and lamb carcasses, wholesale cuts and retail cuts, along with retail meat identification and defense of their decisions via oral reasons.
For more information and complete results, visit meatscience.org/students/meat-judging-program/national-4-h-meat-judging.
(Photo from Marion County 4-H)
From October 11-14, the annual National Junior Horticultural Association Convention was held this year in Lincoln, Neb. open to 4-H, FFA, National Grange and independent youth from around the nation in a variety of horticulture-related competitions.
This year, Florida 4-H was represented by Wakulla County 4-H member Alexis "Alie" Green in the Junior Horticulture ID Competition.
"In this activity...[youth] will learn to identify flowers, indoor plants, fruits, nuts and berries, landscape ornamentals and vegetables," notes the competition regulations on the NJHA website.
Green placed in the top three in the state in this year's Florida 4-H Horticulture ID and Judging Contest in Ocala back in June. Competing as an individual, Green placed seventh as an individual in the 10-14 year old division.
The top three individuals in the state contest qualify to compete in the open divisions of the Junior and Senior National Horticulture ID Competitions at the NJHA Convention. Escambia County 4-H also qualified for the national competition in the 4-H division as the winning senior team at the state contest but did not attend.
Congratulations to this young lady on all of her accomplishments, and best of luck to her in the future in horticulture and beyond.
The 4-H plant science and horticulture programs provide an opportunity for 4-H members to acquire knowledge and skills in identification and selection of horticultural products and then apply these basic skills to consumer decision-making. For more information, visit njha.org/contests.
(Photo from Wakulla County 4-H)
On Saturday, October 12, the Georgia National Fair hosted this year's Peach State Livestock Judging Contest at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga.
This contest, hosted by Georgia National Livestock Shows, annually brings together youth and collegiate teams from across the Southeast for a day of livestock judging before national contest season begins.
Florida was represented this year by your current Florida 4-H state champion and reserve champion teams, and by your current Florida FFA state champion team.
Putnam County 4-H, your current state champion 4-H team, competed with a team that included Clayton Brauman, Jarrett Kelley and Emily Lands.
As a team, they brought home the championship as the winning team in the senior division, and also placed as the high team in swine and reasons, second in sheep and goats, and fourth in cattle.
Individually, Brauman placed as the high individual overall for the contest, and as the high individual in swine, and fourth in reasons and in sheep and goats. Kelley placed as the third high individual overall, fourth in swine and fifth in reasons, and Lands placed ninth overall individually, third in reasons, and eighth in both the cattle and swine divisions.
Orange County 4-H, your current reserve state champion team, was represented by teams of Bailey Lavender, Connor Ward, Bradley Nelson and Andrea Jimenez, and Kylie Ward, CJ Nelson and Karli West in the senior division, and by Garrett Hebert as an individual in the junior division. (Pictured at Top)
Lavender, Connor Ward, Bradley Nelson and Jimenez's team placed as the overall high team in cattle, third in reasons, seventh in sheep and goats, and as the fifth high team overall, while Kylie Ward, CJ Nelson and West's team placed third in the cattle division.
Individually, Lavender placed first in reasons, eighth in sheep and goats, and as the tenth high individual overall, Connor Ward placed fourth in cattle and eleventh overall, Kylie Ward placed third in swine and fourteenth overall, and Nelson placed seventh in cattle and sixteenth overall.
Garrett Hebert also placed fourth in cattle and as the seventh high individual overall in the junior division representing Orange County.
Representing Hardee SR FFA, your current state champion FFA team, was Jake Henderson, Kipp Cooper, Emery Smith and Hunter Sellers.
As a team, they placed third overall in the senior division, and fourth in swine, fifth in cattle, and sixth in both sheep and goats and reasons. Individually, Henderson placed eighth overall, and Cooper placed seventh in sheep and goats and thirteenth overall.
A total of 18 teams and 72 individuals competed in the senior division in this year's contest. The contest is sponsored by Godfrey's Feed.
Congratulations to each of these teams on their continued accomplishments, and best of luck to Putnam County and Hardee SR as they advance to the national 4-H and FFA events in November, and to Orange County to the National Western in January.
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, visit www.georgianationalfair.com.
(Photo from Orange County 4-H)