Rounding out both the NAILE itself and Florida's participation in the event, the National 4-H Poultry events also took place last week and Florida had contestants in two events there that each brought home awards!
Florida 4-H Members Compete at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
Not only do youth in Florida judge livestock and horses, there is also a thriving poultry program found in counties across the state with both judging and barbecue events. Two Florida 4-H Youth Development Program counties recently sent their state winning contestants to compete in their national events at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference at the NAILE in Louisville, Kentucky from November 18th-19th.
Florida's national poultry judging team consisted of UF IFAS Extension - Levy County 4-H members Sydney Allen, Tenlee Beauchamp, Emily Horlocker, and Jared Twombly who placed 6th Overall in the national contest. Individual contestant Dakota Horlocker, also of Levy County, placed as 1st High Individual Overall in the event. Finally, Volusia County Florida 4-H member Abby Marion competed in the national chicken barbecue contest and placed 6th Overall in the national event.
Florida has always had great representation and results from this event and this year is no exception from this year's event with all contestants receiving awards in their event. The state is also grateful for the support of Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Ben Mather towards the state poultry events. Poultry events stretch beyond teaching if the chicken or the egg came first, teaching youth skills in consumer selection, food safety, public speaking, decision making, time management, and more. For more information, visit the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Facebook page.
(Photo from National 4-H Chicken Barbecue 2015 - Florida)
The NAILE was not the only national event that took place last week, the World Championship Collegiate Horse Judging Contest also took place at the AQHA World Show! Florida was represented in two divisions with teams from the University of Florida. Check out the results below!
University of Florida Teams Compete at AQHA World Championship Collegiate Horse Judging Contest
UF's Horse Judging program has continued its "rein" (pun absolutely intended) as one of the nation's premier equine judging programs at the American Quarter Horse Association's World Show last week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Contestants from UF took part in both the limited and open divisions in the Merial AQHA World Championship Collegiate Horse Judging Contest and had great results.
Senior division team members include Chelsea Lopez, Gabrielle Rowland, Thalita Leite, Brie Fedmister, and Amye Francis. The team placed 7th in Halter, 10th in Performance, tied for 10th in Reasons, and 10th Overall with 24 teams and 83 individuals competing. Likewise, Haley Kincheloe competed in the Limited division, and individually placed 4th in Halter, 6th in Performance, and 3rd Overall. All are coached by LeeAnn Skurupey from UF Animal Sciences Department.
Congratulations on a great season to each of these contestants and best wishes to them as they pursue careers in and out of the equine industry. Horse judging is an event that tests the ability of individuals to judge horse both on halter and in performance situations and to answer questions and defend their placings via oral reasons. Full results from this event are available online at https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=5340.
(Photo from UF Horse Judging Team)
The NAILE may have wrapped up last week but the accomplishments of Florida's showmen and judging contest contestants lives on into the future! Congratulations to Florida's National 4-H Livestock Judging team!
Orange County 4-H Team Competes in NAILE National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest
Orange County isn't just home to Disney and Universal any longer, it is also home to some of the nation's best youth livestock judges! Florida was represented by the Wranglers4H state winning Orange County 4-H Livestock Judging Team in this year's National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the NAILE in Louisville, Kentucky from November 17th-18th.
Team members include Samantha Hodge, Tanner Hutsell, Jeremiah Colon, and Nick Shollenberger with coach Suzanne Archer and leader Erin Hebert. The team placed 10th in Sheep and Goats and 21st Overall with 34 teams and 130 individuals competing. Hodge also placed as 10th High Individual in Sheep and Goats and tied for 20th High Individual Overall.
Congratulations to this team from Orange County Florida 4-H - UF IFAS Extension for not only claiming the state championship last April but on their placings at the national event last week as well for bringing home some of the highest placings Florida has ever seen from this event.
Livestock judging is an event that tests the evaluation and decision making skills of individuals to evaluate breeding and market cattle, swine, sheep, and goats as well as the defense of placings via oral reasons. Full results are available online on the NAILE website at http://www.livestockexpo.org/Show…/miscellaneousResults.aspx.
(Photo Courtesy of the NAILE)
The University of Florida doesn't just judge meat, they are accomplished in livestock judging too as we have seen before! Congrats to them for their accomplishments on one of the last contests of 2015.
University of Florida Livestock Judging Team Competes in NAILE National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest
Not only are there thousands of animals shown every year at the North American International Livestock Expo, there are several judging contests held as well for both youth and collegiate judges at the event in Louisville, Kentucky each November. The University of Florida sent a team this past week to compete in the 110th Annual National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest on November 16th held at the NAILE.
Team members include Danielle Holstein, Shanna Hillman, Jenny Federico, Josh Lea, and Katie Shufitt with coach Chris Strong. The team placed 9th in Sheep Performance, 10th in Overall Sheep, and 19th Overall with 33 teams and 155 contestants competing.
Congratulations on a great season to all involved in this program in Gainesville and beyond! Each of these individuals have bright futures in the livestock industry. Livestock judging is an event that tests the evaluation and decision making skills of individuals to evaluate breeding and market cattle, swine, sheep, and goats as well as the defense of placings via oral reasons. Full results are available on the NAILE site at http://www.livestockexpo.org/docs/Misc%20Results/collegiate/Full%20contest%20results%20and%20individuals.pdf.
(Photo from University of Florida - Livestock Judging)
Although preparation for this year's youth meat judging contests has just begun, the collegiate season is wrapping up and the UF Animal Sciences Department Meats Judging Team has had a successful season this year!
University of Florida Meat Judging Team Competes in AMSA International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest
State 4-H and FFA meat judging contests may not be until the spring, but the fall collegiate meat judging season wrapped up this week with the final contest of the year. The University of Florida's Meat Judging Team recently competed in the American Meat Science Association's Intercollegiate International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Nebraska on November 15th.
Team members included Victoria Kidder, Lindsey Smith, Heather Hamblen, and Nathan Odom. The team placed 7th in Pork Judging, 5th in Total Placings, and 14th Overall. Kidder also placed 5th in Pork Judging and 4th in Total Placings individually.
Great job to all and good luck to these outstanding individuals as they pursue their careers in the agriculture industry. Meat judging is an event that tests the ability of individuals to judge and grade retail and wholesale cuts of beef, pork, and lamb along with carcasses for quality, freshness, and composition. Contestants are also often required to defend their placings with written and oral reasons as well.
Full results are available online at https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=5014.
(Photo from UF Meat Science)
University of Florida Meat Judging Team Competes in AMSA Cargill High Plains Collegiate Meat Judging Contest
Beef isn't just for dinner anymore and pork isn't just the other white meat. They along with lamb are the focus of meat judging contests across the country for youth and collegiate students alike in carcass and cut form. The University of Florida Meat Judging Team recently traveled to the American Meat Science Association's annual Cargill High Plains Meat Judging Contest in Friona, Texas from November 1st-2nd 2015.
Team members included Heather Hamblen, Victoria Kidder, Nathan Odom, and Lindsey Smith. The team placed 9th in Lamb Judging, 7th in Pork Judging, 8th in Specifications, 10th in Reasons, and 11th Place Overall. Kidder also placed 5th in Reasons individually. The team also competed in the AMSA Eastern National Meat Judging Contest in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania in October and placed 10th in Beef Grading, 10th in Overall Beef, 8th in Specifications, and 11th Overall.
Congratulations and good luck next season beginning in January 2016! Meat judging is a skills event that tests the ability of individuals to judge and grade retail and wholesale cuts and carcasses of beef, pork, and lamb for quality, freshness, and composition. Competitors are also often required to defend their placings in writing and orally as well. Full results are available on Judging Card online at https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=5013.
(Photo from UF Meat Science UF Animal Sciences Department)
Florida 4-H Horse Demonstration and Horse Judging Teams Receive Awards at Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup
FLORIDA - The Sunshine State is home to the Horse Capital of the World in Ocala, and its reputation for this industry continued to shine during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky this week. Five 4-H members from Central Florida traveled to the Bluegrass State from November 6th to 8th to compete in their respective contests in the 2015 Eastern National 4-H Roundup.
Alyssa Ohmstede of the UF IFAS Extension Seminole County 4-H competed in the Individual Presentation Contest with a presentation entitled "Equine HYPP" and received 10th Place Overall.
UF IFAS Extension Lake County 4-H members Aviles Champion, Morgan Skrabalak, Morgan Swann, and Callie Williams competed in the Horse Judging Contest. The team placed 5th in Confirmation, 6th in Performance, 10th in Reasons, and 5th Place Overall.
Congratulations to all five of these individuals for being outstanding representatives in one of Florida's most active youth programs. The Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: STEM, Healthy Living and Citizenship.
For more information, visit www.4hroundup.com, and for full results, visit http://www.livestockexpo.org/docs/Misc%20Results/horseround/2015%20ENRU%20Results-photo_ID.pdf.
Congratulations to all of Florida's 2014-2015 State Champions who competed at the National FFA Convention in Louisville last week in CDEs, the Agriscience Fair, and award programs!
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Forestry: Kathleen Senior FFA
Agriscience Fair, Animal Systems Division III: Jozef Heijkoop and Gabe Strickland, South Sumter Middle FFA
Agribusiness Management: Williston Senior FFA, Gold Emblem Team. Jake Cason, 7th High Individual Overall.
Agricultural Communications: Strawberry Crest FFA, 5th Place Overall and Gold Emblem Team. Clay Joyner, 10th High Individual Overall.
Agricultural Issues: Pine Ridge FFA, Bronze Emblem Team
Agricultural Mechanics: Durant FFA, Bronze Emblem Team
Agricultural Sales: Cottondale FFA, Silver Emblem Team
Creed Speaking: Madison Dvorak from Lake Gibson Middle FFA, Bronze Emblem Winner
Dairy Judging: Okeechobee Brahman FFA, 4th Place Overall and Gold Emblem Team. Cady McGehee, 4th High Individual Overall.
Environmental Science: Orlando Colonial FFA, Silver Emblem Team
Extemporaneous Public Speaking: William Jameson from South Sumter Senior FFA, Silver Emblem Winner
Floriculture: Apopka Senior FFA, 5th Place Overall and Gold Emblem Team. Jake Dornbush, 8th High Individual Overall.
Food Science: South Sumter Senior FFA, Silver Emblem Team
Horse Judging: Charlotte Senior FFA, 6th Place Overall and Gold Emblem Team. Kaitlin French, 5th High Individual and Matt Winter, 10th High Individual Overall.
Job Interview: Shelbi McCall from Dixie FFA, Silver Emblem Winner
Livestock Judging: DeLand Senior FFA, Silver Emblem Team
Meats Judging: Williston Senior FFA, Silver Emblem Team
Poultry Judging: Baker County FFA, Bronze Emblem Team
Veterinary Science: George Jenkins FFA, Bronze Emblem Team
ASF Animal Systems Division I: Emily Acevedo from Bradford MS FFA, 12th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Environmental Systems Division I: Hunter Pepin from University Volusia FFA, 8th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Environmental Systems Division II: Jacob Long from Jefferson County FFA, 8th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Environmental Systems Division III: Eloy Morales and Juancarlos Perez from Redland MS FFA, 15th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Environmental Systems Division IV: Sarah Beyer and Kaitlin Wilkes from Brooksville SR FFA, 10th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Food Products and Processing Division I: Taryn Storter from Tomlin MS FFA, 4th Place & Gold Emblem
ASF Food Products and Processing Division II: Kendall Clark from South Sumter Senior FFA, 6th Place & Gold Emblem
ASF Food Products and Processing Systems Division III: Aileen Medina and Jade Silva from Redland MS FFA, 13th Place and & Silver Emblem
ASF Plant Systems Division I: Cody Emerson from High Springs Community School FFA, 11th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Power/Structural/Technical Division I: Denisse Salas from Redland MS FFA, 11th Place & Silver Emblem
ASF Social Systems Division II: Case Emerson from Lake Butler SR FFA, 4th Place & Gold Emblem
ASF Social Systems Division IV: Stoney Maddox and Alison Deloach from Fort White FFA, 8th Place & Silver Emblem
Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems Proficiency: Case Emerson from Lake Butler SR FFA, National Finalist
Landscape Management Proficiency: Ethan Fernandez from Durant SR FFA, National Finalist
Nursery Operations Proficiency: William Jameson from South Sumter Senior FFA, National Finalist
Specialty Animal Production Proficiency: Melissa Shipley from Kathleen FFA, National Finalist
Swine Production- Entrepreneurship Proficiency: Haley Stark from DeLand SR FFA, National Finalist
Veterinary Science Proficiency: Naomi Sloan from Bronson FFA, National Finalist
For more information on these winners, visit: https://www.ffa.org/events/convention/highlights/2015 or check out the FJC Facebook page!
Although the National FFA Convention wrapped up last week, there is another event that is also happening featuring a national judging team from Florida! The American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Missouri hosted the Annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest on Thursday, October 29th.
Congratulations to the Volusia County Florida 4-H Livestock Judging Team for placing 11th Overall in the 4-H Division this week. Team members included Ryan McGrath, Bailey Sloan, Edward Maddox, and Thomas Ellsbury with Coach Lorinda Smith. McGrath also placed as 8th Individual in Beef. They were featured here on Florida Judging Connection last week. Great job representing Florida!
For full results, check out the press release online at http://www.americanroyal.com/blog/?p=4239.
(Photo from Volusia County 4-H Livestock Judging)