Florida 4-H and FFA Teams Compete in 2017 Georgia National Fair Peachstate Livestock Judging Contest
On Saturday, October 14, the Georgia National Fair hosted the annual Peachstate Livestock Judging Contest at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga. Florida was represented by several outstanding groups of youth with another impressive finish for a Florida team at a national-level contest.
Florida 4-H was represented by teams from Putnam County 4-H, while Florida FFA was represented by a team from Hardee Sr. FFA in this year's contest, competing against youth from across the southeast.
Junior team members from Putnam County 4-H included Dathan Guthrie, Abby Whittington, Clayton Brauman and Elissa Siverling. Together, as a team, they took home champion junior team overall! Individually, Guthrie placed first in swine, fifth in reasons and as the high individual overall, Whittington placed second in swine, second in sheep and as the second high individual overall behind her teammate, Brauman placed fouorth in the cattle division and Siverling placed fifth in the swine division. Jarrett Kelley and Emily Lands also judged in the senior division for Putnam County 4-H. Lands placed third in the swine division. The teams are coached by Jerry Mullins.
Team members from Hardee Senior FFA included your 2017 state winning FFA livestock judging team, of Alyssa Beers, Griffin Clark, Dylan Davis, Hunter Sellers and Larrett Smith. They are coached by advisor Brett Wheeler. Best of luck to them as they prepare for the National FFA Livestock Judging CDE next week in Indianapolis.
Congratulations to each of these teams and youth on their accomplishments!
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.
(Photo of Putnam 4-H Teams from the UF IFAS Putnam County 4-H Facebook Page)