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)
Lake, Marion, Brevard, Duval, Bradford and Seminole County 4-H Members Compete in Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship Contests
From August 1-5, 4-H members from 13 states came together for the annual Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships, an event combines both educational contests and a horse show, to determine the best of the best of all things equine in the Southeast. This year, Florida 4-H was represented in the horse show as well as five of the educational contests, held on August 1 and 2 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga.
In Horse Judging, Florida was represented by your current state champion team, Lake County 4-H, made up of Dominique Palka, Stephanie Walters, Payton Allen, Iris Jackson and Katie Straub, and your reserve state champion team from Marion County 4-H, of Natalie Tincher, Alexandria Tomasovich, Bailey Gunter and Josiah Caswell.
As a team, in Horse Judging, Lake County 4-H placed tenth in the halter division, seventh in the performance division, seventh in reasons and seventh overall. Individually, Palka placed fourth in performance, and was the highest scoring individual overall for Florida, placing eleventh overall, and Walters placed eleventh in the halter division and twelfth in reasons. Marion County 4-H placed eleventh overall as a team, with 15 teams and 57 individuals competing.
In the Hippology Contest, Florida was represented by your reserve state champion team from Brevard County 4-H, made up of Megan Lee, Sophie Moutsatos, Emma Rosseau and Lexi Andress (from the state contest). As a team, they placed fourth in the judging phase, and Lee placed as the first high individual overall in the stations phase and as the sixth high individual overall, with 17 teams and 66 individuals competing.
Within the Horse Quiz Bowl Contest, Florida was represented by your state champion team from Duval County 4-H comprised of Caraline Coombs, Sarah Bryant, Virginia Barnett and Abigail Wilson, and as a team, they placed ninth overall.
In the communications contests, Florida was represented by your state champion Tara Holtzendorf from Bradford County 4-H in Horse Public Speaking, and your state champion Jacquelyn Griffith from Seminole County 4-H in the Individual Horse Demonstration Contest, who placed eighth overall in her contest, with 11 youth competing in Horse Public Speaking and 13 youth competing in Individual Horse Demonstrations.
Each of these teams or youth qualified to compete in their respective contests on the regional level by placing first or second at the state contest, held back in the spring or earlier this summer. State champions may also compete at Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up at the NAILE in Louisville, Ky. this fall and at the Western National Roundup in Denver this winter.
Congratulations to each of these youth on their accomplishments, and best of luck to those advancing to the national level.
From Sunday, July 29 to Thursday, August 2, the National 4-H Forestry Invitational Committee hosted their annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational Event at the Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, W. Va.
Florida 4-H was represented by your state champion forest ecology team, Alachua County 4-H. Team members included Jonathan Vonesh, Taylor Dykes, Anna Hooks and Will Eubanks, along with their coach Emily Eubanks.
As a team, they placed third in the nation, and were named as the national champions in the quiz bowl division of the contest. Vonesh also placed third overall as an individual, with 15 teams and 60 individuals competing.
Congratulations to this outstanding team on all of their accomplishments from the club and county levels to the state and national levels, and to Florida on yet another outstanding show at this event.
At the state contest back in the spring, the team from Pinellas County 4-H was your winner in the junior division, with team members Emmerson Reed, Maleah Godfrey and Ava McCoy, and the team from Leon County 4-H was your winner in the intermediate division, with team members Sophia Laver, Danie Enfinger, Fiona Lowery and Miles Gillespie.
The "forest ecology" contest, as it is known as in Florida, or simply, "forestry" contest as it is known nationally, tests youth skills in tree identification and measurement, forest evaluation, orienteering, map use insect and disease identification and performance in a forestry quiz bowl and written exam both individually and as a team. For more information and complete results, visit 4hforestryinvitational.org.
(Photo from Micanopy Friendship 4-H Club, Alachua County on Facebook)
Young people who are connoisseurs of cattle, perfectionists of pigs, obsessed with sheep, giddy about goats or crazy for chickens might be hard to pick out the perfect present for this holiday season, especially if you aren't familiar with the stock show world. If asked, they may even tell you, don't get me anything, get something for the animals!
Don't worry, we are here to help. There are some great gift ideas out there for the stock show kid in your life that they are sure to love that can be put under the tree this year (and no, they do not consume any feed). Check out our short list for some ideas!
For Any Stock Show Kid: Number Holders
Every show kid aims to be named as number one in class with their animals when they go to a show, but before then exhibitors are commonly given number cards made of paper or cardboard for their entries to be worn while in the ring. These numbers help show officials to identify each exhibitor and other times allow for judges to match up EPDs or weights with their respective animals in the class.
Perhaps the most common, Weaver Leather Livestock offers a simple number harness (center/second photo) made of black fabric that is worn over the chest and back and secured at the sides. They can be purchased from online retailers such as Weaver Leather Livestock itself or even Amazon, or in stores with livestock supplies, for as low as $9.00, plus shipping. Harness number holders can also often be found emblazoned with glitter and 4-H and FFA emblems as well.
Number holders are also available in other styles. Another common style is the pocket show number holder (left/first photo). Made of leather with a sturdy clip, commonly with bling, beads and gemstones for the ladies and plain leather for the gentlemen, these can be placed in the back pocket to hold number cards. A little more expensive, these fabulous inventions can also be purchased from retailers such as Rod's Western Living or today's old faithful, Amazon. Other beautiful number holders are also available to hook onto belts (right/third photo) and can be ordered handmade from the Livestock Leather Company for $60.00, customized just for your exhibitor.
For Any Stock Show Kid: Show Entry Fees
We hope this one is pretty self explanatory. Animals, and all of their feeds, supplements, medications, vet bills and grooming supplies are expensive, and that's not even including taking them to a show! Show entry fees can be as cheap as $5-$10.00 per animal, and can go upwards of $20-$25.00 for some shows, especially when you get into cattle and swine. Don't forget your showmanship entry fee, too, because that is often an additional $10-$15.00 on top of the animal's!
Many youth use their premiums from other shows, money earned from selling off other animals or work part-time jobs or on others' farms to pay for showing their animals. Any showman would love to have help with this expense, especially if they are or would like to save for something else, such as college, a car or other expenses.
You could even wrap a flyer or entry form in a box for a present to open!
for Any Stock Show Kid: Laundry Bag
Clothes, clothes, clothes! It may seem like your show kid changes clothes as much as they are feeding their animals, because, well, they probably are. Clothes for the morning chores, clothes for school, clothes for the afternoon/evening chores, pajamas and perhaps more almost every day and don't forget show clothes and official dress.
No one wants to smell stinky barn clothes, or wear the shirt the steer slobbered on again before it is washed, so why not a laundry bag for at home or on the go! Luckily, there's lots of options out there. If you're looking for something simple and inexpensive, Amazon to the rescue. They carry plenty of options, from the handy backpack design (first/left photo), to the cutesy turquoise "wash me" (third/bottom photo) and many more, delivered right to your door.
Other retailers, such as Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond offer options that can shipped or bought locally. Looking for something a bit fancier, personalized or perhaps stock show themed? The Stock Show Boutique has got you covered (second/center photo), offering a wide variety of colors, patterns and animal silhouettes that can be personalized for your show kid.
For Any Stock Show Kid: New Belt
Every show kid's dream is to walk out of the ring with a buckle, or perhaps more than one. These spectacular accomplishments deserve to be shown off! For buckles both old and new, what better way for your show kid to do that than with a brand new belt?
Plenty of options to showcase one's personal style are out there for both girls and guys. Any guy is sure to love a plain, classic leather belt, like those shown here from Shepler's Western Wear trimmed with metal (first/left photo) or others available from many retailers. Ladies love their bling, and bling belts of all sizes, shapes and colors are out there, such as the black and silver option shown here from Boot Barn (third/right photo) and many other styles available from many retailers.
Perhaps your show kid would like one personalized? That can be arranged! Many leather craftsmen and outfitters offer personalized leather belts (second/center photo) with names, icons, themes and more, such as Gavere Leather and many sellers on Etsy. Looking to stay local? Western wear stores, Tractor Supply or Rural King or perhaps a merchant at a local flea market commonly offer plenty of styles!
For Any Stock Show Kid: Gift Card to Feed/Supply/Show Supply Store
We hope that this one is pretty self-explanatory, too. Animals, and all that they require, are expensive. If one is going to show them, there's show entry fees, and all the supplies needed to care for them as well, from the basics like feed and shampoos, to grooming products, new equipment, supplements and more. It adds up.
As mentioned above, many youth use their premiums from other shows, money earned from selling off other animals or work part-time jobs or on others' farms to pay for showing their animals. Any showman would love to have help with these expenses, especially if they are saving for something else.
Online or in-store, ask your show kid where they like to shop for thing for their livestock projects or perhaps you already know. They may enjoy shopping there for their animals more than shopping at the mall or online for themselves! Many shops will also supply you with a physical card or e-gift card to print out that you can wrap to put under the tree.
For the Cattle Kid: Custom Halter
Cattle are unique in the fact that they are the only species shown on a halter, and the halter is perhaps the most essential supply in one's showbox to show these magnificent beasts. Generally, there's the barn/trailer halter, usually made of nylon or fabric, used to tie the animal in the trailer or in the barn, and then there's the show halter, usually made of leather or a heavy duty material, a nicer one used when in the show ring.
Like many other stock show essentials, there are plenty of styles to choose from for halters. Plain halters can be purchased at just about any shop that sells cattle show products, but there are some fancier versions available online to suit both guys and girls (heifers/cows and steers/bulls, we mean). The Turquoise Heifer Customs offers nylon halters made of your choice of colors with a leather noseband that can be customized with names, monograms, icons and more at great prices (top/left photo).
More solid options include these durable, custom leather halters made by seller McCormackLeatherwork on Etsy (second/middle photo) that can be customized with names, numbers and icons, and these solid colored, heavy duty halters sold online by Uniquely Equine (third/right photo), that can be mongrammed with your show kid's or even their animal's initials!
For the Swine Kid: Show Whip Cover
Pigs are dirty, both by the stereotype and by what every hog showman knows. Though a show kid may try their hardest to keep their pigs clean in the show barn, dirt, mud, manure and more are always there, and no one wants to have their show whip get dirty. Luckily, there's a solution: a show whip cover.
Whether your show kid is into plain or blinged-out style, or perhaps is just looking for something to keep their whip's handle clean, there's a few choices out there. Sullivan Supply's Stock Show U offers a simple black padded whip cover with their logo (first/left photo), for the low price of just $4.95. Show Stopper Equipment Online also offers a simple plain black version for just $4.75 (third/right photo). Know someone who's good at sewing? Perhaps they can make your show kid one handmade with love in any color or style!
Looking for something a little more shiny or, "blinged out?" Look no further! Plenty of blinged out options are also available, as whole whips or as handle attachments to add to your show kid's lucky whip. Show Stopper Equipment offers some, along with seller SassyGirlsX3 on Etsy offers beautiful bling whips with crystals (second/center photo) in both swirl and stripe patterns.
For the Sheep Kid: Clipper Blades
Baa baa show sheep, do you have any wool? (Or hair?) Yep, yes they do, and often it is something that comes off either for the season or to go into the show ring, sheared off with a pair of trusty clippers. Or two, if your show kid is serious about fitting. Taken care of, the clippers can last a long time, but unfortunately, the blades can dull all too quick. Thankfully, blades are easy to buy, and make a great gift.
Clipper blades generally are sold by according to the brand and make of the clippers. Common brands and some of their makes include Oster (Showmaster, Shearmaster and PowerPro), Andis (Excel, Xperience, Progress and Xpedition), Premier (4000) and Wahl/Lister (Star and Legend). Common blades can often be found in stores such as Tractor Supply, and most can be ordered online through shops such as Sullivan Supply, ValleyVet and Jeffers Pet and shipped to your door. Ask your show kid what their or their group's clippers need.
Have some dull blades laying around? Sharpening services are also available both often locally and by mail. (Or if you are really looking for a big gift, how about a new set of clippers?)
For the Goat Kid: Custom Show Chain
Goats aren't shown with halters, they are shown with collars! Like with many other essentials of livestock showing, they are available in plenty of sizes, shapes and colors to suit the animal's needs and your show kid's style.
Plain show collars or "chains" for goats can often be found at feed and supply stores, and often, collars for dogs also can be used as well, found at pet supply stores. Plenty of options are also out there specifically for goats, too. Weaver Leather Livestock offers a show chain with a leather handle with customizable snaps that can be attached to add some style. They can be purchased on Weaver's website or even from Amazon!
Etsy can also be your friend once again for these, with sellers offering many different varieties and colors of show collars. Etsy seller TiffanysBraidedTack offers show chains with nylon rope handles made of almost any color (first/left photo) for just $25.00, and Etsy seller TexasCordCreations offers show chains with handles made of paracord (third/right photo) in a variety of colors as well for under $20.00.
For the Poultry Kid: Standard of Perfection
The Standard of Perfection is just that for poultry: the standard of showing exhibition poultry. It is a book that contains representations of a "perfect" bird for each sex of each breed and variety of chicken, duck, goose and turkey that showmen should strive to exhibit. The "American Standard of Perfection" is published by the American Poultry Association and contains large and Bantam chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, while the "Bantam Standard" is published by the American Bantam Association and contains solely Bantam chickens.
Both are available for purchase from their respective organizations and other sellers. The American Standard of Perfection can be purchased for $59.00 from the American Poultry Association, and the Bantam Standard can be purchased for $30.00 in standard and pocket sized versions from the American Bantam Association. Both can also be purchased from other sellers online, such as Stromburg's Chickens and McMurrary Hatchery. Used versions can also often be found online.
Honorable Mention: Anything from the 4-H Mall, Shop FFA or Sullivan Supply
T-shirts, stationary, keychains, beanies, hoodies, jewelry, tumbler cups, stuffed mascots, belt buckles and more await from the 4-H Mall or Shop FFA, branded with 4-H and FFA emblems and slogans, perfect for your show kid to represent their organization with proceeds from purchases going back to help the organization! Mentioned previously, Sullivan Supply is one stop shopping for all of your livestock show supplies, from combs and clippers to blankets, grooming products, show sticks and more, shipped right to your door.
To all of the gift-givers out there, we hope that this list can help make shopping for the show kid in your life a bit easier! Youth, did we miss anything? Is there anything related to livestock that that you would love to see underneath the tree this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!
By Abby Marion
Originally from Volusia County, Fla. Marion is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in agricultural communications. Though her judging days are over, she stays involved in the livestock industry as a college student. She currently works as a freelance agricultural communicator and hopes for a career in the agriculture industry.
If one or more of the young people in your life enjoy spending their afternoons and weekends evaluating cattle, sheep, hogs, goats, chickens or any of the other endless agricultural commodities out there, they may be a tad difficult to shop for. What can you buy your teenager or college student whose favorite things in life include "livestock judging" or "meat evaluation" or [insert other odd competitive event here]?
Fear not, though, there are many things that anyone who judges out there can appreciate that we guarantee that the judging kid in your life would be ecstatic to open during your gift exchange this holiday season! Check out our short list of some ideas:
1. Steno Pad(s)
They're the number one thing to have and the fastest thing a judging team member will go through: steno pads. The judging kid in your life will never stop learning, and can never have too many stenos, especially when one good practice or contest alone can take up nearly half of one! An extra is always good to have, too, especially if they get left behind in the ag room or in the showbox.
Fortunately, they are not too expensive. Office suppliers such as Office Depot and Staples sell them inexpensively, as low as $1.89 each (center photo), and they are even sold by the dozen both online and in stores.
If you're looking for something more on the livestock-style side that can be professionally personalized with names and designs, specialty shops such as the Stock Show Boutique and seller LittlebPrints on Etsy offer some livestock themed stenos and judging notebooks, like the Sorrel Judging Book (left/top photo) and judging notepads (right/bottom photo) offered in a variety of colors and styles from the Stock Show Boutique.
The steno is the most important thing to have during judging for most judging kids, but next in line for many are their clipboards. Pre-contest preparation and competition day can be stressful, and if one isn't organized while they judge, things can get hectic. A clipboard is a great way to keep organized, and there are many choices out there to make your judging kid stand out in the crowd and show off their style and brand on the big day.
Office suppliers such as Staples and Office Depot sell clipboards made out of wood, plastic (center photo) and metal in a variety of colors and sizes to keep things organized.
For those looking for some more style, lots of options for both girls and guys are available out there for an awesome look. Sellers on Etsy can be your friend, such as the cute gray and sea foam green monogrammed clipboard (left/top photo) from Etsy seller LimeRikeeDesigns for ladies, or the sleek silver personalized clipboard (right/bottom photo) for gentlemen from the Acrylic Idea Factory on Zazzle.
3. Mechanical Pencils
The perfect stocking stuffer. No judger out there wants to be the one crying out "I need a pencil!" during workouts or at a contest. Sadly, pencils are all too often loved and lost; in the car, at the fair, in jacket pockets, at school, and the list goes on. No judging kid can ever have enough! (Plus, they can also be used at school.)
Fortunately, mechanical pencils can be bought just about anywhere office supplies are sold, from Walmart to grocery stores, dollar stores, general stores and specialty shops. Amazon also offers some great deals this time of year on just about anything, plus many sellers offer stocking stuffers like these as inexpensive add-on items!
(Just make sure they are No. 2.)
4. Judging Manuals
Never stop learning. A statement instilled in the minds of many youth who are members of judging teams by their coaches and mentors. Lucky for them, there's plenty of resources out there to help, whether from workshops with the experts, online and multimedia resources or books and manuals. Many of these are developed by the professionals themselves, such as collegiate coaches and Extension faculty members.
E-books and .pdfs are awesome, but nothing can beat the feel of a traditional printed book or manual. Many universities and their Extension bookstores offer inexpensive and informative manuals that can be ordered and shipped in print that can be wrapped up as gifts, such as the National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual (center photo) from the UNL Marketplace and the Horse Judging Manual from the Purdue Extension Store (right/bottom photo).
For all the livestock judgers, JudgingPro.com also offers their own Livestock Judging Manual (left/top photo), perfectly sized and styled just like a steno packed full of information for just $12.50, including shipping.
5. Portable Phone Charger
Yes, it might be hard for all of the judging kids out there to go without their phones for the duration of a contest or during practice, but the rides in the car and waits to get results can be quite long, and nobody wants to be without their phone then! Judging contests may not be at shows that team members are exhibiting at or may be held under a pavillion, so sometimes there's nowhere or no one to leave your phone with to charge!
A portable phone charger can do the trick. These magical devices help power up the devices that we can't live without, and often can charge tablets too. Today, they're lightweight and inexpensive, too. Available for both iOS (left/top photo) and Android (right/bottom photo) devices, many portable phone chargers run between $9-$19.99 and can be bought from retailers such as Best Buy or Amazon, online or in-store.
For the judging kids who is also a diehard stock show kid, Sure Champ and ADM Animal Nutrition offer portable phone chargers for sale with the VitaFerm (center photo) and ShowTec logos, respectively, imprinted on them as well.
6. Ribbon/Award Racks
The pinnacle of a judging kid's career is having a room full of ribbons. Unfortunately there is no secret to winning 100 percent of the time, but when it happens, it sure feels sweet. Ribbons are a way to show off the achievements of one's judging career, whether they are from the county fair, the state contest or perhaps a national competition, and a ribbon display can help a judging kid feel proud of their accomplishments and show them off for others to see.
Though judging may not be as widespread as sports, yet, there's plenty of options out there for those looking for a ribbon display. TheOrginalRibbonRack.com offers several different types for sale, in colors both light and dark (right/bottom photo) that can be shipped to your door. They say you can buy just about anything on Amazon, and that's true here too, where Martin Metalworks LLC offers a sleek and simple metal ribbon holder (center photo). Etsy is also your friend, where displays such as the one featuring the 4-H clover (left/top photo) by Etsy Seller EverLast Designs are sold.
Perhaps you know a craftsman? A ribbon rack can be a great homemade gift from the heart, and can be personalized just for the special judging kid in your life.
7. Judging Camp
Camp isn't just for the summer anymore! In Florida, where our show season runs mainly from September to November and January to April, camps and workshops are held during the year and over the summer in Florida to help youth improve their judging skills. Camps and workshops are offered for livestock judging, horse judging and meats judging here in the Sunshine State and many are offered in other states. Not just a gift, but an experience for a familiar event or to try something new!
Coming up fast is the UF Horse Judging School on December 9, offered annually to help beginning and experienced horse judgers hone their skills. Later on for horses, UF also offers a Horse Judging Reasons School focusing just on reasons, to be held on March 10. After the holidays are the UF 4-H/FFA Livestock and Meats Judging Clinics, both to be held on January 12-13 during the season, and the 3rd Annual UF Livestock Judging Camp planned for the summer of 2018. Also for livestock judging are the UGA Livestock Judging Camp, held each summer in Athens, Ga. and the North Florida Livestock Judging Camp held during the summer in North Florida.
(For those with judging kids looking to take their skills to the next level or perhaps are looking for a fun trip outside of the Sunshine State, a list of out-of-state camps and their locations is published by Sure Champ each spring, this year's is linked for reference.)
8. New 4-H or FFA Jacket
'Nuff said. Much of the judging that the judging kid in your life will do is in their trusty FFA or 4-H jacket. Your judging kid wears their corduroy with pride as a member of their organization, but unfortunately they often wear out all too quick the more they are loved and lose that "new corduroy smell." Perhaps your judging kid holds a new officer position or has grown a bit since last year? Sized appropriately, a new 4-H or FFA jacket can be just the perfect fit for a gift!
Official FFA jackets are $55.00 each and can be ordered in either men's or women's cuts through Shop FFA. You will need your youth's FFA chapter number to order (ask the chapter advisor or look it up via the chapter locator on FFA.org), and the price includes shipping. Be sure to order by December 14 to ensure delivery by December 24! (Note that it is recommended to order one size up than the exact fit for FFA jackets as they are exact sizes and jackets do not stretch.)
4-H jackets are $49.95 each and can be ordered in both youth and adult sizes from Universal Lettering Company on ShowJacket.com. Note that 4-H jackets are sized slightly different than FFA jackets and can be embroidered with the state name, county, club or group name or left blank on the back and the price includes shipping. For 4-H, vests are also available to order.
Parents and other adults, we hope that this list can help make shopping for the judging kid in your life a little bit easier! Youth, did we miss anything? Is there anything related to judging that you would love to see underneath the tree this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!
By Abby Marion
Originally from Volusia County, Fla. Marion is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in agricultural communications. Though her judging days are over, she stays involved in the livestock industry as a college student. She currently works as a freelance agricultural communicator and hopes for a career in the agriculture industry.
On November 16, the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference was held during the North American International Livestock Exposition as the national event for poultry contests. Florida 4-H was represented in three of the contests by state winners from the poultry judging and tailgating contests.
In the poultry judging contest, Florida was represented by your state champion team from Marion County 4-H, made up of Josiah Caswell, Harrison Sharp, Patrick Sharp and Grace Lynch. Together, as a team, they placed first in the market egg division, seventh in production hens, eighth in market poultry and fourth overall. Individually, Caswell was the high individual overall in the market egg division, Patrick Sharp was eighth individually in market poultry and fourth overall, and Harrison Sharp was eighth individually in market eggs and tenth overall, with 20 teams and 85 individuals competing. Ainsley Peterson of Suwannee County 4-H qualified to compete as well after being named the highest placing individual in the state contest not on the winning team but did not attend.
Within the avian bowl contest, Florida was represented by your third place in the state team from Volusia County 4-H, made up of Bailey Sloan, Edward Maddox and Gina Dobkowski. They competed in the preliminary rounds, with 13 teams and 41 individuals competing. Jackson County 4-H qualified to compete as well after being named your reserve state champions in poultry judging, but did not attend as they competed in 2016.
Finally, in the chicken barbecue contest, Hayden Hawes of Broward County 4-H competed after being named as your state champion in the poultry division of the state tailgating contest earlier this fall, representing Florida on the national level with 12 contestants competing.
Congratulations to each of these youth on their accomplishments on the state level and for representing Florida in national contests. 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, study skills and more. For more information, visit www.ca.uky.edu/national4hpoultry.
On November 14, 2017, the North American International Livestock Exposition hosted the 2017 National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Florida 4-H was represented this year by your 2017 state champion livestock judging team from Pasco County 4-H.
Team members included Tierani Johnson, Emily Jennings, Taylynn Williamson and Bailey Mckendree. Together, as a team, they placed fourth in beef, thirteenth in reasons and seventeenth overall. Individually, Johnson was third in the beef division, second in reasons, eighth in the sheep division and eighth overall, with 34 teams and 124 individuals competing.
Congratulations to this outstanding team on their state championship, each of their accomplishments preparing for the national contest and their achievements in Louisville.
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 full results, visit www.livestockexpo.org/Show%20Results/miscellaneousResults.aspx.
On November 4, 2017, the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up was held during the North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. as the national event for horse contests. Florida 4-H was represented in five of the contests, by your state champions and high individuals.
In horse judging, Florida was represented by your state champion team from Manatee County 4-H, comprised of Nikki Miller, Isabel Collazo, Erin McClure and Zoe Soler. Together, they placed seventh in performance and seventh overall as a team. Individually, Miller placed seventh in the confirmation division and thirteenth overall, with 19 teams and 73 individuals competing.
In Hippology, Florida was represented by your state high individual, Samantha Maybury of Orange County 4-H joined your state champion team from Brevard County 4-H made up of Morgan Swann, Payton Allen and Anne Marie Zimmerman to represent the Sunshine State. As a team, they placed seventeenth overall, and Maybury placed fifth in individual stations and seventh overall, with 22 teams and 86 individuals competing.
In the horse public speaking contest, state champion Emma Rosseau, also from Brevard County 4-H, competed in the national contest, and placed seventh in the nation. Finally, within the individual horse demonstration contest, state champion Sabrina Snyder of Pinellas County 4-H competed and placed twelfth in the nation, with 18 speakers competing.
Florida was also represented by a team in the horse quiz bowl contest that made it to quarterfinals and placed thirteenth in the nation.
Congratulations to each of these outstanding youth on their accomplishments on the local, state, regional and national levels! 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 and full results, visit www.4hroundup.com.