4-H Youth Livestock Program Team Members Take Home Ribbons From Recent Contest!

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Alamance County 4-H has a very active Youth Livestock Program that meets and practices monthly to prepare for contests throughout the year. On October 28-29, 2017, eight 4-H youth attended the NC State Fair Livestock Judging and Skillathon Contests at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Alamance County 4-H entered two junior (ages 9-13) teams in the skillathon and judging contests. This is the fourth year that Alamance County 4-H has entered teams into the state fair contests.

Alamance County 4-H Junior Team Members- Back Row, Left to Right: Aiden Kernodle, Gracen Shoffner, Salem Sifford, and Hope Andrews. Front Row, Left to Right: Tyler Dodson, Lane Whitfield, and Leah Black

Skillathon team members: Lane Whitfield, Tyler Dodson, Salem Sifford, and Hope Andrews won the overall junior livestock skillathon title for the contest. Their team placed 2nd in identification/written test, 1st in quality assurance, and 1st in evaluation in order to win the overall title. Alamance County 4-H entered a second team into the junior skillathon contest and those team members: Leah Black, Aiden Kernodle, and Gracen Shoffner placed 4th overall in the contest. They finished in 5th place for identification/written test, 4th in quality assurance, and 5th in evaluation.

Judging team members: Aiden Kernodle, Tyler Dodson, Salem Sifford, and Hope Andrews placed 4th overall in the junior livestock judging contest. They placed 4th in swine judging, 4th in beef cattle judging, 4th in sheep judging, 7th in meat goat judging, and 4th in oral reasons. Alamance County 4-H entered a second team into the junior livestock judging contest and those team members: Leah Black, Gracen Shoffner, and Lane Whitfield placed 12th overall in the contest. They finished 11th in swine judging, 8th in beef cattle judging, 13th in meat goat judging, 12th in sheep judging, and 5th in oral reasons.

Individual awards were also given out to youth that excelled and placed in the top ten. The following youth from Alamance County 4-H were recognized individually:  Salem Sifford: 2nd place in sheep judging, 5the place in oral reasons, 10th place overall in judging, 3rd place in skillathon identification, 2nd place in skillathon evaluation, and 3rd overall in skillathon. Tyler Dodson: 8th place in beef cattle judging, 5th in skillathon identification, 6th in skillathon quality assurance, 6th in skillathon evaluation, and 6th overall in skillathon. Hope Andrews: 8th place in swine judging, 4th in skillathon identification, 2nd in skillathon quality assurance, 3rd in skillathon evaluation, and 4th overall in skillathon. Aiden Kernodle: 9th place in swine judging, 4th in skillathon quality assurance, 8th in skillathon evaluation, and 9th overall in skillathon. Grace Shoffner placed 5th in oral reasons. Lane Whitfield: 8th place in skillathon identification, 4th in skillathon evaluation, and 7th overall in skillathon.

In addition to our junior members, Madison Sifford competed as a senior and received the following individual awards: 6th place in skillathon identification, 6th place in skillathon evaluation, 8th place overall in skillathon, 1st place in beef cattle judging, 5th place in oral reasons, and 10th place overall in judging.

To learn more about the Youth Livestock Program and/or 4-H in Alamance County please contact Taylor Jones, 4-H Extension Agent or Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent. You can also learn more by visiting our website at: http://alamance.ces.ncsu.edu/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlamanceNCCES