Alamance County 4-H Youth Livestock Teams Win at State Contest

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Back Row (L to R) Aiden Kernodle, Lane Whitfield, Gracen Shoffner, Tyler Dodson
Front Row (L to R) Gracie Hadley, Salem Sifford, Leah Black, Hope Andrews

Alamance County 4-H has a very active Youth Livestock Team that practices almost year-round for livestock judging, skillathon, and quiz bowl contests. On July 26-27, 2018, eight youth attended the State 4-H Livestock Judging, Skillathon, and Quiz Bowl Contests at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Alamance County 4-H entered two junior (ages 9-13) teams in the skillathon, judging, and quiz bowl contests with a range from one to four plus years of experience. This is the fifth year that Alamance County 4-H has entered teams into the state contest. Top teams and individuals were announced on July 28, 2018 during a formal awards breakfast ceremony at NC State University.

Quiz bowl team members: Lane Whitfield, Tyler Dodson, Hope Andrews, and Salem Sifford placed 1st in the junior division. Quiz bowl team members: Leah Black, Aiden Kernodle, Gracie Hadley, and Gracen Shoffner placed 2nd in the junior division. This is the third year in a row that Alamance County 4-H has taken home the junior quiz bowl title.

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1st Place Quiz Bowl Junior Team (L to R) Coach Lauren Langley, Salem Sifford, Hope Andrews, Tyler Dodson, Lane Whitfield

Skillathon team members: Tyler Dodson, Salem Sifford, Lane Whitfield, and Hope Andrews won the overall junior livestock skillathon title for the contest. Their team placed 1st 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, Gracen Shoffner, and Gracie Hadley placed 2nd overall in the contest. Their team placed 3rd for identification/written test, 2nd in quality assurance, and 6th in evaluation. This is the second year in a row that Alamance County 4-H has taken home the junior skillathon title.

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1st Place Skillathon Junior Team (L to R) Coach Lauren Langley, Salem Sifford, Hope Andrews, Tyler Dodson, Lane Whitfield

Judging team members: Tyler Dodson, Aiden Kernodle, Salem Sifford, and Hope Andrews placed 3rd overall in the junior livestock judging contest. They placed 3rd in swine judging, 2nd in beef cattle judging, 2nd in sheep judging, 4th in meat goat judging, and 5th in oral reasons. Alamance County 4-H entered a second team into the junior livestock judging contest and those team members: Leah Black, Gracie Hadley, Gracen Shoffner, and Lane Whitfield placed 14th overall in the contest. They finished 2nd in swine judging, 16th in beef cattle judging, 11th in meat goat judging, 14th in sheep judging, and 13th 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:  Hope Andrews: 10th place in skillathon identification/written test, 4th place in skillathon quality assurance, 5th place in skillathon evaluation, and 5th place overall in skillathon. Aiden Kernodle: 7th place in skillathon evaluation, 5th place in skillathon quality assurance, 9th place overall in skillathon, 8th place in sheep judging, 1st place in swine judging, and 7th place overall in judging. Tyler Dodson: 4th place in meat goat judging and 4th place in beef cattle judging. Salem Sifford: 3rd place in skillathon identification/written test, 2nd place in skillathon evaluation, 1st place in skillathon quality assurance, 1st place overall in skillathon, 5th place in sheep judging, and 3rd place in judging oral reasons. Lane Whitfield: 6th place in skillathon identification/written test, 2nd place in skillathon quality assurance, 3rd place overall in skillathon, and 8th place in swine judging. Gracie Hadley: 3rd place in skillathon quality assurance. Gracen Shoffner: 9th place in skillathon quality assurance.

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Skillathon Quality Assurance Top 10 Junior Individuals Back Row (Middle) Gracen Shoffner, Front Row (L to R) Salem Sifford, Lane Whifield, Gracie Hadley, Hope Andrews, Aiden Kernodle

In addition, Alamance County 4-H’er, Madison Sifford competed in the senior division with Forysth County 4-H for several top ten finishes. She placed 10th in skillathon identification/written test, 6th in skillathon quality assurance, 9th overall in skillathon, 10th in meat goat judging, 3rd in sheep judging, 7th in judging oral reasons, and 4th 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 or Facebook page.