Alamance 4-H Youth Livestock Team Places at Recent Judging & Skillathon Contests

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Youth Livestock Junior Team 4-H Member

Left to Right: Aiden Kernodle, Salem Sifford, Hope Andrews, Lane Whitfield

Alamance County 4-H has a very active Youth Livestock Program that meets and practices year-round to prepare for contests throughout the year. On October 27-28, 2018, four Alamance County 4-H youth made up a junior (ages 9-13) team that attended the NC State Fair Livestock Judging and Skillathon Contests at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. This is the fifth year that Alamance County 4-H has entered into the state fair contests.

Skillathon team members Aiden Kernodle, 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, 2nd in quality assurance, and 1st in evaluation in order to win the overall title.

4-H Livestock Skillathon First Place Team Photo

Left to Right: Coach Lauren Langley, Aiden Kernodle, Hope Andrews, Lane Whitfield, Salem Sifford

Judging team members Aiden Kernodle, Salem Sifford, Lane Whitfield, and Hope Andrews placed 4th overall in the junior livestock judging contest. They placed 1st in swine judging, 4th in beef cattle judging, 5th in sheep judging, 2nd in meat goat judging, and 4th in oral reasons.

4-H Livestock Judging 1st place Swine Team Photo

Left to Right: Coach Lauren Langley, Aiden Kernodle, Hope Andrews, Lane Whitfield, Salem Sifford

Individual awards were also given out to youth who excelled and placed in the top ten. The following youth from Alamance County 4-H were recognized individually. Hope Andrews: 1st place in skillathon identification/written test, 1st place in skillathon quality assurance, 2nd place in skillathon evaluation, and 1st place overall in skillathon. Aiden Kernodle: 4th place in meat goat judging and 10th place in swine judging. Salem Sifford: 4th place in skillathon identification/written test, 1st place in skillathon evaluation, 2nd place overall in skillathon, 2nd in beef cattle judging, 4th place in swine judging, 2nd place in judging oral reasons and 3rd place overall in judging. Lane Whitfield: 9th place in skillathon identification/written test.

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.