Piedmont Regional Youth Cattle Working Contest

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Youth Cattle Working Contest

The Alamance County 4-H team works together to process two calves during the contest.

On March 22, 2022, twenty-seven students competed in the Piedmont Regional Youth Cattle Working Contest that was held at the Alamance County Cattlemen’s Association Livestock Facility in Snow Camp, NC. Nine teams of 4-H and FFA students competed from Alamance, Chatham, Vance, Rockingham, and Stokes Counties. This is the second time that there has been a Piedmont regional contest, the state contest has been going on for about ten years.

There are four regional contests in NC that send the top two teams to the state contest each year. The 2022 state contest will be held at the Upper Mountain Research Station in Laurel Springs next month. The teams advancing are:

1st Place: Alamance County 4-H

2nd Place: Northwood FFA

The Alamance County 4-H team members are Lane Whitfield, Aiden Kernodle, Hope Andrews, coached by Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent.

Alamance County 4-H Team

Alamance County 4-H Team Members (Left to Right): Lane Whitfield, Aiden Kernodle, Hope Andrews

Competitors demonstrate their skills in processing young beef cattle for health and productivity and learn the concepts of Beef Quality Assurance. For this contest, youth were required to give two vaccinations and deworm the calves while demonstrating low-stress handling techniques.

Working cattle

Aiden Kernodle vaccinates the calf while team member, Hope Andrews and the contest judges look on.

Deworming calf

Lane Whitfield applies a pour-on dewormer to the calf while the contest judge evaluates his technique.

In addition to working cattle, contestants also had to identify cattle breeds, feeds, and equipment during a skillathon rotation as well as take two tests. The tests were on general cattle knowledge and Beef Quality Assurance.

For more information please contact Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent for Alamance County at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu or 336-570-6740.