State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Results
Livestock Update, August 2002
Mark Wahlberg, Extension Animal Scientist, 4-H Livestock, VA Tech
4-H members from 13 different counties competed in the 2002 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. In competition among the junior-age contestants, the members judged 8 classes of beef cattle, sheep, and swine, answered questions about 2 of those classes, and gave one set of oral reasons. The winning team came from Augusta county with team members Kaitlyn Ambler, Josh Black, Will Earhart, and Brandon Reeves. They were coached by Shirley Kaufman. Kaitlyn was the high individual overall. Pittsylvania County had the second place team.
Senior age members judged the same 8 classes and answered the same questions, however they gave oral reasons on 4 different classes. Augusta County also won the senior division, represented by Sarah Heizer, Isaac Swortzel, Cole Heizer, and Jonathan Coleman. Sarah took the first-place honors as an individual judge. Rockingham County had the second place team.
Eight of the high-placing individuals will compose the State 4-H Livestock Judging Team that represents Virginia in regional and national competition. The team membership is not yet finalized. Members will train for a week in August, and compete in three contests this fall. The first is the Eastern National contest in September, then comes the Eastern Invitational, followed by the National Contest in November. In addition, a county team will represent Virginia in both the Keystone International and American Royal contests.
Details of the results for the 2002 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest can be found at the 4-H Livestock website, available on the internet at http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/livestock/results.html.