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Youth Represent Virginia Well at National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Livestock Update, January 2000

Phillip J. Clauer, Extension Poultry Specialist, Small Flocks/4-H Youth, Virginia Tech

On November 18, 1999, Seven 4-H'ers represented Virginia in four contest areas at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Virginia competed in the National Avian Bowl Contest for the second time in 1999. After the quiz the team was seated 3rd and after the double elimination Bowl, they placed 4th. The team members were Elizabeth Dofflemyer, Eric Paulson, Jared Shank, Alex Welsh and were coached by Bonnie Hutchison. Virginia is off to a great start in this program!

Howard Taylor II of Rockingham County Won the National 4-H Turkey Barbeque Presentation Contest. Virginia has won in this event three of the past four years. Carla Moyers of Rockingham County was 2nd in the National 4-H Chicken Barbeque Presentation Contest. Amanda Moyers of Rockingham County was 7th in the highly competitive National 4-H Egg Cookery Presentation Contest. Mary Moyer, a volunteer leader from Rockingham County, served as chaperone and coach for the cookery contestants.

I would like to strongly encourage all youth to participate in one of these poultry contests in the future. These activities provide exceptional learning experiences, are a lot of fun and provide excellent awards.

I would also like to thank the Virginia Poultry Federation for sponsoring the Virginia youth for this trip and for helping sponsor the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference.

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