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Virginia Youth Win Big at National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Livestock Update, January 1998

Phillip J. Clauer, Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

On November 20, 1997 eight 4-H'ers represented Virginia in four contest areas at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Michael Dunlap of Loudoun county, won top overall individual in the National 4-H Poultry Judging Contest. Virginia has now won top overall individual for three straight years and for four of the last eight years. The other Virginia poultry judging individuals places 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 15th overall in the 1997 contest.

The National 4-H Turkey Barbeque/Presentation Contest was won by Sarah Martz of Rockingham County. Virginia has now won the National 4-H Turkey Barbeque/Presentation Contest for two straight years.

The National 4-H Chicken Barbeque/Presentation Contest was won by Laura Wright of Grayson County.

Jeff Heatwole and Kathryn Threewitts both of Rockingham county, were top individuals in the Market Poultry Division with a dead tie due to identical scores.

Stephanie Osborne of Rockingham county placed fourth in the highly competitive Egg Cookery/Presentation contest.

The Virginia Poultry Judging Team, from Rockingham County, was the 1st place team Overall. The Virginia Team consisted of team members Kristine Grayson, Jeff Heatwole, Jennifer Pence, and Kathryn Threewitts. A Virginia team has now placed in the top 3 for five straight years.

At the NATIONAL Poultry Judging Contest Virginia's team placed:

Michael Dunlap of Loudoun county also participated as Virginia's independent individual judging participant.

At the NATIONAL Poultry Judging Contest Virginia's individuals placed:

In all, 20 teams and 85 individuals participated in the National Poultry Judging Contest this year.

Mr. Mike Wanger a Rockingham County Volunteer served as chaperone and coach for the judging team. Mrs. Lena Osborne, a volunteer leader from Rockingham County, served as chaperone and coach for the cookery contestants.

The Virginia Poultry Federation sponsored the trip for the Virginia youth.

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 if you are successful, provide excellent awards.

The Virginia delegates won a total of $2450 in Savings Bonds at this year's contest and every Virginia delegate won an award.

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