Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging teams earn honors at state contest
Washington County 4-H sent five youth to compete at the State Livestock Judging competition in Ames on Aug. 24. For the past several months, these youth have attended workouts on various farms in the county in preparation for the judging contest at the Washington County Fair and State Contest. The team is coached by 4-H volunteer Shane Brinning.
Washington County 4-H Senior Team of Logan Sieren, Morgan Brinning, Ryan Chalupa and Luke Greiner earned third place in team reasons and fourth place Team Overall. Logan Sieren earned third place in individual placings, fourth place in individual reasons, and fourth place overall against 55 other senior judges.
Junior 4-H member Shae Becker competed in the junior division earning first place overall and first place in placings category.
Livestock judging consists of carefully analyzing animals and measuring them against a standard that is commonly accepted as being ideal. Livestock judging has been defined as a study of the relationship between an animal's form and function. In a competition, youth analyze four animals of each species in each class and rank them from best to worst.
There are numerous benefits to gain from competing on a livestock evaluation team. Youth develop a keen sense of judgment and confidence to make a decision that is defended in a set of oral reasons. It develops techniques to help gather information, observe, compare and make decisions. During livestock judging youth must also give oral reasons to a judge to defend the choices and reason they have for placing the livestock, which builds communication skills.
Contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, for more information on being a part of the livestock judging team in Washington County.