Henry County 4-H livestock judging teams competed at the regional contest on Nov. 14 at the Triple P Arena in Decaturville. Sixteen local students competed against 215 participants from across the western region, with a sweep for first- and second-place teams in the junior high division.

In the junior division, Josie Townsend and Makenzy Cox competed at their first livestock judging event. They both worked hard and did well in the contest where they placed classes of commercial heifers, Hereford heifers, market hogs, breeding gilts, market lambs, breeding ewes, market goats, and breeding does.

In the junior high division, the team of Kara Andrews, Dallas Bomar, Reagan Bostick and Jonathan Hawbaker placed first out of 23 teams. The team of Caden Delaney, Blaire Lamon, Gavin Perkins and Charlotte Schultz placed second. The team of Dakota Ables, Jack Hutson and Remington Lowe placed 15th. 

Additionally, three competitors made the top 10 in the high-scoring individual contest. Placing first in the junior high division was Andrews. Schultz followed closely behind in second place. Bostick was the eighth high-scoring individual. In the senior high division, the team of Addison Delaney, Christian Hawbaker and Perkins placed 10th out of 25 teams.

The teams have worked with coach Angela Wilson weekly since September. To prepare for the contest, they learned the difference between market and breeding animals, common breeds and desirable conformation traits. 

They worked to increase their recall and attention to detail by answering questions on classes that they have previously judged. Senior high members increased their speaking skills by working on their oral reason presentations, a defense of their class placing. Livestock judging is a part of the Henry County 4-H Livestock Project. 

Currently, livestock project members are preparing for livestock quiz bowl and will begin livestock skillathon practice in January.


STACI FOY is an agent with the Henry County Extension Service. She can be reached at the Extension office at 642-2941 or by email at sfoy@utk.edu.

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