4-H livestock

The 4-H livestock judging team poses for a photo at the 2019 Agribition in Lebanon. They include (from left, front row) Kara Andrews, Blaire Lamon, Jack Hutson; (second row) Bryce Milam, Dallas Bomar, Charlotte Schultz, Reagan Bostick, Rush Cox; (third row) Garrett Perkins, Jonathan Hawbaker, Gavin Perkins and Christian Hawbaker.

 

Hi, my name is Garrett Perkins. I’m 14, in the ninth grade and I participate in 4-H livestock judging. 

Livestock judging is a fun, active and educational class throughout the fall and winter months. 

In livestock judging, we judge four species of animals — cows, hogs, sheep and goats. 

We learn to place the class of animals first place to last according to their structure, depth of body, muscling and eye appeal. 

The livestock judging team meets at the UT Extension office for a practice from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Monday.

Throughout the season we go to various competitions placing classes of ani Smals and answering questions while competing against other livestock judging teams all over the region and even the state. Livestock judging isn’t good for only competitions. If you live on or own a farm it helps with choosing the most correct and proper animal for its intended purpose to further progress the herd and add to its value. 

If you show animals, livestock judging can benefit you also. 

It gives you the knowledge to know what to look for in your show animal, upping its quality to achieve that first place in the show ring. From my four years in 4-H, livestock judging is among my favorite activities 4-H has to offer. 

I strongly recommend livestock judging for all kids as a side project. Livestock judging isn’t the only thing 4-H has to offer — 4-H has way more fun side projects that are available for kids of all ages. 

But most importantly, 4-H teaches you valuable life skills to help you through your entire life.

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