AMES, Iowa - The Madison County 4-H Livestock judging team placed first among 11 teams in the 2005 State Livestock Judging Contest Aug. 27 at Iowa State University (ISU). The four-member team scored 1,500 points out of the possible 2,000.
Scott County placed second, and third went to Emmet County.
The Madison County team will represent Iowa in the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the Western National Livestock Show in Denver, Co. in January 2006. Team members include Katie Beeler and Jordan Brownlee of Truro, Adam Morford of Earlham and Logan Slusher of Adel. Their coach is Ernie Barnes of Adel.
The Scott County team will represent Iowa in the livestock judging contest at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo. Team members are Marla Claussen, Tyler Holst, Kaylee Keppy and Kourtney Lilenthal. The team is coached by Mike Holst of Stockton.
The Emmet County team will represent Iowa at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Team members include Eric Kropf of Graettinger, Justin Garrelts, Tiffany Hopp and Leah Martens all of Estherville. The Emmet County team is coached by Layne Anderson of Estherville.
Forty-four 4-H'ers competed in the individual livestock judging competition. The top individual livestock judge was Tyler Holst of Scott County. Dustin Smith of Buena Vista County placed second and third went to Katie Beeler of Madison County. Each of these individuals received a plaque to recognize his or her accomplishments.
An O'Brien County team participated in the meats judging contest. Team members include Clayton Hoermann, Tandi Pauling, Grant Hibbing and Christine Haden. The team is coached by Eric Kumm of Paullina.
The objectives of the Iowa 4-H Livestock Judging Contest are for the 4-H'ers to learn modern livestock evaluation methods, practice decision making and communication skills and develop the ability to select livestock appropriate for a defined production purpose.
Each contestant presented three sets of oral reasons describing his or her thoughts on why the animals were placed in a specific order.
"The ability to make a decision and defend it to others is a life skill they will use forever," said Mary Clancy, 4-H Ag program specialist.
The contest was sponsored by Swift Inc. and the Iowa 4-H Foundation Animal Science Endowment.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org