AMES, Iowa – The Scott County 4-H Livestock judging team placed first among 13 teams in the 2007 state judging contest held at Iowa State University on Aug. 25. The four-member team scored 1,459 points out of the possible 2,000.
Second place went to the Muscatine County team, scoring 1,400 points and third went to Jefferson County with 1,387 points.
The Scott County team will represent Iowa in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky. Team members include Dana Drummond of Donahue, Bryce Geurink of Walcott, Brooke Holst of Stockton and Jake Keppy of Durant. Their coach is Mike Holst of Stockton.
The Muscatine County team will represent Iowa at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Team members include Brandon Fix, Cole Danner and Zac Pace, all of Muscatine. The team is coached by Dave Fowler.
Representing Iowa in the livestock judging contest at the American Royal in Kansas City will be the team from Jefferson County. Team members are Brandon Ledger of Stockport, and Shelby Moothart, Casey Smith and Colton Smith, all of Fairfield. The team is coached by Bill Goehring of Libertyville.
Forty-seven 4-H’ers competed in the individual livestock judging competition. The top individual livestock judge was Matt Hemesath of Marshall County with 512 points out of 600. Placing second was Brandon Fix of Muscatine County with a score of 511 and third went to Bryce Geurink of Scott County. Each of these individuals received a plaque to recognize the accomplishment.
In the 4-H Meats division, four teams competed. The first place team, and Iowa’s representative to the National 4-H Meats Contest in Kansas, was from Clayton County. Team members included Zach Legrand, Natasha Berns, Kendra White and Brandon Friedlein. The team scored 1,251 points and was coached by Dan Lane.
Both the second and third place teams were from Worth County. Second place team members were Marcus Gaskill, Rob Nelson, Eric Nelson and Charlie Arneson. The third place team members were Reid Clagott, Ben Nettleton, Briar Tenold and Mitchell Moretz. The two teams are coached by Dennis Johnson.
The objectives of the Iowa 4-H Judging Contests are for the 4-H’ers to learn modern livestock and meat evaluation methods, practice decision making and communication skills and develop the ability to select livestock appropriate for a defined production purpose, according to Mike Anderson, program coordinator for ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Each contestant presented sets of oral reasons for the livestock contest and written reasons for the meats contest describing his or her thoughts on why the animals were placed in a specific order, Anderson said.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation Animal Science Endowment sponsors awards for the contests.