AMES, Iowa – With the addition of a junior 4-H division, 106 4-H’ers -- a new record -- came to Ames Aug. 29 for the 2009 4-H/FFA State Livestock and Meats Judging Contests.
The Madison County 4-H livestock judging team placed first among 18 senior teams and will head to the national contest in Louisville, Ky. The four-member team scored 1,567 points out of the possible 1,800. Team members are Skylar Brittain, Torrie Brownlee, Harrison Frey and Nic Lauterbach. They are coached by Ernie Barnes.
The Scott County team took second place, scoring 1,542 points, and third place went to Buchanan County with 1,541 points.
Scott County will represent Iowa in the livestock judging contest at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Team members are Travis Dierickx, Bryanne Duckett, Ross Lilienthal and Kyle Martz. The team is coached by Mike Holst.
The Buchanan County team will represent Iowa at the American Royal in Kansas City. Team members include Landon Kane, Kendra Kehrli, Sara Morine and Craig Sperfslage. The team is coached by Scott Smalle.
Individually in the senior division, Harrison Frey of Madison County finished first with 539 points. Tying with Frey and coming in second was Landon Kane of Buchanan County. Chris Sievers of Buena Vista County finished third with 531 points.
Scott County topped the nine teams that competed in the new junior 4-H division, scoring 1,277 out of a possible 1,500 points. Team members Taylor Duckett, Katie Friederichs, Nick Bangert and Dylan Golinghorst were coached by Mike Holst.
Finishing second was the team from Dallas County with 1,259 points. Hannah Taylor, Rachel Hoy, Erica Baier and Cody Jimmerson were coached by Emily Brewer.
Clayton County finished third with 1,249 points. Matt Gaul coached the team of Nick Boehm, Keaton Lane, Kenny Orr and Luke Orr.
Individually for the junior division, Nick Bangers from Scott County finished first with 452 points. Coming in second was Kenny Orr from Clayton County with 440 points, and Cody Jimmerson from Dallas County was third with 429 points.
In the 4-H Meats division, one team and five individuals competed along with the state FFA teams. The first place team, and Iowa’s representative to the National 4-H Meats Contest in Kansas, was from Worth County. Emma Christensen, Mitchell Moretz, Lisa Nelson and Briar Tenold were 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, explained Mike Anderson, agriculture program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Each senior contestant presented sets of oral reasons and juniors answered sets of questions for the livestock contest and written reasons for the meats contest describing their 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.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org