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Locals at National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

December 1, 2017
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The National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition was recently held on November 14, 2017 in Louisville, KY. The senior team representing the state of Iowa were from left to right Jake Hlas, Cody Kline, Leah Mosher and Conner Murty. The team is coached by John Allen, Jason Lekin, and Steve Murty, with Julie Gray serving as the team coordinator.

The contest drew 34 teams consisting of 124 individuals from across the United States including Alaska. Contestants were provided an opportunity to develop and hone their livestock judging skills. Youth involved with the livestock judging program develop key life skills to aid in their future career success. Team members must make rapid, logical decisions and defend their decisions via oral reasons; improving their ability with critical thinking and accurate communication. In addition, students become organized and self-disciplined, learn to accept criticism, develop self-confidence and become leaders in their school and communities. Their participation in the livestock judging competition has translated to employment opportunities, internships and scholarships.

Teams members began at 7:30 a.m. and judged and placed 11 classes - Market Lambs, Southdown Ewes, Dorper Ewes, Corriedale Ewes, Duroc Gilts, Market Hogs, Berkshire Market Hogs, Charolais Heifers, Simmental Heifers, Market Steers and Red Angus Heifers. Of the 11 classes they had to give oral reasons on four of the classes.

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Even though Iowa did not place in the top 10 teams in the nation, they represented the state extremely well. The team posted consistent scores and improved overall. Individuals are only eligible to compete in the National 4-H Contest once. The team is grateful for those that supported them in their quest to compete through hosting workouts and contributing financial donations. They are honored to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their 4-H club, their communities, and the state of Iowa.



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