COLUMBIA, Mo. — The 2021 University of Missouri Extension State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held on Saturday, September 11th at the University of Missouri Trowbridge Livestock Center in Columbia, Missouri. This contest brought together 122 4-H youth from across the state to apply their evaluation and communication skills.
Youth involved with the livestock judging program develop key life skills to aid in their future career success. Through involvement in a 4-H judging team members must make rapid, logical decisions and defend their decisions via oral reasons. Over half of the participants responded that compared to before participating in this event, they now have more knowledge in the areas of applying what they know about one species of livestock to another, identifying visual and genetic characteristics of an animal, judging classes, and giving reasons. All participants shared they are seeking to learn more about agriculture, while over 90% of them consider themselves educated consumers of agricultural products, are comfortable sharing their knowledge of agriculture with others, and see themselves as an advocate for the industry. 89% are planning to pursue a career in agriculture.
Participants competed in one of two age division, junior (8-13) and senior (14-18), with the top 10 8 – 10 year olds being recognized. The top ten 8 – 10-year-old competitors were Carlie Kleeman, Caldwell County, 1st; Lane Pollard, Shelby County, 2nd; Marlee Massey, Jasper County, 3rd; Natalie Miller, Marion County, 4th; Aiden Wimmer, Callaway County, 5th; Elyse Cooley, Pettis County, 6th; Scarlett Miller, Carroll County, 7th; Hadley Corbin, Clinton County, 8th; Rance Greiman, Marion County, 9th; and Makennah Lavy, Lincoln County, 10th.
The top ten junior competitors were Trenton Edwards, Warren County, 1st; Elliott Cooley, Pettis County, 2nd; Olivia Walrod, Vernon County, 3rd; Kenton Merrifield, Bates County, 4th; Dillon O’Dell, Livingston County, 5th; Savannah Miller, Warren County, 6th; Callie Ferguson, Bates County, 7th; Cass Kleeman, Caldwell County, 8th; Emma Borgeous, Jasper County, 9th; and Carlie Kleeman, Caldwell County, 10th. The top three junior teams represented the following counties: Bates County, 1st; Pettis County, 2nd; and Vernon County, 3rd.
The top ten senior individuals were Stetson Wiss, Vernon County, 1st; Mason Forkner, Vernon County, 2nd; Tannah Cassatt, Jasper County, 3rd; Isabel Lowe, Bates County, 4th; Clayton Ferguston, Bates County, 5th; Cole Burch, Cedar County, 6th; Brayden Gast, Vernon County, 7th; Gage Swindler, Caldwell County, 8th; Jaycie Stimpson, Livingston County, 9th; and Annamarie Stone, Audrain County, 10th. The top three senior teams represented the following counties: Vernon County, 1st; Bates County; 2nd; and Cedar County, 3rd. The top three senior teams will go on to represent Missouri 4-H at national competition.
Programs offered by Missouri 4-H would not be possible without support from our partners. Major support for Missouri 4-H Agriculture and Natural Resources programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with Bass Pro Shops, Corteva Agriscience, Crader Distributing Company, FCS Financial, Missouri Association of Meat Processors, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Holstein Association, Eunice Campbell, and Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog, DVM.
More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.
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