The University of Missouri Extension 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest on September 8 drew 148 competing 4-H members.
Working in partnership with volunteers from across the state, the contestants were provided an opportunity to develop and hone their judging skills, and explore future career and educational options.
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. Students improve their ability for critical thinking and accurate communication.
In addition, students become organized and self-disciplined, learn to accept criticism, develop self-confidence and become leaders. Alumni from the program have reported success in the livestock judging competition has translated to employment opportunities, internships and scholarships.
Lexi Koelling took top honors in the Junior Division of the competition. Other members of the team were Jaten McCollum and Clara Bailey. All three are members of the Peppy Circle 4-H Club.
Pike County team members in the Senior Division were Clint Bailey, Callie Bailey and Evan Meyer. Clint placed thirteen in a field of 59 competitors. Clint and Callie are members of the Peppy Circle 4-H Club and Evan is a member of Hartford Go Getters 4-H Club.
To find out more information or to join 4-H, please visit 4h.missouri.edu or visit your local UM Extension Office.