Local 4-H and FFA youth traveled to the Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day to compete in the Livestock Judging Contest, Feb. 4.
Posted February 14, 2014
Local 4-H and FFA youth traveled to the Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day to compete in the Livestock Judging Contest, Feb. 4. After putting in five practices before the event, the youth were nervous and excited but had the basic skills needed to evaluate livestock. Rilee Petterson and Layla Koon of Fallon County and Sean Wolenetz of Carter County made up the beginners team. The first time “judgers” took home first place in the team division. Rilee Petterson received third high individual, and Layla was tenth, and Sean was 12th out of 43. For the beginner division, youth 8-10 years old judged six classes and had one class with check type reasons.
Mattie Mastel (Fallon County) and Cameron Wolenetz (Carter County) competed in the junior division. Cameron received 31st and Mattie was 42nd.
In the senior division, the Baker FFA team made up of Justin Irgens, Seth Mastel, Chase Huelle and Jaxson Hadley, took home third place with Justin receiving high individual honors. Both the junior and senior competitors judged six classes and gave oral reasons.
If youth are interested in learning more about livestock judging, they can contact the Fallon/Carter County Extension Office or if anyone is interested in hosting or helping out at a judging practice this spring or summer, please call the Extension Office at 406-778-7110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a shortage of livestock judgers in Montana and across the nation and livestock judging helps youth develop valuable lifelong skills. This provides a great opportunity through 4-H and FFA to help youth explore their interests and provide hands-on learning to develop youth to be active participants in society.