Local Fallon and Carter County 4-H youth traveled to the Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day to compete in the Livestock Judging Contest Jan. 30. There were over 115 youth who competed from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and other states. After putting in practices before the event with coach and 4-H volunteer leader Ashley Hartman, the youth were nervous and excited but had the basic skills needed to evaluate livestock.
Carter County 4-H youth – Tucker Tooke, Heidi LaBree, Cardell Laughery, and Sean Wolenetz – made up the junior team. There were 51 youth in the beginner division and Heidi LaBree received high individual overall with 322 points out of 350.
The Fallon County junior team was comprised of Anika Ploeger, Chloe Tudor, Sayge Barkley and Zoie Rost. This was the first time the girls had judged in a bigger contest and they did a great job. They gained a lot of skills and really improved their judging ability.
The Carter County senior team included Heather LaBree, Hannah LaBree, Turner Tooke, and Cameron Wolenetz.
If youth are interested in learning more about livestock judging, they can contact the Fallon/Carter County Extension Office or if you are interested in hosting or helping out at a judging practice this spring or summer, please let us know. Call 406-778-7111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a shortage of livestock judges 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.