New Brockton — On Tuesday, June 15, the Coffee County 4-H livestock judging team participated in the Alabama 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest held at the Wilson Beef Teaching Center at Auburn University.
During this competition, the Coffee County 4-H Junior and Senior teams utilized skills they learned during practice to evaluate market and breeding livestock that included hogs, sheep, goats and cattle. The teams then had to justify their evaluations through placing classes and providing oral reasons in certain classes.
The first year team performed well in their first competition. In the Senior Division, Emily Ann Morgan placed first High Individual Overall in Sheep and Goat, Dow Boyd placed 10th and Andrew Hataway placed 15th. The senior team placed third overall in Sheep and Goat classes.
In Cattle Classes, Boyd placed first High Individual Overall in the Senior Division and was also recognized for presenting the best oral reasons to judges in Cattle. For the Senior Class, Morgan finished 8th overall High Individual and Boyd finished 11th overall. As a team, Coffee County seniors placed fourth at the competition.
The Coffee County junior team had some success as well. Garrett Patterson placed 11th in Sheep and Goat classes, John Warren Dyess placed 15th in Swine and Jasper Norwood placed 14th in Cattle. In the Reasons classes, Dyess placed 13th and Reed McDaniel placed 15th. The Coffee County junior team finished 5th overall at the state competition.
Coffee County livestock judging senior team members were Blair Wyrosdick (Kinston), Dow Boyd (Enterprise), Andrew Hataway (Kinston), Emily Strickland (Enterprise), Jack Norwood (Enterprise) and Emily Ann Morgan (Brantley).
Coffee County livestock judging junior team members were Reed McDaniel (Enterprise), Caleb Watson (Kinston), Garrett Patterson (Kinston), Jasper Norwood (Enterprise), Hudson Thornton (Enterprise) and John Warren Dyess (Geneva).
The team was coached by Stan Windham, 4-H volunteer, and assistant coaches Madison Tew, Coffee/Geneva 4-H agent, and Gavin Mauldin, Coffee County Extension coordinator.
For more information on livestock judging, call the Coffee County Extension office at 334-894-5596.