Ninety-two 4-H'ers came to Ames in late August for the 2010 4-H/FFA State Livestock and Meats Judging Contests.
In the senior 4-H division of the livestock judging competition, Scott County took both first and second team honors among 14 teams. The winning team will head to the national contest in Louisville, Ky. The three-member team scored 1,640 out of 1,800 possible points. Team members Kyle Martz, Travis Dierkickx and Giddian Kappeler are coached by Mike Holst. The second place Scott County team scored 1,620 points and will represent Iowa in the livestock judging contest at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Team members are Brett Lilienthal, Katie Friedrichs, Dylan Golinghorst and Nick Bangert.
Buchanan County placed third with 1,610 points. The Buchanan County team will represent Iowa at the American Royal in Kansas City. Team members Landon Kane, Kendra Kehrli and Craig Sperfslage are coached by Scott Smalley.
Individually in the senior division, Travis Dierkickx of Scott County finished first with 568 points. Coming in second was Dylan Golinghorst, also of Scott County, with 553 points. Kendra Kehrli of Buchanan County finished third with 549 points.
Clayton County tops the 10 teams competing in junior 4-H division
In the junior 4-H division, Clayton County topped the 10 teams that competed. Team members Kennie, Katie and Luke Orr and Melanie Lane are coached by Dan Lane. They scored 1,245 out of a possible 1,650 points. Finishing second was the Franklin County team with 1,237 points. Drew Abbas, Zach Vannass, Kendrick Suntken and Carter Barkema were coached by Jackie Dohlman. Worth County finished third with 1,181 points. Dennis Johnson coached team members Dillon Mueller, Krister Beal and Levi Nettleton.
Individually for the junior division, Kendrick Suntken from Franklin County finished first with 438 points. Coming in second was Luke Orr from Clayton County with 426 points. Grace Westercamp from Van Buren County was third with 418 points.
Louisa County 4-H team to represent Iowa in national meats contest
In the 4-H meats division, 3 teams and one individual competed along with the state FFA teams. First place team, and Iowa's representative to the National 4-H Meats Contest in Kansas, was from Louisa County. Team members Bay Boysen, Kolby Keltner, Jacob Kerr and Kyle Pritchard are coached by Irvin Meier. Second place went to Kelly Walters, Matt Althoff, Hanna Von Handorf and Morgan Tauke of Clayton County. Walters was also the top individual. Jackson County finished third and team members were Jason Schuster, Alissa Root and Josh Schuster.
The objectives of the Iowa 4-H Judging Contests are for the 4-H'ers to learn modern livestock and meat evaluation methods, practice decision-making and communication skills and develop the ability to select livestock appropriate for a defined production purpose, says Mike Anderson, ag program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. Each senior contestant presented sets of oral reasons and juniors answered sets of questions for the livestock contest on why the animals were placed in a specific order. The Iowa 4-H Foundation Animal Science Endowment sponsors awards for these contests.