One hundred and ten 4-H members from across Iowa came to Ames on Aug. 27 for the 2011 4-H/FFA State Livestock and Meats Judging Contests. Top teams in the senior division will represent Iowa at three upcoming national events.
* Senior Livestock Results: In the senior 4-H division, Dallas County took both first and second place honors among 17 teams in the livestock judging portion. The first place team scored 1,633 points out of the possible 2,100 and will head to the national contest in Louisville, Ky. Team members Noah Taylor, Michael Tiffany, Cody Jimmerson and Bryce Tiffany were coached by Emily Brewer.
Dallas County's second place team will represent Iowa in the livestock judging contest at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Team members Jack Kelly, Hannah Taylor, Eric Taylor and Rachel Hoy scored 1,614 points.
The Washington County team took third place with 1,605 points and will represent Iowa at the American Royal in Kansas City. Team members Lexi Marek, Macy Marek, Lauren Carter and Joni Erwin were coached by Shane Brinning.
Individually in the senior division, Katie Friedrichs of Scott County finished first with 572 points. Coming in second was Levi Nettleton of Worth County with 563 points. Dylan Golinghorst of Scott County finished third with 556 points.
* Junior Livestock Results: Benton County topped the eight teams in the junior 4-H division. Team members Mitchell Hanson, Nick McQuilkin, Stallone Purdy and Jakob Long were coached by Robert Hanson. They scored 1,321 points out of a possible 1,800 points.
Finishing second with 1,316 points was the Washington County team of McKenna Brinning, Morgan Brinning, Logan Sieren and Erin Chalupa. Another Washington County team finished third with 1,271 points. Team members were Isiah Han, Luke Greiner, Emma Stout and Ryan Chalupa.
Individually in junior division, Tommee Pelky from Van Buren County finished first with 453 points. Coming in second was Nick McQuilkin from Benton County with 447 points, and Jacinta Wenke from Van Buren County was third with 447 points.
* 4-H Meats Division: In the 4-H Meats division, two teams and one individual competed along with the state FFA teams. The first place team, from Louisa County, included Clayton Robison, Cole Williams, Molly Willson and Zac Howell. The team was coached by Irvin Meier. Robison was the top individual scorer.
Second place went to Cassie Miller, Ben Killburg, Matt Koppes and Amanda Brundage of Jackson County. The team was coached by Gary Bruns.
"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, agriculture 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 the contests. More results from the contest can be found at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/livestock/Livestock+Judging.htm.