Lincoln County’s Sr. 4-H livestock judging team excelled in the State 4-H Contest held in September, placing second, and qualified to represent Missouri in the American Royal and AKSARBEN national contests.
Team members included Caleb Hudson, Kolton Orth, Reed Bruns, and Lexi Plackemeier; all Lincoln County 4-H club members. The team competed at AKSARBEN October 1 in Grand Island Nebraska with 24 state teams from across the nation. The team excelled scoring High Team Overall in Beef Judging. Participants judged 12 classes of beef cattle, hogs, sheep and meat goats and then gave oral reasons and answered questions defending their decisions.
The American Royal contest took place October 26 in Kansas City, MO. Contestants judged 10 classes of beef cattle, hogs, sheep and meat goats and gave oral reasons on 6 classes. The Lincoln County team garnered 10th place overall ribbons in the competition.
Parents of the team members are Sandy and Calvin Hudson, Kirby and Reginia Orth, Christy and Jamie Bruns, and Suzie and Steve Plackemeier. Team coach is Wayne Shannon, University of Missouri Extension.
The Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Council, Lincoln County 4-H Council, and Missouri State 4-H Foundation aided the team’s travels.
Youth involved with the livestock judging program develop key life skills to aid in their future career success. Contestants gain skills in decision-making, critical thinking, oral communication, and self-confidence in addition to advancing their knowledge of the livestock industry