The following article was submitted by Katie Martin, Smith County Extension Agent:

The Smith County 4-H Livestock Judging Teams competed in the Central Contest in Murfreesboro. From left to right: Gabe Harville, Courtney Dickens, and Reese Bamford.

The Smith County 4-H Livestock Judging Teams competed in the Central Region Contest on April 11, 2019, at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro.  Three 4-H members successfully participated in this contest. 

Livestock judging teaches 4-H members decision-making skills while they learn more about the livestock industry. Beef cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs are evaluated to know which animals would be best in a farm’s breeding program or would make the most profit in a market situation. 4-H’ers also learn how to read and use genetic information (EPDs) to assist in the selection of livestock. This is useful knowledge if these young people ever buy livestock of their own. Eight total classes of animals are judged at the contest. The senior division also must give two sets of oral reasons to explain why they placed the class the way they did. This improves their communication skills as they must think under pressure while still using good presentation techniques. 

The Junior High (6th – 8th graders) Division individuals were 6th grader Gabe Harville and 7th grader Courtney Dickens.

The Junior individual (4th & 5th graders) was 5th grader Reese Bamford.

All Smith County 4-H’ers performed exceptionally well and we are proud of their hard work and commitment! 

For more information about the livestock group or any of our 4-H activities please call 615-735-2900.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers.  4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.  4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.