Smith County Competes in 2023 4-H Livestock & Meats Judging Contests

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The Smith County 4-H Livestock Judging Teams competed in the Central Region Contest on April 6, 2023, in Murfreesboro. Ten 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 determine 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 classes of animals were judged at the contest. The senior division also gave 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 utilizing their best public speaking skills.

The Junior Division (4th-5th grades) participants were 5th grader Jay Driver and 4th graders Clay Driver, Charlotte Driver, and Aubrey Hicks. The Junior Team placed 1st overall with Aubrey placing 6th individually and Jay placing 3rd individually.

The Junior High Division (6th – 8th grades) participants were 6th graders Tana Harville and Kara Brooks and 7th grader Turner Harville. Their team placed 4th overall.

The Senior Division (9th-12th grades) participants were 10th graders Gabe Harville and Kynlee Davis and 11th grader Courtney Dickens.

Tana and Turner Harville also competed earlier in the day in the Central Region Meats Judging Contest where they had to identify different retail cuts as well as judge classes. Tana placed 8th and Turner placed 2nd individually in the Junior High Division.

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.

Turner and Tana Harville represented Smith County 4-H in the Central Region Meats Judging Contest.
Front Row (L to R): Jay Driver, Charlotte Driver, Aubrey Hicks, and Kynlee Davis
Back Row (L to R): Clay Driver, Kara Brooks, Courtney Dickens, Tana Harville, Gabe Harville, and Turner Harville.