4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team takes first place in contest

The 2013 Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team traveled to Omaha, Neb., where they took first high team overall against 28 other teams in the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Judging Contest on Sept. 28.

The team also took first in sheep and goats, second in reasons, third in swine, and fifth in beef.

The eight-member team from Virginia included Cody Boden of Frederick County.

The high school students earned their spot on the Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team by placing in the top 10 in the senior division at the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, held annually at Virginia Tech.

In the individual competitions, Boden placed first individual overall in the national competition, first-place high individual in sheep and goats, fifth high individual in reasons, and ninth high individual in swine.

The Virginia Livestock Judging Team will also compete at the Premier Stockman Livestock Judging Contest and the Boilermaker Contest in Indiana; the Southeastern Regionals in Raleigh, N.C.; and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

Virginia youth livestock programs are supported by the Youth Livestock Endowment through the Virginia 4-H Foundation. For more information on youth livestock programs or how you can support these programs, please contact Paige Pratt at pjpratt@vt.edu, youth livestock extension specialist at 540-231-4732.

Virginia Cooperative Extension, at www.ext.vt.edu, brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.