Hard Work and Dedication Pays Off!

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McDowell 4-H Livestock Judging Team

Hard work and dedication has certainly paid off for the McDowell County 4-H Livestock Judging team. Since June, the team has traveled over 4,000 miles to destinations such as  Oklahoma State University for a judging camp, which included several stops along the way. Some of these stops included Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina where the team visited farms and had the opportunity to sharpen their judging skills. They also competed at the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Raleigh on July 27, 2018.

At the State 4-H Contest, the team judged cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and gave oral reasons to explain their reasoning behind the placement.

In the end, the Senior McDowell County 4-H Livestock Judging Team had the highest combined points and was awarded the High Overall Senior Livestock Judging Team in the State, with Hannah Ellis being highest overall individual.

Additional results are as follows:

The junior team:  Molly Anderson, Jay English, Logan Crisp, and Ethan Laws.

Results
Overall Individual– Molly Anderson 5th
Sheep-Molly Anderson 2nd, Logan Crisp 7th
Cattle– Molly Anderson 8th
Reasons– Molly Anderson 4th

The team was 3rd in sheep and 3rd in reasons.

The senior team: Hannah Ellis, Alyson Biddix, Colton Cox, and Haylee Laws.

Results
Overall individual– Hannah Ellis 1st, Colton Cox 9th, and Alyson Biddix 13th
Goats-Colton Cox 7th, Alyson Biddix 8th Sheep- Hannah Ellis 8th, Alyson Biddix 10th
Cattle– Hannah Ellis 1st, Colton Cox 10th Swine- Hannah Ellis 6th
Reasons– Hannah Ellis 1st, Colton Cox 3rd

The senior team placed 4th in goats, 4th in sheep, 2nd in cattle, 5th in swine, and 2nd in reasons.