Thursday, Oct. 5th, seven Clarke FFA participants traveled to Maryville, Missouri, to compete in the Livestock Judging Contest hosted by Northwest Missouri State University.
Livestock judging consists of carefully analyzing animals and measuring them against a standard that is commonly accepted as being ideal. Many of these participants have grown up around livestock their entire life and enjoy testing their knowledge, as well as expanding their knowledge about livestock.They judged six classes of livestock: Angus Breeding Heifers, Charolais Breeding Heifers, Market Swine, Breeding Gilts, Market Lambs, and Breeding Ewes.
They were given twelve minutes to prepare to present their oral reasons to the judge. They gave reasons over the Angus Breeding Heifers, Market Swine, and the Market Lambs. They also did one class of Feeder Cattle Grading.
The results of the contest showed that the team had received first overall out of 38 teams. Out of 168 individuals the team members placed as follows: Carter Wilken 3rd, Trinity Miler 5th, Sydney Garrett 10th, Devin DeVore 13th, Colby Wilken 19th, Nathan Manternach 25th, Hunter Garrett 28th.