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Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon teams successful at national contests

The 2016 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team sitting from left to right front row: Cam Childers, Jenna Kibler, Sarah Jane French, and Simon Liggett. Standing: Bain Wilson, coach; Cassie Simmons and Cole Reeves. Not pictured Jake McCall.

The 2016 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team sitting from left to right front row: Cam Childers, Jenna Kibler, Sarah Jane French, and Simon Liggett. Standing: Bain Wilson, coach; Cassie Simmons and Cole Reeves. Not pictured Jake McCall.

The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon teams finished first and third in their respective national contests, which were held in November at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The Livestock Judging Team competed against 31 other teams in the 92nd National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The team’s first-place finish gave Virginia back-to-back national championships. The team beat second-place South Dakota by 10 points and third-place Pennsylvania by 16 points.

Members of the Livestock Judging Team included

  • Kam Childers of Ewing, Virginia.
  • Sarah Jane French of Cumberland, Virginia.
  •  Jenna Kibler of Edinburg, Virginia.
  • Simon Liggett of Mt. Solon, Virginia.
  • Jake McCall (alternate) of Greenville, Virginia.
  • Cole Reeves (alternate) of Churchville, Virginia.
  • Cassidy Simmons (alternate) of Staunton, Virginia.

Bain Wilson, youth livestock educator at Virginia Tech, coached the team.

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4-H nets several wins at national livestock contests

Virginia 4-H Livestock judging team members

The 2015 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team from left, front row: Hannah Craun, Blake Hopkins, Sarah Harris, and Caley Ellington. Back row: Doyle Wolverton, sponsor; David Roper, youth livestock Extension specialist; and Todd Conway, a sponsor from Westway Foods.

The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team and the Virginia 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed first and third at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is the world’s largest purebred livestock show.

The Livestock Judging Team competed against 34 other teams in the 91st National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and was high team overall with 2,525 points, followed by teams from Illinois and Georgia, respectively. The first-place finish as the 2015 National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team makes the members eligible to represent the U.S. in next year’s Royal Highland Show in Scotland, along with the second-place and third-place teams.

Virginia also placed first in cattle, fifth in swine, third in sheep and goat, and third in reasons.

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Honorees to be inducted into Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame on Virginia Tech campus

Portraits of Olive Kendrick, Richard H.L. Chichester III, Allen Harper, Gary Minnish, and David Notter.

(From L to R top) Olive Kendrick Britt, Richard H.L. Chichester III, Allen Foster Harper (From L to R bottom) Gary L. Minish, and David Notter

Five individuals will be inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame for 2015 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on Virginia Tech’s campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The ceremony will include an unveiling of the portraits of the 2015 honorees, which will be permanently displayed in the arena. The new Hall of Fame members, who hail from academia and industry, have demonstrated outstanding and uncommon contributions to the livestock industry.

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Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins national contest

Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, front row, from left: Tammy Craun, coach; Hannah Craun; and Makalyn Nesselrodt. Back row, David Walker, coach; Bailey Carpenter; and Caley Ellington.

Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, front row, from left: Tammy Craun, coach; Hannah Craun; and Makalyn Nesselrodt. Back row, David Walker, coach; Bailey Carpenter; and Caley Ellington.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2015 – The Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team took first high team overall among 25 other teams in the National Western Invitational Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, Colorado, last month.

The team placed second in sheep, fifth in swine, and third in beef.

The four-member team included:

  • Caley Ellington of Linville, Virginia;
  • Bailey Carpenter of Mt. Crawford, Virginia;
  • MaKalyn Nesselrodt of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and
  • Hannah Craun of Bridgewater, Virginia.

In the individual competition, Ellington placed third overall and Nesselrodt placed ninth overall.

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Virginia 4-H’ers excel at national livestock skillathon competition

The 2014 Virginia Livestock Skillathon Team, from left: Cole Leonard, Cassidy Simmons, Jake McCall, and Simmon Liggett.

The 2014 Virginia Livestock Skillathon Team, from left: Cole Leonard, Cassidy Simmons, Jake McCall,
and Simmon Liggett.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 23, 2015 – Virginia’s 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed first at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest, held Nov. 17, 2014, during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Virginia team was competitive in all categories, placing first in evaluation and quality assurance and second in identification, and all of the team members placed in the top four overall. This is was the third time in three years that a team from Virginia has won the contest.

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