On Saturday, March 9, 2013 twenty-two Chillicothe FFA members attended the annual Missouri Livestock Grading and Judging Workshop and Contest at the University of Missouri’s Trowbridge Livestock Center in Columbia. The 2013 event was the Department’s 25th year hosting the event to provide youth and adults better livestock evaluation tools.
The workshop, which is open to youth in grades nine or lower, provides youth involved in 4-H and FFA programs an educational opportunity to learn the process and technique of grading livestock. The contest, which is open to all ages, allows the opportunity to apply national grading standards and to receive feedback on an individual level in traditional cattle, hog, sheep and goat judging.
Chillicothe students participating in the workshop were among the 134 individuals there that day. The results are: 53rd Rebecca Pitchford, 55th Colton Hargrave, 59th Tori Overton, 62nd Erin Campbell, 63rd Lane Bonderer, 69th Colton Webb, and 73rd Rachel Nowland.
Chillicothe students participating in the grading and judging portion were among 262 individuals there that day. The results are: Overall Individual 31st Ben Burtch, 42nd Paige Peters, 51st Walker Thomas; Traditional Grading 4th Ben Burtch, 6th Paige Peters, 24th Gillen Gates; Keep Cull 7th Walker Thomas, 8th Carlee Johnson; Feeder Cattle 23rd Cyrsten Lollar; Slaughter Cattle 10th Brittany Ireland, 31st Walker Thomas, 47th Maggie Graves.
The Missouri Youth Livestock Grading and Judging Contest is a competitive event for students in the 8th grade or above, or after two years of participation in the Missouri Youth Grading and Judging Workshop. The Contest includes both team and individual competition, with team scores based on 4 members and groups of fewer than 4 scored as individuals only.
Story submitted by Chillicothe FFA