The Illinois 4-H livestock judging team claimed the reserve championship at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held Tuesday, Nov. 14 during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
The team earned first in the cattle and oral reasons divisions, fourth in sheep, and 16th in swine to lead them to the second place overall finish against 30 competing teams.
“The National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is the premier event of education and competition for youth involved in livestock evaluation programs,” said Dan Jennings, University of Illinois Extension 4-H animal science educator.
Maddie Fugate of Champaign County led the individual scores, placing seventh overall with a seventh place finish in cattle and 17th place in reasons. Lauren Burgener of Shelby County finished 13th overall individually, with an eighth place in reasons and a ninth place in cattle.
Thomas Crome of Clark County placed 22nd overall, finishing 16th in cattle and 20th in reasons. Dalton Lemenager of Kankakee County finished 4th in reasons and 23rd in sheep, to finish in 27th place overall. Marion County 4-H member Bailey Sigrist completed the team.
U of I animal science students Jack Oattes and Tyson Schulte coached the 4-H team. The Illinois 4-H Foundation provided support for the team at the national competition.