Hamblen County 4-H members recently attended the East Tennessee Regional Livestock Judging competition held at the University of Tennessee Blount Farm.

This contest is available to any 4-H member in grades 6-12 and is held annually in September.

In preparation, students were taught the priorities in evaluating beef cattle, sheep, swine, and goats and to visually evaluate live animals, correctly respond to questions about the animals, and orally defend their placings of livestock classes.

In the contest, students were scored on placings of eight classes consisting of four animals of breeding heifers and goats and market and breeding hogs and sheep.

Senior high members were also scored on oral reasons given to defend their placings of three classes of livestock, and junior high members on responses to questions asked on three classes.

Three Senior-high members received Top-Ten individual awards including Gabbi Martin-Highest Individual award, Sadie Conley placing second and Brooke Hyleman 9th out of approximately 80 contenstants.

One of Hamblen County’s senior-high teams, made up of members Gabbi Martin, Brooke Hyleman, Abigail Carter, and Lane Brooks placed 2nd overall; with the other senior-high team, made up of members Sadie Conley, Noah Collins, Cody Carter, and Abigail Collins placing 3rd, qualifying both to attend the state competition that will be held in June at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Only teams placing 1st through 4th at regional level qualify for state-level competition.

Additionally, one of Hamblen County’s two junior-high teams received first place out of approximately 20 teams, with team consisting of members Kathryn Hall, Micah Collins, Levi Brooks, and Tucker Houck. Hamblen County’s additional junior-high team consisted of members Brent Witherspoon, Nathan Jeffers, Emma Houck, and Colby England.

The 4-H Livestock Judging group will resume practice beginning in March to prepare for next year’s competitions.

For information on getting involved with Livestock Judging in Hamblen County, call Kristy Tippins at 423-736-8454 or Elizabeth Hobbs at 423-586-6111.