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Teens Place Top in 4-H State Livestock Judging

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By Cathy Toole

Jackson Jeffries, Taylor Ray, and Jaycie Heath were all part of the 1st Place Overall Livestock Judging Team in the 4-H Senior Division on June 18th in Muhlenberg County. All three have competed for years with the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team. Henry County has not been able to gather enough participants in one age group to form a team and neither has Shelby County, so by joining forces they have created the best team in the state. Corinne Belton, the Shelby County Agriculture Agent has been their coach since the beginning of their 4-H careers. With Corinne’s leadership skills and help from others assisting the team Shelby County they have had the top team 7 out of the last 8 years.

The senior division had 64 participants in the judging event. In the Goat Category: Jackson placed 1st, Taylor placed 3rd and Jaycie placed 19th. The team placed first overall along with Shelby County members Kolt Bitzer, Andrew Glass and Levi Stephenson. In the Sheep Category: Jackson received 4th place and the team placed 1st Overall in Sheep. In the Swine category the team placed 4th in the state. In the beef category Taylor Ray took 1st place with Jaycie Heath coming in 5th and Jackson Jeffries 12th, and once again the team placed 1st Overall in the Beef category. In the High Individual Reasons category Taylor placed 4th, Jaycie placed 5th, and Jackson placed 7th with the team placing 1st once again Overall in Reasons. In the High Individual Category Jackson Jeffries placed 3rd, Taylor Ray placed 6th and Jaycie Heath placed 19th. The team placed 1st again in High Team Score. A big congratulations to all three for their achievements in a very tough and competitive 4-H event.