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White County wins 2018 Arkansas 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest
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LITTLE ROCK— The White County senior 4-H team is this year’s state champion in the
Arkansas State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest.
Noralee Townsend from White County earned High Individual honors followed by Jacob
Pearce from Faulkner County and Carson White from White County in second and third
“It's a truly humbling experience to watch the 4-H'ers compete and see all their hard
work and practice up to that point culminate at the state contest,” said Chelsey Ahrens,
extension livestock and youth education specialist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture. “They put countless hours into practicing for these
White County competed against 72 senior 4-H members from 18 counties in evaluating
livestock, giving reasons on three classes and answering questions on another class.
By placing first in the state competition, White County will now represent Arkansas
at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky;
the American Royal in Kansas City and in the AKSARBEN in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Watching those 4-Her’s advance from state and get to compete at the national contests
is a very rewarding experience,” Ahrens said. “They're not just representing Arkansas,
but their home county and themselves, as well.”
Faulkner County finished as the reserve champion team and are eligible to compete
at the AKSARBEN and at the Western National in Denver, Colorado. Polk County finished
third and are eligible to compete at the AKSARBEN, as well.
Competing at national competitions helps 4-Her’s market themselves to colleges, while
also getting the once in a lifetime opportunity to compete outside the state, said
The Arkansas State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest took place May 3. This was the first
year that the competition was held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock.
The larger space allowed for the addition of a junior division to this year’s contest.
“Adding the junior division allows 4-H'ers to begin exploring and practice judging
at a younger age so they're more experienced by the time they're in the senior division,”
Sixty-two junior 4-H members from 15 counties competed in judging the same classes
as the senior team and gave one set of reasons.
Bradley County is thefirst-ever junior division champion. Washington County is this
year’s reserve champion and White County is the third high team.
Braden Harrod from Bradley County finished with top individual honors, Ericca Corker
from Bradley County came in second and Rendi Warren from Polk County finished third.
For more information about 4-H livestock judging, visit, https://4h.uada.edu/programs/plant-animal/livestock.aspx
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org