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AFR/OFU Announces Winners of Annual Livestock Judging Contest

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:11:13 CDT

AFR/OFU Announces Winners of Annual Livestock Judging Contest American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) sponsored the Redlands Community College Interscholastic Livestock Judging Contest April 14. Held at Redlands Royse Ranch in El Reno each year, the contest attracts students from across the state.

The annual event tests participants' ability to recognize high-quality livestock traits in the show ring. In the contest, 4-H and FFA members employ their knowledge of desirable livestock traits as they judge animals of each show species sheep, goats, pigs and cattle.

The contest also challenges students with their ability to speak publically. Participants must not only judge classes of livestock, they must also explain their judging choices with "reasons" presented in front of the contest facilitators.

"Contestants' ability to identify superior breeding animals and their ability to explain their choices will benefit them immensely throughout their future careers," said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. "We are proud to sponsor a competition that not only furthers the leadership skills of our state's youth, but also encourages those youth to pursue a career in production agriculture."

AFR/OFU's sponsorship provides scholarship dollars, trophy awards, lunch and professional staff. Each year, more than $2,000 in scholarships dollars are awarded to participating 4-H and FFA members.

"The Redlands Livestock Judging Contest is just one more way our policyholders and membership actively supports the youth of Oklahoma," said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. "We look forward to the future accomplishments of these outstanding students and we are proud to play a part in their success."

Top-scoring teams and individuals in three age divisions are recognized. Top-scoring teams for this year's event were:

Senior Team Division

1st place: El Reno FFA (Jaxon Holbrook, Kaleb Sandoval, Bree Elliot, Paige Decker)

2nd place: Weatherford FFA (Braeton Kimble, Nathan Davis, Charis Kimble)

3rd place: Marshall County 4-H (JB Bell, Will Shelby, Holden Bell)

Intermediate Team Division

1st place: Lindsay FFA (Cody Wright, Ashton Hawkins, Cody Smith, Rance Jones)

2nd place: Kingfisher FFA (Peyton Burns, Emily Murray, Taylor Chapman, Kaleb Mercer)

3rd place: Prairie Grove FFA (AR) (Kinder Harlow, Jon Hays, Mason Walker, Whitney Walker)

Junior Team Division

1st place: Sapulpa 4-H (Carson Lott, Josh Wroten, Sydney Dobbs)

2nd place: Kingfisher 4-H (Elizabeth Perdue, Jentry Squires, Victoria Gerken)

3rd place: Quinton 4-H (Blayze Howell, Grace Williams, Jenna Impson)

Top-scoring individuals for this year's event were:

Senior Individual Division

1st place: Jaxon Holbrook, El Reno FFA

2nd place: Braeton Kimble, Weatherford FFA

3rd place: JB Bell, Marshall County 4-H

4th place: Hunter McKinnon, Lone Grove FFA

5th place: Will Shelby, Marshall County 4-H

6th place: Kaleb Sandoval, El Reno FFA

7th place: Brayden Johnson, Tuttle FFA

8th place: Cooper Phillips, Stephens County 4-H

9th place: Bree Elliot, El Reno FFA

10th place: Nathan Davis, Weatherford FFA

11th place: Brittany Ramming, Lindsay FFA

Intermediate Individual Division

1st place: Zachary Green, Maysville FFA

2nd place: Lacie Goode, El Reno FFA

3rd place: Bree Taylor, Shattuck FFA

4th place: Trent Kitchell, Hartshorne FFA

5th place: Cody Courtney, Caddo County 4-H

6th place: Cody Wright, Lindsay FFA

7th place: Ashton Hawkins, Lindsay FFA

8th place: Peyton Burns, Kingfisher FFA

9th place: Kinder Harlow, Prairie Grove FFA (AR)

10th place: Cy Heldermon, Hinton FFA

Junior Individual Division

1st place: Ty Goss, Leedey 4-H

2nd place: Carson Lott, Sapulpa 4-H

3rd place: Cooper Sneary, Alva 4-H

4th place: Blayze Howell, Quinton 4-H

5th place: Elizabeth Perdue, Kingfisher 4-H

6th place: Dustin Tolson, Alex 4-H

7th place: Caleb Edens, Rock Creek 4-H

8th place: Grace Williams, Quinton 4-H

9th place: Josh Wroten, Sapulpa 4-H

10th place: Seth Tucker, Lindsay 4-H

Redlands Community College Interscholastic Livestock Judging Contest is just one of many AFR/OFU Youth Program traditions. The organization also hosts a poster contest, speech contest, summer youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contest and many other leadership opportunities. For more information on how to participate in AFR/OFU's sponsored livestock judging contest or other youth activities, visit the AFR/OFU website at www.iAFR.com.

Affiliated with Oklahoma Farmers Union, AFR was established in 1905 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City. The organization is actively supportive of Oklahoma's agricultural industry and rural population, and provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state. AFR Insurance provides automobile, home, farm and life insurance with an emphasis on quality products and exceptional customer service. Available statewide, AFR Insurance is recognized as a leading domestic insurance carrier in the state of Oklahoma.

For more information on the livestock judging contest or other AFR/OFU youth events, contact AFR/OFU Youth & Education Coordinator Blaire Boyer at (405) 218 - 5561 or bboyer@afrmic.com.

{Photo: The Lindsay FFA Livestock Judging Team won top honors in the Intermediate Team Division at the Redlands Community College Interscholastic Livestock Judging Contest help April 14 at Redlands Royse Ranch in El Reno. Pictured are: AFR President Terry Detrick, Cody Wright, Ashton Hawkins, Cody Smith and Rance Jones}



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