Sunday, October 14, 2012, the Mason County 4-H Livestock Judging Team won the State Fair of Texas Senior 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest held in Dallas, Texas. The team consisting of Chama Martin, Sierra Martin, Price Ruffin, and Gabe Jennings competed against 131 other teams with 583 individuals comprising those teams. Sierra was 4th high in the contest with her teammates placing not far behind. This contest was the final Texas Livestock Judging Contest that these 4-H’ers will judge together as a team. The team’s next and final competition will be at the National Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 13, 2012.
Chama, Sierra, Price, and Gabe along with many other Mason 4-H’ers began their judging competitions at the age of 8 or 9 while in the 3rd grade. These young people have invested many hours of work in practices, contests, and judging camps. They have honed their skills in livestock evaluation as well as oral reasons presentation. These years of commitment earned them the State Livestock Judging Championship title this past June during the Texas 4-H Roundup held in Lubbock at Texas Tech University.
Having won by a record total score, the team will leave November 7th for a road trip that will allow them to visit and practice evaluating livestock at operations throughout the Mid-West meeting prominent livestock breeders and practicing at Purdue and the University of Kentucky. They will rub shoulders with other 4-H and Collegiate Livestock Teams from throughout the United States before participating in the national contest.
These 4-H’ers appreciate the support Mason County has given them throughout the years. They are honored to represent not only Mason County, but also Texas at the national contest. These youth will be assembling thank you packets for those allowing them to practice on the road. If you have items representing Mason or Texas that you would like to add to these packets, please let them know. Your prayers or financial contributions, should you be inclined, would also be highly valued. Please contact Tyler Bobinmyer at the Mason County Agrilife Extension Service Office at 325-347-6259 if you have further questions. Onward Ho!