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Harrison County 4-H Livestock Judging team has excellent season

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By The Staff

The Harrison County 4-H Livestock Judging team has had another excellent season in 2010. They kicked off their judging endeavor in March with the Kentucky Beef Expo.

The following week they attended Washington County’s contest in which several awards were brought home by Harrison County contestants. Lindsey Burberry received second place individual in beef judging and was awarded fifth high individual overall for the junior division. Luke Arthur placed third high in swine judging, first high in beef judging, first high in oral reasons, and first high individual overall in the senior division. The Senior team placed first in oral reasons which consisted of Luke Arthur, Joseph Bush and Marcy Clem.

Harrison County attended Clark County’s first annual livestock event in which Clay Arthur walked away with fifth place individual for swine judging in the junior division. For the senior division, Luke Arthur was first in swine evaluation, first in oral reasons, and second high overall. Margaret McCauley was third high individual in goat judging, fourth in oral reasons, and fourth high overall. The senior team placed second overall.

The team also made an appearance at the UK FFA/4-H competition where they were awarded second overall. The team was made up of Luke Arthur, Margaret McCauley, Derek Bell, Clay Arthur, and Jared Bell.

The following morning was a contest held in Cumberland County which consisted of a livestock judging contest, skill-a-thon contest, and a quiz bowl in which Harrison County cleaned house.

Derek took first in goat judging for the senior division and Clay Arthur first for the intermediate division. Clay was also awarded high individual in sheep evaluation for the intermediate level. Luke took first in beef judging. Derek was first high overall senior participant for overall judging and Clay was first in the intermediate division. Luke took second in the skillathon contest followed by Margaret McCauley, who was third, and Derek who placed fourth in the senior division. Clay placed third in the intermediate division of the skillathon contest followed by Jared Bell, who was fourth. The combination scores from the skillathon and livestock judging earned Luke first high individual followed by Margaret who was third, and Derek who was fourth in the senior division. Clay was second high individual and Jared was fourth high individual over for the intermediate division. The Harrison County team left with a first overall senior team.

Margaret McCauley, Luke Arthur, Derek Bell, and Lincoln Clifford all competed as the Harrison County skill-a-thon team for the state competition. Margaret was sixth high individual for evaluation and the team placed third. Luke was 10th high individual for quality assurance and quiz, Margaret was sixth and the team was fourth. Margaret was eighth high individual overall and the team ranked fifth overall.

The year was rounded out with the 2010 State Livestock Judging competition which was held in Muhlenberg, Ky. Clay Arthur was 10th high individual in goats and 10th high in the nontraditional for the intermediate division. Lincoln Clifford was 10th high individual in senior swine judging, Luke was seventh and the team was third. Luke took second in senior beef and Shelby Clifford took first making the team first in beef judging as well. Luke was eighth, high individual senior overall and has had the privilege of training with Dr Richard Coffee and Jason P’Pool along with the other top 11 senior contestants from the state contest during “Top 12 Week” held in July.

From there, Luke was named one of the top eight judgers who were selected to continue many intense livestock training sessions involving many hours and weekends going to numerous farms located in Kentucky and surrounding states. He will get to travel to many states throughout the US competing at National level competitions made up of the high scoring livestock judging 4-H teams from other states.

The team was coached by Shelley Meyer and Kevin Farrell.