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FFA Clay County Fair

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On September 15, 2018, at 8:30, twelve members of the livestock judging team loaded up the vans and headed towards Spencer for the Clay County Fair. After arriving they had a little bit of time to look around the fair, before guest speaker Temple Grandin spoke. Temple has autism, but enjoys speaking about animal behavior. At the fair, she gave a little history about herself and then talked about livestock handling equipment and animal welfare. Once she was done with her Question and Answer session the real fun began.

Everyone in livestock judging from the NW District was split into 8 groups with 1 leader. Then, they went around the show ring looking at and judging pigs, goats, and sheep. However, they had to go to the beef barn to judge bull calves and heifer calves. When judging was complete everyone went back to the show ring where the judges gave reasons for the placing of the animals. Mr. Rockhill was one of the judges who gave reasons on both the bull and heifer calves. After official judging and placing, all livestock judging members calculated their scores using the judging calculator. The calculator works by the members plugging in their scores, and then the judges scores in order to get their actual scores.

Overall the Central Lyon Livestock Judging Teams did very well. Riley Folkens got 3rd place overall out of the 4-H members at the competition with total points of 365. The 4-H team which included Riley Folkens, Reese Borman, Paige Dieren, and Emma Pederson got 3rd overall with a total score of 1004 points. Central Lyon FFA Team 2 which included Devin Miller, Cameron Borman, Haley Borman, and Mason Bus got 8th overall with a total score of 1029 points. Central Lyon Team 1 which included Elizabeth Huyser, Keanna Postma, Kiley Metzger, and Kiah Thiessen got 24th place overall with a total score of 979.

For being the first livestock judging event of the year, our teams did a fantastic job at the Clay County Fair. The Central Lyon FFA Livestock Judging team is excited to continue their success. Mr. Rockhill the Central Lyon FFA Advisor says “I look forward to another year of growth in the area of Livestock Evaluation, and can’t wait to see these kids progress!” The FFA’s next contest will be at the Sioux Empire Farm Show in January