Culpeper Senior Livestock Judging Team places fifth
By: Carl C. Stafford
Senior Extension Agent
Culpeper Senior Livestock Judging Team places fifth in swine judging at the Virginia Tech Block and Bridle livestock judging competition, March 1 and 2, 2019. Team members include 4H and FFA members JC Craig, Billy Powers, Savannah Smith and L J West. The contest, held annually on the Virginia Tech campus, invites high school age students from across the Commonwealth to come together for one big judging competition.
Contest organizers are college student members of the Block and Bridle club. They are studying animal science and receive support from their academic advisors in organizing and conducting the show. This is part of their education too. They put together a judging experience to include Senior and Junior judging teams placing cattle, sheep, goats and hogs.
There are often management and market scenarios tied to each class, requiring the student judges to consider the end use as they make their placings. Memory and observation skills are tested by the contest. Judges must recall specific features and characteristics of certain animals and reasons can be given to defend placings. A good set of reasons is a strong defense of a judges placing.
There were 129 senior participants representing 46 teams from across the Commonwealth. Savannah Smith was 9th individual overall in swine judging, helping her team achieve their 5th overall placing in swine. Rachael Davis, Marketing Manager for CFC Farm and Home is the Culpeper Livestock Judging Team coach and knows a thing or two about it. She grew up judging in Hanover County and has shown cattle since age eleven. Traveled extensively in cattle judging to include Red Angus judging in Canada as an ambassador for the Red Angus Association and served a term as their junior President.
Congratulations Rachael for organizing and leading these emerging livestock judges! Thank you to Melessa Suder, EVHS FFA chapter advisor and Cristy Mosley Extension Agent 4H Youth Development.