The 2009 Shawnee County Livestock and Horse Judging Clinic was held Saturday, March 7 at the Kansas Expocentre Livestock Pavilion in Topeka. The KSU Senior Judging team gave type demonstrations for all the species and served as the officials for the contest. There were 153 judgers - 69 juniors (ages 12 and under), 63 seniors and 21 adults.
Participants judged three classes of horses and eight classes of livestock - Western Pleasure, Quarter Horse Geldings, Quarter Horse Mares, Limousin Heifers, Simmental Heifers, Angus Bulls, Prospect Market Steers, Prospect Crossbred Market Lambs A & B, Spot Breeding Gilts and Market Swine.
The Gum Family of the Prairie Ramblers 4-H Club in Cherokee County came home with Pam placing first in the adult division and Tyler third in the junior division. Kaylee was also in the junior division.
Judging contests are just one of the many educational opportunities available through the 4-H program. Anyone wanting to participate in the Hoard's Dairy Cow Judging needs to stop by the Extension Office no later than March 20 to place the five classes of dairy cows pictured.