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Competition develops life skills and prepares future leaders!

Local youth shine at Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair!

If you ask anyone who grew up participating in 4-H competitive events about what their experience has done for them, they will likely tell you that they developed communication and critical thinking skills. Livestock judging includes giving oral reasons which provide participants with valuable real-life tools. Livestock judging participants are provided the opportunity to expand their critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills. From Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam to singing sensation Jennifer Nettles, 4-H has developed young people into successful adults and Jackson County 4-H is no exception!

Over the past four years, 64 youth have participated in 4-H Livestock, Poultry and Meats Judging competitions under the guidance of club leaders Brad and Stacey Warden.  Youth have competed at local, state, regional and national competitions.  Another example of skills developed through the 4-H judging program, is seen in the performance of the Jackson County 4-H Livestock and Poultry judging teams at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair this past Saturday.

Youth in the junior, intermediate and senior age groups participated in the Livestock and Poultry Judging competitions.  Senior poultry judging individual Morgan Seale was 3rd High Individual, the Intermediate Poultry Judging Team comprised of Dylan Ziglar, Nathan Ziglar, Benjamin Roach (also 1st High Individual Intermediate), and Reagan Roach placed 2nd overall.  Junior Poultry team member Samuel Roach was on the 1st place junior team.

Poultry Judging Team Members– (L-R) Nathan Ziglar, Dylan Ziglar, Samuel Roach, Benjamin Roach, Reagan Roach and Morgan Seale.

Jackson 4-H also fielded a senior team in the Livestock Judging Division, comprised of Anslie Yoder (who was also 3rd High Individual), Emma Caraway, Caitlin Caudill and Nathalie Yoder.

2nd place Sr. livestock judging team – (L-R) Anslie Yoder (3rd High Individual), Emma Caraway, Caitlin Caudill and Nathalie Yoder

These youth are no stranger to competition.  You may recall that last year this time, Anslie Yoder, Emma Caraway, Morgan Seale and Nathalie Yoder were members of the Poultry and Livestock Judging Teams that participated in NAILE (North American International Livestock Exposition) with Nathalie coming away with an 11th place finish in the Nation, in Poultry Judging and sister Anslie finishing 21st in evaluation in the Avian Bowl!

Studies have shown that youth who participate in these types of competitive events develop specialized life skills such as:

  • Ability to verbally defend a decision
  • Animal industry knowledge
  • Decision-making
  • Oral communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-motivation
  • Teamwork

Judging from the performance of these youth, they are well on their way to developing these skills and many more!


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