Youth got a chance to act as judges during the Dairy Judging contest at the Logan County Fair on Thursday.
Anyone under 19 is allowed to participate. 4 heifers are in the arena and an actual judge asks the contestants a total of 10 questions. Questions included which heifer has most slope from hooks to pen, which heifer has the steepest foot, which heifer has the longest/leanest neck, which heifer is the most angular over their shoulder, which heifer has the straightest rear legs, which heifer is the tallest at its shoulder, and which heifer has the most openness of rib.
The students then decide what the correct answer to each question is. These questions help the students to place the heifers in the order that the actual judge deems is the correct order. The students then turn in their final answers and the cards are graded.
Pictured: Contestants in the Dairy Judging look at the heifers in the arena in order to place them in the correct order.
This contest helps youth to learn more about dairy judging from a different perspective. Students can take this new knowledge to help them when they are involved in a dairy judging competition. Also, it is another way to get more youth involved in fair activities.
Listen to Dairy Judging competitor Cody Logan of Middleburg talk about how the competition is beneficial for those who participate.
Dairy Judging Junior Division Results:
1st - Allison Wilson with a score of 177
2nd - Adam Black with a score of 156
3rd - Mekayla Waugh with a score of 146
4th - Kris Ackley with a score of 141
Dairy Judging Senior Division Results:
1st - Samantha Egbert with a score of 167
2nd - Cora Eirich with a score of 162
3rd - Ella Jackson and Morgan Allen who tied with a score of 153
Pictured right: Dairy Judging competitors enter the show arena in order to get a closer look at the heifers.
General Livestock Judging Senior Division Results:
1st - Tyler Myers
2nd - Cody Logan
3rd - Troy Hall
4th - Rita Winner
General Livestock Judging Junior Division Results:
1st - Ruth Anne Winner
2nd - Christina Bower
3rd - Irene Winner
4th - Meghan Orr
5th - Tyrone Coleman
Listen to Dairy Judging participant Lydia Greer age 9 of East Liberty talk about the competition.