4-H Livestock Judging Team advances to state
By Sam Womble
Members of the Victoria County 4-H Senior Livestock Judging Team earned the right to compete at State 4-H Roundup in June by placing in the top three at the district contest in College Station April 30. Team members were Cheyenne Borchert, Dustin Hempel, Travis Johnston and Allan Parsons. The coach of the livestock judging team is Trice Connally.
Judging requires individuals to be unbiased and evaluate livestock based on the facts. Being proficient at evaluating livestock takes patience, practice and a real commitment to learning.
During a contest, contestants are required to evaluate eight classes of livestock. Classes may consist of market steers, breeding heifers, breeding bulls, market goats, market lambs, breeding ewes, market hogs and breeding gilts. Performance data or Expected Progeny Differences are commonly used in breeding classes where contestants use the data to select for specific criteria that fits a given scenario or situation. There are four animals in each class for the contestants to place first through fourth. Certain classes are designated as reasons classes where contestants will prepare and deliver a set of oral reasons on why they placed the class as they did. A contestant's ability to discuss and defend a placing using appropriate livestock judging terminology takes time and practice. The skills youth develop through a judging activity are some of the most valuable taught through the 4-H program.
UPCOMING EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:
Pond Management Field Day
Date: May 26
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Jerry and Rhonda Leita Farm and Ranch
535 Leita Rd.
CEU's: 2 hours (1 IPM, 1 Gen.)
Registration fee: $15
Topics covered will include site selection, construction, fertilization, weed management, stocking and pond renovation. Additionally, John Leita will discuss catfish farming and provide a tour of his operation. Attendees are asked to bring along samples of aquatic weeds for identification and control recommendations. Don't forget to bring your lawn chair. Refreshments will be provided. Please call the Extension Office by Friday, May 20, to sign up.
Private Applicators Training and Testing
Date: June 2
Time: Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the training to follow at 8:30 a.m. The test will be administered after lunch at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will not be provided.
Location: Victoria County Extension Office, 442 Foster Field Drive
Registration fee: $50 includes study materials.
This training is for persons who do not have a license or those who had a license that expired at least a year ago. If you plan to attend, please call the Victoria County Extension Office by May 20 to sign up. Study materials are available at the Extension Office and can be picked up in advance. Participants should plan on bringing a calculator and photo I.D. If you have any questions, please call the Extension Office at 575-4581.
Beef Cattle Herd Health
Date: Tuesday, June 7th
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, 3804 Houston Hwy.
CEU's: 1 hour IPM
Registration fee: $10
Dr. Sam Williams and staff will discuss cattle diseases and vaccinations that are important for the Coastal Bend. Live cattle demonstrations will be utilized. Please call the Victoria County Extension Office at 361-575-4581 by May 31 to sign up. Refreshments will be provided.
Sam Womble is a Victoria County extension agent - natural resources.