Under the supervision of the livestock judging coach Kelcie Barnes, the Banks County 4-H livestock judging team placed 3rd at the state competition on Saturday. Livestock Judging is a skill set that requires knowledge of four species of animals: cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. These animals can be evaluated on either market or breeding quality. During the contest, the students are given six classes (4 animals per class) in which they must rank from best to worst. From those six classes, they will have two classes that must be defended by oral reasons. So once they finish placing the animals, they are given 15 minutes to prepare to speak in front of an official and tell why they placed the class the way they did. They also had one class in which they had to answer questions. These kids have learned many skills that can be used in their futures, no matter what they decide to do! Banks County team members include Brett Griffin, Mason Dodd, Eric Ashworth, Reagan Gilbert, Paycee Jackson, and Chloe Boling.
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