Youth participate in NCBA cattle judging contest
More than 200 youth from 25 states participated Feb. 3 in a youth cattle judging contest held in conjunction with the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The young people competed for honors and cash prizes in the fourth annual competition. The contest is sponsored by Farm Credit, and livestock panels were sponsored by Priefert Ranch Equipment.
NCBA youth programs were championed by former NCBA President Andy Groseta of Cottonwood, Ariz., who prompted the organization to develop additional programs for youth in the cattle industry. The judging contest has grown significantly since first introduced at the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention, where 60 young people competed.
More than 1,000 young people attended the convention, which attracted a record crowd of 8,216.
Novice Division--First Place: John Kohl McAdams, Adkins, Texas; Second Place: Zack Snoddy, Kelso, Tenn.; Third Place: Cassie Lewis, Gates, Tenn.; Fourth Place: Clay Wingate, Myakka City, Fla.; and Fifth Place: Bella Swain, Calloway County, Ky.
Junior Division--First Place: Madison Shults, Dinosaur, Colo.; Second Place: Tyler Cook, Robertson County, Tenn.; Third Place: Blake Hopkins, Louisa, Va.; Fourth Place: Collin Stanley, Franklin, Tenn.; and Fifth Place: Tyler Haley, Franklin, Tenn.
Senior Division--First Place: Gibson Priest, Calhoun, Ga.; Second Place: Rex Dunn, Fayetteville, Tenn.; Third Place: Brooke Smith, Paris, Tenn.; Fourth Place: Luke Stanley, Franklin, Tenn.; and Fifth Place: Timothy Hubbard, Calhoun, Ga.
Team Placing/Senior Division--First Place: Lincoln County (Tenn.) Senior Team A; Second Place: Henry County (Tenn.) 4-H; and Third Place: Georgia Senior Team A.
Collegiate Division--First Place: Chris Mackey, University of Tennessee; Second Place: Meg Drake, Kansas State University; Third Place: Chandler Akins, University of Georgia; Fourth Place: Jacob Holmes, University of Georgia; and Fifth Place: Cameron Clark, University of Georgia.
Team Placing/Collegiate Division--First Place: University of Georgia, Second Place: University of Georgia Team 2, and Third Place: Kansas State University.