Alva judging teams excel at Big 3 Field Days
By Courtney Mapes
Alva FFA Reporter
Fourteen Alva 4-H and FFA members attended Oklahoma State University Big 3 Field Days in Stillwater July 17 to 19. This three-day livestock judging competition is a statewide event that also hosts several other states. It is the largest livestock judging competition in the nation with nearly 1,500 contestants. Big 3 is a great way to begin a young ag student's judging career because there are no oral reasons. In the Junior 4-H division, Cole Koppitz, Cathy Mapes, Ross Murrow, and Julie Owen made up the team while Zane Hillbig and Kaden Slater judged as individuals. In the Junior FFA division, two teams were entered from Alva. Team 1 consisted of Tanner Burton, Kory Dietz, Courtney Mapes, and Dakota Nusser, and Team 2 was made up of Terrill Burton, Tyler Burton, Traci Owen, and Kolby Slater.
The Junior 4-H and Junior FFA Team 1 fared well on the first day in the sheep competition with both teams placing second. The following individuals placed in the top ten in their respective division: Ross Murrow placed seventh in the Junior 4-H division; Kory Dietz placed first and Traci Owen placed fourth both in the Junior FFA division.
The following judging day was cattle. The Junior 4-H team once again received second, while the Junior FFA Team-1 came in fourth place. Individual top ten placers for Alva were Cathy Mapes, eighth place in Junior 4-H; Kory Dietz placed first, and Traci Owen placed ninth in Junior FFA.
Rounding out the final day of competition was swine. The Junior 4-H team finished fifth and the Junior FFA Team-1 placed second. Individual placings were Cathy Mapes sixth place in Junior 4-H and Courtney Mapes sixth place in Junior FFA.
At the conclusion of the three days, an overall score was calculated. The Junior 4-H team won the overall sweepstakes for their division with Cathy Mapes individually taking home third place overall and Ross Murrow placing eighth. The Junior FFA Team-1 finished third with Kory Dietz winning second overall individual and Courtney Mapes in sixth place. The judging teams look forward to the upcoming year to compete throughout the state.