More than 900 students participated in the Sept. 17 Oklahoma State Fair Livestock Judging Contest, sponsored by Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.
Contest participants analyzed classes of beef, goats, sheep and swine and ranked the animals based on correct market characteristics.
“It’s such a good thing for the kids,” said Zac Harris, state YF&R chairman. “It’s also a good thing for Farm Bureau, too. The kids get to see we’re so much more than just insurance.”
A former livestock-judging participant, Harris said he remembers the lessons he learned by competing in contests.
“It’s learning today you might not have been the best today but maybe next week you can go home and study and get a little better,” Harris said. “These skills are the foundation for success in whatever career you go into.”
Awards were given to top three teams and top three high individuals in the junior 4-H, senior 4-H, junior FFA and senior FFA categories.
In the junior 4-H division, the top three teams were: Kay County, first place; Lindsay, second place; and Indianola, third place.
In the senior 4-H division, top three teams were: Central High, first place; Kingfisher, second place; and Kay County, third place.
In the junior FFA division, top three teams included: Yukon FFA, first place; Kingfisher FFA, second place; and El Reno FFA, third place.
In the senior FFA division, top three teams included: Tuttle FFA, first place; Kingfisher FFA, second place; and Weatherford FFA, third place.
For the full list of results, click here.
To view available photos of the teams, click here.