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Shelby teams dominate 4-H team judging events
For the fourth consecutive year, the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won the Stoeppell Award for High County Team Overall for earning the most total points in each of the three age divisions, clover, intermediate and senior.
The teams are coached by Corinne Belton, Adam Miller and James Riddell.
The senior team (14-to-19-year-old 4-H members) of Kolt Bitzer, Andrew Glass, Jaycie Heath, Jackson Jeffries, Levi Stephenson, Taylor Ray, and Mckayla Thornsberry brought home the title of State Champion Senior Team and High Team in Reasons, and finished first in Beef Cattle, second in Swine, third in Sheep, and fourth in Goats.
Individually, Bitzer placed sixth in Reasons, eighth in Beef Cattle, ninth in Goats and eighth Overall. Glass placed fourth in Reasons, fifth in Swine and 20th Overall. Heath placed 17th Overall, and Jeffries was fifth in Beef Cattle and Reasons, seventh in Sheep and 11th Overall. Stephenson placed third in Beef Cattle, 9th in Reasons and ninth Overall, and Ray placed eighth in Reasons, ninth in Sheep and Beef Cattle, 10th in Swine and sixth Overall.
Bitzer, Glass, Heath, Jeffries, Stephenson and Ray were invited to compete for the eight spots on the State 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team, and they attended the intensive Top-12 Week, spending seven days judging livestock across the state and honing their oral reasons skills, each qualifying for a spot on the all-star team, a rarity for a single county to have so many members. They will travel to judging contests across the country this fall.
The clover team, made up of 4-Hers ages 9-11, including Emma Browning, Mackenzie Cornish, Brianne Sharar and Shelby Wallace, placed second in Sheep and Swine, fourth in Reasons/Non-Traditional, fifth in Beef Cattle and second Clover Team Overall.
Emma placed fifth in Swine, seventh in Goats, seventh Overall Clover, and won the Wilson Award for High Placing 9-year-old. Shelby placed first in Sheep and Beef Cattle, sixth in Swine, seventh in Reasons/Non-Traditional and third in Overall Clover.
The intermediate team (12-13) of Brooke Cheak, Joshua Riddell, Devin Shaw and Renee Stohlmann placed second in Reasons/Questions, fourth in Goats and Beef Cattle, fifth in Sheep and fifth Intermediate Team Overall. Brooke placed ninth in Beef Cattle, and Renee was fourth in Reasons/Questions and fifth in Sheep.
Fall Grazing School set
The University of Kentucky will host Kentucky Fall Grazing School at the CO Little Research Station in Versailles. This 2-day school will be held 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Aug. 21-22.
Topics include a wide range of grazing management and hands-on learning opportunities. Pre-registration is required and includes a $50 registration fee to cover course materials, the grazing manual, lunch and refreshments both days. The course is limited to the first 45 applicants.
For more information and a registration form, call the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.
Acre report deadline is Saturday
Farm Service Agency in Shelbyville reminds producers that the deadline for crop acreage reporting for crop year 2013 has been extended to Saturday. If you have not filed a 2013 acreage report, visit the FSA office at 65 Breighton Blvd. in Shelbyville. Acreage reports are required for participation in many FSA programs.
Signup for the DCP program continues through Sept. 15. Producers with Shelby, Spencer, or Jefferson County farms can sign up at the Shelbyville USDA Service Center, which is in the same building as the FSA on Breighton Boulevard.
For more information, call 502-633-3294.
The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.